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Mother and Child: the Meaning of Motherwood in 21st Century

Mother and Child: the Meaning of Motherwood in 21st Century – In the latest body of work by author and photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank, the artist set out to explore what modern motherhood means in the 21st century. Turning her lens on 70 iconic families of mothers and children from such celebrated names as Delfina Figueras, Carolina Herrera, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anne Vyalitsyna, Aerin Lauder, and Patti Hansen, Swanson Frank’s stunning portraits capture the emotional bonds and beauty that frame the primal relationship of a mother and her child. Complementing her work is a series of questions-and-answers, in which Swanson Frank delicately tasks each mother to look within themselves and express what being a mother truly means to them. Their answers, while exceedingly thoughtful and introspective, are also amusing, fascinating, and moving. Each one of these deeply intimate and stunning portraits will captivate and inspire readers as they embark on this profound journey that reminds us all of the power of motherhood and the great gift of love. Photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank was raised in San Francisco, California. Claiborne moved to New York in 2007 and worked at Vogue under Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, leaving the magazine in 2009 before pursuing…

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The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture – Explore the best architecture of the 21st century in this collection of 1037 exemplary buildings sited all over the world in the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. Divided into six world regions, the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture provides an important overview of global and local trends in architecture. This truly unparalleled resource presents easily accessible world data exploring the geographical contexts for 21st century architectural production in a global framework. Each of the six world regions is introduced by an analysis of urban and architectural issues. This statistical information has been researched and elaborated by a team from the London School of Economics. This collection of key buildings has been chosen through a rigorous selection process involving a panel of expert advisors with specialist input from each world region. The list includes the work of an emerging generation of architectural stars featured alongside buildings by internationally acclaimed architects. Each building is fully illustrated with drawings and photographs, and described by a short essay. Further information includes key facts such as construction cost, client name, area of the building and geographical coordinates. Cross-referencing between projects enables the…

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Barber Osgerby Projects: creators of Tip Ton and 2012 Olympic Torch

Barber Osgerby Projects: creators of Tip Ton and 2012 Olympic Torch – The definitive monograph of internationally acclaimed designers – creators of the Tip Ton and the 2012 Olympic Torch. Collaborators for over 20 years, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have applied their talents to everything from industrial design and furniture to lighting and installations. The most comprehensive survey of their work to date, this book offers a unique, 360-degree view of their approach and working methods. Stunning images explore their work thematically, while six essays provide an exclusive look into career-defining projects. Barber & Osgerby founded their studio in 1996 and have established collaborations with global manufacturers such as Knoll, Vitra, and B&B Italia. Their work is held in the permanent collections of London’s V&A Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Jana Scholze is a curator, writer, and educator. Currently course leader at Kingston University, London, she previously worked as a curator at the V&A Museum, London.   >> Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! “A highly anticipated monograph, Barber Osgerby, Projects – an extraordinary visual record of the duo’s expansive portfolio. Clothbound and screen-printed with…

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The Japanese Garden: 800 Years of the Art and Essence

The Japanese Garden: 800 Years of the Art and Essence – An in-depth exploration spanning 800 years of the art, essence, and enduring impact of the Japanese garden. The most comprehensive exploration of the art of the Japanese garden published to date, this book covers more than eight centuries of the history of this important genre. Author and garden designer Sophie Walker brings fresh insight to this subject, exploring the Japanese garden in detail through a series of essays and with 100 featured gardens, ranging from ancient Shinto shrines to imperial gardens and contemporary Zen designs. Leading artists, architects, and other cultural practitioners offer personal perspectives in newly commissioned essays.   In 2014 Sophie Walker became the youngest woman to design a garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Having studied art history, Sophie later qualified in horticulture, plant science, and garden design. Based in London, she practises globally. In addition to designing gardens, Sophie lectures on conceptual design, the Japanese garden, planting, and the garden environment. >> Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! “There are many books that have been written on Japanese gardens, on their beauty, their philosophy and their history. What is…

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Guide to the World’s Largest Archive of Patterns and Textiles

Written by Rita Gomes Guide to the World’s Largest Archive of Patterns and Textiles– Every season, designers from fashion, home furnishings, textiles, graphic arts, and paper-product industries seek inspiration from patterns to bring their collections to life. Many of these designers – including Beacon Hill, Boden, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Colefax & Fowler, Lululemon, Nike, Oscar de la Renta, Pottery Barn, and Target – look to the Design Library, the world’s largest archive of surface design. This one-of-a-kind book, drawn from the Design Library’s archive, is an exclusive and ultimate sourcebook of pattern and ornament. Peter Koepke is the owner and director of the Design Library, located in Hudson Valley, New York, and London. He joined the company in 1990, after fifteen years as a collector and dealer, during which time he created seminal art collections for museums, universities, corporations, and individuals throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Peter now travels extensively in search of coveted collections to expand the Design Library’s archives. “There are plenty of enviable archives in the world, but here’s one that had escaped our gaze… Patterns: Inside the Design Library offers a behind-the-scenes peek into New York State’s Design Library,the world’s largest archive of pattern and…

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Why is Sar the Essence of Indian Design?

Written by Micael Carvalho Why is Sar the Essence of Indian Design? – The Indian subcontinent is an amalgamation of peoples, cultures, languages and philosophies. Throughout history Indian culture has been subject to myriad different influences, from the Mughal empire to the British Raj to the now globalized nation in transition. Similar to ‘Wa: Essence of Japanese Design’, this book will trace continuity through the history of Indian design from antiquity to the present day. The book explores the elements that make Indian design so special, including the varied manufacturing and decorating techniques of the country’s incredibly skilled craftsmen, highly specialized object designs that have been refined over centuries, and ongoing responses to nature, technology, and necessity. The objects were chosen for their enduring quality and beauty, and their integral connection to Indian culture. Rather than following a chronological order or concentrating on the (often anonymous) designers, this book separates the objects into abstract categories anchored by Hindi words chosen to illuminate how each object fits into the lives of Indians. Swapnaa Tamhane (b. 1976) is an artist and curator working between Toronto and Mumbai. She was formerly an editor at Phaidon Press and curator at Power Plant Contemporary Art…

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2018 Design Books Guide

Written by Carina Sá 2018 Design Books Guide – Best Design Books selection for every design and book lovers! Check the Gallery:   The Big Book of Chic – Internationally acclaimed interior design sensation Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. His unique aesthetic vision is characterized by playful mélanges of high and low, invigorated with whimsical splashes of color and modern gestures. Art House – Art House chronicles an extraordinary life dedicated to living with art, and a friendship devoted to designing homes to honor it. Katharine Pooley – Pooley has traveled extensively around the world, indulging her love of mountain climbing whenever possible, and her journeys are clearly reflected in her bold, eclectic, and daring designs. Covet House Inspirations Book – The ultimate Design Bible. An exquisite Catalogue with more than 1000 illustrated products and 1250 inspirations. Very practical, it is divided in all product categories and technical information needed to create upcoming interior design projects. The best way to find the best solutions and ideas. All the questions about the world’s top design pieces can be answered inside this collector’s book. Ottoman Chic – Standing at the crossroads of many cultures, Ottoman style is…

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The Colours of Light by Tadao Ando

The Colours of Light by Tadao Ando – A new edition of the acclaimed portfolio of work by Japan’s leading architect, now featuring digitally remastered photographs. “The magnificent photographs by Richard Pare come as close to putting you there as any publication is likely to achieve.” —The New York Times An exquisite work of art in its own right, this book is the result of ten years’ collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the internationally renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. This new edition features all the same extraordinary photographs, completely remastered from the original negatives, bringing this beautiful volume back to life. Pare’s remarkable images shed new light on this important body of work, while Ando’s original line drawings and sketches provide unparalleled insight into his creative process. > Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! Richard Pare is consulting curator of photography for the Canadian Center for Architecture and has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “Arguably the most significant body of work of the last 20 years.” —Architects’ Journal “Every page raises your level of consciousness and I cannot say how much…

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The Red Thread Simplicity, Beauty and Functionality of Nordic Design (1)
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The Red Thread: Simplicity, Beauty and Functionality of Nordic Design

The Red Thread: Simplicity, Beauty and Functionality of Nordic Design – An elegant exploration of the hugely influential simplicity, beauty, and functionality of Nordic design – timeless, yet on trend. From literature to food, lifestyle to fashion, cinema to architecture, Nordic influence is evident throughout contemporary culture. The Red Thread: Nordic Design celebrates this deep-rooted aesthetic, showcasing the diversity of design from Scandinavia and Finland via more than 200 objects – from everyday items to exquisitely produced decorative glassware, and from traditional handmade textiles to mass-produced products found in homes across the globe. The title is taken from a metaphor, common in the Nordic countries, of a shared and highlighted characteristic (like a long connecting thread in woven material), that runs through and connects themes, ideas, stories, and, in this case, design. Oak Publishing is an independent Copenhagen-based lifestyle publisher founded in 2013. Its biannual publication, Oak – The Nordic Journal showcases visionary talents through an insight into their life, ideas, and spaces. > Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! “…Prob[es] the creative philosophy of functionality and simplicity that has made Nordic pieces staples of tasteful interiors the world over.”—Surface “This beautifully bound volume celebrates Nordic design…

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