July 2016 (41)

The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm

ISBN: 9783899555707

Publisher: Gestalten

The retro-futuristic epoch is one of the most visually spectacular in architecture's history. The utopian buildings of the 1960s and 1970s never go out of style...


The retro-futuristic epoch is one of the most visually spectacular in architecture's history. The utopian buildings of the 1960s and 1970s never go out of style. This book compiles radical ideas and visionary structures. The notion of utopia proves as diverse as it does universal. From exuberant master plans to singular architectural expressions, the rise of the utopian architectural movement in the 1960s and 1970s represents a critical shift in ideology away from mid-century traditionalism. This period shakes off the conformity and conventions of the 1950s in favour of a more experimental post-war agenda. Marked by groundbreaking reinterpretations of both the single family house as well as more large scale developments, the embrace of utopian and generally progressive thinking mirrored the cultural revolution of the times. These daring, charming, futuristic, and hopeful designs were not isolated to a particular part of the world. Visionary voices longing for a fresh approach to architecture began appearing across France, Japan, the United States, and beyond. The Tale of Tomorrow documents this prolific era in architecture--a time when anything felt possible as architects began to think further and further outside the box. The Tale of Tomorrow focuses exclusively on built manifestations of utopian ideas. Rather than mixing together abstract theorists with practitioners, this book focuses on the tangible embodiments of such forward thinking. Highlighting well-known projects as well as the more obscure and offbeat, the collection of utopian approaches compiled here maintain their visual power and infectious optimism nearly half a century later. These experimental structures, both large and small, appear in everyday places in stark contrast to their far-from-utopian contexts. In addition to featuring a range of whimsical architectural gestures, The Tale of Tomorrow also explores more brutalist styles of utopian thinking. This bold and iconic class of projects not only inspires a sense of awe and reverence towards one's surroundings but also demonstrates the broad spectrum of deeply personal solutions at play as each architect began to craft their ideal world. Whether an organically shaped residence or a towering sculptural complex, the projects in this book stand as poignant suggestions of what might have been and, perhaps what could still be.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 240 x 300 mm


Publication Date: 30-03-2016


$130.00
50 Artists You Should Know

ISBN: 9783791381695

Author: Thomas Koster    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Now available in an updated edition, this attractive, useful, and entertaining collection of great artists and great art is a course in art history for readers ...


Now available in an updated edition, this attractive, useful, and entertaining collection of great artists and great art is a course in art history for readers of all ages. This bestselling reference guide profiles 50 major artists alongside their representative works. The entries are presented in an eye-catching format that features superb illustrations, brief biographies, and critical analyses. A glossary of important terms is also included in the book. Arranged chronologically, the selection of artists includes every major artistic movement and development since the Gothic period, giving readers a clear understanding of the evolution of the visual arts. Perfect for casual reading or easy reference, this accessible overview is a fun and practical art history lesson that everyone can enjoy.


Bind: paperback


Dimensions: 193 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-2016


$45.00
50 Paintings You Should Know

ISBN: 9783791381701

Author: Kristina Lowis    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Spanning seven centuries, this selection of fifty iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous color reproductions th...


Spanning seven centuries, this selection of fifty iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous color reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate. Starting with Giotto's Arena Chapel frescoes and continuing through Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as works by Monet, van Gogh, Cassatt, Cezanne, Dali, Kahlo, Hopper, Pollock, Rothko, and O'Keeffe, nearly every important painter is represented in this book. It features works that may be familiar to the eye, but whose histories are even more fascinating. Readers will learn about the painters who created them, the reasons for their importance and the places the paintings can be found. As entertaining as it is informative, this beautiful book is the perfect introduction to great paintings that have stood the test of time.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 195 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-03-2016


$45.00
Art Deco

ISBN: 9783791382418

Author: Norbert Wolf    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Now available in a new format, this lavishly illustrated volume explores Art Deco art and design from its origin to its present day influences. The Art Deco sty...


Now available in a new format, this lavishly illustrated volume explores Art Deco art and design from its origin to its present day influences. The Art Deco style is so recognizable and widespread that its original impact on the culture in which it emerged has been all but lost in the clutter of imitation. This book draws our attention back to the birth of Art Deco a period between two devastating world wars when industrialization was flourishing, interest in archaeology was peaking, and movements such as Cubism, Constructivism, Futurism, and Modernism were turning the art world on its head. Brilliantly designed to reflect the style it celebrates, "Art Deco" is filled with hundreds of examples of painting, architecture, interiors, jewelry, crafts, furniture, and fashion. Author Norbert Wolf traces the chronology of the Art Deco style by looking at the politics and culture of Europe in the 1920s and early 30s and the artistic movements that paralleled its popularity. He follows Art Deco s influence in Europe and its spread to the Americas and Asia. Most importantly, this wideranging volume looks beyond the era of Art Deco s origination to the present day. Pointing to the numerous revivals and contemporary echoes in painting and even literature, this beautiful volume demonstrates the style s lasting importance."


Bind: hardback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 226 x 323 mm


Publication Date: 20-03-2016


$95.00
The Magic of Lines II

ISBN: 9781908175731

Publisher: Gingko Press

Magic of Lines II returns to the rich source of inspiration found in the most basic of illustrative forms: lines themselves. Works from a multitude of artists f...


Magic of Lines II returns to the rich source of inspiration found in the most basic of illustrative forms: lines themselves. Works from a multitude of artists from all around the world explore how a talented illustrator can guide a viewer’s eye with the most simple of expressions and create movement and vivid depth with only a few strokes of a pen. The human body, impressionistic images, natural forms, and overwhelmingly detailed patterns are all accompanied by interviews with the artists, offering insight into their own inspirations and methods as well as suggestions for artists aspiring to reach new heights in their own art.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 209 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 20-07-2016


$89.99
Sketching Times 2

ISBN: 9789810983376

Publisher: Gingko Press

Apart from honing one’s skills, sketching allows for a freedom of expression in experimenting with shadow and form, line weight, and color to produce work tha...


Apart from honing one’s skills, sketching allows for a freedom of expression in experimenting with shadow and form, line weight, and color to produce work that can creatively rival the finished art. Exposed and unbridled, the international cast of artists included in the second volume of Sketching Times are masters of the craft of illustration that can create a world of feeling or depth with a few simple strokes. Captivating in their simplicity, they remind us of the importance of essence in determining a work’s impact. Inspiration for comic artists, animators, and game designers alike, this book covers a wide range of subject matter from human characters and caricatures, to animals, fantastical creatures, robots, and more.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 336


Dimensions: 222 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 29-06-2016


$79.99
Emigre Fonts: Type Specimens 1986-2016

ISBN: 9781584236207

Author: Rudy Vanderlans    Publisher: Gingko Press

In 1985, Berkeley-based graphic design company Emigre, the publisher of the legendary design magazine of the same name, launched one of the first independent di...


In 1985, Berkeley-based graphic design company Emigre, the publisher of the legendary design magazine of the same name, launched one of the first independent digital type foundries to explore the new design possibilities offered by the MacIntosh computer. To announce each of their new typeface releases, Emigre published small booklets displaying the virtues of the fonts and revealing the processes used to design them. By creating specific contexts, many of these so called “type specimens” went beyond being simple sales tools. In fact the Emigre booklets were meant to be enjoyed as much for the typefaces as for their esoteric content. Emigre broke rules and raised eyebrows, winning them both world-wide acclaim and much criticism. Ultimately, Emigre’s typefaces came to define an era. They were one of the first digital type foundries to sell typefaces online, and they created the model for hundreds of small foundries who followed in their footsteps. Five of Emigre’s digital typefaces were included in MoMAs permanent design collection. The type specimens featured in this book are a selection of some of Emigre’s most memorable productions of the past 30 years.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 752


Dimensions: 146 x 209 mm


Publication Date: 10-06-2016


$79.99 $40.00
Reigning Men

ISBN: 9783791355207

Author: Sharon Sadako Takeda    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This fully illustrated book accompanies one of the most comprehensive exhibitions dedicated solely to three centuries of men’s fashion. The fashionable male m...


This fully illustrated book accompanies one of the most comprehensive exhibitions dedicated solely to three centuries of men’s fashion. The fashionable male may be making a comeback, but early fashion trends centered around what men—not women—were wearing. This intriguing book traces the history of men’s fashion since the 18th century, when young Englishmen imitated foreign dress and manners after touring the European continent. This phenomenon is only one of many explored in sections titled "Revolution/Evolution", "East/West", "Uniformity", "Body Consciousness", and "The Splendid Man". In addition to numerous illustrations of extant menswear, the book captures the 19th-century dandy, a more restrained brand of expensive elegance which became the hallmark of Savile Row; the post-WWII mod, who relished the colorful styles of Carnaby Street; and the 21st-century man—ultra-chic in a sleek suit by day, wearing a flowered tuxedo by night. "Reigning Men" illuminates connections between history and high fashion, traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how uniforms have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals that women aren’t the only ones who cinch and pad their bodies. Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, this eye-opening book will certainly appeal to men and women alike.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 272


Dimensions: 250 x 320 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2016


$110.00
Fashion Made Fair

ISBN: 9783791381763

Author: Ellen Kohrer    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Is green the new black? This beautifully illustrated book pays tribute to contemporary designers whose creations are at once fashionforward as well as sustainab...


Is green the new black? This beautifully illustrated book pays tribute to contemporary designers whose creations are at once fashionforward as well as sustainable, responsible, and humanely produced. Sustainability is in fashion right now and designers are taking note. With an ever-growing number of environmentally conscious consumers at hand, the fashion industry is responding to demands for products that are both beautiful and resourceefficient. This book showcases the work of today’s designers who are doing just that. It features up-and-coming designers and established brands from all over the world, chosen for their ability to manufacture wearable, highly covetable clothing while also contributing to better working conditions, protecting the environment, and applying innovative design techniques or materials. Included in this book are companies that are rediscovering traditional handicrafts, upcycling designers who reuse textile waste, and consumer-oriented approaches that make high fashion a little more cost-effective. From Vivienne Westwood to Patagonia, Umasan to Mud Jeans, this enlightening exploration features designers and brands that cover the spectrum from casual chic to haute couture as well as interviews with fashion experts such as Bruno Pieters, Lily Cole, and Michael Braungart. Filled with images of gorgeous clothing, this book looks at a revolution in the making and points to a fashion future that benefits the people and the planet.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 240 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2016


$105.00
Harrier Boys Volume Two

ISBN: 9781910690178

Author: Bob Marston    Publisher: Grub Street

In the second volume of Harrier Boys, as with the first, the history of this remarkable aircraft in service with UK armed forces is illustrated through personal...


In the second volume of Harrier Boys, as with the first, the history of this remarkable aircraft in service with UK armed forces is illustrated through personal reminiscences of the people who worked with it. The book begins with explanations of the mature concept of operations with the Harrier GR3 in the Cold War. It then progresses through the evolution of Harrier II, starting with the GR5, and updates to the Sea Harrier, while the potential battles to be fought necessitated ever-changing tactics and technology.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 20-07-2016


Tags: July 2016   Military   Transport
$59.99
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