Archive for the ‘Books’ Category
No, not what you are thinking, that’s in February, we’re talking about Wallpaper’s design Oscars. Our dear friends there have pulled out all the stops for this year’s awards, a formidable international judging panel, Kanye West as the host of the party, Paris as the city of choice (don’t want to give anything away here) and of course, the eagerly awaited Design Awards issue of the mag itself, which is available today – if you can’t wait to hold it in your hands, click here for a full list of winners.
Iconic international design, fashion and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* has launched an online retail directory featuring the best new stores around the globe. The trusted editors take you on a world tour of hot spots, and not just the usual suspects. From niche emporiums and indie fashion houses to an optician in Japan and patisserie in Monaco, this list is one you must explore. We’re giddy about discovering such an indispensable resource and even more excited to share it with you.
Looking to turn a boring bathroom into a sanctuary that encourages indulgent pampering rituals and relaxation? Susan Ardley’s The Bathroom Planner is a functional resource full of fun ideas. Dual-split pages allow you to mix and match wall options, fixtures, storage solutions, and floors. Just flip back and forth to find the combo that suits your fancy.
Looking for a lavish throne to fit your castle or condo? New Chairs: Innovations in Design, Technology, and Materials offers more than 70 examples of contemporary chair designs by such luminaries as Tom Dixon, the Campana Brothers, Frank Gehry, and Massimo Vignelli. Think inflatable, sculptural, and illuminated creations that breathe new life into the everyday. Charismatic colors and inventive shapes are sure to inspire you.
Fusing aesthetic harmony with accessibility, Xtra is a magazine holder with a design based on what some might consider to be the graphically most interesting letter in the alphabet. Xtra creates harmony. Regardless of how many magazines with different colours and graphic profiles need to be held or how many Xtra units are grouped together against a wall surface. The fact is that the more wall surface there is and the more magazines there are, Xtra’s functionality becomes even more evident. Design by Dan Ihreborn.
Marie has always said that if she could be reborn into any era, it would be the 1920s. And why not? In spite of the teetotalers, it was the age of jazz innovation, saucy flappers, silent-film camp, and women’s lib. This gorgeous coffee table book takes us back to a time that pre-dates the rise of the Hollywood starlet and introduces us to the golden goddesses of the age: Mary Pickford, Fanny Brice, and Louise Brooks, to name a few. It’s a book that easily invokes Art Deco decadence and the sizzling ambience of the rollicking revue. Available from Amazon.
Need a new coffee table book? We’ve heard tell 17th century Dutch-German mathematician/cosmographer Andreas Cellarius created a collection of astronomic illustrations that make for lovely perusing. Dr. Robert Van Gent has compiled these postcard and calendar-friendly frontispieces into a gorgeous tome: Cellarius Atlas: Harmonia Macrocosmica. The glossy images, complete with constellation figures, star names, and a comprehensive glossary of astro-jargon, are great for your cerebral techno-geek friends and your art-loving ones.
We think you’ll agree with us that pearl necklaces, a la Audrey Hepburn, are the most iconic exemplars of chic around. This gorgeous tome features the history of Tiffany Pearls, in addition to some delightful anecdotes on the history of pearls and the most famous wearers of the perfect gem: including femme fatales like Catherine de Medici, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Available from HNA Books.
Domus is the crucial architecture and design journal that over the past seven decades has informed our knowledge on practically every design style in the modern era—ranging from art deco to postwar to post-modernism. This weighty 12-volume tome is perfect for both design buffs and uninformed aesthetes—and a variety of essays and sumptuous photographs make it elegant coffee table material.
The Swedish and extremely popular fashion illustrator and artist Stina Persson has lived, studied and worked in Tokyo, New York, Florence and Lund, Sweden, where she was born. She says her illustration style is basically about “finding the right balance between the edgy and the elegant the raw and the beautiful.” To achieve this, she uses ink, watercolor and gouache, as well as Mexican cut paper (used at ceremonies and festivals). Recent projects include the poster for the musical Billy Elliott, the cover for the magazine Flaunt and a summer campaign for Absolut. She is featured in Laird Borelli’s new book “Fashion Illustration Next”, Pao & Paw’s “Clin D’Oiel” as well as the Italian book “Fashionize” by Delicatessen. Harper’s Bazaar Japan asked Stina to illustrate their book-in-book 2006 horoscope. If you’re lucky enough to be in Japan, find it on any newsstand. To buy a painting check out her webpage.