The ALEXANDER GIRARD COLOR board book celebrates the vivid, playful, and sophisticated world of 20th century design icon Alexander Girard. Especially known for his textile designs for Herman Miller, Girard’s wide-ranging repertoire also spanned many disciplines, including interior design, graphic design, and furniture design.
This chunky board book is the latest in Ammo's series that features both design greats and up-and-coming new talent. ALEXANDER GIRARD COLOR features the vintage 1972 illustration “Girls” on the cover, as well as 26 classic Girard designs.
Pre-schoolers learning to identify colors will enjoy this charming little book and its whimsical illustrations. Design-savvy adults will also love the vintage illustrations and sophisticated packaging design.
Author: Gloria Fowler
Size: 6 x 6 inches | 58 pagesView full product details
Rarely is a book so perfectly titled
Joseph Esherick was arguably the foremost San Francisco architect from the 1960s until his death in the late 1990s, following in the wake of William Wurster. Esherick established his own practice in the late 1940s and the firm produced a continuous stream of laudable buildings, among them houses appropriate to their site and times. Affected less by national and international fashion than by the exigencies of local climate, social demands, and suitable technology, Esherick produced a large number of truly classic residences.
Author: Marc Treib
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"Even if you're not a designer, the trilogy on shapes encourages a closer look at the repeating structures around us and their deep human and natural histories, in which the simple square can simultaneously be an ancient symbol with the power to drive out the plague, and the boundaries for a game of chess."
"Picasso once called Munari the Leonardo of our time, and now is the time to invest time in one of the great thinkers of the last hundred years."
"I would consider it required reading for everybody engaged in a design discipline. No matter what field--be it architecture, industrial design, urban designer, painting, etc.--you are sure to find a lot of meaningful and relevant content, as it covers the fundamentals of these shapes, so rarely available in a single volume. As such, Bruno Munari: Square Circle Triangle certainly does justice to one of the great designers and thinkers of the twentieth century."
Author: Bruno Mari
Material: Paperback | 280 Pages | 650 b/w illustrations
Size: 6.126 x 6.125" (15.6 x 15.6 cm)View full product details
The creative vision that brought modern design to the U.S.
When Ben Thompson opened Design Research in Boston in 1953, his innovative store became synonymous with modern interior design, lighting a public spark that still burns today, though the store itself is no longer. When the mass-produced furniture of impersonal department stores reigned supreme, this boutique retailer dared to provide a learned yet unpretentious environment for sleek design. Today, Design Research's legacy can be seen in the showrooms of Crate & Barrel and Design Within Reach. Through interviews, anecdotes and lush photographs, Design Research documents the array of household objects and furniture introduced to the American home through the legendary store that made good design available to all.
Jane Thompson is an urbanist--designer and planner-who has spent her thirty-year career creating successful and well-loved places that contribute to the vitality and identity of cities worldwide, such as Dublin, Cardiff, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. Since 1994, she has been principal of Thompson Design Group in Boston, whose projects include Navy Pier in Chicago, the Grand Central District and Times Square Center in New York, the North Coast Harbor plan in Cleveland, and the Redevelopment Master Plan for Houston's Buffalo Bayou. Jane graduated from Vassar College and pursued graduate studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. She then worked for the Museum of Modern Art and became acting assistant curator in the Department of Architecture. This was followed by positions as architecture editor of Interiors magazine and founding editor of Industrial Design (now I.D.). In the late 1960s Jane became co-owner of Design Research, Inc., founded by her late husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. With Thompson, she conceived and designed Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace and numerous waterfront restorations in the United States and abroad. She has been a board member of the International Design Conference in Aspen, the Institute for Urban Design, and the Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C. Jane chairs the Gropius House Advisory Committee in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a lifetime achievement award from the Industrial Design Society of America and Institute Honors from the AIA. In 2000, Jane and Ben Thompson were each named Knight First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland.
Alexandra Lange is a critic, journalist and architectural historian based in Brooklyn, and her work has appeared in The Architect's Newspaper, Icon, Metropolis, New York Magazine and The New York Times. She teaches architecture criticism in the D-Crit Program at SVA and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at NYU.
Author: Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange
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Renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames are amongst the greatest designers of the 20th century. They are, of course, most well known for their groundbreaking and iconic furniture designs, but they also created important, creative, experimental, and beautiful work in the areas of architecture, exhibit design, textile design, product design, graphic design, toy design, film, and photography. Their distinctly postwar American enthusiasm and openness to the world around them gave them free license to explore work in many disciplines. This book celebrates the seamlessness and fluidity in which they operated as both a husband-and-wife team and as designers unrestricted by traditional professional boundaries. They brought a sense of innocence and playfulness to the design process, as well as a tremendous love and discipline in all they created in many different fields and mediums. Augmenting the abundant visual images are quotes and essays by the Eames family, including: Charles and Ray Eames, Lucia Eames, Carla Hartman, Byron Atwood, Lucia Dewey Atwood, Eames Demetrios, and Llisa Demetrios.
Unlike any other book published on the Eameses before, this unique and sumptuous monograph is a visual celebration of their work and their life and is destined to become a collector's item. The packaging design of the slipcase is a pattern inspired by the triangles and colors of one of their most inventive, if lesser known designs for children called simply "the toy." It also pays homage to the patterns they used on their well-loved House of Cards. The Eameses brought a sense of humor and joy to everything they created, and the design and layout of this book aims to convey that spirit in a visual feast for the eyes. Select details of their life and work from their refined designs to their innovative experiments, and even including images depicting the everyday poetic moments of their life, are shared here in this exhibit within a book. Inspired by Charles's immersive and original slideshows, in which he expertly selected and grouped images together that communicated information in an aesthetic, direct, and accessible way, this book strives to visually celebrate the Eameses life and work by taking the viewer through a delightful journey focusing on their "beautiful details."
“In true Eamesian form, the patterned slipcovered book is an aesthetically pleasing object in and of itself”—Dwell Magazine
Essays and quotes by the Eames family: Charles+Ray Eames, Lucia Eames, Carla Hartman, Byron Atwood, Lucia Dewey Atwood, Eames Demetrios, Lisa Demetrios
Edited by Gloria Fowler and Steve Crist
Material: Hardcover with Slipcase
Size: 16.25 x 11.5 inches | 408 pages
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Colorful Panels to Build With for Young and Less Young
1953 – 1961, 2006 – Present
Charles and Ray Eames designed the Giant House of Cards in 1953 in continuation of the beloved original deck created the year before. This is the largest in size of the entire House of Cards series, allowing you to build dynamic, ceiling-high structures.
The cards measure 11.5″ x 7.5″ and depict printed images taken from “the Arts, Sciences and the World Around Us” on one side, and vibrant color panels on the other.
Both kids and adults enjoy the Giant House of Cards.
Author: Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange
Size: 192 pagesView full product details
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon was a pioneer of what came to be known as Supergraphics: monumental graphics designed in harmony with architecture. Her iconic style – mixing Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop – influenced many designers at the time.
Her supergraphics at The Sea Ranch are among the most important designs of the 20th Century and are not to be missed when visiting us here on the coast.
In addition to an impressive portfolio, she boasts a fascinating life story. Ranging from being a teenage flamenco dancer, to marrying a well known film director, to suddenly finding herself a young widow with a child to support. At a crossroads, she moves to Switzerland to study under the influential modernist designer Armin Hofmann, before returning to the U.S and creating influential designs that were bigger and bolder than her Swiss counterparts.View full product details
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A reminder of what makes a town & country mouse always have a soft spot for the city
For the follow up to In the Wilds , his much-loved illustrated ode to rural life, Nigel Peake swaps the bucolic Irish countryside where he grew up for the bustling sidewalks of the city. Peake's companion volume, In the City, explores the visual details of a variety of urban metropolises including Shanghai, New York, Antwerp, London, Paris, Oslo, Lausanne, Budapest, Istanbul, and San Francisco. These new drawings and paintings document the sights, sounds, shapes, and textures he absorbs as he wanders the streets without a map or sits in a caf while waiting for a train. Peake's hand-drawn observations capture the colors, grids, surfaces, paths, reflections, rooftops, and other details, from reflections on windows to cracks in the pavement to the frayed posters on building walls. What emerges is a personal and universal portrait of a city, in all its beautiful and intricate forms, structures, and patterns.
Artist: Drawings by Nigel Peake
Size: 6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm); 144 pages; 90 color illustrationsView full product details
Internationally beloved Finnish design brand Marimekko's iconic patterns grace home décor, apparel, and accessories, and have informed and influenced tastemakers worldwide for over half a century. Richly illustrated with photographs and prints both classic and new, this vibrant volume (launching along with covetable notebooks and postcards) offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand's creative process. A colorful legacy is revealed, along with the innovative creators—from 1950s pioneers to twenty-first-century masters—who have shaped the company's heritage and continue to make visual magic today. Rare sketchbook pages, in-depth looks at particular eras, and page after page of gorgeous designs make this a book sure to enchant anyone interested in fashion, art, or the patterned and color-drenched world of Marimekko.
Marimekko is a Finnish fashion and design house celebrated worldwide for its original prints and colors. More than 140 Marimekko stores serve customers around the globe.
Size: 8 11/16" x 11" | 248 pages
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The Sea Ranch. Placewares' home.
Each copy signed by fellow Sea Rancher and architect, Donlyn Lyndon.
One hundred miles north of San Francisco, the Sonoma County coast meets the Pacific Ocean in a magnificent display of nature. This is the location of the Sea Ranch, an area covering several thousand acres of large, open meadows and forested natural settings and interspersed with award-winning architecture. The ecologically inspired plan drawn up for the Sea Ranch in the mid-1960s caused a quiet revolution in architecture. Renowned landscape designer Lawrence Halprin’s master plan incorporated a set of building guidelines that structured the visual, as well as physical, impact upon the landscape. Subsequent buildings by architects such as Joseph Esherick, Charles Willard Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, and William Turnbull have been recognized worldwide for their remarkable environmental sensitivity. This revised and updated edition of the now-classic monograph, the only one on the Sea Ranch, contains eleven additional projects and an updated account of the ongoing development process and land-management issues.
Authors: Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder
Size: 11" × 11" | 304 pages
We were lucky enough to meet Rosa Lowinger, the author, on a trip with the Los Angeles Conservancy to Cuba before its recent "opening up." She is wonderful.
In addition to being awarded the Rome Prize in Conservation from the American Academy in Rome, Rosa is the founder of Rosa Lowinger and Associates, a conservation firm with an international focus and offices in Miami and Los Angeles.
Rosa was born in Cuba and is considered one of America's foremost experts on Cuba's cultural, artistic, and architectural history.
To top it all off, she is a very compelling writer, and this book is a must-read if you are interested in pre-revolutionary Cuba or plan to travel there. She brings the heady, splashy world of the Tropicana's heyday fantastically to life!View full product details
The definitive monograph on William Turnbull, Jr., of MLTW architects.
Architectual Monograph number three documents twenty of William Turnbull's most well known and beautiful buildings and houses, ranging in scope from the Sea Ranch Condominium 1(1965), designed by Turnbull in collaboration with Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, and Richard Whitaker (MLTW), to his own house in Napa Valley, CA (1991).Authors: Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder
Essays by Donlyn Lyndon, Mitchell Schwarzer, Mary Griffin and William Stout.
Edited by William Stout, Dung Ngo with Lauri Puchall
Size: 250 pagesView full product details