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All Booked Up!

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

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Selection of newly published art & design books that we will shortly be reviewing on this blog

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!

Bookmarks: 70s Style & Design

Friday, October 14th, 2011

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cover from the book, "70s Style & Design" styled with vintage 1970s ladies handbags, dress & jewellery

In terms of style & design, the 1970s is sometimes dismissed as being a bit naff or as the decade that taste forgot.

title page from the book, "70s Style & Design"

This is very wide of the mark – its influence being both wide ranging and long-lasting.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a page from a 1970s Habitat catalogue

This book, 70s Style & Design, by Dominic Lutyens & Kirsty Hislop clearly demonstrates this.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a siting room with a large yellow sofa

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!

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing groovy "paint just took a trip" illustration

There was a ‘loosened up spirit of fashion & design’ during this period. A strong sense of doing your own thing, experimentation, freedom and fun.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a neon ceiling

There were trends & fashions of course, but it never descended into a bland homogenisation.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a model wearing a black & white striped jumpsuit posing in front of a red brick wall with the Chrysler Building in the background

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.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" entitled, "Pop to Postmodernism"

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.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a model in glasses & headscarf

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.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a model in facepaint holding a "Black is Beautiful" poster

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.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a number of black performers including Boney M and Diana Ross

The text is informative, articulate & well researched – the accompanying photographs capturing all the spirit of this fabulous decade.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" at the "Global Pillage" chapter

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing a large foundry building in Arizona, USA

The 70s isn’t a particularly well documented era in terms of style & design – this book helps redress the balance.

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing people who choose to live in hippie communes or have a macrobiotic diet

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing David Bailey's Notting Hill flat

As well as having their own dedicated website, the authors write the Flashin’ on the 70s blog which features even more 70s (and 70s inspired) gorgeousness!

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing models wearing colourful clothes & platform sandals

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing models wearing folk inspired fashion

As usual, the book is available both direct from the publisher, Hive, and through our H is for Home UK & US Amazon aStores

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing several photos of punks

page from the book, "70s Style & Design" showing several androgynous style people including Mick Jagger, New York Dolls and Dr. Frank-N-Furter from the Rocky Horror Show

[Many thanks to Thames & Hudson for this review copy]

Bookmarks – The Way We Live with the things we love

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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Those of you who have seen photos of our home know that we’re avid collectors of all manner of things.

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Which brings us neatly to the second title in our Bookmarks review series, The Way We Live With the Things We Love by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix and published by Thames & Hudson.

pages from "The Way We Live - with the things we love" with mug of tea and spectacles

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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.

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page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

We’re always looking for imaginative ways to display…

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

…and this book is full of great ideas.

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page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

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.

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

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.

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page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

Objects ranging from fine art to humble beach-combed finds rub shoulders throughout the book.

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From familiar groupings of mirrors and paintings, to much more idiosyncratic collections, such as a wall-full of vintage postcards of rock formations!

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

It’s a great lazy afternoon or bedtime read, with over 200 pages of inspiring, fascinating and intriguing rooms.

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

We’ve revisited the book a few times this week which is a good sign… and you do notice new things each time.

page from "The Way We Live - with the things we love"

The book is one in the Way We Live: series and can also be bought from our Amazon bookshops: UK | US

[Many thanks to Thames & Hudson for supplying this review copy]

Bookmarks – Comforts of Home

Monday, February 7th, 2011

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cover of "Comforts of Home" by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

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.

"Comforts of Home" book open with glass of wine

Our first title is The Comforts of Home written by Caroline Clifton-Mogg and published by Ryland, Peters & Small.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

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.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

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.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

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!

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

Each room in the house is given its own chapter; with advice on how to make them more welcoming, comfortable, peaceful or satisfying.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

The book is brimful of glossy, colour photographs of beautiful vignettes…

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

…there’s page after page of inspiring rooms…

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

…but these aren’t rooms in unattainable, fantasy homes – all of the looks are easily achievable by us mere mortals!

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

There are beautiful and practical ideas for storage solutions and showing off your collections of items.

pages from "Comforts of Home" book

The book was a very enjoyable initial read – and it’s great for dipping back into for tips & ideas.

You can also get a copy of the book from the H is for Home vintage design bookshops -  Amazon astore UK | Amazon astore USA

[Many thanks to Ryland, Peters & Small for supplying this review copy]