The Cult of Nature in Italian Design
This is the catalogue of an American exhibition on the manifestation of the 'Liberty style' of the early 20th century in the decorative arts of Italy. The First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Art, held in Turin in 1902, was the starting point for the evolution of the style in the country, largely through the work of the furniture-maker and entrepreneur Agostino Lauro (1861–1924). His creations are among those illustrated here, alongside preparatory drawings, contemporary photographs and other items from the archives.
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 sun-tan, as well as problem letters from unhappy housewives and advertisements for labour-saving devices that could prove their salvation.
400 Chinese Motifs
Over many centuries, the tradition of Chinese decorative arts developed a way of rendering the world that is as instantly recognizable as it is consistent and harmonious. Inspired by examples on ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jade carvings, sculptures and architectural features, this book provides designs of flowers, animals, birds and fish for use in craft projects. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
On Art's Romance with Design
An Eames chair or a Mies van der Rohe building, although functional designs, transcend their purpose to occupy a space between design and art, a category designated in this study as 'design art'. Charting 20th-century design across a range of media including furniture, interiors and architecture, Alex Coles explores the multi-disciplinary work of artists such as Matisse and Sonia Delaunay and examines examples of decorative or craft design work that could be considered art.
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.
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.
An Earthly Paradise
The Suffolk town of Southwold is a nostalgic place of childhood memories and colourful beach huts. It has attracted artists and writers for centuries, and inspired William Morris to write his epic poem The Earthly Paradise. Illustrated with hundreds of paintings, this collection of essays, first published in 2006, takes the reader through the town's evolution from a medieval fishing community, prosperous enough to build a magnificent church, to its modern role as a popular yet unspoilt holiday destination. Revised edition.
Masterpieces of Italian Design
With its strong engineering focus, highly skilled craft workshops, specialized and technologically sophisticated factories, and an intellectually engaged design press, Italy has provided the ideal conditions for the creation of functional, innovative and elegant designs. This volume presents 100 of the finest products, from Carlo Bugatti's Cobra chair in 1902 to the Ducati 1199 Panigale, at the cutting edge of motorbike design in 2011. Each design is described in detail alongside a full-page colour photograph.
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.