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
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
A Junior Library Guild Selection
In a wordless graphic novel–style picture book, French artist Merveille (Jukebox) brings to a new audience the mid–20th century French cinema icon Monsieur Hulot, created and portrayed by actor Jacques Tati.
More than 20 stories appear, told in groups of panels on a single page, followed by a page turn that supplies the punch line. Flat artwork and a quiet palette suit the austere post-WWII setting as Hulot ambles through Paris in a Walter Mitty–like alternate reality, his trusty umbrella at the ready. He buys a snow globe one beautiful spring day, turns it over, and starts a real snowstorm. He tries in vain to hook a prize fish at a carnival, then hooks one on his umbrella without realizing it after he turns away. Many episodes depend on references that may require parental explanations, like French military parades that require onlookers to salute patriotically, footprints from the first moonwalk, or Don Quixote tilting at windmills.
Older readers though, will find this a rewarding cross-cultural comic experience—and Tati fans will sigh with delight at the stories’ many whimsical ironies.View full product details
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
On the Sonoma Coast and Mendonoma Coasts we are surrounded by Nature's beauty, so we naturally fell in love with Lifetime.
In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies.
Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things
that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else—and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations.
A book about picturing numbers and considering the endlessly fascinating lives all around us, Lifetime is sure to delight young nature lovers.
Lola M. Schaefer is the award-winning author of many books for children of all ages, including Just One Bite. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northern Georgia.
Christopher Silas Neal is the illustrator of critically acclaimed books including Over and Under the Snow. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.
Guided Reading Level: E Ages 5 to 8
Author: Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrator: Christopher Silas Neal
Size: 12 x 9 ½" | 40 pagesView 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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A beautiful source of inspiration and knowledge. Analog 02 was shot in part on Placewares' beautiful The Sea Ranch coastline.
The Analog series has been compiled to visually explore the concepts that are the basis of Octopian culture and ideology. It is our intent to also pay homage to the makers, storytellers, architects, designers, artists and visionaries that influence and inspire us.
Analog 02 observes the theme of Sea.
Featured Interview with: artist Dwight Hwang, artist Antoinette Faragallah.
130 pages, 6″ x 9″, Limited edition of 500. Each issue is hand numbered.
A reprint of a rare, much-sought-after 1960s-era children’s book beloved by the graphic design world and children’s book collectors, Puff’s midcentury modern aesthetic will appeal to adults and children alike. A design darling, Puff by William Wondriska illustrates an imaginary world in which sometimes the small but brave gestures are important. Puff is a tale about an old-fashioned small steam engine who lives a very unexciting life in a train yard. Puff daydreams that he could swim or imagines traveling to such distant lands as Egypt, India, France, and even to outer space. Puff’s chance to prove his mettle finally arrives when a newer modern engine pulling circus cars breaks down during a snowstorm. Puff bravely hooks to the cars and manages to bring the circus into warm sunshine. Playfully mixing type with bold graphics, Puff is a beautifully illustrated and charming underdog story that will appeal to design fans and people of all ages.
"With playful artist strokes and the clever use of fonts, this story of a tiny steam engine who dreams of one day traveling and doing something important is like a modern Little Engine That Could. The simplicity of the plot, language, and tricolored illustrations is appealing in that it focuses on the character of the train, named Puff, making him a personified protagonist to root for. Ages two and up." -Foreword Magazine
William Wondriska is a renowned graphic designer and children’s book author and illustrator who was active in the mid-twentieth century. In addition to his work in promotional design and advertising, Wondriska wrote eleven books for children, including A Long Piece of String (1963), The Sound of Things (1958), and All by Myself (1963).
Author: William Wondriska
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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