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Guest Blogger, Anna Gerber

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Anna Gerber is guest blogging for us this month covering delightful new storytelling projects that have caught her eye. Anna is a Special Projects Creative Director who knows a thing or two about making stories, be they digital, on paper or brickwork as Co-Founder of Visual Editions and Creative Director of Editions At Play. Welcome, Anna!

Rose are Red….


Lilacs, False blue, White, Purple, Color of lilac, Your great puffs of flowers….

As the East Coast begins to thaw, we are counting the days in anticipation of trying the LikeThat Garden app which works like a Shazam for flowers. Available for free, it promises to turn even the most hardened urbanist into a botanist.

(Quote from Poem ‘Lilacs’ by Amy Lowell)

London Design Legends


This month sees the exhibition and monograph launch of Anthony Burrill’s at the KK Outlet. Burrill’s simple yet playful letterpress posters has become synonymous with the British design scene and beyond – even adorning the walls of 40 Wooster Street. Also in London, the Design Museum celebrates it’s 25th anniversary. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, the museum hopes to encourage everyone, regardless of their background, to appreciate and understand the value of design.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Patricia Urquiola, one of the best-known women in design, is finally being honored with a monograph from Rizzoli – Time to Make a Book, a comprehensive collection of her product and architectural designs. And Home: 25 Amazing Projects for Your Home is a lovely offering of DIY projects from author Beci Orpin. And Graphic Thought Facility have designed a new book on textile manufacturer Kvadrat – Interwoven: Kvadrat Textile and Design, its cover made of bespoke wool book cloth.

(Image of Reinier de Jong’s extendable bookcase)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


In celebration of Bruno Munari’s birthday on Oct. 24th, Designers and Books gathered a great collection of Munari’s best written ouput, including classics Air Made Visible, and Design as Art (his Libro Illeggibile shown above). And Lotta Nieminen illustrated a lovely new book by Jenny Broom, a world exploration which delves into a new culture with every page. And check out Monocle’s Guide to Better Living, a great compendium from the editors of locations, products and ideas around the globe that inspire living better.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


The magazine dedicated to “architectural entertainment” – Pin-Up recently released a collection of inspiring interviews with a huge variety of architects and designers. Read this discussion with Tom and David Kelley on their new book, Creative Confidence. And 99U’s new installment in their series of great guides for those in the creative workforce, Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career looks like promising encouragement.

(Image of Philologische Bibliothek by Norman Foster)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Disegno Daily published an excerpt of a new monograph on Danish textile company Kvadrat, all about their use of color in design. Get inspired to make a life on the water with Houseboat: Reflections on North America’s Floating Homes. And Domino Magazine is being revived in digital form, with shop-able quarterly publications and back issues available digitally as well.

(Image of Architecture of the Book by Irma Bloom)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


The Perfect Shape + The Perfect Sauce = The Geometry of Pasta (shown) is the ultimate guide to pasta – including history, detailed descriptions of shapes, sauce pairings, and beautiful black and white graphic illustrations of it all. Neurologist and neuropsychiatrist Richard Restak’s new book, The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well is a studied look at how to improve memory performance to optimize your brain. And check out an interview with Simon Doonan about his new book, Asylum.

Our Kind of Furniture


We have a pretty obvious affinity for ampersands (our logo speaks volumes), so Australian designer Matt Innes’ ampersand table attracted our attention fairly quickly. It doesn’t hurt that the beautiful curves of his table are inspired by a typeface designed by type icon Herb Lubalin.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Designer Francesco Franchi’s Designing News is a look at the future of the media and news industries, based on his own work and others’ case studies. DK Publishing released the Smithsonian Institute’s Great Design – an impressive tome covering major design milestones from 1860 onward. And this coming Sunday if you are in NYC – go to the 92 Street Y for a conversation and reception celebrating Alex Liberman (art director of Vogue for 21 years) and a new book released on him.

(Image of Matej Kren’s ‘Idiom‘)


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