In the Mood for Something New: new design books

We have a wide range of recommendations this week, stretching from the wonderous world of soviet bus stops to making a not-so-humble home bouquet. Whatever you’re keen to read this season, there’s sure to be a new area of interest to discover.

Lovely lace knits : learn the art of lacework with 16 timeless patterns / Vézina, Gabrielle
“Let luxurious lacework knitting bring you on a mindful journey as you cast on this collection of gorgeous knitwear! For anyone who has ever been intimidated by the intricacies of knitting lace, allow designer Gabrielle Vézina to teach you all you need to know to successfully tackle this timeless technique.  No matter which design you choose to make first, you’ll soon be looking lovely in lace.”–Publisher marketing.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Brutalists : Brutalism’s best architects / Hopkins, Owen
“Brutalist architecture inspires a passionate response, be it adulation or contempt. There is no disputing, however, that the style produces some of the world’s most breathtaking buildings. This landmark volume documents the movement as never before, by profiling the architects behind the style. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Flower porn : recipes for modern bouquets, tablescapes, and displays / Kaimins, Kaiva
“Bold, modern and more than a little bit cheeky, Flower Porn ditches the traditional floral bouquets for designer arrangements that you can recreate at home. Kai Kaimins, founder of East London florist My Lady Garden, shows you how to fill your home or office with eye-catching, Instagram-worthy arrangements. By following her flower recipes, you’ll unlock the secrets of color theory and get up close and personal with a huge array of blooms, season by season.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

A tale of two monkeys : adventures in the art world / Speelman, Anthony
“Anthony Speelman is the doyen of English art dealers specializing in Dutch Golden Age art. Vividly written and handsomely illustrated, his memoirs offer fascinating insight into the sometimes secretive world of Old Masters. This book will appeal not only to dealers, collectors and others in the fine art world, but also to would-be collectors eager for a glimpse behind the curtain.” — publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Soviet signs and street relics / Guilbeau, Jason
“French photographer Jason Guilbeau has used Google Street View to virtually navigate Russia and the former USSR, searching for examples of a forgotten Soviet period.  Relinquished by the present they have become part of the composition of everyday life, too distant in time and too ubiquitous in nature to be recorded by anything other than an indiscriminate automaton. (Adapted from Catalogue)

Maus now : selected writing
“Richly illustrated with images from Art Spiegelman’s work, Maus Now gathers together many of contemporary culture’s leading critics, authors, and academics on the radical achievement and innovation of Maus more than forty years since its first publication. Maus is revelatory, and generative, in profound and long-lasting ways. With this collection, American literary scholar (and expert on comics and graphic narratives) Hillary Chute assembles the best work around the globe exploring this classic graphic biography”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

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