An iconic artwork that’s instantly attributable, Yayoi Kusama’s spotted pumpkin is miniaturized for this key ring. There’s an extra charm attached that features a tiny illustration of Kusama on one side and the words “LOVE FOREVER” on the other. It’s a thoughtful way to carry Kusama’s message of love and world peace with you all the time.
First published in 1991, The ABCs of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory is a collection of essays that traces the origin and impact of the movement. From graphic design to psychoanalysis, childhood education and beyond, its influence is undeniable. Along with typographical design, diagrams, symbols and various illustrations, it’s a fascinating lesson in a wildly significant movement.
With production limited to just 25, this chess set from Poketo is a collectible, design piece—and a functional game, of course. The pieces are geometric, and are made from lucite, as is the board. Though the rules remain the same this edition is a contemporary and stylish update.
An instant classic, MoMA and Champion’s collaboration sweatshirt debuted for the museum’s Is Fashion Modern? exhibition and remains a playful take on the classic, collegiate style crewneck. With MoMA’s logo appliquéd on the front, the sweatshirt is made from a cotton blend and available in size small through XL. Art fans, represent.
From kitsch to classy, François Prost‘s After Party is a 300-page exploration of French nightclub façades. The collection of photographs was shot during the daytime, offering a strangely alien element to the images—with their neon unlit, doors closed, and void of humans. In contrast, the cover boasts a holographic foil which will stand out on bookshelves or coffee tables. With a poster included, this book is available in an edition of 1000 and is published by Ed Banger Records’ Headbangers Publishing. Price is in Euros.
Packed with nearly 100 years of New Yorker cartoons, The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-Serious A-to-Z Archive is a two-volume collection of thousands of the wittiest, most cutting and relatable blips of social commentary. Organized by long-tenured editor Bob Mankoff, this encyclopedia is less an index than it is insightful commentary on the past 20 years of life in the Western world.
Seetal Solanki’s visually striking Why Materials Matter is an investigation into the materials—manmade and organic—that make up the world around us. From its bold green exterior to the individually captivating images inside, readers will be hooked as Solanki explores ancient dyeing techniques to current endeavors by artists, designers, scientists and more to create new materials, in turn creating a better world.
With pages and pages of photographer Hannah Starkey’s tender portraits of women, Hannah Starkey: Photographs 1997-2017 spans generations, backgrounds and intentions. Starkey’s photographs are personal but somehow distant, contemplative and cinematic, evocative and striking. This book is a thoughtful collection for those interested in exploring the concept of the female gaze. Price is in Pounds.
Perhaps the USA’s most significant and influential graphic designer, Paul Rand (who created iconic logos for IBM, UPS and many other brands) was, and remains, undeniably important to the industry. Featuring 200 illustrations and 27 essays, Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art is a comprehensive guide to his work, philosophy, methods and impact. Visually enthralling, insightful, and educational—this book is for designers and enthusiasts alike.
From eco-friendly power to wild designs, The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age showcases the future of bikes—as well as a few cars and three-wheelers. From the stunning wooden and steel AVIONICS V1 to Alta Motors’ Redshift St concept, Cake’s striking Kalk, designs by Night Shift and more, the book is full of covetable bicycles. Readers can delve into the electric revolution over 208 pages—exploring engineering, design, custom creations, classic brands and more.
With 100+ years of printed menu graphics, Menu Design in America is more than a design book—it’s a big slice of nostalgia. With plenty of information by design writer Steven Heller and culinary historian John Mariani, the pages offer a plethora of history surrounding the culinary and graphic arts. Whether the creations are classy, kitsch or somewhere between, they each add value to the rich catalogue.
Writer Katya Tylevich’s Barry McGee, which examines the beloved multidisciplinary artist, is the accompanying catalogue and essay from McGee’s show at Cheim & Read earlier this year. With sketches, photos and more, the 72-page book traces his delightfully uncategorizable work—and thankfully doesn’t attempt to explain it.
The latest from LA-based publisher Hamburger Eyes, No. 36: The Continuing Story of Life on Earth, is a 120-page perfect-bound collection of the beloved Boston Herald photographer Arthur Pollock’s work. Hamburger Eyes has been publishing—be it on Xeroxed paper or otherwise—for almost 18 years now.
Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness features 90+ self-portraits that explore the complex existence of black women. Each image is powerful and different from the last—exploring race, sexuality, gender, identity and more in thoughtfully provocative ways. “I am producing this photographic document to encourage individuals in my community to be brave enough to occupy spaces—brave enough to create without fear of being vilified,” Muholi says. Also within the pages are 20 written contributions—including a conversation with curator, writer and art historian Renée Mussai.
Across 300+ pages, garden designer Sophie Walker explores the magic of the Japanese Garden—from 800 years of history to the various aesthetics and philosophies incorporated. Undeniably, the Japanese garden is an art form of its own, and a living one. This book features 100 examples—with accompanying essays and notes by artists, architects and more.
Brooklyn-based, Shanghai-raised Pixy Liao explores relationships—specifically expectations of Chinese women within heterosexual couplings—through her striking photography. “I started to experiment with this relationship. I would set up all kinds of situations for Moro and I to perform in the photos. My photos explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships,” she pens in Experimental Relationship Vol. 1. The book, which won the Juror’s Special Mention of Aperture at the Paris Photo Book Awards, is just part of her ongoing Experimental Relationship project.