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New Titles in Design & Popular Culture 14 December 2015
Macguffin 2: The Window

Isbn 24058203
Publisher Macguffin
Idea code 15686
€ 15.00

Each biannual edition of this magazine for design and crafts focuses on a specific object, exploring the manifold stories it generates. In this issue, the window is the starting point for a collection of intriguing stories on panoramas, plastic frames, and plant-filled windowsills. For many, the window is nothing more than a hole in the wall, and is seldom experienced as an object. Defenestration, separation, draperies by Maison Jansen, and the V&A Museum’s window cleaners are among the subjects examined by an array of contributors, including writer Douglas Coupland, design critic Alice Rawsthorn, curator Corinna Gardner, and designers Chris Kabel and Rudy Guedj.

224 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Dirty Furniture 2/6: Table

Isbn 9780993351112
Publisher Dirty Furniture
Idea code 15697
€ 14.50

The theme of the second instalment of ‘Dirty Furniture’ is the table. The least structurally complicated piece of furniture, the table nevertheless hosts a hugely difficult set of cultural practices, habits, and humours, from eating, working, and playing, to discussing, debating, and reaching decisions. It is witness to all manner of social and personal interactions, whether between family, peers, colleagues, or friends. Contributions to this investigation of the table include Tamar Shafrir’s social and economic critique of the ready meal, Federico Campagna’s thoughts on the table’s humble origins, Will Wiles’s analysis of war gaming, a structural scrutiny by Jonathan Olivares, and more.

162 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, pb, English

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Dexter Sinister: On A Universal Serial Bus*

Isbn 9789491843471
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15629
€ 18.00

Since its establishment in 2006, the design and publishing collaborative Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt, Stuart Bailey) has been busy working at the intersection of graphic design, publishing, and contemporary art. Through a workshop mentality, it combines the characteristically distinct identities of designer, producer, publisher, and distributor. This volume comprises a four-part collection of electronic works by Dexter Sinister, produced from 2008 to 2015, and mimics the memory stick released in parallel to an eponymous exhibition at Kunstverein München, complete with a speaking asterisk as guide. It is related to three previous engagements of the artists in 2015.

174 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English/German

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Palais 22: Ugo Rondinone: I Love John Giorno

Isbn 9782847110616
Publisher Palais De Tokyo
Idea code 15749
€ 16.15

Issue 22 of Palais magazine is entirely devoted to Ugo Rondinone's exhibition “I Love John Giorno” at the Palais de Tokyo, the first retrospective of the life and work of the American poet John Giorno, a key figure of America's counterculture since the 1960s. An iconic character in Andy Warhol's early films, Giorno was influenced by Pop artists who opened his eyes to the idea of “found poetry,” and he captured the real-life colloquial language of advertisements, television, newspapers, and street slang. Seeking to create a new audience and a new relevance for poetry since the mid-1960s, Giorno has developed viral strategies to share poetry with as many people as possible.

216 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 29 cm, pb, French/English

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Obliquite 01: Paradigm

Isbn 9782955447901
Publisher Les Presses Ponderees
Idea code 15682
€ 27.50

The seven designers participating to the first issue of Obliquite, explore the way objects come to life, their significations, their narratives. They dissect our society of spectacle, and transgress it. They play with memory, myths, fetishes, the hidden mechanisms and historiography of objects. They are not focusing on the function of objects. Instead, they explore the narratives and various ways in which our lives are conditioned by design.

224 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 22 cm, pb, English


Vento

Isbn 9788875705121
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 15734
€ 24.20

This book tells the story of the VENTO project, a cycling route from Venice (VENezia) to Turin (TOrino) running along the River Po. A new cultural paradigm to live differently in open spaces and the ways in which they change. A project of reanimating a landscape that is capable of offering new employment and economic diversification for the sustainable development of the country’s inland areas. Accompanied by illustrations by Valerio Vidali and numerous infographics, the book discusses VENTO’s gentle revolution that is pedalling its way through the landscape.

160 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Italian/English

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Corrado Levi - Engravings And Lithographs 1993-2015

Isbn 9788875705398
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 15737
€ 18.15

“The series of graphics reproduced in this book took different amounts of time to complete: the Architectural Crossouts – the Art of Art works were done in one month, dedicating myself completely to them; those of Peso Piuma I drew quickly in just one afternoon, and those of Otranto were completed in a day. One year, one day, one week. For each plate I pursued distant lands of images, sensations and rendering.” Accompanied by a critical text by Christian Leigh, the book sheds light on this area of production by the multifaceted and versatile artist, Corrado Levi.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 22 cm, pb, Italian/English

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Marti Guixe - Toy Weapons

Isbn 9788875700713
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code
€ 24.20

To exorcise weapons here is an amusing handbook that shows you how to make them by hand with coat-hanger wires! As always, a serious subject dealt with light-heartedly and humorously by Martí Guixé, who can make things from nothing.

14 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 29 cm, hb, Italian/English


Growing And Guarding

Isbn 9788875705329
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 15735
€ 30.25

In the hills of the Chianti Classico region, you will find Ama. A tiny town some 500 metres above sea level administered by the municipality of Gaiole. This is the place that Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti Pallanti chose to establish and raise their family, their business making wine and oil, their working relationships with artists at the Galleria Continua in San Giminiano, their history. With pieces by Marcello Fois, Philip Larrat-Smith and Pallanti himself, with colourful illustrations by Federico Maggioni, 'Growing and guarding' traces the journey of Castello di Ama and its family, presenting the places and works on display in the estate, in a journey between wine and art.

170 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Michele De Lucchi My Horrible Wonderful Clients

Isbn 9788874627622
Publisher Quodlibet
Idea code 15721
€ 23.65

Michele de Lucchi’s professional work has always existed in tandem with his personal exploration of architecture, design, technology, and crafts. He considers his true clients – themes like industry, nature, technology, and craftsmanship – to be more important than the tangible, paying ones. This book sheds light on these unseen protagonists as a sort of genuine biography that unfolds in a series of selected images, mainly in chronological order. From his early forays into radical architecture and experiences in 1980s Milan, to the achievements of his own professional studio, it reveals both familiar and more intimate aspects of his work, along with personal, humorous anecdotes.

154 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 23 cm, pb, English

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The Sixties: A Worldwide Happening

Isbn 9789462261501
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 15628
€ 24.95

The Sixties was a period of global change, not to mention a time of intercultural exchange and shifting power structures. It was also the moment when the term “globalisation” entered into popular usage. An increasingly important mediascape contributed not only to the ease with which people located at the far corners of the globe interacted and communicated, but also to the increased influence they had on one another. Through photo essays and texts focusing on politics, art, design and architecture, fashion and pop culture, an international group of experts explores the complexity, dynamics, and timeless appeal of one of the most vibrant periods in modern history.

208 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Sneu* En Andere Verhalen

Isbn 9789491444296
Publisher Artez Press
Idea code 15717
€ 9.90

Joost Overbeek is vormgever en oprichter van ontwerpstudio Overburen. Overburen werkt voor allerlei opdrachtgevers van Hard gras tot het Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid en van A'dam - E.V.A.tot Adriaan van Dis en Paul de Leeuw. Naast grafisch ontwerper is Joost ook een zeer geestige schrijver. Als hij later groot is, zou hij wel columnist willen worden. Dat gaat ook gebeuren. Maar eerst presenteert hij nieuw werk: Sneu*. Het is een boekje vol sneue verhalen en boordevol sneu beeld. Herkenbaar, humoristisch en verslavend.

184 p, ills colour & bw, 12 x 17 cm, pb, Dutch

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Transformers

Isbn 9788875705374
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 15736
€ 42.35

We are immersed in a reality that is constantly transforming: new technologies and the relationship between digital and individual create a universe in which the subject must constantly adapt and change to the surroundings in order to understand the world and express itself. 'Transformers', the book which accompanies an exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, fits into this logic. Through their work, four artists from four different countries express their views on contemporary mutability. Choi Jeong Hwa, Martino Gamper, Pedro Reyes and Didier Fiuza Faustino are, in some way, “transformers”: weapons become musical instruments, chairs are made from handmade fabrics.

184 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 28 cm, pb, Italian/English

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