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Bookmarks – 1950s Fashion Print

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg surrounded by vintage 1950s fabric

Today’s Bookmarks book review is 1950s Fashion Print….

front page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg surrounded by vintage 1950s fabric

…one in a series written by Marnie Fogg and published by Anova Books.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with bird print

The books arrival was perfectly timed as it appeared hot on the heels of our vintage fabric haul which we blogged about recently.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with carousel print

It’s very attractive visually.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with ballerina print

Holding the book, with its tactile, textured cover is almost like handling a piece of barkcloth.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with still life on a tabletop print

An initial flick through the enticing photos contained within persuades you to delve deeper.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with figurative print

There are endless examples of superb, period fabric designs to drool over…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with atomic print

…full-colour, detailed images of vintage prints on every page.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with red atomic print

Some very recognisable patterns as well as ones you’ll probably not seen before.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with trio of atomic prints

It isn’t however,  just a collection of pretty pictures…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s female figure composed from various printed fabrics

…it’s extremely well researched – Fogg really knows her subject.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with leaf print

She used to be a lecturer in Visual Studies and the Culture of Fashion at the University of Nottingham.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s Lucienne Day fabric

In addition to details about the actual fabric designs, the book encompasses related topics such as interior design and social & historical influences.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing illustrated female figure dressed in the New Look style in 1950s printed fabric

Another strong point of the book is the photo captions – they’re full of additional information and incisive comments.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with stylised plant pot print

It’s a wonderful leisure read, but also a great resource…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing full, gathered skirt made from vintage 1950s fabric

… an inspiration for design projects or for identifying fabrics that you may be lucky enough to find!

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s Tibor Reich

There’s also a useful bibliography of where to go next if your appetite for 50s patterns has been whetted.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing  a trio of vintage 1950s fabric with different geometric prints

It’s a must for devotees of textile designers such as Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, Robert Stewart, Jaqueline Groag, Sylvia Chambers & Tom Mellor to name but a few  – along with manufacturers such as Heals, David Whitehead Ltd & Edinburgh Weavers…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing a 1950s magazine ad for Sundour fabrics

…and for fans of Mid-century Modern in general.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing  a collection of swatches of vintage 1950s fabrics

This book is going to be a permanent fixture on our shelves.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with leaf print
1950s Fashion Print can also be bought from our vintage design bookshops: Amazon UK | Amazon US

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with figurative print

We’ll be following up in the very near future with a review of Fogg’s 1960s Fashion Fabrics

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with Marian Mahler

…we’re very much looking forward to it!

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with sun print on a red background

[Many thanks to Anova Books for supplying this review copy.]

Bookmarks – Homemade Home

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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Homemade Home book cover

Homemade Home by Sania Pell and published by Cico Books is the third in our new series of Bookmarks book reviews.

Homemade Home book with vintage sewing machine and fabric

We’re often in awe of people who seem to find the time and have the creativity to make something out of nothing. In our case, we either don’t get round to doing it or don’t think we’ve got the skills.

page from Homemade Home book showing various hand-painted bottles

Homemade Home will put paid to both – it will motivate you to make a start and it will give you the instructions in how to do it.

title page in the Homemade Home book showing covered buttons

Recycling household materials was once common in most households.

page from Homemade Home book showing handmade linen napkins

There was a certain decline in during the latter half of the twentieth century, but that trend is now very much reversing again…

page from Homemade Home book showing handmade napkins

…whether in the guise of recycling, up-cycling or remodelling.

page from Homemade Home book showing handmade canvas deckchair seats

This could be for many reasons – a new awareness of conserving the world’s resources, saving money or creating an individual/distinctive look.

page from Homemade Home book showing handmade labels

Whatever the reason, this book’s a perfect companion.

page from Homemade Home book showing fabric covered notebooks

The pages are divided into quick ideas and larger projects.

page from Homemade Home book showing covered buttons

There are easy to follow, step-by-step instructions – and some lovely photographs of the finished items in household settings.

page from Homemade Home book showing handmade origami flowers

There’s plenty of opportunity to adapt the ideas in terms of materials, design or finish.

page from Homemade Home book showing upcycled planters made from food tins

The author’s objective is to inspire you to have a go… and it certainly works!

page from Homemade Home book showing teacups now being used as plant pots

Before you know it you’ll be collecting buttons & scraps of material.

page from Homemade Home book showing sewing paraphernalia

And, if you already have such a collection, it will offer some fun & interesting ways to use it all.

Homemade Home can also be bought from our vintage design bookshops: Amazon UK | Amazon US

[Many thanks to Cico Books for supplying 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.

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

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

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.

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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]