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Japanese Book Binding

Japanese Book Binding

I quite liked the video my colleague Miyoko Ohtake posted earlier this week on Japanese joinery and thought I'd do my bit to shed a bit of light on Japanese style handcrafts as well. Here's a great look at Japanese book binding. The consideration paid to everyday Japanese objects continues to astound—check out this post I did in 2008 ago about parcel wrapping—and this video further cements the tradition of doing common things right. We could use a bit more of that here in the West.
August 25, 2011
Knoll Textile Cover

Knoll Textiles

The roster of furniture designers who have graced the factories of Knoll is startling: Saarinen, Platner, Bertoia, Breuer. But the textile designers like Marianne Strengell, Evelyn Hill Anselevicius, and Eszter Haraszty so responsible for the warp and weft of mid-century modernism get shorter shrift. Knoll Textiles: 1945-2010, due out August 31st from Yale University Press in association with the Bard Graduate Center, hopes to rectify this. At over 400 pages, this volume accompanies the exhibit of the same name that ran at Bard this summer. Knoll Textiles is edited by Earl Martin with essays from design curators and critics like Paul Makovsky of Metropolis and Bobbye Tigerman of LACMA. My colleague Miyoko Ohtake did a great slideshow and interview with Makovsky in May. Now fans of the exhibit from which the book was taken can get the whole story. 
August 22, 2011
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Kickstart Some Design II

Around this time last year I cruised through the fundraising site Kickstarter in search of a few design-related projects that seemed interesting. I found a furniture company, a photo project, and a poster that I really liked and wanted to share. This time around it's a play, some more photos, and a book about green design that could use a bit of support. Interesting projects all, and a great way to be involved in design, even if you're not a designer yourself. And as a donor you're also entitled to some element of the project. Heck, this might just be the most charitable way to get an historic photo of Baltimore for the living room. Here's what caught my eye.
August 11, 2011
City Notes Cover

City Notes: San Francisco

A very unusual guide book came across my desk last week. And though City Notes: San Francisco by Jesse Coburn from Terry Warner Press is certainly a beautiful object (dig the clean design by Martin Schapiro, the photos by Constance Smith, and the engraved wooden cover by Dave Marcoullier) it's a puzzling little artifact of Coburn's love of San Francisco. You see, there are no addresses listed, the spots chosen are lovely but obscure and strange, and the histories provided of each location defy any guide book convention. If a Frommer's guide is a city's greatest hits, City Notes is a mixtape of deep cuts wilfully free of liner notes.
August 9, 2011
Future Beauty covers

Future Beauty

Because the September 2011 issue is dedicated to the influence of Japanese design (architecture, craft, and industrial design primarily), we'd be utterly remiss if we didn't give a nod to the tremendous influence of Japanese fashion. Last year the Barbican Art Gallery launched a show called Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, and though the show closed in February, the excellent catalog by Akiko Fukai, Barbara Vinken, Susanna Frankel, and Hirofumi Kurino, still offers a stunning glimpse at how designers like Rei Kawokubo, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, and others have changed the face of high fashion. Have a look at the slideshow that follows and marvel at some of the most stunning design to come out of Japan.
August 3, 2011
more favorite play book spaces

More Favorite Play! Spaces

Our September 2011 issue is about to hit newsstands, but we're not finished celebrating play (the theme of our July/August 2011 issue). Earlier this week we featured five fantastic projects from the new Gingko Press book Play! Indoor and Outdoor, and here we highlight five more favorites from the 58 projects included in the book.
August 1, 2011
listomania bookshelf basics

Bookshelf Basics

Classic or contemporary, these titles are guaranteed to appeal to burgeoning bookworms of the modernist sort.
July 29, 2011
Play book

Favorite Play! Spaces

We love to play and love places that celebrate our inner, creative, kidlike selves—we dedicated our July/August 2011 issue to the subjects of families, kids, and play after all. The editors of the new Gingko Press book Play! Indoor and Outdoor hand-selected 58 of the best projects for playing from around the world, ranging in program from day cares to schools to playgrounds. Here we feature five of our favorites from the book (and in an upcoming post we'll showcase another five as well).
July 28, 2011
The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Origin Stories

Newly published monograph The Design 
Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby 
offers the inside account behind the British 
duo’s expansive portfolio.
July 12, 2011
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