Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo
This picture book documents how these two young Swiss product designers have copied objects seen at international design fairs over the last few years. Each of these copies is juxtaposed with the original, mostly on a double page spread. Using a precise approach, they exaggerate significant aspects of the original. In this way the dialog between the original and the copy represents an homage to the authors. Moreover, the originality of the copy shows what inspirational reading this makes. This wonderful artist book shows the Swiss duo’s incredible sense of humor besides their original vision and innovative design. An edition of 200 copies.
2009 / Softcover / 8 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches
78 pp / 17 color and 21 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-940215-07-9 · Retail Price: $24.95
Ellen Zoete (Ed.)
These 10 talented designers add extra cultural value by developing the economic durability of raw materials through experimental production methods. Their unique, innovative products stimulate and chart the course of a new cultural economy— one that is independent of financial-economic value. Designers include Alexander Pelikan, Mieke Meijer, Max Lipsey, Daphna Laurens, BCXSY, Rachel Griffin, Julien Carretero and Charlotte Dumoncel d’Argence. Texts from Frederick Baas and Simone de Waard.
2011 / English & Dutch / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches / 90 pp
30 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-73-1 · Retail Price: $26.00
A Graphic Odyssey
Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy (Eds.)
Hands down, Wim Crouwel is one of the graphic design titans of the 20th century. His clear understanding of the new modernity, innovative use of the grid system and hunger for typographic experimentation pushed him far ahead of the design world of the 1950s. These staggering accomplishments are recognized in a sixty- year retrospective at the London Design Museum, documented in this unorthodox exhibition catalog. Featured here is everything from his innovative typographic poster designs for the Stedelijic Museum to his visionary designs for IBM, from postage stamps to his personal photos. But instead of seamless reproductions, the works are documented in the raw, bare-concrete setting of the Crouwel archive, giving new life to works that were created to live within the public domain. Adding to this amazing document is a rare interview with Crouwel by the exhibition’s curator, Tony Brooks.
March 2013/ Japanese & English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches/ 176 pp/ Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-834-4 · Retail Price: $39.95
Adam Blackman & David Cruz (Eds.)
A granite sphinx by sculptor David Edstrom from the 1915 SF Panama-Pacific Expo, gnarled wood and root lounge chairs from Al Capone’s Wisconsin hideout and a 1951 Bianchi motorcycle are just a few of the fascinating works included in this auction catalog from renowned Los Angeles dealers and arbiters of taste Adam Blackman and David Cruz. Lavishly styled for their joint exhibition with Wright, the catalog includes furniture, design, art and objects typical of their selective and inquisitive eye. Composed of a wide-ranging assortment of good design from antiques to their own contemporary productions and accompanied by brief and enlightening narratives by the duo, this collection is united by a distinct aesthetic sensibility celebrating the virtues of drama, humor, ingenuity and sculptural boldness. The inclusion of work by designers Josef Hoffmann, Carlo Bugatti, Andre Sornay, Paolo de Poli and Arturo Pani makes this alluring catalog an enduring historical document.
July 2015 / Softcover
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 240 pp / 241 color
ISBN: 978-0-9862138-5-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
Art and Environment
1998, Exhibition catalog
Japanese and partial English text
Softcover, 8 3/4 x 12 inches
306 pp, 309 b&w and 197 color reproductions
ISBN: 4-309-25512-4 · Retail Price: $56.00
This good-humored, relentlessly fresh guide to using plants in any home comes from Satoshi Kawamoto, the garden stylist behind Green Fingers, a mini-chain of home and garden shops in Tokyo’s hippest neighborhoods. To Kawamoto-san, any empty space in any home— no matter how small—is the perfect place for a plant: kitchen, bedroom, entry, bathroom, an unused shoe. This indispensable guide for decorators, event planners, art directors, bloggers and DIY-ers uses indoor plants, dry and preserved flowers, succulents, artificial flowers, driftwood and more to bring a feeling of nature and calm to any living space. Kawamoto promotes design solutions for small spaces and apartment living and includes ideas for parties and shop window displays as well. Though only in Japanese, these full-bleed color photos and illustrated guides speak for themselves.
September 2013 / Japanese & limited English
Softcover / 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 112 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-865-8 · Retail Price: $28.00
Living with Plants: Interior and Exterior Decorating with Green
Acclaimed artist/designer Satoshi Kawamoto, in his third book with BNN, explores how to turn a drab 300-square-foot living space into a living and breathing park! The refined design skills of this master of interior greening are displayed in Deco Room with Plants in diorama-like green spaces in domestic habitats, restaurants and a variety of small businesses. This third book is a true delight and a valued addition to Kawamoto’s vision. For the first time we see before-and-after images of spaces he transformed into corners of pure plant bliss, together with images of his Green Fingers shops in New York and Japan. As with the other volumes, the visuals are so descriptive and informative that the limited English translation does not interfere with our enjoyment of worlds that remind us never to forget Mother Nature!
February 2016 / Japanese w/limited English / Softcover
7 ¼ x 9 ½ inches / 112 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-995-2 · Retail Price: $25.00
Living with Plants. Styling for Comfortable Interior
Look out, design world, the infamous Tokyo garden stylist Satoshi Kawamoto has just released volume two of his sought after series, Deco Room with Plants! With over 300 images the informative and hilarious DIY guide once again shows you endless ways to maximize the greening of one’s work and living spaces. Included are five fully illustrated chapters on home styling, shop styling, friend’s place styling, exhibition styling and brand styling. Kawamoto recently opened his shop in New York City, Green Fingers,—on the 10th anniversary of his company’s foundation— and brings to New Yorkers the ability to discover that overlooked nook or cranny that can easily hold a small forest of succulents, places like inside that always empty refrigerator! Sadly, the conversations with costume designer/stylist Patricia Field and clothing designer Daiki Suzuki are only in Japanese but all image captions, chapters and descriptions have full English translations.
January 2015 / Japanese w/limited English
Softcover / 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
112 pp / 27 b&w and 300 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-930-3 · Retail Price: $25.00
The Alan Moss Collection
Comprised of nearly 300 lots of furniture and objects, this sumptuous auction catalog attests to dealer Alan Moss’s deep appreciation for quality, workmanship, material, finish and decoration. Outstanding examples of early modernism are presented in lavish photographs and unexpected groupings alongside midcentury and postwar designs, including works by Gio Ponti, Donald Deskey, Georges Jouve, Karl Springer and Jacques Adnet, among others. A fixture of New York City for over 40 years, Moss has been among the city’s important dealers since the beginning of the 20th century market. Focusing on quality, he has an eye for the rare high points of 20th century design and objects representing over a century of decorative evolution. Whether the style of Paul Poiret, the substance of Donald Deskey or the surrealism of Piero Fornasetti, Moss’s inclusive and eclectic taste has long influenced, and in many cases defined, the market for 20th century decorative art and design.
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches
196 pp / 379 color
ISBN: 978-0-9904955-6-7 · Retail Price: $35.00
Take ordinary, standardized products: buttons, dishtowels, greeting cards, baby bibs, pencil cases, gift boxes. Now add the eye and hand of some of Japan’s most creative designers, bringing warmth, creativity and a natural touch to everyday objects. This beautiful and inspiring book is a collection of simple manufactured items that take on a new luminosity as they are re-imagined: polar bears and penguins cavort on “Northpole and Southpole” drinking glasses; trash bags become fluffy bunnies; French biscuits transform into key chains. A wealth of natural botanical and animal motifs, vintage pattern re-makes, and even the most elegant moss-topped ceramic sheep ever (Chia Pets begone!).
2011 / Softcover / 6 x 8.25 inches
208 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-735-4 · Retail Price: $39.95