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100 Masters of Bishojo Painting

Those phenomenally popular Japanese anime girls –big-eyed beauties with winsome expressions and impossibly flexible bodies – are called bishojo, Japanese for “beautiful girls.” In this eye-popping new book from BNN, you’ll find 500 versions of the bishojo gals digitally illustrated by 100 Japanese masters. The cover is designed by one of the genre’s most celebrated artists, Range Murata, and featured artists include professional illustrators who create covers for the young-adult genre called “light novel” in Japan and who design characters for games and animations, as well as stand-out amateur artists who show their works on pixiv (the best-known user-generated illustration website in Japan) or in doujinshi (independently published comics). This eminently useful book also includes information to serve as a directory to these talented Japanese artists and the production environment they specialize in. Using a password and ID in the book, readers can download very cool desktop wallpapers.

BNN, Inc., Japan
2010 / Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches / 216 pp / full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-666-1 · Retail Price: $39.95

11” x 17” READER

Elisa van Joolen

Ruby Hoette (Ed.)

High concept and high fashion collide in the 11”x 17” Reader, a compilation of texts and images that examine and challenge the fashion industry’s prevailing value system while proposing new working methods. Through the reuse of samples, stock and archive items donated by various fashion brands, van Joolen developed two new series of products that are both conceptual and wearable: a series of unique 11”x 17” Sweaters and hybrid “inside-out” sneakers and sandals titled Invert Footwear. Bringing together the ethical components of production with intellectual property in our hyper-branded society, the project asks what constitutes a clothing collection? To whom does a piece of clothing really belong? Merging this with a hands-on approach, Van Joolen dares to challenge and rethink the current fashion system, proposing new models of production and presentation in a time when sustainability and cost efficiency are powerful forces. For this project, van Joolen collaborated with brands such as Converse, O’Neill, G Star, Nike and Monique van Heist. She asked the brands to deliver sample pieces and a crew neck sweater from which she cut a tabloidsized, 11 x 17-inch swatch. By mixing the pieces of different brands to create a new “collection”, the concept of branding is challenged. High-end sneakers get a similar treatment, turned inside out with dollar store flip-flops added as souls, and the rubber souls of those turned into sandals. The exposed stitching details reveal the hand of the craftsman—a nameless factory worker. Through conversations with Lynn Berger, Pascale Gatzen, Ruby Hoette, Alexandra Landre and José Teunissen, all noted experts in the field, and model-worn photographs from renowned Dutch fashion photographers Blommers / Schumm, van Joolen explores these questions that lie at the heart of this project.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2014 / Softcover
9 x 11 inches / 104 pp / Extensive b&w and 24 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-14-4 · Retail Price: $35.00

2 Tone Vision Warping Patterns

Over 100 Royalty Free JPEG and EPS Files

BNN INC., JAPAN
2006 / Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
102 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-345-8 · Retail Price: $59.95

20’s Kimono

100 Royalty Free JPEGS Files

BNN, Inc., Japan
2006 / Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
102 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-378-4 · Retail Price: $59.95

Aino Aalto

Ulla Kinnunen
Alvar Aalto Foundation/Museum, Finland
2004 / English and Finnish / Exhibition catalog Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
223 pp / 183 b&w and 48 color
ISBN: 978-952-5371-19-2 · Retail Price: $115.00

Alvar Aalto

Designer

Pirkko Tuukkanen
Alvar Aalto Foundation/Museum, Finland
2007, 3rd edition / Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches
240 pp / 165 b&w and 178 color
ISBN: 978-952-5371-04-8 · Retail Price: $130.00

AFTER VICTOR PAPANEK

The Future Is Not What It Used to Be

Irene Tsatsos (Ed.)

Viennese designer and educator Viktor Papanek’s pioneering influence on sustainable, socially responsible, human-centered design is keenly relevant to current discourses in contemporary art, design and architecture. The catalog from the group exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts, After Victor Papanek (2015), gathers work by eight artists, including Liz Nurenberg, Michael Parker and Dave Bailey, who engage Papanek’s concerns in projects exploring communal interaction and the monitoring of technologies embedded in our social fiber. Former Dean of Cal Arts, Papanek (1923–1998) emigrated to the US to study design and architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1949 and then earned a B.A. from Cooper Union and M.A. at MIT before moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s, where his knowledge of the Bauhaus and anthropology shaped his conviction that when design is simply technical or merely style oriented, it loses touch with what is truly needed by people. Though modest, this well-designed publication is jam-packed with ideas. Each project and installation is well documented with ample photographs and informative descriptions. Contributions by Irene Tsatsos, Jeff Cain, Liz Nurenberg, Robby Herbst, Michael Parker, Dave Hullfish Bailey, CamLab, Olga Koumoundouros, Rafa Esparza Ken Ehrlich and Mathias Heyden, Rosten Woo, The Llano Del Rio Collective, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Verynice design and Matthew Manos.

ARMORY PRESS, PASADENA
August 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 x 9 ½ in. / 68 pp / 21 b&w and 43 color
ISBN: 978-1-893900-19-6 · Retail Price: $20.00

BALDWIN KINGREY

Midcentury Modern in Chicago, 1947—1957

John Brunetti & Tom Fredrickson (Eds.)

Chicago’s Baldwin Kingrey department store offered modern design at a reasonable price, an unstoppable formula for sales as well as the beginning of trend-setting salon for the titans of mid-century modern. With wares by Aalto, Bertoia and Eames, the store quickly acquired status as a laboratory for talent. This first publishing effort by Wright features 100 photographs of the store’s inventory alongside candid quotes from the owners, architect Harry Weese, his wife Kitty Baldwin Weese and partner Jody Kingrey.

Wright
2004 / Softcover
9 x 10 1/2 inches / 128 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-9718405-2-2 · Retail Price: $45.00

BLESS

Retrospective Home Nº30 – Nº41

Heralded as one of fashion’s most innovative designers, the Paris and Berlin-based duo BLESS (Désirée Heiss and Ines Kaag) refuse to capitalize on any one milieu, and instead explore the differences between and the mixing of the systems of art, fashion, and design. This book brings together visual and written documentation of BLESS’s last twelve collections (N° 30-N° 41), continually prompting and challenging the question of where a product begins and ends. Their latest project, N° 41 Retroperspective Home, culminates in an exhibition / intervention of the same title at the Kunsthaus.” The hybrid nature of [BLESS’s] output cries out to be tackled by an institution like ours,” state the curators of the exhibition,” but at the same time makes it very difficult to do so … This is precisely where the challenge of our exhibition lies, seeing art as design and fashion as architecture.”

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches / 416 pp / 200 b&w and 400 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-12-2 · Retail Price: $45.00

BOLTED DOORGESCHOTEN

Maarten Kolk

People eat vegetables every day, but how many actually look at them? Arising from Dutch designer Maartin Kolk’s fascination with vegetable gardens and his belief that everyday objects are too often taken for granted, Bolted is a sun-drenched collection of color photos detailing the extraordinary colors and shapes of bolted vegetable plants - that is, plants that have gone past ripeness to an overgrown state that is useless in the garden but beautiful to the eye. For this stunning, small format book, Kolk observed a vegetable garden and highlighted its hidden splendor, from carrot to zucchini.

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
June 2008 / English & Dutch / Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 inches / 160 pp / 86 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-069-4 · Retail Price: $55.00