The indispensible Swedish publisher Arvinius presents the third volume of its series on Swedish Illustration in an imaginatively designed and copiously illustrated format. Both an inspiration book and a directory of top artists, the publication collects work from 123 of the country’s best illustrators and agencies. A broad selection of commissioned work is included—children’s books, book covers, fashion illustrations, technical drawings and text book illustration—mixed with the illustrators’ own pet projects. Also featured are texts on the art and commercial demands of illustration today and on the nominees and final winner of the Swedish Illustration Award 2011. An in-depth collection showcasing the fertile Swedish graphic art scene, this is a treasure trove of ideas for artists, editors and educators.

Arvinius Forlag, Sweden
August 2012 / Hardcover / 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
320 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 987-91-85689-43-9 · Retail Price: $59.95


Swedish Industrial
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Arvinius Förlag, Sweden
2006 / Hardcover / 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
320 pp, extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 91-85213-10-1 · Retail Price: $68.00

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


An Education In Appearances

Oliver Klimpel (Ed.)

The Visual Event contains the arguments and practical responses of students and their professors, guest artists, academics, designers and architects in the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, on the potential of graphic design beyond its function as commercial product promotion. Documented in images and notes, the projects in this program test the premise of the visual event as a vehicle to contemplate situational design practice and suggest a variety of ways an extended practice may exceed the expectations of the field beyond its inherent object-given nature. For example, in her essay, “Jan Budaj and the Temporary Society for Intense Experience (DSIP): A Week of Fictitious Culture,“ curator and director of the Museum of Contemporary Arts Liepzig, Franciska Zolyom, reflects on the virtual Surrealist project and how contemporary graphic design has been used by government and corporate culture to restrict the ways we think and move.

January 2015
Softcover / 6 x 8 3/4 inches
192 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-62-5 · Retail Price: $35.00


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


A Paradise Attack

Unique among Swedish designers and artists, Ulrica Hydman Vallien – whose glass designs are synonymous with the huge commercial success of Kosta Boda – has made her supremely personal style her trademark. This monograph shows a master artist, now in her seventies, who has always had one foot in product design, and one in fine art. She has been creating vigorous, color-soaked images and symbols, full of whimsy and inspiration, for half a century now. In the bright pages of A Paradise Attack, we step into the artist’s idiosyncratic pictorial world through the medium of ceramics, painting and glass.

2011 / Softcover / 6 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches
160 pp / 15 b&w and 130 color
ISBN: 978-91-85689-30-9 · Retail Price: $65.00


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