Organized alphabetically by designer, this volume presents images and brief notes about 340 iconic sofas, from the modernist and geometric designs of Alvar Aalto and Walter Gropius in the early 20th century to Studio 65’s bright red Dalí-inspired ‘Bocca’ (lips) of 1970 and the sculptural forms created recently by Zaha Hadid.
A Biographic Portrait
From his early childhood, when his intelligence and maverick thinking led him into mischief, to his early death from pancreatic cancer in 2011, this biography presents Steve Jobs’s life and career in a blend of narrative and infographics. Recalling turning points such as his first meeting with Steve Wozniak, it examines the ambition and passion that made him one of the world’s most influential people.
Heath Robinson's Commercial Art
A Compendium of His Advertising Work
William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) wanted to be a landscape painter but lack of funds made him turn to comic art in 1906, and eventually drew him into advertising. This definitive study of his commercial art is arranged by theme – from heavy engineering to finance – and presents over 280 illustrations, including some of his finest contraption drawings from promotional booklets such as The Gentle Art of Excavating, An Unconventional History of Hovis and Then and Now for Port of Manchester Warehouses Ltd.
The Art of Graphic Design
The distinguished career of the American graphic designer Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995) included work in the design of magazines, postage stamps and books, particularly the Bible, in corporate identity, and as a teacher at the Yale University School of Art. In this award-winning autobiography, first published in 1988, he describes his work from the war years (1940–45) up to his much-acclaimed redesign of the King James Bible.
Anarchy and Beauty
William Morris and His Legacy 1860–1960
A firm believer that objects of beauty should be available to everyone, William Morris (1834–96) influenced British socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement and the development of garden cities. In this illustrated book Fiona MacCarthy explores his vision of art’s role in society, from his early career and political thoughts to the publication of his utopian novel News from Nowhere in 1890, and the reflection of his values in the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties
A Taste for Design
After a brief history of the Regent Street store that has been associated with the Arts and Craft Movement, fashion and the decorative arts since 1875, when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened his Oriental Emporium, Anna Buruma looks in detail at Liberty’s commitment to good design through the 1950s and 1960s, with the emphasis on textiles and the store’s association with designers such as Robert Stewart, Coleen Farr and Bernard Nevill.
Outsider Art, Graphics and Illustration
This portfolio of contemporary paintings, sketches and digital art celebrates the motorcycle and the many styles, tribes and fashions it has inspired. Featuring the work of 30 artists from the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and Japan, and inspired by biker subcultures such as greasers, road rockets, choppers, café racers and dirt trackers, the imagery ranges from retro poster art and atmospheric racing scenes to photomontage, cartoon characters and pin-ups.
One of the most celebrated graphic artists of contemporary comic books, Alex Ross was obsessed with the genre from early childhood and his breakthrough series Marvels in 1994 laid the groundwork for creating the unified Marvel Universe of the film franchise. This retrospective of Ross’s work tells the artist’s story and includes hundreds of drawings, paintings and photographs of characters including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A History of Design and Circumstance
Where did the pencil come from? How is it made? Are pencils as good as we can make them? From its antecedents to ‘the quest for perfection’, Henry Petroski, a professor of civil engineering, reflects on the ‘history and symbolism of the common pencil’. Slightly off-mint.
What Every Woman Should Know
Lifestyle Lessons From the 1950s
Using photographs and facsimile pages from the Daily Mail archives, this richly illustrated volume reveals how women’s attitudes were shaped in the Baby Boom era. Divided into sections on Fashion, Health and Beauty, and A Woman’s Work, the selection includes advice on finding an affordable fur stole, what a working girl should eat and how to apply fake tan, as well as problem letters from unhappy housewives and advertisements for labour-saving devices that could prove their salvation.
400 Japanese Motifs
The crane and the cherry blossom commonly feature in Japanese art but animals and plant motifs of all kinds can be found in the unique and highly influential decorative tradition. This sourcebook draws on Japanese designs found on a range of works from silk kimonos and delicately glazed porcelain vessels to paintings and temple bronzes. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
Cast Iron Decoration
A World Survey
In the 19th century there was an amazing flowering of ironwork forms, mass produced and widely distributed, but of extreme variety and richness of design. This volume introduces cast iron (often mistakenly referred to as 'wrought iron'), its manufacturers and their pattern books, and presents an international photographic inventory of the forms taken by cast iron ornamentation, its national variations, its relationship to architecture and its contribution to the appearance of buildings.
Lewis Foreman Day
Unity in Design and Industry
Although less well-known than his friend and contemporary William Morris, Lewis F Day was one of the most influential figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. Convinced that the highest aesthetic ideals could be applied to industrial design, he produced a range of distinctive furniture, clocks, stained glass, pottery and tiles, while his magazine articles provided a perceptive commentary on the changing fashions of his day. This handsome book is well illustrated with examples of Day's striking work.
Arts and Crafts
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with Michael Robinson's introduction to the 'New Aesthetic' of the Arts and Crafts Movement, this volume presents around 90 reproductions of textile, ceramics and wallpaper designs and miscellaneous artworks by some of the movement's finest artists. Along with perennially popular designs by CFA Voysey, William Morris and John Henry Dearle, there are less familiar works, including Edward Burne-Jones's stained-glass Viking Ship and The Tree of Personal Effort, a watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Masterpieces of Italian Design
Italy’s gifted designers, craft workshops, engineers and technologically sophisticated factories have provided the ideal conditions for the creation of functional, innovative and elegant designs, and made names such as Alessi, Missoni, Olivetti and Lamborghini internationally famous. This volume illustrates and describes 100 outstanding industrial and decorative designs from the century between 1902 to 2011, including furniture, metal wares, fabric, glass and ceramics, lighting, cars and motorcycles.
The Chronology of Pattern
Pattern in Art from Lotus Flower to Flower Power
A richly illustrated sourcebook, this journey through 3,000 years of pattern styles reveals geographical and cultural contrasts and connections from late Bronze Age metalwork motifs to 21st-century fashion design. Including a visual timeline, analyses of elements of pattern, biographies of the great innovators and examples from textiles, paintings, mosaics, engravings and architecture from around the world, the book provides an inspirational design resource and an expert guide to the history and development of pattern in art.