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A peek at our forthcoming Pattern Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Contemporary Pattern Designers, created with the Textile Arts Center in New York. Available later this summer.
Whether for companionship, religious congress, protest, seating, or comfort, sitting communally remains one of the most powerful and prevalent of human social activities. This simple act held special significance in numerous utopian communities that emerged in nineteenth-century America, and was given physical presence in the form of a variety of styles of wooden benches. Fascinated by these expressions of harmony and equality, renowned British artist Francis Cape crafted meticulous recreations and measured drawings of remaining examples. Book available this Spring.
A recent arrival at 37 E 7th St — advance copies of Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This hardcover book features fifty of the museum’s most eccentric objects, including a chunk broken off Plymouth Rock (pictured, top), a lock of Andrew Jackson’s hair (bottom), a dish towel used as a the flag of truce to end the Civil War, the microphones used by FDR for his Fireside Chats, and the chairs that seated Nixon and Kennedy in their 1960 television debate.
Written by William L. Bird, Jr, a historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Bird is also the author of Holidays on Display and Paint By Number, both from PAPress.
The Designer Says, the next book in our “Words of Wisdom” series, coming this spring from Princeton Architectural Press.
Just in! Advance copies of Draw Your Own Alphabets—a workbook to whip your lettering skills into shape. The book showcases a variety of hand-drawn fonts and provides helpful tips for turning your own bespoke alphabets into digital type.
Coming March 20 to a bookstore near you. Sharpen your pencils and get ready for some ferocious doodling!
Landprints advances arrived today! Beautiful landscapes by Bernard Trainor & Associates - books available this Spring.
Arriving in the U.S. next month, Autonomy collects the covers of all 118 issues of Anarchy, a journal published in London in the 1960s. Anarchy had many and diverse contributors, but its main author, Colin Ward, used the journal to propel ideas of mutual aid and autonomous organization outside the centralized state. The covers were designed mostly by Rufus Segar, and they illustrate a sample of the history of graphic design in Britain during those years.
Instant: The Story of Polaroid, coming October 2012
Very exciting, our first advances of Instant: The Story of Polaroid just arrived in the office! Available this October.
Eero Saarinen (1910-61)
From The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom
Coming October 2012