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African fashion and design is colourful, unconventional, fresh, elegant, and self-confident. Africa Rising showcases the work of young creatives from the continent's vibrant metropolises. Africa Rising calls stereotypes and archaic cliches into question. Insightful essays from experts and artisans contextualise each portrait and provide insight into talented pioneers, outstanding projects, and the way craft can be a catalyst for social and economic developments. A comprehensive portrait of Africa manifests from marrying Peter Mabeo's furniture made from indigenous wood or Nobukho Nqaba's body of photographic work that handles the themes of migration and foreignness through the clever use of every day objects or the publicly-minded architecture of David Adjaye with the up-and-coming threads of Selly Raby Kane's energetic fashion line or the soundscapes of Spoek Mathambo's Fantasma that fix Bantu lyrics to computerized beats.The volume is co-edited by Design Indaba: a multifaceted design platform that garners worldwide critical acclaim for their annual design conference held in Cape Town. Africa Rising celebrates the way art strengthens and unifies cultures and, most importantly, invokes the multi-faceted richness of Africa.
ISBN 9783899556414. Die Gestalten Verlag.
This handy-sized photography book presents around 750 different types of buttons mainly from Europe and some from Japan. Categorised by history, materials, and artist, the buttons are laid out rhythmically on every turn of page.
ISBN 9784756245953. Pie Books.
The fine jewels of Admirable Manufacture, the elegance of Everyday Beauty, the artistic experiments of Avant Craft, the interactive jewellery of Precious Technology and the challenges of 3D printing of Collective Creativity: these are the masterpieces of Italian jewellery, admired the world over, and here they become examples to be handed down to future generations in a pluralism of languages that intersects jewellery with art, design, fashion and new technologies. From prehistory to the twentieth century, jewellery has followed a linear, sequential and deductive path, punctuated by precious materials and social symbolism. The timeline of contemporary jewellery has fragmented into multiple reflections of often divergent values and contexts, sitting precariously between the eternal of precious tradition and the ephemeral of fashion. This present fragmentary nature opens up windows on the futures of jewellery. The protagonist is the necklace, the most representative and beautiful facet of Italian jewellery.
ISBN 9788875705688. Edizioni Corraini.
This book retraces the historic, symbolic and aesthetic evolution of the chain, one of the most abundant and beloved of jewellery items, and examines its intersections with art, fashion, design and manufacturing, from antiquity to the present.
ISBN 9788836638468. Silvana Editoriale.
Contemporary Jewelry Design showcases over 40 designers from around the world, from established names in jewelry design to lesser known rising stars, whose work embodies the diverse production techniques and design concepts that define modern jewelry. The projects go beyond the everyday expectations of jewelry to the realm of wearable art, used not just as adornment but as pieces that interpret feelings or ideas, tell stories, or express emotions. The book features interviews with designers as well as stunning photography of their pieces, and traces the projects through the design, research, and experimental stages all the way to the realization of the finished product. The projects in Contemporary Jewelry Design will encourage readers to approach design from new perspectives, and expand their creative horizons with inspiration from the very best of contemporary jewelry.
ISBN 9781908175489. Gingko Press.
In 1985, the Corbella Company, which proclaimed itself the First Italian Manufacturer of Jewelry and Weapons for the Theatre, was founded in the heart of Milan. Corbella Milano presents the history of the company, and documents some of the company's most extraordinary objects, reconstructing a fascinating chapter in the history of Italian craft and manufacturing and theatre history and design.
ISBN 9788836640362. Silvana Editoriale .
In this book of exquisite and full colour photography, 164 beautiful and exquisite costumes are collected from more than 60 countries across the world, from traditional and vibrant Andean wear to Tyrollean children clad in authentic lederhosen.
ISBN 9784756241504. Pie Books.
Contemporary jewellery has been vitalized by a recent burst of innovative concepts, materials and designers. A Girl's Best Friends is a compilation of the most creative pieces by outstanding jewellery designers from around the world.
ISBN 9783899554182. Die Gestalten Verlag.
Italian Fashion Jewellery in the 50s and 60s by Alba Cappellieri and Bianca Cappello is split into four chapters, dedicated respectively to the context, the styles, the protagonists and the materials making the book easily accessible for anyone who wants to get to know the world of Italian fashion jewellery. The Dolce Vita stands for that wonderful, joyous era between the mid-1950s and 1968 that saw the Italian myth spread throughout the world. Together with fashion and design, Italian fashion jewellery was able to express the characteristics of formal beauty, quality manufacturing and technological innovation, making it an exemplary witness of the spirit of the time.
ISBN 9788875705268. Edizioni Corraini.
A journey through society's aesthetic mirror, with 500 pieces of jewellery which, from the post-war period to today, define the evolution of female customs, achievements and ambitions, the changing styles and technological progress. Great Italian jewellers in dialogue with the masters of fashion and talents of design, three diverse views on the contemporary with one sole protagonist: Italian fashion jewellery.
ISBN 9788875706173. Edizioni Corraini.
This book shows how to make lovely jewellery and accessories out of shrink plastic, a popular material commonly used to hand make jewellery. Kyoto-based jewellery maker Chimaski has step-by-step guides on how to make earrings, rings, necklaces, and brooches using shrink plastic, beads, UV resin, paper and aluminium foil. Through their sense of creativity, Chimaski shows how ordinary materials can be transformed into something special.
ISBN 9784861009761. BNN.
More than 1000 rings from Yves Gastou’s personal collection are beautifully photographed and displayed in this sumptuous book. Gastou’s collection is as diverse as it is large: from ancient Egyptian examples to Gothic masterpieces, and religious rings to memento mori, biker’s rings and an entire chapter devoted to curiosities. The rings featured are in silver and gold, set with jewels or skulls, sober or extravagant, ritual or rebellious.
ISBN 9783943330182. Gingko Press .
In this follow-up to the best selling Brooklyn Makers, photographer Jennifer Causey returns to her Southern roots to introduce us to a group of artisans with a long tradition of craftsmanship and a wonderfully vibrant cultural history. In Southern Makers, Causey documents twenty-five of the area's most celebrated craftspeople. This eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming makers includes bakers, textile artists, denim designers, jewelers, and more. Featured makers include Rinne Allen (photographer); Another Feather (jeweler); Imogene + Willie (denim makers); Hable Construction (textile designer); Farm and Sparrow (bakers); and Jackalope Brewery. Includes a makers index with a guide to local markets and other favorite Southern spots.
ISBN 9781616891640. Princeton Architectural Press.
In Traditional Couture, photographer Gregor Hohenberg succeeds in building a visual bridge between the outmoded and the avant-garde in German folkloric fashion. He portrays the individuals, young and old alike, who wear traditional attire in all the regions of his homeland, as well as their surroundings. This book is a dazzling journey in pictures featuring an overwhelming abundance of visual symbols and stylistic inspiration.
ISBN 9783899555721. Die Gestalten Verlag.
Created by the house of Van Cleef & Arpels in 1968, the Alhambra chain is an instantly recognisable icon of jewellery design and yet still a perennial favourite for daily wear. Alhambra has established itself as truly timeless, traversing the ages and surviving the winds of fashion. On the occasion of the design's 50th anniversary, this book tells the story of the evolution of the jewellery range that has become a signature of the house of Van Cleef & Arpels.
ISBN 9782365111911. Editions Xavier Barral/Van Cleef & Arpels.
Jewellery, ceramic, furniture, fashion, and much more came together under the roof of the Wiener Werkstätte (“Vienna Workshop”). This hub of creativity, founded in 1903, is recognized to this day for its elevation of handcraftsmanship against an industrialised world, its simple, elegant “square style”, and its pursuit of a “Gesamtkunstwerk,” or total work of art, in which all elements of an environment play an integral role.
ISBN 9783836519885. TASCHEN.
This is the first book dedicated to African powderglass beads, with over 180 photographs of gorgeous pieces from a collection assembled by songwriter Billy Steinberg (co-writer of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”). Most of the pieces showcased in this handsomely designed volume are West African beads often referred to as Bodom or Akoso, and were made by Ashanti and Ewe people in Ghana and Togo during the 19th century using finely ground glass. Highly detailed photography by Fredrik Nilsen provides a comprehensive look at the collection, along with texts by scholar Jamey D. Allen about the history, classification and glassmaking technologies employed in the varieties of beads covered in the book. A glossary provided by Allen also makes this a useful reference title.
ISBN 9780692907108. Steinberg.