Selected Masterworks from a Private New York Collection

Sara Blumberg & Jim Oliviera (Eds.)

Over 25 years in the making, this collection tells the story of the rebirth of the art-glass industry in the late 19th through 20th centuries. Testament to the vision and dedication of the collectors, this assembly of rare, important and sometimes obscure pieces is exceptional in both quality and scope. Expertly photographed and documented by Wright, the collection features more than 200 works from the most renowned Italian manufacturers and designers, including the greatest collection of Barovier ever to come to market, including early Mosaico and Floreali vases, monumental works of the 1930s and 1940s and rare Tessere Polichrome vases of the 1960s. Works by Carlo Scarpa, Dino Martens, MVM Cappallin, Archimede Seguso, Giorgio Ferro, Thomaso Buzzi, Francesco Ferro e Figlio, Piero Fornasetti, Fratelli Toso, Paolo Venini and others. An invaluable record of this rich and creative time in Italian glass design and production.

July 2015 / Softcover
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 140 pp / 355 color
ISBN: 978-0-9862138-8-5 · Retail Price: $35.00

Japan Blue

100 Royalty Free JPEG Files

“Blue more vivid than indigo, bluer than indigo.” The old Japanese saying refers to a student who surpasses his teacher, but it originally meant that the blue produced by indigo dyes was lovelier than the color of the actual indigo leaves. Featured in BNN’s new pattern book is a CD of versatile and user friendly royalty-free jpegs filled with 100 gorgeous, resist-dyed indigo fabric designs. A treasure-chest of inspiration for designers and lovers of historic Japanese textiles.

BNN, Inc., Japan
July 2006, Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
81/2 x 81/2 inches
102 pp, 100 full page color reproductions
ISBN: 4-86100-396-2 · Retail Price: $59.95

Japanese Traditional Stencil Design

100 royalty free jpeg files

Another rich Japanese decorative tradition now accessible on disc in royalty-free jpeg files. Ise paper stencils date back to at least the eighth century, and are used in dyeing fabrics, especially for kimonos. The designs are exquisite: delicate, complex, optically engrossing, subtle and rhythmic. A treasure-trove of fresh-looking, yet venerable, patterns.

BNN INC., Japan
2002/2004, Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
108 pp, 100 full-page color reproductions
ISBN: 4-86100-228-1 · Retail Price: $59.95


Joris Laarman, Andrea Lipps, Sarah Schleuning, Cindi Strauss & Mark Wilson

Furniture generated by smart algorithms, the first fully functional 3-D printed steel bridge, and a 3-D printable chair that can be downloaded from the Internet—these are but a few examples of the ingenious oeuvre of Dutch designer and inventor Joris Laarman (b. 1979), who works at the intersection of design, art and engineering. Part of the recent high-profile Dutch design movement, Laarman quickly set himself apart from his peers with the Heat Wave Radiator, which erases the lines between the functional and the decorative. Quickly embracing digital technologies and applying them to the traditional field of design, Laarman has produced instant icons such as the “Bone Chair” designs, which harnesses a computer algorithm to mimic bone growth for the form of the designs. He has also bridged the distance between digital technology and craftsmanship with his Makerchair, downloadable as an open-source design. Abolishing the distinctions between natural and manmade, Laarman’s work opens a new avenue for the future of design.

In parallel with the touring exhibition, this handsome hardcover catalog with over 300 color illustrations goes far beyond the exhibition, revealing Laarman’s process, his studio and numerous designs in office, home and workshop settings. Flowing throughout the book are informative project descriptions, a statement from the LAB and assorted essays. The American museum tour includes the Cooper Hewitt, NY (2017), the High Museum, Atlanta, and MFA, Houston (2017–18).

October 2017 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 ¾ x 11 in.
304 pp / 150 b&w and 200 color
ISBN: 978-1-947359-00-0 · Retail Price: $60.00


Sayaka Ishii & Natsumi Fujita (Eds.)

The charm of the monochrome illustration is its simplicity. A Journey Through Monochrome Illustration is a fanciful trip around the world with 69 international artists who create illustration-like images in monochrome media. Their tools— noted at the start of each chapter in limited English—vary from the tried-and-true graphite pencil to well-known digital programs. Fascinating and well curated, the book features drawings for commercial and advertising use as well as playful drawings exploring the brilliant wanderings of creative minds. By eliminating color it allows the viewer to use his or her creative juices to wander along the lines—a touch, a rhythm or a line seems to appear more clearly. This book will inspire illustrators who want to enrich their range of expression while offering the general reader the pleasure of experiencing the simple beauty of the black-and- white drawing.

February 2016 / Japanese w/limited English / Softcover
7 x 9 ¾ inches / 272 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-4-86100-989-1 · Retail Price: $35.00


KEI’s Gallery

As soon as you see the cover of this rich, full-color book, you’ll recognize the big-eyed characters of manga artist Kei Toume, known simply as Kei. The winner of the prestigious Shika Prize in her early 20s, Kei is the creator of Hatsune-miku and Kagamine Rin Len. This is the first book ever of her paintings—with more than 150 color illustrations, including 26 that have never been published. The depth and beauty of Kei’s watercolor-like illustrations shows through in this overflowing gallery of her sprightly, mini-skirted characters, who always fix the viewer with their straightforward gaze.

BNN, Inc., Japan
August 2012 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches / 152 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-574-9 · Retail Price: $45.00


Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality

Oliver Klimpel (Ed.)

This important collection of unpublished and rare texts and correspondence by Austrian-American architect, theoretician, exhibition designer and artist Frederick Kiesler, written between 1927 and 1957, is published to accompany the exhibition Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality at Kunsthalle Wien (2015), curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Vanessa Joan Miller. A slender but deeply informative catalog focuses on Kiesler’s innovative forms and methods placed in conversation with several contemporary artists engaged in his aesthetics and ideas. Artist-writer Francesco Pedraglio, for example, transforms Kiesler’s writings on window displays into an abstract dialogue audio piece. Photographer Annette Kelm’s still-life images meet Kiesler’s still lives of garments for Saks Fifth Avenue window display of 1927–28. Kiesler’s original drawings, correspondence and photos of his legendary displays are also presented along with artworks by Leonor Antunes, Olga Balema, Céline Condorelli, Morton Feldman, Charlotte Moth, Luca Trevisani and Nicole Wermers.

February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 inches / 116 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-179-6 · Retail Price: $20.00


Touch, Look, Understand: Minerals as Interior Objects

Following the format of 2013’s wildly popular Deco Room with Plants, this new inspiration packed how-to book from BNN, takes on our favorite tiny natural wonders—stones, rocks, geodes, crystals and more. Whether collected for their scientific taxonomies, new age properties, or just pure beauty, mineral structures and geologies offer something for everyone. Eight Japanese designers and industry creatives demonstrate endless ways to style and incorporate minerals throughout your home or office. They also explain how to care for, store and photograph minerals while providing a basic understanding of their form and makeup. Either large or small there are endless ways to display and style these beautiful crystalline forms so you too can share your brilliant decorating ideas on Pinterest!

July 2014 / Japanese only
Softcover / 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 128 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-903-7 · Retail Price: $28.00


Works from the Absent Past

Selected objects by Shiro Kuramata, one of Japan’s most important 20th-century furniture designers, are elegantly presented together with a suite of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto in this small but precious auction catalog. The pairing, including work from two of Kuramata’s most important commissions—Esprit House and Laputa Restaurant—and seven of Sugimoto’s Seascapes, highlights the artists’ aesthetic common ground. Each artist explored the temporal nature of light and time’s passage through his work. Kuramata was known for his use of industrial materials such as wire steel mesh and Lucite in his furnishings while Sugimoto, who was influenced by Duchamp, Dada and Surrealism, considers his photographs as a kind of time capsule, capturing the transience of life. A uniquely elegant publication celebrating two of the most creative minds of the 20th century, designed in collaboration with Tamotsu Yagi.

October 2015 / Softcover
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 44 pp / 25 color
ISBN: 978-0-9904955-9-8 · Retail Price: $19.95


Zak Kyes Working With…

Swiss-American “critical graphic designer” Zak Kyes is known for his thoughtful approach to design, especially with regard to collaboration. While billed as documenting Kyes’ first solo exhibition, this catalog from the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig is also a representation of the relationships formed by Kyes as he collaborates with his clients and partners, who include artists, architects, writers, curators, graphic designers and editors. Starting with curator Barbara Steiner, the small-format publication brings together a range of works by Kyes that have been expanded and enlivened by a host of collaborators, hence the book’s subtitle: Working With… .

Apart from studio projects, Kyes’ critical practice encompasses publishing, curating and creating sitespecific projects for and with art institutions. His work engages with publications as sites for debate and exchange rather than documentation. He currently teaches in the MA program at ECAL (L’École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, where, since 2006, he has also been Art Director. Among Kyes’ many international exhibitions and awards, his London design studio Z.A.K. won the Inform Award for Conceptual Design in 2011 and has twice been awarded the prize for the Most Beautiful Swiss Book.

This publication features contributions and collaborations from Can Altay, Charles Arsène-Henry, Shumon Basar, Richard Birkett, Andrew Blauvelt, Edward Bottoms, Wayne Daly, Jesko Fezer, Joseph Grigely, Nikolaus Hirsch, Maria Lind, Markus Miessen, Michel Müller, Radim Peško and Barbara Steiner.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
August 2012 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches / 266 pp / 5 b&w and 43 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-92-4 · Retail Price: $25.00