Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk: 1962-2002

$55

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From Dior protégé to founder of an internationally recognized fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent’s catwalk history is canonized in Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk: 1962-2002. With a biography of Saint Laurent, quotes from Pierre Bergé, and never-before-seen images (behind the scenes and from shows) along with essays and notes on each collection, this book holds immense insight into the iconic brand. From the legendary 1966 “Le Smoking” tuxedo, to Mondrian dresses, and the Ballets Russes collection, this book is an essential for any design, style and fashion enthusiast.

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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.

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By artist/designer/musician Mikie Poland, Plants Are Nice is an ode to flora and growth. Across 22 pages, readers will find drawings of plants, various doodles and sketches, notes and more. Ultimately, it’s a sweet zine about “appreciating plant time.”

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Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Key Ring

$40

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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.

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The ABCs of Triangle, Square, Circle

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

$44

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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.

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It’s Hard To Believe In Magic When You’re Stuck In Traffic On The 405

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Most of Luke Pelletier‘s pieces from his 2018 show American Fizzle (at LA’s New Image Art) have long sold out, but this treasure remains available for now. “It’s Hard To Believe In Magic When You’re Stuck In Traffic On The 405” includes many of Pelletier’s familiar motifs (from tropical fruits to jungle cats and more) and its busy vignette, full of textures, colors and patterns, is a feast.

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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.

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Hannah Starkey: Photographs 1997-2017

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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.

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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.

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The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age

$50

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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.

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This set of 15 two-toned crayons are a playful take on the traditional version, thanks to their octahedron shape, which features multiple points and edges to allow for endless combinations and textures. Kid Made Modern has, of course, ensured that these are non-toxic and small enough for learning hands.

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Menu Design in America

$20

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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.

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Barry McGee Catalogue

$23

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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.

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