Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution
This design history celebrates the influential Chelsea Set who challenged the conformity of post-war Britain and encouraged people to embrace a more colourful and easy-going attitude to how they dressed and furnished their homes in the 1960s and early 1970s. The highly illustrated book presents examples of notable Quant fashions and Conran interiors as well as related ephemera characterizing the times.
One of several women textile designers at the Wiener Werkstätte in the 1930s, Josephine Groag (1903–86) fled anti-Semitism in Austria in 1939. Settled in London, she became influential in the renaissance of pattern design that began after the Second World War and continued into the 1950s and 1960s. This volume from the Textile Design series comprises illustrated essays on aspects of Groag’s work followed by a magnificent gallery of over 90 full-page reproductions of her designs.
Designs and Sketches for elBulli
Ferran Adrià, chef of the three-Michelin-star restaurant elBulli, collaborated with industrial designer Luki Huber to create bespoke cooking and serving implements that would facilitate his advanced methods and enhance the presentation of his food. This notebook of Huber’s sketches and photography includes such innovations as a mould to insert fillings between the tines of a fork and silver-plated meringue boxes.
Fashion by Chance 1960–1974
A Visual Autobiography
During the 1960s and 1970s the fashion designer Cleonice Capece played a pivotal role in the success of the 'Made in Italy' mark, creating collections that were sold all over the world in iconic stores including Harrods and Saks New York. This account of her life in the industry is illustrated with fashion shoot photographs, press clippings, sketches, and previously unpublished ephemera from her personal archive.
A Journey with Cecil Beaton
With this remarkable compilation of photographs, artworks and quotations, Lisa Vreeland has created a vivid and multi-layered portrait of Cecil Beaton (1904–1980), drawing together the many strands of his personality and his art. The book is arranged in nine chapters, each one devoted to a facet of Beaton’s life or career: his special friendships, scrapbooks, the designs for dance, fashion photography, his work in New York and in Hollywood, and his portraits of artists, literary stars and fellow photographers.
Profiling 40 fashion designers, including Missoni, Sibling and Sonia Rykiel, who use hand and machine knitting, crochet and macramé to produce garments, this illustrated volume explores both their approaches to knitwear and how they use different stitches, techniques and yarns to create their distinctive signature pieces.
Christopher Dresser Textiles
A contemporary of William Morris and an influential member of the Aesthetic Movement, Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) took full advantage of the innovations offered by the new industrial world of the nineteenth century, and by 1870 had established the most prominent independent design practice in Britain. This highly illustrated monograph charts his life in textiles and assesses his sizeable contribution to the decorative arts tradition.
The Fashion Universe of Jean Paul Gaultier
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Published to coincide with the first retrospective of the 'enfant terrible' of design Jean Paul Gaultier, this monograph sheds light on his life in fashion over the last 35 years. It includes more than 500 full-colour photographs of artists, movie stars and musicians wearing his eclectic clothing, interviews with Gaultier and his associates, and essays by leading fashion writers, including the editor of Vogue International Suzy Menkes.
The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh
How EH Shepard Illustrated an Icon
Forming one of the earliest author and illustrator partnerships, AA Milne and EH Shepard worked closely together in the 1920s to create some of the world’s best-loved children’s characters. This illustrated volume reveals the depth of that partnership, and incorporates many of Shepard’s previously unpublished sketches, letters, photos and even a personal Christmas card. The inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh is revealed to be Shepard’s son’s teddy bear, Growler, still owned by his granddaughter Minette, who has written the foreword.
The Mackintosh Style
Decor & Design
Elizabeth Wilhide begins this study of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his achievements in architecture and design by looking at how influences such as the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements were forged into a new style and a ‘unique vocabulary of design and decoration’. The book goes on to give a detailed and richly illustrated account of buildings and interiors by Mackintosh, including The Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill, The Hill House and the Willow Tea Rooms.
The Beauty of Life
William Morris & The Art of Design
Poet, designer, printer and publisher, William Morris was a man of great energy, range and depth. This illustrated volume surveys his varied achievements and the work of Morris & Company (‘the Firm’), with essays on stained glass; the decoration of houses; the art of the book; and Morris’s chosen artistic successor at the Firm, John Henry Dearle. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Huntingdon Library in California, the book ends with a discussion of Morris’s influence in America.
Clarice Cliff for Collectors
The distinctive ceramics produced by Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) at the Wilkinson and Newport potteries remain among the most popular collectables of the 21st century. This guide and reference for the enthusiast provides a useful introduction to the much-loved designer's world and key information on identifying her work. Over 500 pieces are illustrated and identified, and there is also practical advice on sourcing, storage, display and restoration.
The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey
Roger Kean traces the career of the commercial artist Oliver Frey from the 1980s to 2006, then presents a gallery of his artworks – many of them from Crash magazine – arranged by topics including monsters and aliens, space travel, mechanical mayhem and heroes and villains.
In the second half of the 20th century Hardy Amies (1909–2003) epitomized the finest of British couture, with his emphasis on a strong line achieved with high-quality materials and excellent tailoring. This comprehensive survey of his life and work, illustrated with photographs of his creations and his clients, and original drawings, reveals how Amies, although best-known as couturier to the Queen, designed clothes for generations of aristocratic and influential women.
Alexander Rodchenko (1891–1953) was a central figure in the Russian Constructivist art movement: a radical activist, a pioneer of photomontage and a theorist, re-examining the place of art in the post-Revolution, classless society. This volume focuses on his graphic work for book jackets, posters and advertisements. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
E McKnight Kauffer
The American-born Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890–1954) was one of the outstanding graphic artists of his generation. Arriving in England, via Germany and France, in 1913, he chanced to meet Frank Pick, publicity manager for the London Underground, and began producing the posters for which he is now famous. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Best known for his cutlery and silverwares, David Mellor (1930–2009) referred to himself as an 'instinctive modernist' and his designs – particularly public commissions such as Abacus bus shelters, street lighting and litter bins – helped modernize the post-war British landscape. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Claud Lovat Fraser
Although known today mainly for his poster, costume and the stage sets for Nigel Playfair's 1920 production of The Beggar's Opera, Claud Lovat Fraser worked in a great variety of media including watercolours, caricature, fabric design, book illustration and the design of pattern-papers, particularly for the Curwen Press and Poetry Bookshop. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.