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Floral Buildings: Art Nouveau Marvels Across Europe

Floral Buildings: Art Nouveau Marvels Across Europe – At the turn of the 20th century, architecture took an imaginative leap. As new construction materials and technologies met such far-flung stimuli as the Far East, Nirvana, and the unleashed unconscious of Freudian psychoanalysis, buildings by the likes of Gaudí, Horta, Hoffmann, Loos, and Mackintosh instilled structure with the sinuous lines of nature, surfaces with a fairy-tale shimmer, and spaces with an ethereal wash of light or shadowy, mysterious hush. For this dramatic portfolio, the late architectural photographer Keiichi Tahara travelled across Europe to present the finest examples of this Art Nouveau architecture. From the glamorous façade of the Grand Hotel Europa to the elaborate sweep of a staircase or the perfect poise of a single chandelier, Tahara captures the intricate details as much as the holistic spatial effects of these ambitious, marvelous structures. With an eye attuned to the style’s organic detailing, he surveys its floral patterns, vine-like balustrades, and the soft, hollow interiors that seem to summon us into some primordial place. Drenched in sunshine or draped in dramatic shadows, Tahara’s pictures excel in evoking not only the unrivaled aura of these buildings but also the particular, fin-de-siècle spirit of…

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Station to Station: a Historic Trail Through the Heart of Japan

Station to Station: a Historic Trail Through the Heart of Japan – The Kisokaidō route through Japan was ordained in the early 1600s by the country’s then-ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, who decreed that staging posts be installed along the length of the arduous passage between Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto. Inns, shops, and restaurants were established to provide sustenance and lodging to weary travelers. In 1835, renowned woodblock print artist Keisai Eisen was commissioned to create a series of works to chart the Kisokaidō journey. After producing 24 prints, Eisen was replaced by Utagawa Hiroshige, who completed the series of 70 prints in 1838. Both Eisen and Hiroshige were master print practitioners. In The Sixty-Nine Stations along the Kisokaidō, we find the artists’ distinct styles as much as their shared expertise. From the busy starting post of Nihonbashi to the castle town of Iwamurata, Eisen opts for a more muted palette but excels in figuration, particularly of glamorous women, and relishes snapshots of activity along the route, from shoeing a horse to winnowing rice. Hiroshige demonstrates his mastery of landscape with grandiose and evocative scenes, whether it’s the peaceful banks of the Ota River, the forbidding Wada Pass, or a moonlit ascent between Yawata and Mochizuki. Taken as a whole, The Sixty-Nine Stations collection…

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Art and Design: SCAD, The Architecture Of A University

Art and Design: SCAD, The Architecture Of A University – The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced the publication of SCAD: The Architecture of a University. The book is the university’s second publication with Assouline, the first of which was the memoir of SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace, The Bee and the Acorn, published April 2016. SCAD: The Architecture of a University reveals the resplendent design and perennial charm of SCAD’s built environment, featuring more than 450 color and archival photographs of signature SCAD spaces. A history section recounts the university’s most cherished moments completes this exquisite 360-page volume. Highlighting 40 of SCAD’s preeminent buildings on four global campuses, SCAD: The Architecture of a University celebrates the rich history and enduring legacy of the world’s most comprehensive art and design university as it prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Remarkably detailed narratives illuminate the storied pasts of the university’s unique architectural treasures—from its flagship Poetter Hall in Savannah, to majestic Ivy Hall in Atlanta, to the bucolic and elegant Maison Basse in Lacoste, France, to the noble North Kowloon Magistracy Building in Hong Kong—and outline SCAD’s meticulous care in artfully conserving each historic structure. Historic preservation and…

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Improve your Reading Nook with Original Bookcase Ideas

Improve your Reading Nook with Original Bookcase Ideas – Discover the perfect bookcase for your reading nook with Best Design Books! Mambu Bookcase A quick look at MAMBU Bookcase and you are able to identify the inspiration behind it. Bamboo is a tall woody grass that typically grows in the tropics. It inspired the structure of this unique bookcase made in patina casted brass. It features four spacious shelves in smoked glass and two drawers in ebony wood veneer with a glossy varnish. MAMBU is the perfect addition to any office decor or modern living room   Coleccionista Bookcase   As part of its special service, Boca do Lobo enables customers to personalize their SOHO sideboard into countless variations and features. Be inspired by all the pieces of our collections. Adjust the dimensions to suit your needs and create a one-of-a-kind bookcase or sideboard.   Blake Bookcase Blake is a modular bookcase system easily customizable to any measures needed. The custom-made nero marquina marble doors have a lightweight core that conveys solidity. This glaring modular brass and walnut wood structure creates a stunning combination of materials that showcases the know-how of our artisans.   Mulligan Bookcase Mulligan is a bookcase built arround…

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The History of Playboy and its Legendary Founder

The History of Playboy and its Legendary Founder – Hugh Hefner never authorized any biography to his name, but trusted TASCHEN with his only illustrated coming-of-age story, a huge, six-volume edition for which he personally curated hundreds of unpublished pages from his own scrapbook, as well as some of Playboy’s spiciest centerfolds and finest writing. Hefner began publishing Playboy from his kitchen in 1953. With its candid shots of women and open discussion of sex, it helped transform social and sexual mores in the United States, at a time when states could still legally ban contraceptives. The magazine was also a pioneering intellectual force, championing gay and civil rights and regularly publishing leading writers including James Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, Norman Mailer, and Jack Kerouac. Its trailblazing interviews were at the very forefront of the social, cultural, and political agenda and included Martin Luther King Jr., Fidel Castro, and The Beatles’ John Lennon. It was this facet of Playboythat gave the leggy Bunnies a run for their money—and elevated it above, as famously coined by Tom Wolfe, “a one-handed magazine.” This is the history of Playboy and its legendary founder. Hugh M. Hefner presents an illustrated autobiography with chronological highlights from Playboy’s first 25 years. His personal life and career—from cartoon-drawing childhood to astonishing success with Playboy—are revealed in the most intimate portrait…

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100 Artists Who Epitomize the Contemporary Art Scene

100 Artists Who Epitomize the Contemporary Art Scene – This special two-volume edition features 100 of the most exciting artists from Taschen’s seminal Art at the Turn of the Millennium and the renowned Art Now! series – gathered in a comprehensive survey of contemporary art at the start of the 21st century. The selection includes a wide variety of works by pioneering artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marlene Dumas, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Charles Ray, Cindy Sherman, and Christopher Wool – alongside a younger generation including Glenn Brown, Natalie Djurberg, Tom Friedman, Mark Grotjahn and Terence Koh.   Featured artists include: Franz Ackermann, Ai Wei Wei, Doug Aitken, Darren Almond, Francis Alys, Banksy, Matthew Barney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cosima von Bonin, Monica Bonvicini, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, André Butzer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, George Condo, John Currin, Thomas Demand, Rineke Dijkstra, Nathalie Djurberg, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Urs Fischer, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Günther Förg, Walton Ford, Tom Friedman, Ellen Gallagher, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Mark Grotjahn, Subodh Gupta, Andreas Gursky, Keith Haring, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor, Mike…

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A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard (5)
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A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard

A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard – “The deeper the white man went into Africa, the faster the life flowed out of it, off the plains and out of the bush, vanishing in acres of trophies and hides and carcasses.” — Peter Beard. A landmark publication on Africa, The End of the Game combines Peter Beard’s salient text and remarkable photographs to document the overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos, and hippos in Kenya’s Tsavo lowlands and Uganda parklands in the 1960s and ’70s. Researched and compiled over two decades, Beard’s work is a powerful and poignant testimony to the damage done by human intervention in Africa. His own images and texts are supplemented by historical photographs of, and writings from, the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quest for adventure and “progress” were to change the face of a continent: Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courteney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Philip Percival, J.A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway, and J.H. Patterson. Marking the 50th anniversary of its first publication, Taschen now republishes The End of the Game in a limited edition of 5,000 copies, with an updated foreword by internationally renowned travel and fiction writer Paul…

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Free eBook: Best Interior Design Projects in UK

Free eBook: Best Interior Design Projects in UK – The ultimate source of inspiration for interior designers – United Kingdom is the hometown of the absolute best interior designers in the world. DOWNLOAD NOW Free eBook! Get to know the work of famous and talented British designers who are recognizable icons and mentors of the industry such as Kelly Hoppen and Terence Conran. Get on board of this amazing experience and get to know our Top 100 UK Best Interior Design Projects! Let’s get in board of this amazing experience through the 100 UK Best Interior Design Projects. How to Create a Reading Nook: You may also like: How to Decorate Like a Pro: Free eBooks Collection Inspiring Modern Sofas in a Free eBook – Get Yours! Keep following Best Design Books for the latest book reviews and the most amazing design books and magazines! Follow Best Design Books on Pinterest! Best Design Books brings a genuine and inspirational thinking about the best design books in the world. From diverse disciplines and points of view, it gathers people like you – creative professionals, style arbiters, industry leaders – design enthusiasts across the world with one common idea: discovering great design books. The…

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Free eBook: Rare and Unique Design Ideas to Inspire You

Free eBook: Rare and Unique Design Ideas to Inspire You – A great selection of the best design in the world featuring a highly curated online exhibit of contemporary design, renowned designers, and immerging cutting-edge newcomers. Download Now for free: 100 Rare & Unique Design Ideas This e-book will present you some of the best design galleries, artists, fairs and exhibitions and contemporary design. Inside, we will show you broadcast International design shows, preview gallery showings and guide you thru the most important breakthroughs in contemporary design. This is a creation by Design Gallerist and the blog’s team   hopes this source be useful!   How to Create a Reading Nook: See also: How to Decorate Like a Pro: Free eBooks Collection Inspiring Modern Sofas in a Free eBook – Get Yours! Keep following Best Design Books for the latest book reviews and the most amazing design books and magazines! Follow Best Design Books on Pinterest! Best Design Books brings a genuine and inspirational thinking about the best design books in the world.From diverse disciplines and points of view, it gathers people like you – creative professionals, style arbiters, industry leaders – design enthusiasts across the world with one common idea: discovering…

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