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
Re-reading clothing definitions towards alternative fashion perspectives
Femke de Vries, Joke Robaard & Ruby Hoette (Eds.)
Femke de Vries is an artist/researcher who explores the interaction between clothing (as material objects of use) and fashion (as a process of value production). Dictionary Dressings is an ongoing research project by de Vries that uses the nature of the dictionary definition as a “zero condition” for a piece of clothing in order to decode clothes and explore an alternative fashion vocabulary. To generate inclusive modes of production, the artist brings together designers, researchers and students to explore opportunities. Overlapping and interlinking theory with hands-on making, she pushes beyond trends and accepted social and design codes to offer a fundamental shift in perspective that contributes valuable insights to the broader cultural discourse of fashion. This softcover volume—co-edited by Ruby Hoette—contains over 250 illustrations plus the work of contributors including Hans Gremmen, Barbara Brownie, BLESS, Conny Groenewegen, Elisa van Joolen, Joke Robaard and Ruby Hoette.
February 2017 / Dutch & English / Softcover
8 ¼ x 11 ½ in. / 392 pp / 216 b&w and 47 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-60-1 · Retail Price: $30.00
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
Thema Selection: The Story of a Zürich Fashion Label
Gina Bucher (Ed.)
The fashion label Thema Selection and its outlet in Zürich’s Oberdorf neigh- borhood made quite a splash in the 1970s. With its androgynous style and eccentric fashion shows, the shop fast became a favorite haunt of Zürich’s arts scene. In an era when most women dressed as hippies or staid matrons, Thema’s plain-cut work clothes for women made from men’s fabrics were way ahead of their time. A massive 600-page book with 400 color reproductions, it uses a scrapbook-like style to unfold this extensive survey of a fashion line that set a new female aesthetic. The cultural history of this avant-garde enterprise is recounted by the shop’s founders and their friends and companions along the way, who were then, and remain to this day, an intrinsic part of Thema’s zest for life. With texts by Zürich-based cultural and literary scholar Elisabeth Bronfen, Swiss art historian Jacqueline Burkhart, and founder of Parkett magazine and SCALO books, Walter Keller, et al.
May 2016 / Softcover
9 x 11 ¾ inches / 632 pp / 400 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-11-1 · Retail Price: $65.00
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
When officially announced in 2015 that the Four Seasons Hotel restaurant and bar was closing, one could hear a gasp of disbelief around the world. The bastion of power lunches and the stunning elegance of Philip Johnson’s 1959 interiors in Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Seagram Building was over, to be disassembled and auctioned off. The only solace is that respected auction house Wright, was chosen to disperse the treasure trove of classic mid-century modern furniture and objects into new and loving hands. This slender catalog creates an invaluable record of all the items that made the restaurant memorable and adored. From custom furniture by Mies and Johnson with Knoll to Hans Wegner’s The Chair, tableware designed by L. Garth and Ada Louis Huxtable to Saarinen’s tulip tables and chairs, one can see why dining felt so special. Essays by architectural critic Paul Goldberger, food journalist Alan Richman and Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter plus historical photos make for an vital tribute. Contributions by Mies Van Der Rohe, Phillip Johnson, Graydon Carter, Alan Richman and Paul Goldberger.
July 2016 / Softcover / 8 ½ x 11 in.
40 pp / 12 b&w and 43 color
ISBN: 978-0-9976850-1-5 · Retail Price: $50.00
The Living Surface
An Alternative Biology Book on Stains
The Living Surface: An Alternative Biology Book on Stains is an intriguing look at the work, artistic practice and materials used by Dutch designer and artist Lizan Freijsen (b. 1960). Her practice has evolved from painting, mixed media and public spaces to photographic research where her fascination with dried stains from everyday environments take a central place. Within the framework of a master’s study in design research (2014–16), Freijsen rekindled her interest in the lost craft of hand tufting, incorporating these organic patterns in her handmade carpets, tapestries, blankets and other textiles, which have been crafted over the last eight years. This publication features the timeconsuming production of carpets by means of this hand-tufting technique, combined with form and color studies; an overview of her extensive photo archive of stains, fungi and mildew cataloged by location; and a section that lists their CMYK formula.
May 2017 / English, Dutch & French / Softcover
9 x 11 ¾ in. / 248 pp / Extensive color w/ poster
ISBN: 978-94-90322-77-9 · Retail Price: $40.00
Joseph Kellner (Ed.)
Located between Joe Batt’s Arm and Barr’d Islands on the Back Western Shore of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, the Fogo Island Inn is a spectacular building set in a spectacular landscape, and the site of a collaborative design effort between local artisans and international designers. In annotated full-bleed color images, their designs, furniture and textiles evince the inventive and resourceful use of regional materials, forms and colors responsive to and reflective of this unique environment. Categorized as traditional, minimal, tactile, functional, pattern and fancy, each piece functions as both object and artifact. The project, supported by the Shorefast Foundation and described in introductory text by editor Joseph Kellner, is part of a greater effort to rebuild the economy of care, craft and culture that existed on these islands for hundreds of years. It also serves as inspiration and model for resistance to cultural homogenization and rural decline.
SHOREFAST FOUNDATION, CANADA
February 2016 / Softcover
6 x 8 ¼ inches / 144 pp / 88 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-154-3 · Retail Price: $28.00