We just wanted to give you a quick, little preview of some of the art and design books that have arrived from publishers in the past couple of weeks. We’ve got a few other blog posts already in the pipeline, but the next Bookmarks review won’t be far off!
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In terms of style & design, the 1970s is sometimes dismissed as being a bit naff or as the decade that taste forgot.
This is very wide of the mark – its influence being both wide ranging and long-lasting.
This book, 70s Style & Design, by Dominic Lutyens & Kirsty Hislop clearly demonstrates this.
The decade was remarkable for its diversity – its range of cultures & counter cultures. It began with hippies & flower power and ended with punks & new wave!
There was a ‘loosened up spirit of fashion & design’ during this period. A strong sense of doing your own thing, experimentation, freedom and fun.
There were trends & fashions of course, but it never descended into a bland homogenisation.
It was a very eclectic decade in terms of style & design. Psychedelia & flower power spilled over from the 1960s; then there was the strong influence of Art Deco and Art Nouveau, nostalgic Victoriana, the folksy/back to nature style – and later on a harder edged industrial look.
It has been referred to as a decade of ‘the self’. Whether that be individuals looking towards & analysing their inner self – or an outward expression through personal appearance or living & work spaces. This resulted in a real blossoming of creativity.
The book highlights the influence of various music scenes, movements such as gay rights & women’s lib, the importance of an increasing awareness of the environment, the political & economic factors prevalent at the time, the increasing & diverse student population, the new DIY ethos in fashion & interiors, a craft renaissance – and the impact of shops such as Habitat, Mr Freedom, Biba and Granny Takes a Trip.
Divided into four chapters, From Pop to Postmodernism, Belle Epoque, Supernature and Avant Garde, the book tackles these subjects in great detail and does a remarkable job in drawing all these strands together.
The text is informative, articulate & well researched – the accompanying photographs capturing all the spirit of this fabulous decade.
The 70s isn’t a particularly well documented era in terms of style & design – this book helps redress the balance.
[Many thanks to Thames & Hudson for this review copy]
Those of you who have seen photos of our home know that we’re avid collectors of all manner of things.
The book celebrates the things with which we fill our houses – and how people express their personality through their homes and the objects they collect.
We’re always looking for imaginative ways to display…
…and this book is full of great ideas.
All the wonderful images, from houses all around the world, were taken by a single photographer, Gilles de Chabaneix, who spent over 40 years photographing domestic interiors.
The book doesn’t try to advise on what objects to collect, but offers inspiration for people who love to rummage at markets, bid at auction or have treasured heirlooms they want to put on show.
Objects ranging from fine art to humble beach-combed finds rub shoulders throughout the book.
From familiar groupings of mirrors and paintings, to much more idiosyncratic collections, such as a wall-full of vintage postcards of rock formations!
It’s a great lazy afternoon or bedtime read, with over 200 pages of inspiring, fascinating and intriguing rooms.
We’ve revisited the book a few times this week which is a good sign… and you do notice new things each time.
[Many thanks to Thames & Hudson for supplying this review copy]
We’re very excited to introduce a brand new, regular blog series – Bookmarks – in which we review books & magazines that have caught our eye. Naturally, the books we choose to feature will be on subjects close to our hearts – such as vintage interior design & decoration, homewares, crafts, furniture and collectables.
Clifton-Mogg’s maxim – which runs throughout each chapter – is that making a home calm, cosy and comfortable isn’t hard, shouldn’t be daunting and doesn’t have to be expensive either.
A lot of what she recommends, such as decluttering and having a household cleaning routine, you think you already know and have heard it all before.
But the way in which she puts it makes so much sense, that you may find yourself suddenly whisking piles of stuff off your kitchen table or from your hallway that you’d been oblivious to for months!
Each room in the house is given its own chapter; with advice on how to make them more welcoming, comfortable, peaceful or satisfying.
The book is brimful of glossy, colour photographs of beautiful vignettes…
…there’s page after page of inspiring rooms…
…but these aren’t rooms in unattainable, fantasy homes – all of the looks are easily achievable by us mere mortals!
There are beautiful and practical ideas for storage solutions and showing off your collections of items.
The book was a very enjoyable initial read – and it’s great for dipping back into for tips & ideas.
[Many thanks to Ryland, Peters & Small for supplying this review copy]