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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

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

BOOKS ON JAPAN 1931–1972

Japanese Propaganda Books

Yoshiyuki Morioka

How did the Japanese see themselves from 1931 to 1972? Even more importantly, how did the Japanese want the rest of the world to see them during those four pivotal decades? This controversial, unprecedented book, selected from a massive private collection of magazines and newspapers, takes an in-depth look at the information, news, photos and advertisements used in Japanese propaganda books, illustrating the radical sociopolitical evolution of the nation and culture throughout that period of the 20th century. “Propaganda” is defined here as publications promoting political, military and cultural ideas, ranging from national magazines such as Nippon and Front (with a feature on Japan’s “crack airborne paratroop units”) to corporate documents that include a beautifully designed brochure on the facilities for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Japanese have been notably slow to acknowledge the excesses and atrocities of the militaristic regime that led the nation into World War II; this elegantly designed book combats that resistance and opens a door to show what the government and corporate communicators were feeding to the public at the time. It also reveals the roots of Japan’s unique modern design aesthetic in the work of some of the nation’s finest graphic artists.

Iconic Japanese graphic designers and photograpers featured include Takashi Kono, Fumio Yamana, Yusaku Kamekura, Goro Kumada, Shihachi Fujimoto and Hiromu Hara in graphic design and Ihei Kimura, Yonosuke Natori Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon and Hiroshi Hamaya in photography.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
September 2013 / Japanese & limited English
Hardcover / 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
224 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-826-9 · Retail Price: $56.00