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
A monumental sculpture by Harry Bertoia, a free-form table by Charlotte Perriand, a chandelier by Alexander Calder, furniture by the Eameses, Gio Ponti, Jean Prouvé, Finn Juhl, the Winton Guest House by Frank Gehry and an Asa-no-ha cabinet by George Nakashima for the International Paper Company are among the important works in this exceptional publication featuring the best of design. Comprised solely of the rarest works by important architects, designers and artists of the 20th century, Design Masterworks is filled with over 25 seminal works that defined their time in history. This distinctive two-volume set contained in an elegant slipcase is lavishly illustrated with Wright’s signature photography inset with vintage photo- graphs, architectural drawings and quotes from the artists. Accompanying essays tell the story of the objects and the artists and designers behind them. Enclosed are catalogs, Frank Gehry, Winton Guest House and Design Masterworks.
February 2016 / 2-volume boxed set Hardcover & Softcover
8 ¼ x 11 inches / 66 pp & 124 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-9862138-7-8 · Retail Price: $60.00
The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976
Alex Coles, Catharine Rossi (Eds.)
This long-awaited first title in a new series from design historian Alex Coles takes on the giants of the Italian avant-garde. The EP—Extended Play—series will fluidly move between art, design and architecture, and create a space between the popular magazine (“single play”) and academic journals (“long play”). Catharine Rossi guest edits EP Vol. 1, exploring the interactions between alternative collectives including Arte Povera, Archizoom and Superstudio and iconic designers Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini. Also highlighted are overlooked spaces, works and performances generated by Zoo, Gruppo 9999 and Cavart. Design by Experimental Jetset. With contributions and interviews by Paola Antonelli, Andrea Branzi, Alison J. Clarke, Martino Gamper, Joseph Grima, Alessandro Mendini, Antonio Negri, Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Studio Formafantasma and Ettore Vitale, among others.
2013 / Softcover / 5 x 8 inches
224 pp / 42 b&w and 39 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-49-8 · Retail Price: $31.00
A Critical Study of Fashion as a System of Value Production through the Paradigmatic Changes of Ornament
Femke de Vries
In this slender little manifesto on the role of ornament in contemporary fashion, Dutch designer/artist and researcher Femke de Vries presents fresh insights into how fashion functions in today’s experience economy. Several thought-provoking essays employ a wide range of sources from Adolf Loos to Michel de Certeau, mapping its process, symbolic value, branding and narratives. Concluding essays “Ornamenting the Inner Instead of the Outer Self,” “Fashioning the Mind” and “Clothes as Souvenirs” show how fashion ornament escapes commercial inten- tion and opens up its symbolic potential. Compelling images, including a photograph of a Danish coat store draped with thousands of overcoats, inter- leave the text to great effect. In addition to her publications, Femke’s research-led practice in fashion includes discursive educational projects exploring the social-, economic- and design-related effects of fashion as value-production system. Fully footnoted, with bibliography.
February 2016 / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 60 pp / 17 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-44-1 · Retail Price: $20.00
JONATHAN MUECKE AND BAS PRINCEN
Sophie Krier (Ed.)
A new series from designer Sophie Krier looking at processes emerging on the frontiers of design. Every “field essay” is a renewed attempt to formulate a visual grammar for design research. In this issue, the work of American furniture designer Jonathan Muecke is juxtaposed with the architectural photography of Dutchman Bas Princen. The Cranbrook educated Muecke creates boldly imaginative artifacts—such as his series of carbon fiber chairs—that probe the realms of our perception and make us more aware of its mechanisms. Princen, on the other hand, frames built and un-built landscapes—where typologies blur between office park and science fiction monolith, for example—to dramatic effect. Both create visual propositions that “make room” in the space between what we construct and what we experience.
Hardbound slipcase w/ 1 softcover and 2 zines
7 x 9 1/2 inches / 112 pp / 25 b&w and 20 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-97-7 · Retail Price: $42.00
The Ideas to Gather People
Little did we know the flyer is actually experiencing a renaissance! Traditionally defined as small printed matter made for time-sensitive news, a flyer is a classic form of media used since Roman times. In our digital era the PDF flyer— thin and banner-sized for Facebook invites, or square-formatted for Instagram— is revolutionizing this classic platform for ad-hoc graphic design. To feed this newfound demand, Flyer Design presents 250 wonderful present-day examples of Japanese flyer designs, presented in five categories: exhibitions, performances and dances, movies, music events and festivals. With its striking green and pink cover and spreads featuring overlaid graphics, photography and text, this smart volume signals that flyers are a classic medium fit for the digital age— no Xeroxes allowed.
Japanese only / Softcover
7 x 9 ½ inches, 208 pp, 240 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-910-5 · Retail Price: $39.95