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New Titles in Design, Fashion & Popular Culture 6 June 2016
Bas Kosters I Want It To Be Soft

Isbn 9789072861573
Publisher Arnhem Museum
Idea code 16248
€ 24.95

Bas Kosters is widely known as the Netherlands' most distinctive designer. He exposes societal and social issues like no one else in the world of Dutch fashion. Kosters creates a universe where clothing, installations, drawings, illustrations, textile art, soft sculptures, and videos enter into a dialogue with each other. 'I want to be soft' reveals Kosters' universe of thirteen years in fashion and design: a colourful total work of art that originates in his heartfelt responses to the world around us. Besides many images, this book also contains essays by several authors who share their views on Bas Kosters and his oeuvre.

192 p, ills colour, 22 x 29 cm, hb, Dutch/English

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Bloodywood - Ghanaian Film Posters From The Collection Of Mandy Elsas

Isbn 9789082515305
Publisher Vintage Voodoo
Idea code 16277
€ 54.95

This large book features an astonishing selection of Ghanaian hand-painted film posters from the collection of Mandy Elsas, a Dutch merchant dedicated to seeking out and preserving this disappearing facet of Ghana’s art historical heritage. With reproductions of almost 200 posters, it also provides an in-depth look at everyday culture through short biographies of artists, writings by specialists in the field, and a foreword by Ablade Glover, perhaps today’s most preeminent Ghanaian artist. The images are often graphic, supernatural, and violent, the posters powerful, vibrant, humorous, and frightening. Especially of interest are the local takes on Nigerian and Ghanaian films, which are sometimes interpreted up to six different versions of one film.

240 p, ills colour & bw, 25 x 33 cm, hb, English

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Strange Design: From Objects To Behaviours

Isbn 9782917053263
Publisher It: Editions
Idea code 16272
€ 32.25

In recent years, strange – ambiguous, dysfunctional, enigmatic, and complicated – objects have emerged in the world of design. These objects are based on an approach that has been called anti-design, radical, conceptual, or critical design – a speculative design that instead of offering solutions raises questions. Design that is not subject to the imperatives of the power structures of society, but is instead critical. Via a strategy of modifying objects away from their usual forms and utilitarian functions, this design evokes unusual uses and behaviours. With contributions by Gijs Bakker, Jurgen Bey, Bless, Didier Faustino, Alessandro Mendini, and Ugo La Pietra among others.

378 p, ills bw, 15 x 23 cm, pb, English

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Science Of The Secondary 7: Egg

Isbn 9789810984588
Publisher Atelier Hoko
Idea code 16256
€ 18.00

"Ever since the egg has been perverted as a rich and readily available source of food for human beings, we have not thought much of it beyond its role in our diet. An altogether loathsome person was once overheard commenting (with complete disregard for the minuscule strength of a chick) that the brittleness of eggshells is meant for the convenience of the human hand. To allow a faint glimmer in the gloom of ignorance, we must begin to become conscious of the subtleties within each egg…" 'Science of the Secondary: Egg’ is the seventh edition in the series of ongoing research conceived and developed by Atelier HOKO.

52 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 25 cm, hb, English

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Takashi Suzuki: Bau

Isbn 9784865871005
Publisher Amana
Idea code 16203
€ 37.45

Born in Kyoto, Takashi Suzuki graduated from the Photography Department of the Art Institute of Boston. In his most recent series, he attempts to discover how many different sculptural forms can be created using assemblages of particular mundane items – in this case, colourful sponges of all shapes and sizes. Set against a black background, the constructions signal a differentiation of context, introducing potentially unexpected propositions. Rather than concerning himself with “what” the actual photographic subject is, Suzuki’s interest shifts towards “how” that subject is perceived. His core motivation is exploring new definitions of how we see photography.

540 p, ills colour, 10 x 13 cm, pb, no text

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Edward Johnston - Writing & Illuminating & Lettering

Isbn 9781526201010
Publisher D&b Books
Idea code 16221
€ 32.05

Primarily a calligrapher by trade, Edward Johnston is in fact a relatively unknown great name in the design and typography of the 20th century. Unbeknownst to many, 100 years ago he created the typeface of the London Underground, so familiar to millions of the city’s residents, commuters, and visitors. The influence of this typeface was considerable. Although the two areas of Johnston’s expertise initially seem poles apart, the parallels become clearer the more one learns about his techniques and the man himself. This book offers an in-depth analysis of his life’s work, underlining Johnston’s dedication to the written word and his steadfast preservation of its forms.

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

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Atelier National De Recherche Typographique Archives 1985-2006

Isbn 9782840668541
Publisher Les Presses Du Reel
Idea code 16204
€ 41.95

Through 650 images drawn from the French National Institute for typographic research unpublished archives, this catalogue tells the untold story of a period of profound technological change, exploring the little-known world of typography design through a diverse selection of projects drawing on both an age-old craft tradition and the most radical innovation. The Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) was set up by the French government in 1985, in order to revitalise typeface design in France, a sector beset by problems. Its remit was soon extended to cover fields of typographical research and practice beyond type design proper. Between 1985 and 2006 the Atelier trained around a hundred students, contributing to a spectacular revival of French typography.

328 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 33 cm, pb, French/English

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Aldo Bakker

Isbn 9789462082670
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 16236
€ 34.95

Dutch designer Aldo Bakker (b. 1971) is famous for the creation of experimental shapes that blur the boundaries between art and design. Familiar objects obtain surprising new forms in the hands of this extraordinary designer. He established his international reputation in 2010 with the Copper Collection, a series of everyday products made from the unusual material copper. In this richly illustrated book, art critic Hans den Hartog Jager reflects on Bakker’s work, with great attention to form, material and (art historical) context. This new angle on Bakker’s design and the underlying ideas and inspirations will delight a wide audience.

168 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 28 cm, pb, Dutch/French/English

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Thierry Lagrange - Look Space! A Story Of Analogous Spaces

Isbn 9789082139976
Publisher Grafische Cel
Idea code 16274
€ 25.00

Architectural engineer Thierry Lagrange incorporates both his formal training and photography in his ongoing research on analogous spaces. This publication examines the various approaches to these spaces. The term “analogous spaces” highlights the analogies existing between the ways in which knowledge is processed in different types of space. Knowledge may be safeguarded, expanded, experienced, or transferred, while the space can be either actual or virtual. It refers to a spatiality that is technological, a product of communication media, and as such an integral part of our contemporary living experience, addressed in theoretical writings, workshops, and case studies.

88 p, ills bw, 24 x 34 cm, pb, English

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Order And Collapse - The Lives Of Archives

Isbn 9789188031020
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 16267
€ 27.50

The normative order and authoritarian use of conventional archives has long been criticised. This volume investigates the digitally informed transformation and multiplication of archives today, in conjunction with the increase in both accessibility and the amount of data produced, stored, and circulated. Despite improved search capabilities, documents, photographs, and other images are in danger of vanishing. Yet new knowledge, connotations, and materialities are also emerging. Through various texts and artworks, a selection of contemporary artistic and research-based approaches to existing archives, the act of collecting images, and creating new archives is represented.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Standard Time (dvd)

Isbn 4260208380021
Publisher Standard Time Berlin
Idea code 16283
€ 29.90

„Standard Time is a performance lasting exactly 24 hours and recorded on film. However, this film is much more than just the recording of an action, the recording of something that has taken place in the past; it is also a clock. A clock for use right now and in the future which, as each day goes by, extends further into the past, but is still up-to-date and punctual”: Mark Formanek.

1140 m, colour, 14 x 19 cm, dvd, English


Counter Print Issue 10

Isbn
Publisher Counter-print
Idea code 16174
€ 7.70

The tenth edition of 'Counter-Print' consists of two papers, running to 56 pages. Paper #01 focuses on the art and design of bookshop ephemera, while Paper #02, entitled ‘New Work’, offers a snap shot of some of the best work they received from the design community over the past quarter.

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Atelier Hoko: Habitcat

Isbn 9789810921170
Publisher Atelier Hoko
Idea code 14735
€ 25.00

HABIT©AT is an inquiry into how street cats in Singapore inhabit the man-made spaces of the suburban landscapes. This publication explores the intrinsic relationship between cats and their surrounding, encouraging the viewing of our urban landscape not simply as public space but one charged with possibilities through the cats’ adaptive appropriation. Their ability to discern subtle qualities and identify ‘gifts’ from the surrounding is a wisdom that human beings can humbly learn from and apply to our own approach towards dwelling.

140 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 25 cm, pb, English

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Deco Room With Plants Here And There

Isbn 9784861009952
Publisher Bnn
Idea code 16223
€ 20.45

The 3rd volume of “Deco Room with Plants”, by the plant artist, Satoshi Kawamoto features the styling of modern apartments with plants including Kawamoto’s recent works in Japan, Taiwan, and New York. Satoshi Kawamoto, a popular garden stylist who owns several shops in fashionable areas in Tokyo, demonstrates how to display plants categorised by room type using his own house. Including indoor plants, dry & preserved flowers, artificial flowers and driftwood, he suggests several ways ion which plants can enhance the interior space. Especially suitable for those who don’t have much space or aren’t confident enough to grow plants.

112 p, ills colour, 18 x 24 cm, pb, Japanese

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