A complete monograph on the work of the influential British-born, Milan-based furniture and product designer James Irvine (1958–2013). James Irvine is an intimate look into the work and life of a design legend. Previously unpublished drawings, sketches, models and images from Irvine’s archives and personal anecdotes and texts from the designers who worked directly with him, including Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Konstantin Grcic and Naoto Fukasawa, reveal Irvine’s passions, interests and idiosyncracies like never before.
The Brutalism project is a collaboration with Black Dragon press about Brutalism architecture in London. Three A2 poster, 5 colors screen print, edition of 100, signed. Eight A4 pages concertina litho booklet on 350gsm paper. With words by Michael Abrahamson architect and creator of Fuck Yeah Brutalism.
Brutalism, by Thomas Danthony & Michael Abrahamson
There will never be enough tribute to the immense talent of the French designer Pierre Paulin. This beautiful book of major works highlight the paradoxical and complex as well as the hair-raising concern for human creativity. Before becoming a cult designer Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) was a decorator located in the rue de Seine in Paris as attested by the stamp on the preparatory drawings of the chair Stuhl. An autodidact rebel, an unusual character, skinned alive, an outsider criticizing the caste of right-thinking design, he was primarily a pioneer and a visionary who experimented bold forms and new technologies coming out of the postwar boom. Mushroom (1959) Tranche d’orange (1959), Ribbon Chair (1966), Face à Face (1967), La Langue (1963) and Concorde (1966) … etc. Absolute icons, dressed in foam and stretched fabric, reveal a demanding formal economy and aesthetic quest. Innovative and anticipatory of these furniture collections, edited by Thonet France, Roche, Artifort, Herman Miller and now Roset, suggest sculptures that combine gesture and landscape, purification and pleasure, functionality and elegance. “I do not create. I design. I draw,” stated vehemently that prolific creator who refused dilution of design in art. In subliminal connivance with the times and its aspirations to happiness, the designer was able to shape a changing world where the body adopts new postures. “Creations by Pierre Paulin confront us as authoritative in their own right, achievements that demonstrate the power of a company and what it produces,” says author and art critic Nadine Down. Philippe Starck and the Bouroullec brothers admire a singularity that combines comfort and style. And judging by the many avatars inspired by his aesthetic, they are not the only ones to recognize the intelligent model of the hand and the mind.
Pierre Paulin. L’homme et l’œuvre, by Nadine Descendre, Published by Albin Michel, Language: French, EAN 9782226250575
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Oki Sato founded nendo in Tokyo in 2002. Since then, it has become one of the most sought-after design studios worldwide. The name nendo is Japanese for modeling clay. It is indicative of the studio’s playful, yet rational approach. Nendo: 10/10 is a comprehensive monograph of the studio’s work. Each of the book’s ten chapters showcases one of nendo’s design principles. Chapters explore, for example, nendo’s compelling approach to multiplying, linking, concealing, balancing, magnifying, and folding. Featured projects include vibrant store concepts and mystically inspired exhibition spaces as well as sculptural furniture pieces, home accessories, and design objects. Nendo’s impressively clear, yet intriguingly sophisticated work not only represents the epitome of contemporary design from Japan, but also sets the tone for design’s future on the global scene.
Nendo, Format: 24,5 x 33 cm, 320 pages, full color, hardcover, English, ISBN: 978-3-89955-470-0, Published by Gestalten
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Shiro Kuramata (1934-91) was a truly exceptional designer of furniture and interiors. Many of his poetic, precise and unique pieces, like the expanded-metal-mesh How High the Moon Armchair and the acrylic, aluminium and paper-flower Miss Blanche Chair, are still highly prized, collected by museums like MoMA and the V&A and sold at auction. Sadly, however, most of the hundreds of interiors he designed no longer exist, and can only be glimpsed in photographs or described by those who saw them.
This combination of the precious and the disappeared is appropriate for a designer like Kuramata, whose work was neither modern nor nostalgic, neither western nor Asian, but which has a remarkable creative power as well as a sense of endless invention. This compelling and highly influential work is documented here in this beautiful monograph.
Author Deyan Sudjic, the director of the design museum in London and the author of many highly-acclaimed books on design and architecture, tells the story of Kuramata’s life against the backdrop of Japan’s turbulent history from the 1930s to the 1990s. It was a period in which the collapse of the repressive conformism of Japan’s traditionally authoritarian social order released a creative explosion that propelled Japan into the creative forefront in cinema, literature, fashion, architecture and design, and Kuramata’s work occupies a special place in this period.
Designed by Jonathan Hares, and presented in two volumes with a beautiful acrylic slipcase, the book includes all of Kuramata’s work, depicted in never-before-published photographs and drawings from the Kuramata archives. Many projects are represented with images of the design and manufacturing process, appropriate for this very technically inventive work that continues to be of interest to a wide range of designers. Shiro Kuramata is a major figure who richly deserves the wider audience he is just beginning to attract, and this first-ever monograph will be of a quality and beauty to match the work he produced.
Shiro Kuramata, by Deyan Sudjic, 2 volume hardback ediiton in acrylic slipcase, 305 x 238 mm (9 3/8 x 12 in), 416 pp, 600 colour illustrations, ISBN: 9780714845005, Published by Phaidon
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The Utrecht furniture manufacturer Pastoe has been a leader in unique, timeless furniture of great craftsmanship and quality for 100 years. The roll-front Amsterdammer cabinet, for example, has been a design classic for years and is featured along with the work of Pastoe designer Cees Braakman in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Pastoe’s centenary is the occasion for this richly illustrated book, produced in collaboration with designers, architects, artists and photographers in the Netherlands and abroad.
Author and design critic Gert Staal relates the most significant moments in Pastoe’s history. Pastoe’s current focus is also discussed extensively. Along with fascinating archival pictures and documentation of every significant Pastoe design, considerable attention is devoted to today’s home environment and the current design domain. Pastoe’s new visions of contemporary living are highlighted in an inspiring way through innovative propositions specially developed for this anniversary by innovators like Naoto Fukasawa, Claudio Silvistrin, Scheltens & Abbenes and Konstantin Grcic.
Exhibition: Like Pastoe: 100 years of design innovation
Pastoe: 100 Years of Design Innovation, Author:Gert Staal, Anne van der Zwaag, Publisher: nai010 Uitgevers, ISBN: 9789462080683
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After Ray’s death, the Eames family shared and cared for the Eames House and grounds, always mindful to safeguard their authenticity for the future. Now, the Eames Foundation is ready to preserve the house as it existed when Charles and Ray lived and worked in it for the last, most prolific half of their lives. This includes not only conserving the house for the future but also celebrating and transmiting the legacy and philosophy of Charles and Ray.
Help preserve the Eames House and own a piece of the Eames legacy. Each print is hand numbered. These prints are 100% original works inspired by the elegant geometry and understated simplicity of Eames designs. All proceeds will support the projects of the Eames Foundation.
Eames House Prints, Limited Edition of 500, from the Eames House
“Mandatory reading for every graphic designer and architect, as well as those that aspire to these two professions, and most importantly for all who are concerned with the humanizing possibilities inherent in the visual arts.”
- James Stewart Polshek, FAIA
For centuries, the intimate relationship between graphic design and architecture has shaped not only cities and their structures but also the lives of their inhabitants. Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History is the first historical overview which examines this unique marriage of graphic design and architecture in the context of artistic, social, and cultural movements and influences of the twentieth century.
Graphic Design and Architecture, A 20th-Century History: A Guide to Type, Image, Symbol, and Visual Storytelling in the Modern World, by Richard Poulin, 8.5 x 10 inches, 272 pages, 300 illustrations, ISBN: 9781592537792
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Charles and Ray Eames created important, experimental and beautiful work in furniture, architecture, exhibit design, textile design, product design, graphic design, film and photography. This unique and sumptuous monograph is a visual celebration of their work and life and is destined to become a collector’s item.The packaging design of the slipcase is a pattern inspired by the triangles and colours of one of their designs for children, simply called “the toy”. Published with the co-operation and approval of the Eames family, this massive book includes essays and an introduction by Eames Demetrios — Charles’s grandson and the director of the Eames Office.
Eames: Beautiful Details, by Steve Crist and Gloria Fowler (editors), Published by Ammo Books, 320 pages, ISBN: 9781934429747
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The Italian company Kartell is famous aroud the world for having invented the culture of plastic furniture and interior fittings. Kartell was founded in 1949 by Giulio Castelli, a chemical engineer with a vision to create something good from plastics, a material whose applications were still relatively unexplored. A fruitful collaboration with the great designer Gino Colombini started, who won the firm its first Compasso d’Oro award in 1955. Particularly since the plastic-loving era of the 1960s and 70s, Kartell has become an enduring household name; from the famous designs of Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Joe Colombo in the 1960s to more recent hits such as Philippe Starck’s Ghost Chairs or Ron Arad’s Bookworm shelves, Kartell has consistently chosen to work with the world’s most talented designers while reinventing plastic as a quality material for the new age.
This survey covers the entire history of the company, decade by decade, exploring all aspects of its evolution as well as the social and technological qualities of Kartell products. Also included is an interview with “Mr Plastic” Claudio Luti, owner and director of Kartell for more than 20 years and architect of the new boom. But most of all the objects themselves–in historical shots, ads, displays, and many photos especially made for this publication, with detailed captions on the technological innovations behind the design–tell the story of a company that brought us the culture of plastics.
Kartell: The Culture of Plastics, Hans Werner Holzwarth, Hardcover, 25 x 31.5 cm, 400 pages, ISBN 9783836530859, Multilingual Edition: English, French, German, Published by Taschen
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