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Visual Acoustics: Julius Shulman Documentary

Visual Acoustics: Julius Shulman Documentary

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, Directed by Eric Bricker

LIFE Magazine Photos of Charles and Ray Eames at Home

The digital archives of Google Books now hosts over 1,860 issues of LIFE magazine, other unpublished photos are also available on Google, including seldom seen images of Charles and Ray Eames at their Pacific Palisades home, also known as Case Study House No. 8. Other LIFE features include Raymond Loewy’s Palm Springs Pad.

Photographs of Charles and Ray Eames, for LIFE
via: The Mid-Century Modernist

Photography: Dominic Davies: The Big Fat Duck Cookbook

Photographer Dominic Davies, worked with Heston Blumenthal, the celebrated chef and proprietor of The Fat Duck, to create some of the most stunning compositions for his latest cookbook.

Photography by Dominic Davies, for The Big Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal Hardback, 532 pages, 340x290mm
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Picasso’s Light Drawings Photographed by Gjon Mili

LIFE photographer Gjon Mili visited Picasso in 1949. Mili showed the artist some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates jumping in the dark–and Picasso’s mind began to race. The series of photographs–Picasso’s light drawings–were made with a small flashlight in a dark room; the images vanished almost as soon as they were created.

Picasso’s Light Drawings, Photographed by Gjon Mili, for LIFE

Hélène Binet: Photographs of the Work by Peter Zumthor

Photographs by the London photographer, Hélène Binet of structures by architect Peter Zumthor, will be on show at the Gabrielle Ammann Gallery in Cologne. Works by Zumthor include Therme Vals spa in Switzerland, and Kolumba Art Museum of the diocese of Cologne.

Hélène Binet: Photographs of the Work by Peter Zumthor, at Gabrielle Ammann Gallery, Cologne, Germany, September 4 – November 6, 2009
via: dezeen

Leica à la Carte–Custom Built Cameras

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la carte enables buyers to put together their own unique camera. There are over four thousand technical and styling nuances you can specify to ensure that the Leica built, will be unlike any other.
The online Configurator allows for a choice between two models, the Leica MP or M7, and from the modular component system select the details that match your needs and wishes in terms of style, functionality, and practicality. Options include: lens cap color; leather trim; viewfinder frame-lines; controls; personalized engraving.

Leica MP, M7, by Leica

Photography by Frederik Vercruysse

Considered compositions and delicate colour sensibility are the hallmarks of Belgian Photographer Frederik Vercruysse.

Images by, Frederik Vercruysse Photographer

Renault F1 Series by Benedict Redgrove

Exhaust manifolds from a series of photographs of the Renault Formula One facitlities.

Renault F1, Photography by Benedict Redgrove

Photography: Mercedes & Porsche Museums by Michael Schnell

German architectural photographer, Michael Schnell, has completed a series on two museums dedicated to the car in Stuttgart, the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum. The structure of the Mercedes Museum is based on a cloverleaf. The semi-circular floors rotate around the central atrium forming horizontal plateaus which alternate in different heights. The Porsche Museum is designed to convey a sense of arrival and approachability, and to guide the visitors smoothly from the basement level into the superstructure.

Mercedes-Benz Museum by UNStudio
Photography by Michael Schnell
via: Plataforma Arquitectura

Photography: Dekochari by Satoshi Minakawa

The Dekochari is a form of art bike indigenous to Japan dating back to the mid 1970s. The Dekochari was a response by children to the Dekotora (‘Tora’ is short for Truck) craze which swept Japan after a series of movies called Truck Yaro was released. These movies featured giant trucks decked out in chrome and flashy lights.
Unable to drive the giant chrome-plated flashing trucks they coveted, children instead built plywood boxes around their bikes and attached chrome plating and lights. Almost all current Dekochari’s have elaborate light displays and many include hi-fi audio systems and cup-holders.

Dekochari, by Satoshi Minakawa
via: today and tomorrow

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Brick Flip Clock
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The Story of Eames Furniture
Brimming with images and insightful text, this unique book is the benchmark reference on what is arguably the most influential and important furniture brand of our time. [more...]
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The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum
First-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America. [more...]
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MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
A unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [more...]
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Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados. [more...]
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by Hans Brattrud

A Norwegian furniture design classic from 1957, Scandia Senior is a comfortable high-back easy chair with a leather head cushion, on a satin swivel base. [more...]

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The Eames Lounge Chair
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The U.N. Building
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Loblolly House
Including a DVD of the film "A House in the Trees", a real-time documentary of the design, fabrication, and assembly of this amazing house. [more...]
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Marcel Wanders
Behind the Ceiling is the first monograph on one of the most influential, prolific and celebrated international designers today. [more...]
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How to Wrap Five Eggs
A mid-60s classic of Japanese design. Stunningly laid-out paean to traditional Japanese packaging is rife with sumptuous black and white photos of all manner of boxes, wrappers and containers that appear at once homely and sophisticated, ingeniously utilitarian yet fine and rare. [more...]
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