A Miscellany of Letters
Originally deriving from pictograms, letter forms have been developed, refined and adapted for myriad uses, from a simple clear typeface for advertising to a decorated animal alphabet for children. This highly illustrated exploration of the history and use of letters begins with an essay detailing the development of the Western alphabet and then, using each letter as a starting point, explores how it has been creatively employed by artists, designers, typographers and publishers.
French Art Deco
The widely influential Art Deco style perhaps attained its highest expression in France, where the term was coined in the 1920s. With background essays, profiles of the leading artists and large-format photographs, this exhibition catalogue examines over 80 masterpieces from the collection held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Examples include furniture, textiles, interiors and decorative objects by French-based designers such as René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Raoul Dufy and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware
Japanese lacquer-work was in high demand in 17th-century England, but following difficulties sourcing wares from Japan, English craftsmen began imitating the style, creating a ‘japanning’ industry, which thrived in the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the most comprehensive guide available on the subject; it includes many photographic examples of japanning, detailing its origins, techniques used and life for workers in the industry, with specific chapters on craftsmen in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Bilston.
William Morris & His Palace of Art
Architecture, Interiors and Design at Red House
Designed by William Morris’s friend and collaborator, the architect Philip Webb, in 1860, when they were both young men, Red House became the realization of Morris’s vision of a home unified in its architecture, decoration, furniture and garden. Richly illustrated with reproductions of original artworks and photographs of the house as it is today, this study of the architecture and contents of Red House shows how Morris and his circle of Pre-Raphaelite friends together created his ‘Palace of Art’.
The Essence of English Decoration
Arthur Sanderson set up as an importer of French wallpaper in London in 1860, but changing tastes and new technologies meant that he was soon producing his own designs and establishing a name that still stands for quality and taste in interior design today. This highly illustrated volume describes the development of the company and its products from the Arts and Crafts style of its early wallpapers to mid-20th-century, modernist-influenced designs and today's interpretations of classic patterns. Slightly off-mint.
Originally published in France, this book provides an initial guide to basic techniques – embroidery, crochet, felting, papier mâché and pyrography (burning on wood) among others – followed by 140 creative craft projects, including fashion accessories, interior design ideas, lighting and lamps, organizers, decorative table linen and ‘little ideas’ with buttons, beads and seeds. The projects all have clear instructions, templates and diagrams where needed, along with photographs of the finished work.
The Derveni Krater
Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork
The ‘Derveni krater’ is a large, ornamented vessel that was discovered in 1962 in fourth-century tombs at Derveni, near Thessaloniki. This illustrated, in-depth study examines the krater’s artistic origins and imagery and traces its journey from Classical Athens to Derveni.
The Best of Both Worlds
Finely Printed Livres d'Artistes, 1910–2010
When classic writing, superb typography and great art meet, the result is a book of exceptional beauty and resonance. This catalogue of a Grolier Club exhibition in New York surveys a century of such volumes, and is itself a work of art. The books it presents feature woodcuts, copper engravings, lithographs and screen prints by artists of the calibre of Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Warhol; while the writers whose texts they illuminate include Borges, Beckett and Hemingway.
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.
Around the World in 101 Patterns
Design, Doodle, Colour and Draw
Puppets from Thailand, Inca carvings from Peru, the New York skyline, and corals from the Great Barrier Reef: this book contains over 100 outline designs based on crafts, costume, architecture and wildlife from countries across the globe for you to colour or otherwise embellish. There are notes on the origins of each drawing and suggestions for how you might use or colour it.