Lifestyle and Culture

Wonders of the Indian Wilderness

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A spectacular celebration of the flora and fauna of the Indian wilderness, one of the most beautiful, diverse, and endangered ecosystems in the world.

The veneration of nature has always been an integral part of Indian culture, but the country’s wilderness is rapidly disappearing and only small fragments of it now remain. In the face of this ecological threat, Wonders of the Indian Wilderness provides a lavish celebration of India’s unique natural treasure and a call to preserve it in the years to come. Over 800 pages in scope, the book devotes its first half to exploring “The Nature of Biodiversity in India,” illustrating the incredible natural abundance of one of the twelve acknowledged mega-diversity nations of the world. Author Erach Bharucha describes the varied species and ecosystems of India, confronting the urgent need to conserve the country’s biodiversity—a vital resource with immense economic potential—in the process.

Among the hundreds of illustrations are a dazzling foldout review of Earth’s geological and evolutionary history and an eight-page extravaganza on India’s rich floral heritage. The second half of the volume focuses on “National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of India,” recounting the distinctive plants, animals, and habitats the author has encountered in his travels through more than eighty of these areas—as well as the sobering changes he has witnessed in them over the years. Featuring more than 2,000 stunning full-color images, Wonders of the Indian Wilderness is not only an indispensable guide for environmentalists, educators, and eco-tourists but also an outstanding visual feast for the connoisseur. It is the most comprehensive overview available of the richness and sheer beauty of life in the Indian wilderness.

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Ski Atlas of the World

The Complete Reference to the Best Resorts

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A comprehensive guide to the world’s best skiing locations, illustrated with maps detailing top resorts, major peaks, convenient transportation routes, and more.

Whether at world-class ski resorts or on slopes covered with man-made snow, people of all ages seek out the unique thrill of skiing year after year. Ski Atlas of the World is an invaluable reference guide for anyone who has an interest in skiing—or like Arnie Wilson, the Atlas’s globetrotting, resort-hopping, Guinness record–setting editor, a passion for it. The focus of the book is a series of 80 profiles of the best places to ski in Europe and North America, including such world-famous resorts as Val d’Isere, Zermatt, Aspen, and Whistler, and such up-and-coming ski areas as Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia. Each profile details terrain characteristics, resort character and tone, history of the facilities, and more. Double-page maps appear throughout the book, beginning with a large-scale map of the world’s mountain ranges and followed by maps showing the resorts’ locations relative to each other. Rounding out the Atlas is an overview of skiing in Australasia, Japan, and South America.

The editor’s encyclopedic knowledge of skiing destinations and infectious enthusiasm for the sport inform all 300 pages of this outstanding resource. Whatever your skill level and no matter what you’re looking for in a resort, Ski Atlas of the World will help you find the perfect place to take your next skiing vacation.

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The Tea Drinker's Handbook

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A tasteful guide that explores the pleasures of tea through word and image.

In a skinny-no-whip-mocha-latte world, The Tea Drinker’s Handbook is a refreshing return to America’s roots in tea-drinking. Though tea is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world, second only to water, it is far from mundane. For both the lifelong tea drinker and the recent convert, The Tea Drinker’s Handbook is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in all things tea. The founders of Le Palais des Thés, a retail chain known for the high quality of its selection of teas, have traveled for over twenty years to plantations all over the world in search of the rarest teas, and the result is this handsome and enlightening book. This is the first guide written under the Le Palais des Thés brand.

In addition to ten shops in France, there are stores in Brussels, Oslo, Tokyo, and Beverly Hills, and their products are sold at Bergdorf Goodman. In this impressive and comprehensive guide, we rediscover tea, its cultivation, and all of its richness and complexity. In addition to being an informative resource, this book is also a true tasting guide for tea lovers. The authors open our eyes (and introduce our palates) to tea-tasting, as they list the top fifty teas of the world—complete with tasting sheets—and include comments and advice for each. And with 200 illustrations, The Tea Drinker’s Handbook informs and instructs with both fascinating text and alluring images.

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Daughters of India

Art and Identity

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A fascinating exploration of a land whose artwork is as varied and beautiful as its people.

Although one in every six women in the world lives in India, most of the Western world knows little about them. Daughters of India is a collection of the stories of twenty Indian women, each of whom uses creative expression as a means of empowerment. With 250 full-color illustrations, author Stephen Huyler introduces the reader to these individual Indian women and their art—and draws us into their colorful lives and inspiring achievements.

Huyler seeks to dispel Western myths about the repression of Indian women, instead revealing their incredible strength and determination to improve their lives and those of their children. The varied and inspiring women’s stories are simultaneously unique and unifying. From a woman preparing for her son’s wedding to a leading female IT entrepreneur, and from Hindu to Christian to Muslim, the many female faces of India come alive to Huyler’s audience.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit the Global Fund for Women, the Self-Employed Women’s Association, and Folk Arts Rajasthan, as well as other organizations that work to empower women, a full list of which appears in the back of this book.

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Giuseppe Panza

Memories of a Collector

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One of the world’s foremost collectors of modern art shares the story of his remarkable life, times, and culture.

A dedicated collector and advocate of contemporary art since the late 1940s, Giuseppe Panza has played a fundamental role in the artistic culture of his time, introducing American phenomena such as Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art, Environmental Art, and Conceptualism to the museums of Europe. Now, in a brilliant response to everyone’s primary question about Modern Art—“What does it mean?”—Panza shares philosophical insights and personal reflections that bridge a half-century of discovering new artists and movements.

Panza was among the first to buy the works of Rothko, Kline, Lichtenstein, and many of the other major figures of post-WWII art, watching as their works skyrocketed in monetary value as well as historic importance. He pursued collecting with undiminished enthusiasm through the 1980s and 1990s, all the while searching for the best venues in which to display his latest acquisitions. Sections of his private collection were exhibited by and acquired into major collections, particularly the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim in New York. Among his signature innovations was the juxtaposition of contemporary art with historic settings—Baroque palaces, ancient European public buildings, his own eighteenth-century villa—in order to create unexpected and stimulating dialogs between the architectural context and the work of art.

Complete with 110 full-color illustrations, spanning decades of transformation in art and world culture, Giuseppe Panza: Memories of a Collector provides a unique glimpse into the movements and trends that have defined modern art. It is also the fascinating life story of a man who helped define the trends themselves, through passion, insight, and prophetic taste.

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Shells

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A beautifully illustrated survey of the artistry and variety of shells, by an internationally renowned expert.

More than just an appreciation of shells, this book captures all the artistry of the undersea world. Prized since ancient times for their beauty, shells appear in Mexican temple art, on Greek and Roman vases, in Renaissance paintings and architectural sculpture, and in modern jewelry and furniture. The artists themselves are thousands of species of mollusks, which produce shells of infinite shapes and sizes: the polished, the patinated, and the peculiar. From porcelain cones and miters to coleus and whirls, the collector’s favorites account for barely five percent of known species (mollusks are the second largest phylum after arthropods), and it is possible we haven’t even discovered half of them. They are abundant and widespread, living from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in oceans and in streams, ponds, and lakes on every continent. They have been discovered on high Himalayan peaks, in bleak deserts, and on sandy beaches as well as in shallow lagoons and water as deep as 21,00 feet. The marvelous collection of shells featured here is both a celebration and a scientific investigation.

Philippe Bouchet’s writing is rich with the flavors of malacology, bringing in examples of biodiversity, the threats from anthropogenic pressure, and the important scientific and patrimonial role played by natural history museums, which are invaluable conservatories. We follow the author and his team in their exploration work, sampling and sifting, on board the French Institute for Research and Development vessel, off the coast of New Caledonia.

The author writes that “Most of the time, you may not recognize a shell but it does not mean it’s necessarily a new species.” It can take several years for the small community of international experts to be certain of a new discovery. It is just as difficult to work out which species are rare and which are threatened with extinction, as they defy human jurisdiction. With a true sense of wonderment, he discusses how incredible it is that in the twenty-first century (an age of genetics, nanotechnology, and advanced space exploration), a number of species of plants, animals, and fungi on the surface of the planet (let alone beneath the waves) remain “undiscovered,” unstudied and/or unnamed.

This fascinating text with its amazing images is ideal for shell collectors, natural history buffs, and admirers of great photography books.

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Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas

Great American Suburbs

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A beautiful and comprehensive chronicle of two of America’s earliest and most luxurious suburbs: Highland Park and University Park, Texas.

Dallas local Virginia McAlester, author of Random House’s A Field Guide to American Houses, the classic book on the subject, and Abbeville’s celebrated Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles, teamed up with Prudence Mackintosh and Willis Cecil Winters to write Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas. This impressive and informative case study immerses readers into the architecture and culture, both past and present, of these classy neighborhoods.

Illustrated with over 280 specially commissioned photographs, in addition to over 75 maps, graphs, and archival images, this insightful work covers the history and development of Dallas’s suburbs, as well as the architects who designed them. Homes also features several appendices, providing notes on how to preserve early-twentieth century homes and a catalogue listing over 1,600 homes by address and architect. McAlester authored an additional appendix that illustrates the architectural styles found in The Park Cities, which run the gamut from Tudor and Colonial Revival to Minimal Traditional and Mid-Century Modern.

As grand as the houses it chronicles, Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas will fascinate architects, historians, suburbanites, and would-be suburbanites alike.

 

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The History of Watches

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Showcasing the incomparable collection of watches at the British Museum, this volume is a unique history of watches as timepieces and as works of art.

The British Museum’s collection of watches is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. With examples ranging from sixteenth-century early stack freed watches (the first with built-in mechanisms to prevent them from running faster as their mainsprings wound down) to decorative watches of the seventeenth century, from precision made chronometers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to mass-produced watches of the modern era, the collection follows the complete history of the watch through an incredible 500 years.

Strikingly illustrated with 250 color images, this authoritative compendium presents that history with a range and depth unequaled by any other book. All the major makers of Europe and America are represented in its pages, many with multiple examples. Here you will find gems from the London workshops of Thomas Tompion, whose reputation stretched far and wide even in his own time; samples from the craftsmanship of Swiss-born Abraham Louis Breguet, who supplied the finest and costliest watches to the crown heads and aristocratic families of the Western world; and many other exquisite masterworks. Saul Peckham’s photography captures every finely-wrought detail, from the ornamentation of faces to the precision and intricacy of gears

An essential volume for horologists, collectors, and aficionados alike, The History of Watches will take you on a fascinating journey through time as recorded by the world’s most illustrious timepieces.

 

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Wristwatch Annual 2008

The Catalog of Producers, Models, and Specifications

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The definitive book for the collector of mechanical wristwatches with complete information on over 1,700 models, including prices, made by more than 100 international brands.

Every year brings hundreds of new wristwatch designs, with aesthetic and mechanical changes and improvements, limited-edition watches, and new producers keeping this field exciting for collectors. Following the success of last year’s book, this new annual features over 1,700 of the world’s most luxurious wristwatches and provides color photographs and complete specifications for each watch. With Wristwatch Annual 2008, collectors have a wealth of information close at hand: the book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and within each producer’s section are specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and available variations of a particular model.

The elegant photography and layout will encourage readers to pursue the year’s offerings for aesthetic appeal as well. The range of styles, from classic to modern, reflects the inclusive nature of this book, which watch collectors the world over will find both a handy reference and required reading.

Featured manufacturers: Alpina, Svend Anderson, Angular Momentum, Anonimo, Arnold & Son, Audemars Piguet, Ball Watch Company, Baume & Mercier, Bell & Ross, Ernst Benz, Blancpain, blu, Rainer Brand, Martin Braun, Breguet, Breitling, Carl F. Bucherer, Bulgari, Cartier, Chase-Durer, Chopard, Chronoswiss, Frédérique Constant, Corum, d.freemont, Davosa, De Grisogono, Doxa, Dubey & Schaldenbrand, Roger Dubuis, Dunhill, Ebel, Eberhard & Co., Epos, Eterna, Jacques Etoile, Carlo Ferrara, Fortis, Gérald Genta, Gevril, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Glycine, Graham, Hanhart, Harwood, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jacob & Co., Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, JeanRichard, Kobold, Maurice Lacroix, A. Lange & Söhne, Limes, Longines, Marcello C., Meistersinger, Mido, Daniel Mink, Montblanc, Movado, Mühle, Franck Muller, Ulysse Nardin, NBY, Armand Nicolet, Nivrel, Nomos, Omega, Oris, Panerai, Parmigiani, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Paul Picot, Poljot-International, Porsche Design, Rado, Auguste Reymond, RGM, Rolex, Daniel Roth, Scalaro, Jörg Schauer, Alain Silberstein, Sinn, Sothis, Stowa, Swiss Army, TAG Heuer, Temption, Tissot, Tudor, Tutima, Union, Vacheron Constantin, Ventura, Vollmer, George J von Burg, Harry Winston, Xemex, Dino Zei, Zenith, Zeno

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Classic Wristwatches 2008-2009

The Price Guide for Vintage Watch Collectors

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An invaluable resource on vintage watches, Classic Wristwatches 2008-2009 contains detailed information on some fifty of the most historically interesting brands sought after by collectors.

Updated every two years, Classic Wristwatches deals solely with vintage watches, that is, watches no longer in current production. This easy-to-use guide fully describes and illustrates each timepiece featured, as well as providing an estimated price carefully calculated by experts in the field. Including record prices at auction, this book supplies all the information that a collector needs to know about a vintage watch and its approximate current value, such as details on the movement, case, and special characteristics of the piece. A symbol also denotes whether the authors believe the value of the watch will increase, decrease, or remain the same. In addition to collectible vintage watches, the coverage in Classic Wristwatches includes important historical models by Rolex and Patek Philippe and such rare brands as Record and Enicar.

Featured Manufacturers: Angelus, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Breitling, Cartier, Certina, Chronoswiss, Cyma, Doxa, Eberhard & Co., Enicar, Eterna, Excelsior Park, Fortis, Gigandet, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte, Hamilton, Hanhart, Heuer, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Junghans, A. Lange & Söhne, LeCoultre, Lémania, Leonidas, Longines, Mido, Movado, Ulysse Nardin, Nivada, Officine Panerai, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Pierce, Record, Rolex, Tissot, Tudor, Universal Gené, Vacheron Constantin, Vulcain, Wakmann, Zenith

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Israel through My Lens

Sixty Years as a Photojournalist

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The compelling autobiography of Israel's preeminent photojournalist, illustrated with his most memorable images. 

Today, photojournalist David Rubinger stands at the peak of his profession: a winner of the Israel Prize for services to the media and a fixture on the masthead of Time, he is the only photographer whose work is on permanent display at the Knesset, Israel’s legislature. In this fascinating volume, he reports his own story, which in many ways reflects the history of Israel that he has recorded so faithfully with his camera. Born in Vienna in 1924, he emigrated to British Palestine in 1939 and developed a passion for photography while serving in the British army’s Jewish Brigade. After fighting in Israel’s War of Independence, he became a professional news photographer, reporting on each of his young nation’s subsequent wars from the front lines, at first for the Israeli media and later as a correspondent for Time-Life. He photographed all of Israel’s leaders, many of whom have allowed him a remarkable degree of access to their lives; Ariel Sharon said, “I trust Rubinger even though I know he doesn’t vote for me.” But Rubinger has not confined his reporting to war and politics; by photographing the successive waves of Jewish immigrants from Europe, the Arab world, Russia, and Ethiopia, he has also created a valuable record of Israel’s transformation from a country of six hundred thousand to one of seven million.

In recounting his eventful career, Rubinger proves himself a gifted raconteur, sharing anecdotes of the many leading personalities he has photographed and telling the stories behind his most famous pictures, many of which are reproduced here at fullpage size. Also illustrated are a selection of Rubinger’s never-before-published personal photographs, which provide vivid behind-the-scenes glimpses into the fast-paced and sometimes daring work of a photojournalist. Both a personal account of one man’s life with the camera and a visual document of the birth of a nation, Israel through My Lens is an essential book for anyone with an interest in Israeli history or the art of photojournalism.

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Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists

Discovering the Connections

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A captivating memoir of the author’s journey through France in search of the Impressionists and their art, interwoven with personal histories of the artists and illuminated with contemporary photographs that re-create and reimagine their work.

In 2000, deeply shaken by her husband’s recent death, author and world traveler Lin Arison took a trip through France with her granddaughter Sarah. Though Arison was in mourning, and Sarah was initially skeptical about art, the two surprised themselves by discovering renewed joy in the work of the Impressionists and the settings that inspired them.

In the years that followed, Arison’s personal odyssey became an extraordinary collaboration with photographer Neil Folberg, a collaboration culminating in Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections. In one unique volume, Arison ushers readers from Auvers to Arles, Giverny to Mont Sainte- Victoire, in her quest to rediscover the lives, dwellings, and paintings of the Impressionists. En route, she debunks long-held myths about Van Gogh and Berthe Morisot, befriends twenty-first-century descendants of some of the masters, and finds inspiration in the Impressionists’ mutually supportive relationships. Gracefully blending memoir, travelogue, art history, and biography, Arison’s intimate narrative brings new insight to our understanding of these artists and their legacy.

Interspersed with Arison’s text, and with handsome reproductions of the original masterpieces, Neil Folberg’s photographs capture the central spirit of the Impressionists’ work and reapply that spirit to contemporary subjects and settings. Following an intuitive sensibility that never misses its mark, Folberg deploys each artist’s individual vision to new and striking ends, undergoing an artistic transformation of his own in the process.

Together, Arison’s words and Folberg’s images explore the enduring impact of France’s great late nineteenth-century painters, and the ways in which their revolutionary visions of their own world still impart great meaning and beauty to ours.

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Bulgari

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A dazzlingly illustrated history of Bulgari jewelry, this engaging book tells the story of the world’s most famous family of jewelers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths, and the pieces that made their name.

New photography and archival pictures trace the progression of the Bulgari style, a distinctive look that has captivated royalty and movie stars, among other celebrities, for more than a century. Since its start in Rome in 1884—and throughout the years of expansion when shops opened from Los Angeles to New York and Madrid to Hong Kong—the Bulgari firm has launched influential trends and revivals in jewelry design. Bulgari is famous for the mixing of colorful semiprecious stones with diamonds, the mounting of ancient coins in gold jewelry, and the creation of easy-to-wear everyday pieces made with precious gems. These and other Bulgari fashions have sparked countless imitations by other jewelers, imitations that can never rival the polish and flair of the original pieces.

Initially published in 1996 as the first-ever book on Bulgari, this elegant volume delighted Bulgari enthusiasts and those interested in fashion and jewelry design. The need for an updated history of Italy’s most renowned jeweler was prompted by newly discovered historical material, recently launched Bulgari collections, and a great demand for the book.

This revised edition, featuring several new chapters, presents the achievements and developments of Bulgari in the past decade, including design trends in jewelry and watches. Here also are new lines of luxury fashion accessories as well as the distinctive architecture and interior design of Bulgari stores and hotels. It is these latest accomplishments, exquisitely portrayed in this new edition, which have made Bulgari one of the most important luxury brands of the new millennium.

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The Green Bubble

Waste Into Wealth: the New Energy Revolution

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Essential reading for investors and policy advisers, The Green Bubble predicts the rapid rise of renewable energy and its profound impact on stock markets worldwide.

In this prescient volume, noted economist Robert Bell argues that

—the next four years will be an increasingly frenzied lead-up to a gigantic stock market bubble in renewable energy;

—the new energy revolution will have a profound impact on everything that human beings construct, move, or deliberately heat or cool;

—and the consequences of the first truly global stock market bubble will transform every country, every industry, and nearly every business.

But after the bubble bursts, most of the investors in the bubble, those who did not get out in time and numbering perhaps a billion or more, will have lost a material amount of their life savings. Some will have invested individually, others through their pension funds, still others through their government’s tax money, and, finally, quite a few through all of the above.

And, what of the outcome? A World-War magnitude of invested money will actually have paid for the transformation out of oil and into renewable energy. The result—the climate will probably have been saved, and there will be nearly limitless energy. But it will have virtually no monetary value. Energy will be “too cheap to meter.”

Readers of The Green Bubble will learn about the new energy revolution and will discover what works and what doesn't, and why they will have to watch their investments closely—especially those made by others on their behalf.

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New Bar and Club Design

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A sophisticated, contemporary survey of fifty of the world’s newest and most stylish bars and clubs.

The sequel to the highly successful and critically praised book, Bar and Club Design, New Bar and Club Design is an elegant photographic journey through the latest international design trends in the bar and club industries, highlighting bars and clubs completed since 2001.

There has been a resurgence of cocktail culture and an explosion of the “style bar,” places that are professionally designed and serve high quality spirits, wine, and cocktails. Such bars have continued to open in cities such as New York, London, and Tokyo, but also in Beirut and Bangkok. Another strong trend in bar and club design, documented here, is a interest in creating lower budget designer bars that are as visually interesting and unusually designed as the big budget productions, such as Andy Wahloo in Paris and Loungelover in London. Likewise, club culture continues to thrive, albeit on a far smaller scale than the superclubs of the 1990s. Nightclubs have grown cozier, late night lounge bars have emerged to cater to the “grown-up clubber,” offering comfort and luxury rather than an empty shell in which to dance. The futuristic “superclubs” still being built now offer the very latest in technology and audiovisual entertainment.

This book explores the design zeitgeist of drinking and dancing culture worldwide. Divided by category into bars, restaurant bars, hotel bars, and clubs, each profile includes imaginative photographs, thoughtful descriptions, and architectural plans of the design. The innovative, sleek photographs allow the reader to enter into the ambience of each bar and experience its atmosphere. Sure to be an excellent guide for bar and club owners, architects and designers, as well as a sourcebook for new design inspirations, New Bar and Club Design will be appealing to travelers, night-lifers and design-lovers of every description.

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International Design Yearbook 21

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Now in its twenty-first year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary domestic design.

In this, the twenty-first edition of the leading international showcase of domestic design, guest editor and acclaimed Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola surveys the best furniture, lighting, tableware, textile and product designs of the last two years. Her eclectic selection ranges from futuristic kitchen products to chandeliers glowing and moving like jellyfish to wallpaper ripe with political imagery. The latest technologies are also featured, including a pen-shaped, Art Deco cellular phone from Nokia, the newest wireless music centers from Sonos and Phillips, and Apple’s most recent iPod variations and accessories.

Each object is illustrated with the superb photography that has helped earn the series its excellent reputation. In addition, full technical information, including a web address, is provided for each entry. Introductions by the editors provide insight into both the selection and the trends and issues currently influencing the design world. Designers whose work is featured in the book include key luminaries such as Ron Arad, Tord Boontje, Andrea Branzi, Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Ross Lovegrove, Ingo Maurer, Jasper Morrison, Gaetano Pesce, Karim Rashid, Richard Sapper, Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. A biography is provided for each designer.

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Traveling with the VW Bus and Camper

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A brightly illustrated homage to the VW bus in all its forms, including the history of the vehicle and the travel adventures VW owners have undertaken at the wheel of their bus or camper.

Introduced in the 1950s, the VW bus was designed to be multifunctional. Since then, it has come to symbolize fun, freedom, and adventure. VW bus owners fully incorporate their vehicles into their lives: Some treat them as an extension of their home, while others undertake epic journeys in them, across desert and sea, and through Europe, Asia, and Africa. Some strap surfboards to the roof and head for the nearest beach, while others soup up the engines and take them drag racing in California. All will spend hours restoring and customizing them and even more time talking about them with fellow bus owners.

Traveling with the VW Bus and Camper is a tribute to this passion, to the owners who have lavished time, effort, and inspiration on their campers, and, of course, to the VW bus itself. This book traces the cult of the camper, from family errands to vacation home to design icon. Above all else, the campervan is living history and readers will find chapters dedicated to travel narratives detailing road trips from England to Afghanistan and back, ad campaigns that sell the VW bus lifestyle, and weddings and other family events that feature buses in their ceremonies. Obsession or addiction? See for yourself.

 

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Weekend in Havana

An American Photographer in the Forbidden City

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An insightful exploration of the people of Havana and their daily activities, as seen through the lens of the American photographer Robert A. McCabe.

Both Cuba and the United States have strict rules governing photographic activity in Cuba. The U.S. carefully delineates what kinds of photographic undertakings are forbidden, while Cuba has, in the past, imprisoned photographers for giving a “distorted image of Cuban reality.” Nevertheless, photographer Robert A. McCabe managed to satisfy the many regulations, and spent four eventful days in Havana, taking pictures of a people rarely seen by the rest of the world.

Weekend in Havana celebrates Havana’s citizens in a compilation of moving and thought-provoking photographs, 97 in total and all in full color. From images of buildings which combine classical influences with splashes of vibrant color to intimate portraits of the people, the book’s presentation of Havana is fresh and realistic. The reader will meet a range of closely observed personalities, such as a policeman patrolling in a shabby police car, an expression of boredom and frustration flitting across his face; women young and old labeling bottles of rum in a factory; and children in both the red school uniforms of the Communist regime and in everyday American clothing.

Introductions by Robert A. McCabe and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, who has published widely on the history of photography, cover such topics as the difficulties facing photographers in Cuba, the differences between popular conceptions of Cuba and its reality, and the poverty, politics, and flux between old and new which mark Havana today. Weekend in Havana is a trilingual edition featuring English, Spanish, and Greek, making the book uniquely accessible.

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