Gustav Klutsis Book Cover

Gustav Klutsis was a Latvian artist and graphic, poster and applied arts designer. Born in 1895 Klutsis was a devoted supporter of the Boshevik regime and he was a member of the communist party. He was considered the pioneer of photomontage in the Soviet Union and an acclaimed graphic designer and painter. Klutsis was one of the earliest artists to use the photomontage technique for visual propaganda.  He subsequently emerged as a brilliant creator of Stalinist political art.Read More →

Male Nude Book featured image

There have been hundreds of publications devoted to the classical female nude. In all the visual art forms, displays of female nudity have been a safe and sanctioned characteristic of art. The male nude was only allowed to be seen in public due to religious themes, and even these were usually accompanied by terrible images of pain and discreet folds or fig leaves. If a man was going to be seen in the nude, he wasn’t going to be seen to be enjoying it!Read More →

Aldus Manutius - pioneer of printing

The type in which this sentence is written is called “italic”. Aldus Manutius the man who invented it died almost 500 years ago and his type is still in use.  Today publishing a manuscript is almost instantaneous, a new best seller can be placed on Amazon and I can buy a copy minutes later.  To look at the books which came off the Venitian presses of Aldus Manutius is a strange experience.Read More →

Hand weaving and cloth design

Hand Weaving and Cloth Design by Marianne Straub. The book consists of a Glossary of weaving terms and explains yarn choices, yarn count, warp calculations, and yarn quantities. Talks about Handlooms of various types, how to prepare the loom, methods of weaving, weave notation. Also discusses Plain weave, twill weave,Read More →

San Francisco -based artist Joe Roberts will be releasing his second book, The book features a foreword by journalist and documentarian Hamilton Morris (Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia on Viceland) as well as a conversation with gallerist and actor Leo Fitzpatrick (director of Marlborough Contemporary).Read More →

Luis Bustamante - New Perspectives

Luis Bustamante has a refined and very sophisticated style and has been working for over thirty years. This book shows his latest projects from the last five years, in places such as London, Miami, Madrid, Aspen, Cantabria, Marbella, Mexico City, Barcelona, The Hamptons and St Moritz, among others. His passion for art has developed a style that fits perfectly with art collectors around the world. Luis Bustamante’s fundamental concern has always been to generate relationships. Not only are the spaces he designs intended to achieve this, but he aspires to it with his clients. Bustamante understands design in the best possible way: as extraordinary living art.Read More →

1950's Math Book

In the latest issue of my newsletter, The Magnet, I wrote about some of my favourite old kids’ science books: A long time ago I read a good piece of advice in The Whole Earth Review: a children’s book to learn about a topic. Ever since then I’ve been adding kids’ science books to my home library. I’m biased toward books from the 1950s and 60s because the illustrations are excellent and the writing is straightforward (though sometimes the information can be out of date).Read More →

The scope of interior design book is of unlimited appeal post COVID19.  Around the world, we have been confined to our homes.  These spaces have become so important as they encapsulate our work and personal life.  The current selection of books will help you create that sacred space.Read More →

Children will see how Matisse used nothing but paper and scissors to create simple shapes like squares, leaves and birdsRead More →

How to Be an Artist: The New York Times bestseller Hardcover

by Jerry Saltz Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz is here to show you how to bring art and creativity into your life, with irreverent, inspiring and priceless pieces of advice on getting on in art. As the witty and passionate chief art critic for New York magazine, Jerry Saltz is oftenRead More →

Filled with hundreds of colour photographs, this comprehensive handbook in the highly successful 150 Best design series showcases the latest in successful small house design from some of today’s most distinguished international architects and designers. Bursting with ideas for designing, building, and decorating, this outstanding compendium features an extensive collectionRead More →