Quasar Khanh, designer visionnaire

Originally from Hanoi, Quasar Khanh came to Paris in 1949. He was a designer of cars and boats, an architect and a fashion designer. He was the first to have the idea of ​​a fully inflatable line of furniture. In 1968 he launched the Aerospace collection entirely in plastic. Having passed away in 2016, all his work is now revealed thanks to the publication of this wonderful book : QUASAR KHANH, DESIGNER VISIONNAIRE. The preface is signed by Philippe Starck.

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Pete Peanut’s Fabulous Designer Home

Amusing Images Of A Peanut Living In A Gorgeous Mid-Century Designer Home :

Meet Pete Peanut, the star of a new book titled Pete Peanut and the Trouble with Birthdays by designers Sean Hewens and Mimi O Chun—inspired by a visit to Palms Springs Modernism Week, the duo decided to create perfectly made miniature versions of beautiful mid-century furniture.

Featuring the well-known creations of legendary designers such as George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Finn Juhl and Florence Knoll, the book actually tells a very amusing fictional story about Pete—who lives in a fabulous home filled with designer furniture—and his peanut friends.

Currently sourcing for funding on Kickstarter—“the world’s smallest Kickstarter campaign”—this adorable and unusual photo book would definitely “look nice on your mid-century modern coffee table”. You can receive a copy by pledging US$25 over here.

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SAY A LITTLE PRAYER

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Say a Little Prayer provides a fresh, modern means of relating to the spiritual in our fast-paced world. Uniting schools of thought and spirituality from across history and geography, world-renowned creative director Giovanni Bianco presents ten colorful card sets connected with ten spiritual traditions: Brazilian Candomblé, Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Kabbalah, Islam, Protestantism, and Shinto. Each of the ten card decks comes with 11 graphic cards—along with plenty of insight into the positive thoughts that every faith can bring.

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Book : The Secret Life Of Syrian Lingerie by Malu Halasa & Rana Salam

The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place youd probably never expect: Syria. Adorned with everything from faux fur, artificial flowers, and feathered birds to plastic toy cell phones, these intimates flash lights, play music, even vibrate. Well known across the Middle Eastin Syria the lingerie forms an important part of the folk tradition around trousseaus and weddingsit is openly displayed in the markets and souks. Authors Malu Halasa and Rana Salam have brought together a diverse and dramatic collection of photography and writing, including the voices of Syrian women, celebrating this little-known niche of fashion design in all its playful glory.

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BOOK I HAIR by legendary Hair Stylist Guido Palau, Photography David Sims

The Kate Moss grunge look. Elaborate Frida-Kahlo style pleating. 2013’s big curl revival. Each one of these hair trends can be largely credited to Guido Palau, a name now synonymous with reinventing youth culture, from punk rock Mohawks and Bowie hair wedges to the incredible architectural basket weave created for Alexander McQueen in 2011. Once told by Vidal Sassoon that he’d never make it as a hairdresser, Palau’s handiwork now stands as a well-oiled pillar within fashion, his creations inspired by a blend of raw talent and youthful rebellion. via Anothermagazine

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BOOK : The Original Paparazzo Elio Sorci and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

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The Original Paparazzo
Elio Sorci and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

Elio Sorci was a paparazzo before there was a name for it. His cat-and-mouse game through the streets of his native Rome was a far cry from today’s long lenses pointed at luxury yachts, but the us-against-them mentality towards the rich and famous was the same. “A paparazzo, ” he stated, “is a young, carefree, happy man who earns his daily bread by putting other people into difficulty and doesn’t mind the risks.”

The term ‘paparazzo’ entered the global vernacular with the release of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in 1960: Walter Santesso played the celebrity-chasing photographer ‘Paparazzo,’ and the rest was history. Sorci was there to document it, having been asked to visit Fellini’s set and capture chance moments with, among others, Anita Ekberg, who appears here in an exclusive edit from Roads publishing’s forthcoming book Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection, alongside Sorci’s shots of Keith Richards, Tina Turner, Audrey Hepburn and Clint Eastwood.

Sorci was named the highest-paid photographer in the world in 1963. He passed away last year, and did not consider the generations that followed him to be true practitioners of his craft. “[He] found his professional path by chance rather than design,” writes Christies’ Director and International Head of Photography, Philippe Garner in an introductory essay to the book. “Indeed, it might be rightly posited that it was precisely their lack of formal training, their lack of self-consciousness towards the medium, the absence of all those aesthetic and ethical anxieties that can inhibit spontaneity, that cast them so perfectly in the role of ruthless image-hunters.”
Elio Sorci and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

Elio Sorci was a paparazzo before there was a name for it. His cat-and-mouse game through the streets of his native Rome was a far cry from today’s long lenses pointed at luxury yachts, but the us-against-them mentality towards the rich and famous was the same. “A paparazzo, ” he stated, “is a young, carefree, happy man who earns his daily bread by putting other people into difficulty and doesn’t mind the risks.”

The term ‘paparazzo’ entered the global vernacular with the release of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in 1960: Walter Santesso played the celebrity-chasing photographer ‘Paparazzo,’ and the rest was history. Sorci was there to document it, having been asked to visit Fellini’s set and capture chance moments with, among others, Anita Ekberg, who appears here in an exclusive edit from Roads publishing’s forthcoming book Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection, alongside Sorci’s shots of Keith Richards, Tina Turner, Audrey Hepburn and Clint Eastwood.

Sorci was named the highest-paid photographer in the world in 1963. He passed away last year, and did not consider the generations that followed him to be true practitioners of his craft. “[He] found his professional path by chance rather than design,” writes Christies’ Director and International Head of Photography, Philippe Garner in an introductory essay to the book. “Indeed, it might be rightly posited that it was precisely their lack of formal training, their lack of self-consciousness towards the medium, the absence of all those aesthetic and ethical anxieties that can inhibit spontaneity, that cast them so perfectly in the role of ruthless image-hunters.”

Reblogged from Nowness.com

Brooches made out of Literature Classics by Sarah of House of Ismay

London-based artist Sarah of House of Ismay has created a collection of charming, beautiful brooches.

These handmade brooches are made with worn out pages from classic books, layered over reclaimed wood—the pins are shaped into characters from the stories. For instance, the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland brooch is in the shape of a rabbit. via design taxi

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“Never Stop to Think… Do I Have a Place for This” by Mary Randolph Carter, Photographed by Carter Berg

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In an age of picture-perfect interior design, best-selling author Mary Randolph Carter celebrates her highly personal and creative approach to decor, illustrating how to live stylishly with the many items you want to treasure forever.

This is a personal study which asks 20 individuals to share their unique collections and asks them to explain how and why they chose to surround themselves with these things.

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COOK & BOOK, Restaurant and Library I Brussels

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Cook & Book divided into two blocs (two separate buildings) and nine rooms, each with a different selection of books, different decoration and of course, the possibility to dine there. The specific sections/rooms include fine arts, music, general fiction, children’s literature, cook books, travel, graphic novels, lifestyle and each of them holds a certain amount of English books. The interior design of the bookstore deserves a special mention as it is nothing short of unique. The Designers had a huge space to work with and they created nine autonomous spaces, each with its own character and atmosphere. There’s even a terrace where you can read or eat or both, as well as a small playground for the children. Open 7 days a week, you can brunch, you can dine and even rent out the space for private functions.

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Design Bloggers at Home book by blogger Ellie Tennant

 

Do you ever wonder what the homes of the bloggers you read/follow look like? Well, UK based interiors journalist, stylist, and blogger Ellie Tennant, along with photographer Rachel Whiting, had the opportunity to visit some of her favorite blogger’s homes from around the world and take a peek into where and how they live.

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Skyline page markers

London-based product design firm Another Studio, who previously created cards that transform into mini 3D sculptures, has come up with a range of lovely architecture-inspired book page markers.

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Photography Book by Mme Peripetie

Photography Book by Mme Peripetie

A new fashion photography book by London-based image maker Sylwana Zybura (a.k.a. Madame Peripetie) is just about to be released by German publisher Seltmann+Söhne. Titled ‘Dream Sequence’, the book contains a series of portraits of imaginary characters, whose features are replaced by flowers or other objects while their bodies are covered with bizarre garments and colours. The book which evolved out of a long-term photography project, has won several awards (including the Double Gold at PX3 2011 in Paris, and an honourable mention at the International Photography Awards 2013 in New York), and has been compiled for costume designers, fashion stylists and everyone who is interested in character design and image building in general.

Mythical “Surf Club”, Miami to re-open in 2015 – Assouline’s new book gives us a flash from the past

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Opened in 1930, the Surf Club was situated on more than six acres of prime beachfront property in the Surfside neighborhood. The Mediterranean-revival-style villa, designed by Russell Pancoast, was decorated with zebra-skin sofas and cabanas as far as the eye could see, and offered a signature drink — the Mangareva cocktail — as well as poolside fashion shows, debutante balls and black-tie boxing nights, all for the enjoyment of its gilded guests. And there were plenty of them — from Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra to political dignitaries including the Shah of Iran and Winston Churchill. The former prime minister spent so much time at the Surf Club, in fact, that he had two cabanas at his disposal: one for afternoon naps, and the other used for painting.

In recent decades, the club fell out of fashion and into financial trouble, and it changed ownership in 2012. Now, the architect Richard Meier has been tasked with restoring and expanding the historic property. The original building and cabanas will remain in place, with Meier’s three 12-story glass-walled structures — housing a Four Seasons hotel and 150 Four Seasons-operated residences — appearing to hover weightlessly above them. Sure to drum up interest in the project, which opens its doors next year (2015), is a new photobook from Assouline, “The Surf Club,” featuring a trove of archival images from the institution’s heyday. The decadence portrayed in its pages is best summed up by a 1962 quote from a Miami society reporter: “When I die, I don’t want to go to heaven. I want to go to the Surf Club.” via TMAGAZINE, NYTimes  By AZADEH ENSHA

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Spectacular Book Carving, Canada

Spectacular Book Carving, Canada

Guy Laramée, 56, of Montreal, Canada, has produced a set of breathtaking pieces of art by carving up books and creating small-scale landscapes inside. One of his latest two works is called Han Shan, in dedication to the 9th century Chinese poet whose name literally translated as ‘Cold Mountain’. And his other is called A Caverna, or ‘The Cave’, which took its inspiration from the 2000 novel by Portuguese Nobel Prize author José Saramago