Thursday, 27 August 2015
Picture above from State General Archives- Conservation department workshop in Book binding and Conservation, Eugenidou Foundation Library, November 2014.
A4D-D4A presents the top 10 list of the publications you must have in mind to read after summer...Get ready for (the order is random!- but if you want the A4D-D4A classification- or more design-worthy reading suggestions you can send a message on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/all4designandbloodymore):
Islamic Fashion, The Pepin Press, 2011, older publication but one of a kind!
Islam modest dress, worldwide overview of muslim dress, lavishly illustrated, ready-to-use designs on CD- Islamic Fashion and Dress, contains historical images of dress from several Muslim regions, examples of modern interpretations, and many pictures of modern Islamic fashion. Also included are photographs and drawings of embroidered, printed and woven decorative elements.
Advertising for People Who Don't Like Advertising (Paperback), Laurence King Publishing, 2013
Advertising for People Who Don't Like Advertising is partly a creative handbook and partly an attempt to make the world a very slightly better place. It's intended for anyone who has ever hated a web banner or zapped an ad break - made by a company- Kesselskramer- that dislikes advertising as much as anyone. Nevertheless, it makes adverts. It has worked with global brands to produce fashion collections and promoted a town with a mass wedding. It creates advertising with more human, truthful communications. Super stuff.
Utopia and urbanism, MIET, 2015
Its not the first time, as the author and architect- professor Savas Kondaratos states, that a survey on architecture, combines a thorough exploration of utopia and urban building manifestation. In this epic research-essay Mr Kondaratos goes from defining the meaning of utopia, to the first utopic-based urban infrastructures and communities and finally an illustration of different approaches in utopic and ideal architectural surroundings in theory and in reality. A true history of architecture, through the ways and techniques of an idyllic(?) society- an engaging and exciting book that every designer and scientist should possess. Available only in Greek for the time being...
Design, When Everybody Designs, MIT Press, 2015
Incredibly dificult to choose from the new-ins of the MIT Press fall catalog in design-so for a start: as the author, Ezio Manzini describes in this book, we are witnessing a wave of social innovations as these changes unfold—an expansive open co-design process in which new solutions are suggested and new meanings are created. Ever so interesting.
Yasuhisa Kohyama-The Art of Ceramics, Arnoldsche, 2015 (2nd revised edition)
Ceramic and glass sector has a new book out from the illustrious German publisher Arnoldsche- the samurai of the ceramics Yasuhisa Kohyama has his monography out now- and it is a fantastic book.Yasuhisa Kohyama’s masterly ceramics are inspired by the ancient Shigaraki, Jōmon and Yayoi ceramics of Japan. Using the distinctive Shigaraki clay and a wood-firing anagama kiln, he has created modern ceramic vessels and sculpture, which are vigorous and new, but timeless in their beauty.
History of Design, Decorative Arts and Material culture 1400-2000, BGC- Yale University Press, 2013
More than a decade in the making, out in 2013,this work, spanning six centuries of global design, is the first to offer an account of the vast history of decorative arts, design, and material culture produced in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, and the Islamic world from 1400 to the present. The absolute design history reference, a truly monumental work.
Korea Now ! Craft, design, graphisme, mode, Union centrale des Arts Décoratifs, 2015
Between tradition and modernity, Korean applied arts and design are internationally acclaimed today and this book help you discover this creative explosion, through the eyes of experts from both sides of the water - in three dominant fields:
graphic design, industrial design and fashion. Killer!
Magma Sketchbook: Design & Art Direction Pocket Edition (Pocket Edition), Chronicle Books , 2015
Ideally suited for designers, graphic designers, illustrators, art directors, and anyone working within the creative industries, or studying these disciplines, or simply interested in exploring his or her creativity. Helpful and user-friendly, these sketchbooks tread that fine line between giving users practical tools and information while not interfering with their creative freedom. Anyone- citizen, student, professional designer or creative amateur- can find happiness in this little wonder.
How to Thrive in the Next Economy-Designing Tomorrow's World Today, Thames & Hudson, 2015
One of the great voices of sustainability, author John Thackara gives us a visionary yet practical guide to building a more sustainable future, by one of the leading voices of the environmental movement today. Marveling at the power of small actions to transform the bigger picture, Thackara believes that a great transition is under way. It’s the end of one civilization – but the birth of another. Out now!
Architecture Now! Vol. 10, Taschen, 2015 (September)
The 10th edition of one of the trendsetter Taschen classics, celebrates contemporary architectural stardom. Things go big here: from Frank O. Gehry’s shining Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris to Zaha Hadid’s curving Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, take a global tour through the architectural practice emerging today, and defining tomorrow.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
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JOUR DE BROCANTE is probably one of this TV shows who offer true, in- depth crash courses in history of objects, techniques and industrial production in Europe. Presented by Eglantine Eméyé, style icon and TV-hostess extraordinaire, JDB reveals the God of Little (and Big) Things, through the ever-so vast map of "brocantes": street markets, flea markets, car-boot-type domestic sales ("Vide- Grenier"), open markets , antique fairs and private interiors (http://en.casa-ortega.fr/), mostly in France. From antiquarian appreciation and price evaluation of unique art objects, to collectibles, artisan-contemporary furniture, "object- quizzes" and all kinds of paraphernalia made by a human hand- the show is almost an updated version of "Histoire des techniques" by Bertrand Gille, adopted to a fun, mass-audience version for the digital era. Accurate, interesting, market savvy and creatively wonderful, JDB will win you over- no matter what you are: a high-end Collector, a tourist, a child, a designer, an engineer or an accountant. Watch for it weekly and dive in the magic world of Jour De Brocante!!!