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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 →

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The 1950’s house was a scientific triumph, designed in a laboratory and tested on inhabitants of all ages before being built for the masses. Never had homes been so thoroughly contemporary, with antiques and period styles entirely banished. Mid-Century Modern explores the interior decor of this seminal decade, concentrating on all aspects of a home’s decoration—walls, flooring, surfaces, lighting, and, of course, furniture.Read More →

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Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the Twenty-First Century  By Judith Gura With more than five hundred full-colour illustrations, a compendium of the best modern furniture from the Nordic countries. Scandinavia, comprised of five nations, produced some of the most popular furniture designs of the twentieth century, as well asRead More →

The ultimate resource for creative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes, 150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Read More →

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With more than 80 stunning photographs, Masterpieces of French Jewelry offers a fascinating look at the most remarkable pieces that found their way into prominent American collections. Like all art, this delightful array of jewelry mirrors the evolving culture of its time. Chapters in this book explore jewelry of the Victorian Era and the Art Nouveau period of the early twentieth century; Art Deco; 1940s retro; up through the 1960s and more contemporary styles.Read More →

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At the height of the Danish Modern movement, Jens Quistgaard and Dansk spiced up the design world with a stunning series of sculptural wood salt and pepper mills. Danish Pepper features photos and illustrations of Dansk and other Danish mills, accompanied by a rich history of the mills and their creators.Read More →

Radical Italian Design 1965–1985 featured image

Young Italian architects and designers started creating a new style that openly questioned Modernism in the mid-1960s in response to current social and political upheaval. This movement, known as “Radical design,” looked into ways to visually change the urban environment. The proponents of radical design also applied it to furniture and lighting, using unconventional materials and a novel formal vocabulary.Read More →

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An authoritative guide to the most significant artists, schools, and styles of street art and graffiti around the world

Painted murals first appeared in Latin America in the early 20th century; in the 1950s, spray-can graffiti associated with Latino gangs followed, notably the “cholo” graffiti of Los Angeles. Read More →

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They are architecture’s most famous father-son duo: Eero, the younger Saarinen, designer of such masterpieces as the TWA Terminal Building at Kennedy Airport, and his father Eliel, celebrated for triumphs such as the art nouveau railway station in Helsinki. Lesser known, but no less impressive, are their houses, which, regardless of style, share a belief in architecture as a total work of art.Read More →