Designing Global Choices

Louise Schouwenberg

The worldwide trade in consumer goods has resulted in a uniformity of supply, threatening the survival of local traditions. Yet is the call to return to old ways nostalgia for the pre-globalized world, or a real and realistic impulse? Designers can play an important role in the discovery of new possibilities, according to this fascinating book from the IM Masters program at the prestigious Design Academy in Eindhoven. The multi-ethnic student population investigated traditional techniques from their own home countries and formulated design proposals that would give these techniques and traditions a place in our time. This fifth edition of Source includes essays and an interview on the theme of Designing Global Choices, as well as examples of the students’ research and design proposals.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
2010 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches / 88 pp / 36 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-19-9 · Retail Price: $26.00

Soviet Style

100 Royalty Free JPEG Files

2006 / Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
108 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-336-9 · Retail Price: $59.95


Junko Yazaki (Ed.)

This is not your grandmother’s embroidery! Welcome to “STITCH SHOW,” a collection of embroidery by up-and-coming creators, artists, brands and studios. From elaborate natural scenes of flora and fauna reminiscent of medieval tapestries to adorable knitted food items at home in any craft shop to works of art exploring complex issues, such as gender, rarely seen in the medium: this book showcases the diverse modes of expression in contemporary embroidery. Included are full-color photos of more than 50 pieces, separated into the categories of art, design, illustration, handicraft and traditional craft, accompanied by biographical information and interviews with selected artists.

January 2014 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 7 x 9 1/2 inches / 192 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-878-8 · Retail Price: $38.00

Tartan Check Patterns

451 royalty free jpeg files

Did you know the Salvation Army had their own tartan pattern? Their design along with 450 other amazing plaids will fulfill any fantasy or fetish one may have with tartan checks. Definitely one of the “greats” in the Pattern book series.

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
ISBN: 978-4-86100-159-8 · Retail Price: $59.95

Textile Design of India

100 royalty free jpeg files

BNN INC., Japan
2004 / Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
108 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-213-3 · Retail Price: $59.95


Sexy as an issue of Cosmopolitan, this fascinating volume presents thousands of runway and studio shots of the contemporary work of Japanese fashion designers. From Botanika, organic clothing designed to “let people relax through the forces of nature” to Né-net, whose designs “arise from the imagination and delusions of the designer,” the 100 emerging talents featured are pushing the limits of international fashion. Each designer profile features an artistic statement as well as recent clothing lines. Experts including Ako Tanaka, fashion editor for Vogue Nippon, and Hayato Kohama, head women’s wear buyer for Isetan, weigh in on the growth of fashion design in Japan. A must for anyone who wants to know where fashion is going next.

Bnn, Inc., Japan
2009 / English & Japanese / Softcover
7 x 10 1/4 inches / 434 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-618-0 · Retail Price: $59.95

Things That Happened

Field Essays

Brynjar Sigurðarson

The wonderful work of emerging Icelandic designer Brynjar Sigurðarson and his curious encounter with British anthropologist Tim Ingold are the focus of Sophie Krier’s third publication in the series Field Essays. A selection of Sigurðarson’s previously unpublished drawings, photographs and writings of handmade details, myths, darkness, isolation, micro-history, memory, stones, animals and the supernatural illustrates the designer’s instinctive bridging of the fields of design and anthropology. Rounding out the publication are a foreword by design visionary and trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, a conversation with anthropologist Tim Ingold on the origin of things, and a 12-inch vinyl for which Sigurðarson has collected, recorded and mixed stories on musical soundscapes. Field Essays, part of an ongoing research project exploring the tactile world of design thinking and making initiated by Sophie Krier in 2008, takes the form of publications, exhibitions, debates and educational workshops.

February 2016 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover w/ 12-inch vinyl / 12 x 12 inches
64 pp / 16 b&w and 48 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-34-2 · Retail Price: $55.00


Traditional Japanese Packaging

The thread holding this wondrous book together is Hideyuki Oka (1905 – 1995), one of the masters of Japanese graphic design and advertising. The pieces shown in the 200-plus magnificent photos here (almost all full-color) are from Oka’s personal collection of traditional packaging, using all natural materials such as bamboo, rice straw, hemp, twine, paper, ceramics and leaves. The Japanese sense of “Wa” – an evocative, hard-to-translate term conveying the aesthetic and resonance of traditional Japanese culture – infuses these remarkable examples of art elevating the stuff of everyday life. A garland of eggs or dried fish woven into straw; a ceramic orange designed to hold citrus miso; bright green candies in a hand-hewn pine box – all of these transcend their obvious “uses.” An impeccable traditional book design that opens from left to right, on beautiful heavy paper, in Japanese only.

BNN, Inc., Japan
November 2011 / Softcover / 7 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches / 208 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-771-2 · Retail Price: $45.00


Lost and Found

Rarely seen pieces are brought together in this eclectic collection, showcasing Italian design from the 1950s through to contemporary pieces by Marc Newson. This fully illustrated auction document, records the continually evolving avant-garde of design. Designers include Carlo Mollino, Verner Panton, Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti and more. The playful design and debossed cover hint at the treasures this catalog holds in experimental furniture, lighting, and objects for the contemporary home.

2008 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 166 pp / 146 color
ISBN: 978-0-9904955-0-5 · Retail Price: $39.95


The Panda People and Other Works

The fearsomely versatile Danish artist/designer Henrik Vibskov – one of those über-talented crossover artists who seem to be taking over the world – presents his second book, a limited-edition showcase for his colorful, playful graphic works. Like the fashion duo BLESS, Vibskov has made a huge name for himself in just a few years; his trademark fashion lines are explosions of fringe. In his spare time, Vibskov is an electronic musician and an artist with exhibitions at MoMA, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and other prestigious institutions. The organic graphic works featured in this artist’s book are unique and independent works. Their minimalist expressions are accompanied by an uncontrollable wildness in an experimenting color explosion – Vibskov’s anarchism made real on the page.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
2010 / Hardcover / 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches / 50 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-15-1 · Retail Price: $45.00