Design Book Gift Guide

Our selection of the best gift books on graphic design, product design, jewelry and the decorative arts, featuring new titles and classic volumes that belong on every designer's shelves


Enjoy the Experience


Enjoy the Experience Enjoy the Experience is the largest collection of American private-press vinyl ever amassed and presented, featuring more than 1,000 cover reproductions from 1958–1992. The musicians here range from awkward teen pop combos to pizza-parlor organists; religious cult leaders to Sinatra imitators. But this is not a novelty show: also profiled and discussed are some of the most highly regarded rock, soul, jazz, funk and singer/songwriter albums from the latter half of [more]

Hbk, 8.75 x 11 in. / 512 pgs / 1,241 color / 29 b&w.
ISBN 9781938265044
Publication Date: 6/30/2013


Grand Hotel


Grand Hotel From the hotel’s origin in humble inns dotted along ancient trade routes, to today’s worldwide Hilton and Hyatt networks, the concept of the hotel has come a very long way indeed. We now talk about boutique hotels and resort hotels, places that connote a relatively new lifestyle of perpetual leisure and transience, and as the role of the hotel has expanded, so too have architects and interior designers risen to the [more]

Hbk, 8.75 x 10.5 in. / 336 pgs / 452 color.
ISBN 9783775734837
Publication Date: 6/30/2013

in stock  $60.00

Formica Forever


Formica Forever Formica® is 100 years old! To celebrate this centennial, Formica Corporation has published Formica Forever. The book takes us on a lively, information-packed walk through the life of this much-loved material: from its humble beginnings as electrical insulation; to its initial adoption by designers including Donald Deskey in the 1930s; to a golden age ushered in by the post–World War II housing boom; through global expansion in the second half of [more]

Pbk, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 408 pgs / illustrated throughout.
ISBN 9781938922152
Publication Date: 9/30/2013

in stock  $39.95

Tom Dixon: Dixonary


Tom Dixon: Dixonary Dixonary is a comprehensive book on one of Britain’s best-known and most highly regarded product designers. In his own words, and with hundreds of comparative illustrations interleaved with text, this self-taught designer illuminates the often surprising ideas behind his finished pieces. Dixon transforms notions of plumpness observed in a painting of an overfed sow into an overstuffed sofa; or gigantic concrete sea defences on the coast of Japan become the distinctive [more]

Hbk, 6 x 8.25 in. / 632 pgs / 312 color.
ISBN 9781900828420
Publication Date: 9/30/2013

in stock  $49.95

Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures


Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures From a remote cabin off Canada’s Pacific coast, Marian Bantjes has created a unique visual language that combines typographical craftsmanship, illustrative flair and personal observation. Her generous approach, meticulous attention to detail and wit have made her one of the most sought-after graphic designers--among art directors, branding agencies and students--of her generation. This is Bantjes’ first complete monograph, exploring the astonishing range of her output over the past decade. It offers [more]

Hbk, 10.25 x 13.75 in. / 272 pgs / 800 color.
ISBN 9781938922220
Publication Date: 9/30/2013

in stock  $75.00

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Postcards


Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Postcards This beautifully produced boxed set of 53 postcards contains stunning images from the bestselling Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia series of books. These hugely popular and influential books document the Russian criminal tattoo, revealing its hidden meanings. The motifs depicted represent the uncensored lives of the criminal classes, whose tattoos were a secret tribal language, a method of showing status within the prison system. By turn they are extraordinary, artful, explicit and [more]

Slip, 4.5 x 6.5 in. / 53 color postcards.
ISBN 9780956896261
Publication Date: 10/31/2013

in stock  $29.95

A Passion for Jean Prouvé


A Passion for Jean Prouvé The esteemed collectors Laurence and Patrick Seguin first discovered the work of Jean Prouvé in the late 1980s, and were quick to embrace his entire aesthetic vision, from architectural design to furniture. "There is no difference between constructing a piece of furniture and constructing a building," Prouvé once famously said, and the Seguins have modeled their collection around his stance, becoming major advocates and disseminators of his work in France. This [more]

Clth, 10 x 12 in. / 280 pgs / illustrated throughout.
ISBN 9788890539411
Publication Date: 7/31/2013

in stock  $195.00

Jean Royère


Jean Royère In 1931, aged 29, Jean Royère (1902–1981) resigned from a comfortable position in the import–export trade in order to set up business as an interior designer. He learnt his new trade in the cabinetmaking workshops of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris. In 1934, he designed the new layout of the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysées and found immediate success, embarking upon an international career that was to endure for nearly [more]

Slip, Clth, 2 vols., 10 x 12 in. / 656 pgs / illustrated throughout.
ISBN 9782909187020
Publication Date: 4/30/2013

in stock  $240.00

In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company


In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company The Los Angeles–based Colby Poster Printing Company has been a friend to local artists ever since Ed Ruscha’s seminal Colby-printed announcement for the 1962 Pasadena Art Museum exhibition New Paintings of Common Objects. Their fluorescent posters have been disseminated on every high-traffic surface in the city, and their collection of over 150 wood and metal typefaces--usually bold and sans serif--are an integral part of Los Angeles’ visual aesthetic. Throughout the years, [more]

Pbk, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 324 pgs / 300 color.
ISBN 9781939799036
Publication Date: 11/30/2013

in stock  $34.95

Propaganda! Russian and Norwegian Posters 1920-1939


Propaganda! Russian and Norwegian Posters 1920-1939 Propaganda! Russian and Norwegian Posters 1920–1939 brings together a broad selection of outstanding Russian poster art, from the Constructivists’ formal experiments to the Socialist Realism of the 1930s. It also includes some of the most important Norwegian posters inspired by Soviet styles. Several scholars discuss the development of Russian and Norwegian political poster art during the interwar years, while brief introductions explain the historical background of each poster. Hardly any art [more]

Pbk, 8.25 x 11.5 in. / 224 pgs / 110 color / 40 b&w.
ISBN 9788275476447
Publication Date: 2/28/2014



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