By author and architecture journalist Dominic Bradbury, Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses profiles 400 glorious homes designed by 290+ architects in locations from Sydney to Sao Paolo, Chandigarh to Sheffield. With some 250 full-color images, the book showcases just how differently the style can be interpreted—as evidenced by stunning structures designed by Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Oscar Niemeyer and many others.
Knitted from a blend of recycled cotton (80%) and polyester (20%), DittoHouse’s eponymous Ditto Throw blanket doubles as art with a pattern that references the De Stijl art movement. The bold piece measures to 50 by 60 inches and is machine washable.
From CH favorite the Standards Manual (founded by Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth), comes From Pictures to Words: Persuasion and the National Parks—a glorious exploration of branding, design, illustration and type over some 100 years. This is the imprint’s second project with photographer Brian Kelley, and the tome includes everything from brochures to maps and other National Park-related ephemera—including examples of Massimo Vignelli’s Unigrid System, which was designed for the National Park Service in 1977. With visual assistance from Order (also run by Reed and Smyth), the book provides readers with some 384 pages of design delights.
Assembled by Roberta JM Olson and Jay M Pasachoff (curator of drawings at the New-York Historical Society, and the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy as well as the director of the Hopkins Observatory, respectively) Cosmos: The Art and Science of the Universe is an in-depth visual look at our collective obsession with the night sky. Via art that addresses astronomy, our passion for space is traced from woodcuttings and diagrams to paintings, sculpture and satellite photography. With 306 illustrations, many in full-color, this hardcover is a celebration of celestial treasures.
Despite the title, UK-based It’s Freezing in LA! focuses on climate change on an international level. Their third issue, titled “Protest,” covers global strikes, marches and walkouts that have been initiated in opposition of fossil fuels, mining, and much more. But, this issue also addresses potential solutions, how new construction adheres to recent legislation and the challenges companies face when switching to electric vehicles. It’s Freezing in LA! is edited by Martha Dillon and art and design are handled by Nina Carter and Matthew Lewis respectively. Price is in Pounds.
British mixed media artist Joe Webb combines found images to make otherworldly, cosmic scenes. For “Controllers” (a four-color screenprint made in an edition of 75 with Jealous Gallery), Webb plays with proportions and skews the viewer’s perception, placing an astronaut high above Earth but in the sightline of suited men behind a control board. The sky is covered in a black diamond dust overlay—replicating millions of stars—and the piece is printed on 410gsm paper stock. With each purchase, a tree is planted in Madagascar, thanks to a partnership with Eden Projects. Price is in Pounds.
Issue #2 of Honolulu-based, artist-led Tropic Zine focuses on the Filipinx diaspora—aiming to “decolonize, deconstruct, and reimagine” what it means to identify as such. The publication has been printed in an edition of 500 and includes contributions from Leah Danze, Catalina Africa Espinosa, Jasmine Wenzel, Calla Camero, Taissa Fromme, Azuré Keahi, gentofish and many more.
Carry on where artist Ray Geary left off using this art starter kit from the Whitney Museum of American Art. The set includes one partially done canvas and a set of supplies to finish off the piece as you wish. Each canvas features an unique (incomplete) work, which draws inspiration from influential women artists in the Whitney’s collection, as well as influential women in Geary’s life. It’s a stress-free way to take up art.
Richard Colman’s exquisite work blends figurative imagery, geometry and delicious hues. The six-color screen-print, “UNTITLED.” (2018) is available in an edition of 45 and each is numbered and signed by the artist. Price is in Euros.
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.