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Finnish for 'Mary's dress', Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia. Going against the restrictive fashion of the period, it produced flowing dresses in abstract patterns and vibrant colours, which remain the house's signature to this day. Over the last eight decades, Marimekko's artists have created some 3,500 designs, which have graced clothing, bags, accessories, ceramics, bedding, fabric, and more. Blending archival photographs and advertisements with modern campaign imagery as well as newly commissioned photography, Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking tells the story of the house's most iconic designs. Four distinct sections guide the reader through the Marimekko philosophy and lifestyle, via its factory in Herttoniemi, where fabrics have been created from the very beginning, on to a rich sourcebook of pattern and finally to the brand's ultra-sustainable, super-creative future. In 'Art of Printmaking', follow the making of the iconic Unikko (poppy) print, its multiple variants and colourways, and discover how an initial idea evolves from sketch to dress, through colour trials and printing table. Learn Marimekko's unique 'Language of Pattern', through in-depth explorations of its iconic patterns, interspersed with the themes - floral, minimalistic, architectural - that make up Marimekko's vivid lexicon. In 'Making Marimekko' and 'Marimekko Next', discover the past, present, and future of this creative powerhouse, in the voices of its own creative talents. Dive into the exhilarating tale of Marimekko's success and an unstoppable whirlwind of breath-taking imagery.
A collection of essential quotations from the renowned fashion designer, DJ, and stylist Abloh-isms is a collection of essential quotations from American fashion designer, DJ, and stylist Virgil Abloh, who has established himself as a major creative figure in the worlds of pop culture and art. Abloh began his career as Kanye West's creative director before founding the luxury streetwear label Off-White and becoming artistic director for Louis Vuitton, making Abloh the first American of African descent to hold that title at a French fashion house. Defying categorization, Abloh's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums and galleries, most notably in a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Gathered from interviews and other sources, this selection of compelling and memorable quotations from the designer reveals his thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including creativity, passion, innovation, race, and what it means to be an artist of his generation. Lively and thought-provoking, these quotes reflect Abloh's unique perspective as a trailblazer in his fields. Select quotations from the book: I believe that coincidence is key, but coincidence is energies coming towards each other. You have to be moving to meet it. Life is collaboration. Where I think art can be sort of misguided is that it propagates this idea of itself as a solo love affair-one person, one idea, no one else involved. Black influence has created a new ecosystem, which can grow and support different types of life that we couldn't before. Like it or not, irrelevance is death.
A brand-new monograph celebrating one of the most sought-after design studios working today nendo's extensive, idiosyncratic body of work flows seamlessly across disciplines, and is executed in every medium imaginable - from paper clips to watches, shoes, chocolates, glassware, and furniture, all the way up to interior design projects and freestanding architecture. Hot on the heels of nendo's 2019 Phaidon monograph, which traced the first 13 years of the studio's prolific output, nendo 2016-2020 shows us what founder Oki Sato and his team did next - an astonishing number of projects in five years.
Joe Colombo (Milan, 1930-1971) was one of the greatest designers of the last century, visionary and ingenious, capable of giving shape to ideas that retain a striking relevance to this day. Trained first at the Brera Academy and then at the Polytechnic of Milan, Joe Colombo has expressed, in just 20 years of work, an absolutely innovative world view, placing man and his life at the centre of reflection, imagined a dynamic and transformable habitat both on a domestic and urban scale. A design in the round, aimed at satisfying every need - also thanks to technology and new materials - and to shape the space and its objects according to the different activities of the moment, be they working or social interactions. From here, the modular and dynamic furnishing accessories with futuristic lines, among which some pieces that have become iconic of Italian design stand out such as the Tube Chair, the Spider lamp (Compasso d'Oro 1967) or the Boby trolley (now at the MoMA in New York), the monoblocks , such as the Mini-Kitchen or the Total Table with integrated dishes, up to the global housing unit, a visionary machine , which encompasses all the needs of living. This volume constitutes the first catalogue raisonne of his work, of which about 180 projects are documented, divided between works still in production and historical works; introduced by the essays by Ignazia Favata - his historical collaborator - and Domitilla Dardi, it is completed by a critical anthology. Text in English and Italian.
Jean Prouve opened his own smithy in Nancy, France, in 1923, and shortly thereafter produced his first pieces of furniture, made from thin sheet steel. Right away, Prouve's sparse, geometric aesthetic appealed to avant-garde architects such as Robert Mallet-Stevens and Le Corbusier, who commissioned ironwork from him. In 1929 they invited Prouve to join the new Union des Artistes Modernes, a group of artists and designers championing the Modern Movement. Besides creating furniture, Prouve also explored designs for pre-fabricated housing, constructing dwellings for the homeless. But by the 1960s, his austere style seemed passe and he fell foul of fashion's whims; as a self-taught designer he was also routinely excluded by the architectural establishment. His reputation may have further suffered from his own appetite for collaboration, which could make his exact role in architectural projects difficult to identify. Happily, this state of affairs changed in the 1990s when Prouve re-emerged, as his sensibility chimed again with the activities of contemporary industrial designers like Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic.
This is a superbly illustrated series showcasing the best design work from some of the 20th century's finest architects. This engaging new series is dedicated to showcasing the very best in furniture and object design from some of the most important architects of the Twentieth-century. Each title begins with a brief but detailed introductory essay, before moving on to analyse - through sketches, drawings and photographs of the original productions - the main designs of the featured architect. Also included is a complete illustrated chronology of their works.
Artist and designer Luke Edward Hall, based in London, has taken the design world by storm with his playful, nostalgic, charming, and sophisticated interiors, fabrics, ceramics, furniture, stationery, prints, drawings, and paintings. With a strong belief that his artwork, decor, and interior design convey happiness and optimism, whimsical and romantic themes and a bright colour palette are purposeful hallmarks of the wunderkind's aesthetic. Before the age of 30, Luke has already collaborated with some of the world's most prestigious creative brands and garnered acclaim from The New York Times, Vogue, and many of the most influential arts, design, and fashion publications. teNeues is proud to debut the exciting, beautiful, and exuberant first monograph of the brilliant Luke Edward Hall. After graduating from the esteemed Central Saint Martins, Luke Edward Hall began his career in interior design before establishing his own studio in 2015, and has since worked across a broad range of art and design commissions and interior design projects. He has expanded his portfolio to design collections of housewares, table linens, ceramics, stationery, embroidered slippers, clothing, and jewellery, and more. Burberry, Liberty London, Svenskt Tenn, Rowing Blazers, Christie's, and the Royal Academy of London are among his notable clientele. Luke has exhibited his artwork in London and Stockholm and contributed art pieces and his writings to such lauded culture magazines as Cabana, House & Garden, and Pleasure Garden. He is currently a regular columnist for the House & Home section of the Financial Times. www.lukeedwardhall.com Incl. 3 Special Features: FOLDOUT (pages 66-71) A 2-sided, 6 paneled-foldout (3 panels of imagery on each side; artwork by Luke Edward Hall) SKETCHBOOK insert (stapled into spread on pages 118-119) A mini-booklet (12 pages, 12 x 16 cm), inserted within the Layout of the book, showing preliminary sketches by Luke Edward Hall for his design projects. DIE-CUT (pages 216-219) A picture frame shape that is cut out of the page ( die-cut ), revealing an illustrated portrait of a man and a woman on either side of the die-cut picture frame shape.
Over the past decade, Leif Podhajsky's kaleidoscopic artwork has carved out a unique space for the resurgence of psychedelia, reinvented for contemporary culture through the exploration of the relationship between the organic and the digital. Podhajsky's first monograph collates and curates his vivid artwork from the past decade. The book contains chapters on psychedelia, synaesthesia, digital and organic worlds and the influence of human perception upon nature - all beautifully illustrated with Podhajsky's artwork - alongside detailed presentations of his iconic album covers: Tame Impala's Innerspeaker and Lonerism, Bonobo's The North Borders and Foals' Holy Fire, to name a few. Each profile contains exclusive insight into the creative processes, collaborations, and insider anecdotes behind each cover. A complete illustrated chronology of Podhajsky's works to date is included at the end of the book.
Ralph Lauren's designs vividly embody the American Dream and he has risen to become his country's foremost fashion designer. His visionary ability has created a multi-billion-dollar brand, still very successful almost 50 years on. His genius lies in his innate skill for interpreting key cultural elements of Americana - whether Folk Art, or the world of polo-playing Hamptons' socialites, or Navajo motifs - and encapsulating them in appealing garments. Also a natural fit with Hollywood, he designed costumes for film classics such as The Great Gatsby and Annie Hall. Celebrated in Vogue by leading photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weberand Mario Testino, Lauren's clothes have appeared on countless covers, on everyone from Cher to a young Gwyneth Paltrow. From his ubiquitous Polo Ralph Lauren shirts with their much-imitated equestrian logo to his American country-club take on upperclass Englishness, his skill in making aspiration accessible is second to none. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.