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A 15-year Anthology of Cult Magazine Sneaker Freaker

A 15-year Anthology of Cult Magazine Sneaker Freaker – Back in 2002, Simon “Woody” Wood was dreaming up schemes to get free sneakers. Two weeks later, he was the proud owner of Sneaker Freaker and his life was never the same.   From its early roots as a punk-style fanzine to today’s super-slick print and online operations, the fiercely independent publication has documented every collab, custom, limited edition, retro reissue, Quickstrike, Hyperstrike, and Tier Zero sneaker released over the last 15 years. Woody’s original premise that Sneaker Freaker would be “funny and serious, meaningful and pointless at the same time” has certainly been vindicated in The Ultimate Sneaker Book. With more than 650 pages jam-packed with insider knowledge and his own irreverent observations, the insane historical detail and otaku-level minutiae is beyond obsessive. Traversing 100 years of history, each chapter paints a rollicking picture of the sneaker industry’s evolution. Air Max, Air Force, Adi Dassler, Converse, Kanye, Dapper Dan, Dee Brown, Michael Jordan, and Yeezy—along with obscure treasures like Troop, Airwalk, and Vision Street Wear—are all exhaustively documented. This is a definitive source of knowledge. This is… The Ultimate Sneaker Book! The editor and author Simon “Woody” Wood is the founder…

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The Art of Hospitality by Four Seasons

The Art of Hospitality by Four Seasons – Each Four Seasons destination is a distinctive experience, yet all properties are united under the philosophy that exceptional personal service and savoir faire can make a single stay life-changing. It is the spa manager, the executive chef, the astronomer, the concierge, the sommelier, the florist, and the myriad other star team members working behind the scenes who make up the true identity of Four Seasons, taking the time to connect with guests and turn dreams into reality every day. Artist Ignasi Monreal’s sensational paintings capture these people, and the essential details they make it their mission to perfect, that place Four Seasons hotels and resorts in a class all their own.   Pilar Guzmán was named editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler in August 2013, overseeing the iconic brand’s print publication and digital properties. Just one year into her editorship, she was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age. Previously, Guzmán served as vice president and editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living. Under her direction, the publication earned a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. From 2005 to 2009, Guzmán worked for Condé Nast as the founding editor in…

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Brilliant Basquiat: The Most Comprehensive Edition to Date

Brilliant Basquiat: The Most Comprehensive Edition to Date –  The legend of Jean-Michel Basquiat is as strong as ever. Synonymous with New York in the 1980s, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO, spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city. He appeared as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip hop, post-punk, and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. As a painter with a strong personal voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world.   Basquiat’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. His work is inspired by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life—so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets.” In 1983 he started collaborating with the most famous of art stars, Andy Warhol, and in 1985 was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. When Basquiat died at the age of 27, he had become one of the most successful artists of his time. This book allows…

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Stan Lee: the Man, the life and Times of the Most Legendary Man in Comics

Stan Lee: the Man, the life and Times of the Most Legendary Man in Comics –  This is the big one, True Believers! The mostly true tale of Stan Lee: an unparalleled, Giant-Size extravaganza, eight years in the making, about the one and only Godfather of Comics. From his childhood in Depression-era New York, to making Marvel into the number one comics publisher in the world, to his modern-day reinvention as Chief Creative Officer of global entertainment company POW! Entertainment, Stan “the Man” Lee stands the test of time as the most legendary name in comicbook history.   Stanley Lieber began working at Timely Comics in 1940 at the age of 17 and found himself at the helm of the bullpen as its top editor just two years later. As an editor and writer he guided the company through good times and bad—World War II and the Korean War, the threat of government censorship, and changing readership tastes—until 1961 when he ignited a revolution in comics, helped rebrand the publishing house as Marvel, and revitalized a dying industry with the “Marvel Age of Comics.” With a legendary stable of art partners including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, and Jim…

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Il Fascino Ferrari: A Monument to Italy’s Driving Force

Il Fascino Ferrari: A Monument to Italy’s Driving Force – Few are the men and brands that have come to define a century. For seven decades and counting, the Italian powerhouse founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1947 has made an indelible red mark on popular culture and enraptured fans and collectors across the globe.   Synonymous with beauty, excellence, and unmatched desirability, the Cavallino Rampante lives on as the driving force in high-performance Gran Turismo, the conqueror of impossible challenges. A project conceived in close collaboration with Ferrari, this massive tome is a veritable collector’s piece. A production unparalleled in its scale, it features exclusive content from the Ferrari archives and private collections around the world, bringing together hundreds of unseen photographs and documents to reveal the unique story behind Ferrari’s victories, its protagonists, and its legacy. Limited to 1,947 signed and numbered copies, the handcrafted leather-bound and hand-stitched Collector’s Edition is enclosed in a Ferrari motor–inspired case designed by Marc Newson. Made of cast aluminum, the chrome has been sandblasted with powder to preserve the metal’s natural feel, while the top of the case has been finished using Ferrari’s own red varnish, the same as that used on their…

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Ken Done Paintings You Probably Haven't Seen (1)
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Ken Done: Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen

Ken Done: Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen – ‘These paintings were all done since the year 2000. They are sometimes works done on location or sometimes in the studio. And some are just what was in my imagination. This is a picture book of paintings.’ – Ken Done. A brilliant and surprising new book from one of Australia’s best known artists. This major new volume of twenty-first century paintings by Ken Done brings together a selection of recent and mostly-unseen works from an artist at the peak of his lifelong practice. In her introductory essay, Dr Sarah Engledow expresses her delight in Done’s collected works, and muses upon the artist’s recent motifs, emblems and influences: ‘Try something at home. Subscribe Best Design Books Newsletter! Leave this book open at a favourite pair of pages, somewhere in the house. Go out for a while and forget about it. I did just that, leaving the pictures of the little church on Hydra on the bony stony bench of my putty-coloured kitchen. When I came back in I found the space had quickened: it pulsed around the hot smoked puce, cobalt and saffron. I was physically shocked. It was a coup de foudre….

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The Joy of Gems by Bulgari, a Story of Soul and Fire

The Joy of Gems by Bulgari, a Story of Soul and Fire – Bulgari’s exquisite high jewelry creations are conjured from the vibrant color, life, and light of exceptional gemstones, infused with an innate Roman sense of history, and invigorated with an audacious spirit of modernity. The very soul of the Eternal City is encapsulated in Bulgari’s innate sense of classicism, sublime proportions, joyful flair and perfect geometry. Such a distinctive aesthetic is constantly infused with a fresh and a visionary drive for innovation and experimentation. Combining diamonds, precious colored stones, and even ancient coins into lavish creations with unique and exuberant color harmonies, Bulgari jewels embody the quintessence of elegant Italian design. In the rarefied realm of high jewelry, Bulgari crystallizes to perfection its commitment to sublime hand craftsmanship, and its unique distillation of cultural echoes and contemporary creativity, to create captivating precious jewels in a powerfully distinctive style, an inimitable blend of voluptuousness and architectural rigor, a perfect balance of dignity and dynamism. Revering the maison’s rich heritage, the talent of Bulgari’s creative director Lucia Silvestri and her team of designers emerges in perpetuating Bulgari’s sense of adventure balanced with timeless elegance. The search to reveal the soul…

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Guy Bourdin is the Image Maker and Star Photographer (5)
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Guy Bourdin is the Image Maker and Star Photographer

Guy Bourdin is the Image Maker and Star Photographer – Guy Bourdin ranks high in the pantheon of the most important photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, and notably as a star photographer through three decades for Vogue Paris, he dramatically extended the possibilities of what a fashion photograph could be, making images that are distinctive, intense, haunting, and unforgettable. A painter all his life and an ever-curious self-taught photographer, Guy Bourdin pursued his unique artistic vision with single-mindedness and absolute integrity. An instinctive Surrealist, creator of enigmatic narratives, and a maverick art director, he conceived timeless images that have remained a powerful influence and inspiration for successive generations. Born in Paris, Guy Bourdin began exhibiting drawings and painting in his early twenties. After becoming a protégé of the Surrealist artist Man Ray, Bourdin showed his first photography exhibition in 1952, with an introduction by his mentor in the catalog. Incredibly, this was just five years before he would exhibit his work at the International Photography Biennale in Venice. By 1955, Guy embarked on a long career of magazine editorials, with his first publication in the February issue of Vogue Paris entitled “Chapeaux Choc.”…

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Home Style by City the Essence of Five Design-Forward Cities
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Home Style by City: the Essence of Five Design-Forward Cities

Home Style by City: the Essence of Five Design-Forward Cities – Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen. Explore the world’s most stylish and eclectic residences in this inspired armchair decor guide. Home Style by City captures the essence of five design-forward cities, featuring gorgeously decorated homes from each that reflect local style and inspire internationally. Part city tour—including must-visit flea markets, bits of colorful history, and curated lists of music, books, and films—and part design resource for achieving the various looks, this refreshing perspective on decor shows how cities themselves impact interiors. Illuminating text invites readers into page after page of lavishly photographed interiors, offering deceptively simple transitions and insider tips to bring the look into any space. Visually rich and totally inspiring, Home Style by City is a treasure for lovers of design, travel, and, of course, big city dreams. The author Ida Magntorn is a Swedish photographer, stylist and writer. 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…

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