Marbling Patterns

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Taken from the great European tradition of marbeling are100 contemporary marbling designs. From the traditional to the psychedelic, colors and patterns abound. There will definitely be a pattern that fits the need.

BNN INC., Japan
August 2003, Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
108 pp, 100 full-page color reproductions
No ISBN · Retail Price: $59.95

Margeting: Inventing A Different Marketing Language

André Platteel

No, it’s not a typo: Margeting is an inspiring quest for new ways of looking at things, beginning on the ragged fringes of present-day marketing and moving out from there to unexplored worlds brimming with new concepts. This extensively illustrated and sophisticated book focuses on the new definitions of the relationship betweem brands and consumers. Author André Platteel also wrote Symbol Soup, a publication on visual language in contemporary culture. Margeting was awarded the Best Dutch Book Design 2003.

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2003, Hardcover, 83/8 x 7 inches
512 pp, 120 color reproductions
ISBN: 90-5973-004-6 · Retail Price: $65.00


30 Years of Design

This extremely cool book, with non-standard page sizes, a DVD and die-cut cover, celebrates 30 years of work from Dutch handbag and jewelry designer Maria Hees. On the surfact, Hees’ designs seem simple and playful, but underneath they are remarkably inventive, carefully finished and rigorously user-friendly. Her limited-edition handbags pair classic shapes with very non traditional materials such as wood, metal, fake fur and fish leather, as well as unusual methods, like water-jet cutting or re-interpreting smocking with rivets. Her jewelry, beautifully photographed here, uses organic and curved shapes with sleekly modern finishes, combining materials like wood, porcelain, rubber, parchment and anodized aluminum with gold and silver.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
2010 / English & Dutch / Softcover with DVD
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 128 pp / 46 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-12-0 · Retail Price: $49.95


Tania Prill, Alberto Vieceli & Sebastian Cremers

Banknotes are mini-posters proclaiming an idealized world. Euro bills, for example, strive to convey a united Europe through the metaphor of bridges, while other currencies strive to tell stories of strong happy people engaged in physical labor or living in abundant fantastical landscapes. In Money, Zürich-based graphic designers Tania Prill, Alberto Vieceli and Sebastian Cremers conjure the “spirit that speaks from the ornamentation of banknotes,” as Walter Benjamin put it, and show which pictures are used to imprint value on slips of paper that would otherwise be worthless. Presenting selected images and scenes from endless examples of paper currency, including portraits of Saddam Hussein and heads of roaring lions, the authors isolate elements of the different currencies to note specific features and stories. The hardbound book featuring 300 black-and-white and color images in full-bleed spreads is a graphic designers’ and illustrators’ “garden of Eden” of amazing images!

May 2016 / Hardcover / 9 ½ x 13 inches
256 pp / 300 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-91-1 · Retail Price: $60.00


You’ll be inspired by this amazing compendium of 30 package-wrapping ideas using – believe it or not – masking tape. Not just any old masking tape. This comes from the masters at Japanese manufacturer Kamoi Kakoshi, which has been making this incredibly decorative MT masking tape for more than 80 years. Each idea is accompanied by a clear color photo showing how to use these cute, colorful and easy-to-handle tapes to make ravishing little folded envelopes and boxes, trimmed thank-you cards, and sleek folders. The tapes are all the rage at MoMA’s Design Store in New York, but this book is full of neat tricks that you can with other tapes as well. Also includes a section on professional wrapping techniques for florists, retailers, graphic designers and others.

2011 / Softcover / 6.25 x 8.25 inches
112 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-725-5 · Retail Price: $29.95


Patterns made by repeated use of identical elements have tremendous visual impact. In this lavishly illustrated resource book, designers, artists and marketing professionals can browse a huge variety of packaging—from simple geometric patterns featuring circles and rectangles to flora and fauna patterns, text and logo—by the best of Japans designers. Organized into five sections covering themes like geometry, plants, animals and typography among others, this catalog features over 100 items including wrapping paper, posters, DVD covers, cards, boxes, flyers, product packages, bags, branding graphics, book covers, sundries and novelty items for a variety of businesses. Techniques for effectively utilizing patterns for creating product, brand image and concept impressions on consumers are presented. Brief texts accompany each project. These varied works have a wide variety of applications from banner advertising to branding to packaging.

January 2015 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 9 x 11 1/2 inches
176pp / 300 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-936-5 · Retail Price: $49.95


Much of Japanese design created today looks back to favorite traditional themes, aesthetics and subject matter for inspiration. This encyclopedic document created by the obsessive minds at BNN collects the best historical and contemporary examples they could find, proving why Japanese design continues to remain appealing and elegant. Colorful and graphic, Japanese calligraphy lends itself to painterly flourishes, icons such as a rising sun, a simple lotus flower or bowl of steaming Udon soup, charm with their simplicity. Categorized into four sections—graphics, packaging, goods, and logos— this is an indispensible style guide for designers and artists across disciplines. The abstract shapes on the book’s distinctive cover mimic one of the book’s strongest projects: a folded paper invitation from the Tokyo Copywriters Club (2013) that evokes the form of a snow-capped Mount Fuji. Viva Japan!

July 2014 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 9 x 11 1/2 inches / 176 pp / 250 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-901-3 · Retail Price: $56.00


The Collection of Nina Yasher

Nilufar, the renowned Milanese gallery of Nina Yasher fuses, far-reaching aesthetics through a singular curatorial vision. The gallery is one of Italy’s most innovative, notable for reintroducing contemporary Italian audiences to historical design. Early exhibitions focused primarily on Asian textiles and Aubusson tapestries. In 1988, Nilufar expanded their collection, integrating modern furnishings by juxtaposing works by Aalto, Wegner and Jacobsen. This document of the Nilufar Collection includes French work from Jean Prouve and Charlotte Perriand alongside Italians Gio Ponti, Gabriella Crespi and Osvaldo Borsani, juxtaposed against contemporary designers Tom Dixon and Atelier Van Lieshout.

2008 / 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 172 pp / 89 color
ISBN: 978-0-9718405-6-0 · Retail Price: $29.95


Art Works: Sweet or Unsweet?

Osamu Watanabe: accomplished contemporary art curator by day, eccentric cake decorator by night. With what looks like effortless ease, this master of the pastry bag creates massive sugary art installations that inspire both awe and hunger. From Hello Kitty to Buddha to Rodin’s The Thinker—nothing escapes Watanabe’s ability to create a crazy, eyecatching mash-up of the absurdly cute and the masterful. Made with a synthetic form of “pastry frosting” that enables these intricate sculptures to have a long and healthy shelf-life, his confectionary accomplishments can be exhibited and enjoyed for years to come. This is Watanabe’s first publication, and it leaves no doubt that others will follow. As with chocolate, a single piece is never enough, and this book’s sweet content will leave you wanting more.

BNN, Inc., Japan
English & Japanese
Hardcover, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches, 96 pp, 85 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-810-8 · Retail Price: $46.00


Nobody does package design as beautifully as the Japanese but when it comes to the presentation of food, hands down they are number one. This beautiful collection of 200 color photographs of their packaged food products is an inspiring resource for everyone besides being an indispensible resource guide, especially for the specialty food community. Gathered into five chapters, a variety of Japanese food products in a number of delightful and imaginative presentations are documented, from souvenirs and special-order items. Each section is accompanied by simple descriptions of the items covering everything from the traditional Japanese-style sweets, cakes and baked goods, candies, jellies and jams, seasonings and drinks. This book is chock-full of design ideas and highly recommended for anyone looking for inspiration when packaging anything, from homemade cookies to pickled okra!

January 2015 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
160 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-934-1 · Retail Price: $35.00