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Scandinavia is world famous for its inimitable, democratic designs which bridge the gap between crafts and industrial production, organic forms and everyday functionality. This all-you-need guide includes a detailed look at Scandinavian furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, metalware, and industrial design from 1900 to the present day, with in-depth entries on over 180 designers and design-led companies, plus a list of important design-related destinations across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland.
Featured designers and designer-led companies include Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto, Timo Sarpaneva, Hans Wegner, Tapio Wirkkala, Sigvard Bernadotte, Stig Lindberg, Ingeborg Lundin, Finn Juhl, Fritz Hansen, Artek, Le Klint, Gustavsberg, Iittala, Fiskars, Volvo, Saab, Orrefors, Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard, Arabia, Marimekko, and Georg Jensen.
Hardcover, 15.1 x 19.5 cm, 704 pages
For over 30 years, photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868–1952) traveled the length and breadth of North America, seeking to record in words and images the traditional life of its vanishing indigenous inhabitants. Like a man possessed, he strove to realize his life’s work, which culminated in the publication of his encyclopedia The North American Indian. In the end, this monumental work comprised 20 textual volumes and 20 portfolios with over 2,000 illustrations. No other photographer has created a larger oeuvre on this theme, and it is Curtis, more than any other, who has crucially molded our conception of Native Americans. This book shows the photographer’s most impressive pictures and vividly details his journey through life, which led him not only into the prairies but also into the film studios of Hollywood.
Hardcover, 24 x 30 cm, 192 pages
The greatest challenge in designing homes is negotiating the delicate balance between aesthetics and the personal desires of the occupants. While it’s important for the structure to reflect the vision and style of the architect, the client must ultimately feel at home beneath the roof. It is particularly interesting, therefore, to examine the homes that architects create for themselves.
If houses reflect their owners’ personalities, then architects’ own homes are like autobiographies. Location, layout, style, lighting, artwork, furnishings—every detail adds color to the story. Each of these dwellings, presented A–Z by architect, speaks more about its designer than any other building possibly could.
Hardcover, 20.8 x 27.4 cm, 480 pages
This book comprehensively showcases sneakers through time from early Air Jordans, the original Air Force 1, and Adidas Superstars to iconic contemporary designs by pop culture figures like Kanye West and cool fashion designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela–a visual history of the world’s most coveted and popular footwear, from early Keds and Converse All Stars to the latest fashion and design icons. Every sneaker has a story to tell, and this encyclopedic book features 1,000 full-color images of the sneakers that have most influenced global sneaker culture with examples to engage sneaker aficionados of all stripes. Trainers, tennis shoes, kicks—whatever you call them, the sneaker has risen to global popularity with a huge international audience clamoring for the rarest, the latest, or the reissued classics. Every angle is covered—throwbacks and new shoes alike—with legendary sneakers, groundbreaking designs, and technical advancements, as well as the athletes and celebrities who made the shoe famous. Included are the Adidas Jabbar, the Puma Clyde, the Nike Air Force 1, the Reebok Question, the Nike Zoom Kobe IV, and many others from acknowledged classics, along with less remembered styles worthy of recognition, such as the Royal Master Pro-Keds or the Sk8 High Vans, and one-of-a-kind limited releases like the 1971 Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar Adidas. 1000 Sneakers features detailed reference sections for collectors, histories of leading brands and designers, and anecdotes from the worlds of sports, fashion, hip-hop, and popular culture, making this book the perfect gift for sports, design, and street fashion enthusiasts alike.
The nuanced realm of Nordic design has two personalities. On one side, there sits the open, light, friendly, and democratic constituent. And, on the other hand, is its moody counterpart: sleek and sophisticated; timeless and traditional; and deeply rooted in the sensations and juxtapositions of nature. Within the lines of tile-covered roofs born from the existence of nearby clay deposits and large windows that let in light during the shorter winter days, insight into this special thread of skilled craftsmanship awaits. Scandinavia Dreaming presents dazzling interiors, architecture, and products that show the richness, variety, and intensity of contemporary Nordic spaces.
Artisans fresh from design school breathe new life into the wonted usage of tile, wood, glass, ceramics, and other customarily Nordic materials. Profiles of brands and personalities that have influenced and, arguably, brought Nordic threads to the forefront of design conversations, tell an intriguing story: an aesthetic and historic journey through a vast world of style and heritage. Design firms such as Hay, Ferm Living, and Frama are highlighted and extolled for the new layer of warmth and energy that they bring to contemporary Danish design while honoring Scandinavian aesthetics and a space’s need to be both livable and logical. Finnish home textiles by Klaus Haapeniemi and Kustaa Saksi prove that the categories of art and décor are not mutually exclusive. Be it the painstaking searches of Copenhagen’s Gubi design house for neglected furniture that needs a well-honed touch before becoming pieces of the current design narrative or the tantalizing sculptures of Oslo-based designers Kneip that illustrate and investigate the phenomena of nature whilst reflecting the gentle coexistence of Nordic architecture with its surroundings, there exists a seamless pairing of the aesthetic and the historical within this iconic tale of design.
The projects within Scandinavia Dreaming translate to any four walls and readily invite transformation from page to reality. Told through anecdotes from those who live in them and from those who exist in other sectors of the creative community, Scandinavia Dreaming tells of a design school that has a worldwide reputation for its effortless combination of classical restraint and warm materials.
Discover a Simpler, More Authentic Way to Entertain.
Wabi-Sabi Welcome is sharing a pot of tea with friends. It is preparing delicious food to nourish, not to show off. It’s keeping a basket of cozy slippers at the door for guests. It is well-worn linens, bouquets of foraged branches, mismatched silverware, and heirloom bowls infused with the spirit of meals served with love.
In this lush entertaining manual, author Julie Pointer Adams invites readers into artful, easygoing homes around the world—in Denmark, California, France, Italy, and Japan—and teaches us how to turn the generous act of getting together into the deeper art of being together.
On December 15, 1868, Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794–1868), Professor of Botany at the University of Munich and director of the Royal Botanic Garden, was carried to his grave in a coffin covered with fresh palm leaves. The fronds were a reference to his groundbreaking Natural History of Palms: a work in three volumes, published between 1823–1853.
This encyclopedic treasury of 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations was based on Martius’s expeditions through Brazil and Peru. From 1817 to 1820, he traveled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) through the Amazon basin to investigate natural history and native tribes with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix.
The result was an unrivaled catalog of all known genera of the palm family, outlining the modern classification of palms, describing all the palms of Brazil, and producing the first maps of palm biogeography. Martius’s folio is unusual in its inclusion of cross-sectioned diagrams, conveying the architecture of these mighty trees, which central Europeans would have found hard to imagine accurately. Equally remarkable are the color landscapes showing various palms—often standing alone in simple and elegant beauty.
A collection of photographs from the city of Palm Springs, California. Shot on 35mm black and white film.
Hardbound and printed on premium uncoated paper.
A foreword by John Pawson.
Since the first issue, Oak – The Nordic Journal has continually set a benchmark for originality through ambitious journalism and photography about the Nordic region. The seventh issue of Oak explores the power of conversation to spark new ideas and creative collaborations within the design field, and beyond. The new issue brings together visionaries for insightful conversations, while examining how the Nordic design tradition engages in a lively dialogue with its legacy and with the next generation of innovators. Highlights include; Henrik Vibskov and the Mindcraft 17 artists and designers, Olafur Eliasson and Anders Byriel (CEO Kvadrat), Jan Gehl, and much more.
The highly collectible bookazine also presents a bound-in design insert, that delves into the stories of heritage brands in the Nordic world. By charting relationships around craftsmanship, tradition and a deep appreciation for quality and material, Oak uncovers the DNA of innovative Nordic companies and designers who continue to push the boundaries of creativity.
A perfect bound hardcover edition with FSC-approved uncoated paper, printed in Germany.
184 pages / plastic sleeve.
This issue contains stories about Melbourne, its coffee, and the people who drink it. For our fifth issue, we hear from dozens of locals, shop owners, roasters, patrons, entrepreneurs, writers, and photographers about what it’s like to drink coffee in Melbourne. The capital of Victoria is flush with cafes, boasting one of the highest concentrations of coffee shops per capita in the world. Home of the flat white and avocado toast, this unsuspecting epicenter of the coffee world is at a crossroads, as its most towering figures take what they’ve learned to enterprises overseas, and leave the Australian city to recalibrate its identity.
Drift, Melbourne guides us from Italy to Bali to New York, from 19th century pioneers to the future, as we take a magnifying glass to what makes Melbourne’s coffee scene tick.
Drift: Melbourne includes:
A look into Australian cafe culture, including the health-conscious dishes that have emerged from it, such as avocado toast and chia seed pudding.
Photo essay of the city’s famous graffiti artists.
How refugees seeking asylum in Melbourne are trained to be baristas at one of the city’s best shops.
Tracing the history of the Keep Cup and environmental sustainability.
A photo series dedicated to Melbourne office workers queueing for their morning cups.
A profile of an artist building and refurbishing espresso machines.
How Melbourne’s Italian community laid the groundwork for the city’s ascendancy to coffee shop Mecca.
160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper.
Brooklyn, an incredibly diverse borough of New York City, is many things to many people. It’s where the Ebbets Field and stickball-loving old New York meets young creative types obsessed with artisanship, where old school Jewish deli owners and Latin American vendors meet chefs armed with tweezers in graffitied warehouses. In this issue, the borough’s great chefs—street vendors and guardians of hallowed centuries-old institutions, young guns and Roberta’s disciples—tell us, through their own words and recipes, about one of the most influential and complex regions in the world, and what it’s like to cook and eat there in 2016.
Volume 3 eats its way through Brooklyn and brings you stories, photos, and light recipes from the New York City borough’s greatest chefs.
In this issue, we hear from:
Carlo Mirarchi (Roberta’s, Blanca)
Andy Ricker (Pok Pok)
Pamela Yung (Semilla)
Jose Ramírez-Ruiz (Semilla)
Andrew Tarlow (The Diner, Marlow & Sons, Achilles Heel)
Claus Meyer (Meyers Bageri)
Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Tørst)
7.5″ x 9.5″, 144 pages, offset UV-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper.
It is obvious that people have a strong awareness of the fact that the environment in which they work has a strong impact on how they work. That is why most people choose their comfort zones very carefully.
Once they have found it, they feel able to live their potential to the fullest. That is why we dedicated this first issue to that one place, your comfort zone.
Here is where it all begins.
Issue One features the following artists
Eike König, Berlin
A Kind of Guise, Munich
Eman Ali, London
Andrew Trotter, Barcelona
Paweł Althamer, Warsaw
Jasmine Deporta, Bozen
the Stu, Munich
Can Dagarslani, Istanbul
Sinziana Velicescu, Los Angeles
130 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper.
In this issue we are bringing you more than a handful of inspirational conversations, and this time around we have chosen to sit down with creatives dealing with taste & aroma in their own unique way.
We have also visited a bunch of great places, places doing great things. We have looked for social initiatives that look to bring back to the community, either by employing homeless or refugees, or simply backing up local designers.
Cover illustration by Derek Ercolano.
Culled from our Illustration Now! series is this selection of today’s most successful and important illustrators from around the globe. In his introduction, Steven Heller fleshes out the challenging process of narrowing down a field of 600 illustrators to a selection of the 100 most significant. The final cut, including artists such as Istvan Banyai, Gary Baseman, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Brad Holland, Mirko Ilić, Anita Kunz, and Christoph Niemann, provides a snapshot of the highly dynamic and diverse world of contemporary illustration.
A self-portrait by each illustrator and examples of their work.
A profile text about each illustrator by Steven Heller.
Lists of selected exhibitions and publications.
Illustrators’ quotes about his/her work.
Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 24 x 31.6 cm, 640 pages
Max Beckmann (1884-1950) found his central theme in the angst of 20th-century interwar experience. With a style between Expressionism and New Objectivity, later softened into more radiant naturalism, the painter and printmaker probed the strife of the human condition in portraits, self-portraits, and allegorical tableau.
Beckmann’s early pictures showed the influence of Impressionism, with a leaning towards biblical, historical, and allegorical themes. Serving in the medical corps in Belgium during World War I, he was discharged after a nervous breakdown, and would return to art with anguished new strategies of distortion, angularity, and exaggerated color. In chaotic scenes of the circus, cabarets, carnivals, and candelit chambers, he emphasized the theatricality of life and seemed to foretell the doom of the interwar Weimar Republic with his cast of lurid characters, often peppered with ominous fragments of myth, biblical reference, and opaque allegory.
Beckmann’s Departure is the first in a series of triptych paintings recalling the juxtaposed scenes of heaven and hell, sin and salvation typical to medieval or Renaissance altarpieces. Though the artist denied that Departure had specific meaning, it is often regarded as an emblematic response to the rise of National Soclalism, painted at the time that the Nazis fired Beckmann from his professorship at the Frankfurt Art Academy.
This monograph features more than 180 of Beckmann’s from 1907 to 1950, including many of his most famous self-portraits and triptychs. Biographical essays cover his war years, the 1920s in Frankfurt, his Nazi exile years in Amsterdam, and his emigration to the United States. Bonus additional material includes photographs on which many of his paintings are based, several exhibition shots, and images from other artists as Pablo Picasso, Eugène Delacroix, Max Ernst, and Edvard Munch that visualize Beckmann’s inspirations and context.
Hardcover, 25.1 x 31.6 cm, 200 pages
A comprehensive collection of examples ranging from subversive to museum-worthy, this striking showcase positions collage between provocation and commerce. Presenting the work of more than 70 collage artists—from established names including John Baldessari and Richard Prince to up-and-coming talents such as Lola Dupré and Mat Maitland—the book explores the seemingly endless creative possibilities that result when disparate images are brought together in unexpected ways.
Editors: Dennis Busch & Gestalten
Format: 24 × 30 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 320 pages