Books

 
  • 1000 Interior Detail...

    I love a good picture book, especially when it tells you where to buy something! 1000 Interior Details by Geraldine Rudge and her brother Ian Rudge (of 100% Design), features head-turning contemporary products from all over the world, arranged in seven chapters for anyone interested in home design, from DIY-ers to professional architects. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of interior design and is prefaced by an in-depth interview with an expert in that field: James Soane looks at windows and doors, Gregorio Spini discusses domestic lighting, and Jack Mama talks about technology in the home, just to name a few. [...

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  • Less and More: The D...

    I'm a bit young to have a direct personal attachment to Dieter Rams' work, but it goes without question that there is an absolute timeless quality to his work. Whenever I visit MOMA's design section, I always find myself gravitating towards his collection (that, and of course the Jaguar XKE Roadster). So, I'm quite excited about this new (808 page!) book that covers the full breadth of his work, just full of endless inspiration. Anyone want to buy me an early birthday gift? Editors: Klaus Klemp, Keiko Ueki-Polet Language: bilingual German/English 808 pages, full color, PVC cover, in slipcase

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  • Bird by Andrew Zucke...

    Let me tell you, this book is a real beaut. More than 200 photos of 75 different species make you see birds in an entirely different way, as the stark white background highlights every color and texture. It's a sight to see, whether you're a bird enthusiast or not. Also, if you haven't see it yet, the video is worth a look. (photo excerpts and video to follow) BIRD film from Andrew Zuckerman Studio on Vimeo. photo by andrew zuckerman photo by andrew zuckerman photo by andrew zuckerman

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  • This is For You

    Maybe you know of Rob Ryan's paper cut outs? Yes? No? Well, either way, this book is cheeeaap and might just be worth buying for a flip through. Hardback. 7.75 x 6.25 Regular $17.00, SALE:$9.99 Also: Rob Ryan's Etsy Shop for screenprints, and Rob Ryan's blog. More pics:

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  • Billy Book by Ikea

    Ikea is celebrating 30 years of Billy with a a series of special events, sales, limited edition custom printed bookcases, and this book, a visual history of the past 30 years of the now gold standard for inexpensive bookcases. I've only found it online on their international site, so if anyone has seen available in the states please leave a comment. Bonus! Here's some interesting facts for you all: -The Billy Bookcase was created by Gillis Lundgren 1979, the fourth employee for Ikea. -The factory where the bookcases are made knocks out 15 Billys a minute; 3.1 million a year. That's a lot. [via MoCo Loco]

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  • I Swear to Good You ...

    Maybe you've seen this little book by Holiday Matinee? If you haven't, you're in for a treat. It's full of 25 creative people (and their projects) who've escaped the hum-drum and are now doing what they love to do. Sounds like just the thing to give you a kick in the pants, doesn't it? If you're sitting on a good idea but too scared to get it going, a read through this might help you believe the risk is worth it. More on Dave Brown's vision & company: Holiday Matinee.

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  • Copy: 21 ready-to-c...

    Does anybody know what ideas are to be discovered within Atypyk's CD of 'ready-to-copy' good ideas? I'm awfully curious. CD MAC/PC

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  • Eat Shop Guides

    When I first visited Portland I didn't have an itinerary, and thus was a little bored. I tried Yelp but that only helped so much. I checked out the bookstore and thumbed through some typical travel guides. Not any better. Then I stumbled upon eat.shop. portland, a curated listing of the best and most unique local businesses. Suddenly I wished my vacation was two weeks longer. Extra credit: Have you visited all the shops and restaurants eat.shop listed in your city?

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  • Wary Meyers' Tossed ...

    Man-oh-man, this book is one heck of a treasure. If you have any interest in junk/thrift/antique shops, then you'll most likely appreciate the Meyers' talent in transforming castoffs into delightful objects, and boy, are they delightful. There's a lamp made from a pastry bag, a wonderful Blue Willow Canoe, a half painted dresser (Lichtenstein inspired), the 'le french' dresser (shown upper right) where scrolly letters were screwed onto the drawer fronts, Chippendale chairs changed into skeleton chairs, and so ever much more. And, not only are these projects shown in their before stages and after, but the Meyers ...

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  • The Handy Book of Ar...

    Man, this book is chock-full of late nineteenth century letterpress design. I tend to lean towards simple design, but there is something altogether fascinating in the full-on fanciness of that period. Whether you like intricate embellishments in your graphics or not, this book does provide a context for the rise and fall of this particular aesthetic, which (don't you know) all ties into the trends and preferences of today. It's also interesting to see how both artistic printing andlate nineteenth century interiors share a "penchant for spatial saturation, eclecticism, and excess." (pg.172) Authors Douglas Clouse and Angela Voulangas explore the ...

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  • Domestic Art: Curate...

    This book sure has its fair share of interesting homes. Detailed photographs of layered interiors might just bring out your collector's side and have you itching to display all sorts of strange paraphernalia (in the most elegant sort of way, of course). Even if you tend towards the minimal, the rich rooms might inspire you to add a different sort of detail here and there. The selected houses in this book were pulled from the pages of PaperCity, from the years 2000 to 2008. Roughly a decade of design alchemy and clinking highballs. The editors of this book foraged for both the ...

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  • Wave Books (Poetry)

    I've pretty much forgotten all about poetry since leaving college and its various literature courses, but these few books have reminded me just how lovely a small collection of musings can be. I won't even begin to dissect or analyze any of them, because I'm certainly not qualified, but I will say I enjoyed looking through each of them. Also, be sure to check out Wave Books' erasure site (in relation to A Little White Shadow, see below), where you can create your own erasures. It's sort of fun. shown left to right: New Exercises by Franck Andre Jamme, Translated ...

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  • The Contemporary Gar...

    Does it seem like reference material on modern/contemporary gardens are a bit thin? This book looks to have quite a bit of inspiring photos to expand your landscape design ideas. -An accessible and affordable overview of 100 contemporary gardens from the early 1920s to the present day -Traces the history of the contemporary garden, from the experimentations of the early 20th century, David Hosack’s Rockefeller Center Roof Garden (1933) for example, to today’s conceptual creations such as Tony Heywood’s Split (2003) -Includes gardens all over the world by leading designers such as Roberto Burle-Marx (Brazil), Tadao Ando (Japan), Adriaan ...

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  • An Awesome Book

    Hrm, so this is a geared-towards-kids book, which usually isn't within the realms of what I normally would feature, but it's kind of too cute not to mention. So, there you have it. To see inside, go here. $15.00, Buy it here.

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  • Modern Japanese Hous...

    The next time I'm at the bookstore, I'm planning on checking this book out...I'm a little more than in love with the small modern homes that seem extreme in their simplicity. Such inspiration for a future home... Modern Japanese House is an overview of recent domestic design trends in Japan and features an array of projects from a variety of architects, both known and new to the international architecture scene. The projects are divided into five chapters - Tiny Houses, Inside/ Outside, Multi Generation Houses, Work/Play, and Vacation Houses - that reflect the issues particular to residential design ...

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