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Released just in time for National Library Week, our new book The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries both monumental and modest — an impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution. 
Above: Interior dome, Central Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012, photograph by Robert Dawson.

Released just in time for National Library Week, our new book The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries both monumental and modest — an impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution. 

Above: Interior dome, Central Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012, photograph by Robert Dawson.

Robert Dawson (The Public Library) receives Guggenheim Award

The response to our new book The Public Library has been nothing short of ecstatic. We couldn’t be more proud of the book and its author Robert Dawson, who we are thrilled to report, was just awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Dawson was also just interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR Weekend Edition and the book is popping up everywhere.

Our friends at Abrams & Chronicle Books were at the London Stationery Show last week, and they sent us this great news:
The Pattern Box was named runner-up in this year’s Stationery Awards in the category of Social Stationery. We couldn’t be more proud of our collaboration with New York’s Textile Arts Center.
Get yours here, and be sure to stock up on stamps!

Our friends at Abrams & Chronicle Books were at the London Stationery Show last week, and they sent us this great news:

The Pattern Box was named runner-up in this year’s Stationery Awards in the category of Social Stationery. We couldn’t be more proud of our collaboration with New York’s Textile Arts Center.

Get yours here, and be sure to stock up on stamps!

Hey Bostonians — Studio Life events tonight!

Friday, April 4 / 3pm
Author talk and book presentation by Sarah Trigg
Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave
Hosted by the School of Visual Arts and the Boston University Art Gallery

Friday, April 4 / 6–8pm
Book Signing at Samason Projects
450 Harrison Ave

Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process, is available now.

Join us at the Strand, where Steve Powers will sign copies of his book A Love Letter to the City and be interviewed by Sacha Jenkins of Ego Trip magazine — all in celebration of the murals he recently painted on the bookstore’s walls.

Strand Bookstore, Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Steve Powers’ Love Letter, writ large

explore-blog says:

Heart, be still! Legendary graphic designer Louise Fili (yes, her) partnered with Princeton Architectural Press on this gorgeous new set of Perfetto Pencils inspired by 1930s Italian pencil boxes… A design dream come true.

We agree. Very proud of our new collaboration with Ms. Fili.

explore-blog says:

Heart, be still! Legendary graphic designer Louise Fili (yes, her) partnered with Princeton Architectural Press on this gorgeous new set of Perfetto Pencils inspired by 1930s Italian pencil boxes… A design dream come true.

We agree. Very proud of our new collaboration with Ms. Fili.

Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist!

"This is the perfect book to set kids off on a lifelong love of art. This marvelous volume is filled with flaps, pop-ups, colorful illustrations (with lots of red, of course), and little surprises that are so befitting of Calder’s own spirit, I’d imagine him reading it himself and smiling from cover to cover."
Cool Mom Picks

"Beautiful… If you have a little artist at home, they will love learning about Calder. He was just a big kid himself, making colorful art for art’s sake. I’m totally inspired to start working on Calder projects now." 
Poppy Haus

"Art isn’t always two-dimensional, so why should books about it be? …Kids can see Calder’s most important sculptures pop up on the page, lift flaps to see some of his drawings, and actually design some of their own work with the included instructions."
Pop*Sugar

Available now from Princeton Architectural Press!

Pablo Picasso: Meet the Artist! 

"Vibrantly colored and interactive, with cutouts, pop-ups, sliding tabs and opportunities to explore and mimic some of the methods the artist employed…. Picasso is an artist whose work immediately appeals to children, and the author makes the most of her subject…. The act of flipping the pages introduces an element of drama, surprise and fun to viewing the works.
NYTimes.com

"A masterpiece."
Baby & Me

"Tremendously informative and fun…. Check out the very very back to find a little bit of interactive fun that encourages you to build your own art a-la Picasso. I really, really hope to see more from this series! For now I need to order up a few copies of each…. these will be dandy gifts for almost everyone in my family.
Scrumdilly-do

Available now from Princeton Architectural Press!

How a Brooklyn brownstone became a low-energy passive house

"It’s a ‘machine for living’. The air within the house changes once every three hours with the ventilation system".

Nice article in The Financial Times where Julie Torres Moskovitz, designer of the passive house in Park Slope, Brooklyn, discusses her energy-efficient home. Torres Moskovitz is also the author of The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, available now.

Pattern Papers: Stationery Set 

This set of writing sheets (pattern one side, blank on verso), envelopes, and stickers features designs by Shanan Campanaro (Eskayel), Brittany Keats Cerullo, and Kindah Khalidy. Selected to mix, match, complement, and clash, these patterned papers are enclosed in a portfolio envelope. Curated by the Textile Arts Center.

Lots of snow today in New York City!A view here from Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece.

Lots of snow today in New York City!
A view here from Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece.

VD is this Friday! 
Let Steve (ESPO) Powers help you say it with verve. More here.

From celebrated public artist Stephen Powers comes a new notecard set with charming expressions of encouragement and devotion for loved ones near and far-flung. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, send one of these simple and bold declarations of affection to let your sweetheart(s) know: “I paid the light bill just to see your face.”

Studio Life—Kelly Nipper

On a chair were swatches of dyed fabric laid out so she could select the specific hue of red—the color of a body’s interior—that her performers will wear. Although she works with dancers, Nipper doesn’t consider herself a choreographer. Instead, she explains that her practice extends from her roots in media—photography, film, and video. “My interest is not in setting movement on the surface of the body, but in environmentally inspired action.”

From Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, available now.

Kelly Nipper's exhibition Black Forest is now on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, through February 23rd.