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Past and Present

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Design*Sponge managing editor Amy Azzarito branches out with her first book, Past and Present. “I love learning about history through objects and design rather than remembering names and dates; it makes more sense to me,” says Azzarito. Her column, “Past & Present,” dives into design history and links it to present day. “Even an object as ubiquitous today as the sofa didn't always exist. Someone had to come up with it first. The fact that our homes didn't always look this way is fascinating to me.”

That intrigue prompted Azzarito to take her column one step further and develop it into a book of the same name, Past & Present, set for release on March 1. The subtitle explains the content, “24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired By Them.” In the book, artists tackle designs from the past and give them a modern twist. Straightforward directions are included with each project, as well as an educational essay that explains the historical and decorative arts tie-in. Here are some highlights from Past & Present.

Inlaid Easel designed by Jonathan Anzalone and Joseph Ferriso of Anzfer Farm This sturdy, practical, modern spin on an…
Cast Metal Switchplate designed by Colleen and Eric Whiteley Azzarito asked the furniture designers behind this…
Secret Window Cabinet designed by Jean Lee and Dylan Davies by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio “This is one of my favorite…
Obelish Clock designed by Timothy Liles These vibrant, Egyptian-inspired clocks are simple and require just a few…
Greenhouse Coffee Table designed by Studio Choo “I wanted to include something about landscape design in the book,”…
Jasperware Headboard designed by Eddie Ross With a nod to 1700s designer Josiah Wedgwood’s jasperware pottery, this…
Branch and Crystal Chandelier designed by Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown “It looks complicated but it’s actually pretty…
Design*Sponge managing editor Amy Azzarito.
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