The great French artist Claude Lorrain (1600-1682), for whom drawing was an integral part of the artistic process, spent most of his career in Italy, where he documented the beauty of the landscape and the splendor of classical ruins. This richly illustrated book examines the wide-ranging role the medium played throughout Claude Lorrain's career. The book presents some of his most remarkable drawings, representing all aspects of his style and subject matter, from informal outdoor sketches of trees, rivers, and ruins to formal presentation drawings and elaborate compositional designs for paintings, many of which have never before been reproduced in color. A detailed and scholarly essay places them within the social and cultural contexts of their time and includes comparative illustrations of paintings and etchings to situate them within the artist's oeuvre. A selection of works from the Liber Veritatis (Book of Truth), a portfolio of highly finished drawings that the artist created to document his own painted compositions, is also included.
English - 226 Pages - 24.1 cm x 2.5 cm x 26.7 cm - 1.5 Kg
Philippe & Patek
Patek Philippe, 2010
Patek Philippe is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers in the world.Over the years, notable Patek Philippe patrons and timepieces owners include Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Pius IX, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Pablo Picasso, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Leo Tolstoy. As of December 2019, among the world's top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auctions, seven are Patek Philippe watches. This book is a watch collection with over 300 pages from the value of a family watch company.
English - Pages - 25.4 cm x 6.35 cm x 21.59 cm – 0.72 Kg
Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry
Phaidon Press, 2020
When does jewelry transcend the category of fashion accessory to become art? Coveted provides a survey of the most innovative creations in jewelry design, profiling 75 of the most prominent designers working today. Through exceptional pieces from each artist's oeuvre, the book explores their conceptual approach, provenance of materials, quality of design, composition, and workmanship, revealing what makes these creations not only coveted objects of exceptional value but also works of art. Coveted is separated into 5 thematic chapters covering key approaches for contemporary high jewelry, including Modernism; the cultural exchange between East and West and its effect on design; the evolution and meaning of innovative materials; the natural world as inspiration and the growing empowerment of women, both as designers and consumers.
English - 208 pages - 25.65 cm x 2.67 cm x 31.62 cm - 1.7 Kg
Thames & Hudson, 2020
One of the most iconic examples of 20th-century Danish design is the PH lamp, designed by Poul Henningsen in 1925. Combining functionalism with aesthetic innovation, the lamp’s sleek and economical design won a gold medal at that year’s International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris. Taking this lamp as its point of departure, Danish Lights examines the histories of 100 lamp designs dating back to the 19th century. By way of its individual case studies, the book provides a detailed survey of the development of lamp design in Denmark, beginning with the advent of oil and gas lamps through to the adoption of incandescent bulbs—the latter of which are associated with some of the most distinctively Danish designs. With over 300 illustrations, the book traces the history of Danish design’s emphasis on ambience in lighting, due to lighting’s important role in promoting hygge—the concept of a “warm and cozy” atmosphere prominent in Denmark. The centrality of the aesthetic of light in hygge, typified by candlelight, led many of the designers in this book to rethink their adherence to the Nordic functionalist design principle—known as funkis design in Denmark—by emphasizing the crucial quality of hygge in the design of their lamps. This book, the first to focus on Danish lamps, features many of the country’s most prominent designers. In addition to Henningsen, other figures surveyed include Arne Jacobsen (himself the designer of a well-known lamp bearing his initials) and Verner Panton.
English - 272 Pages - 20.4 cm x 2.8 cm x 30.6 cm - 1.4 Kg
Erik Desmazières, Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat
5 Continents, 2019
Cet ouvrage est un hommage rendu par une grande figure de l’estampe contemporaine à son imprimeur taille-doucier, dont la collaboration dure depuis plus de quatre décennies. Pendant que René Tazé imprime les gravures, Érik Desmazières, inspiré par la magie du lieu, commence à le dessiner, puis à réaliser des gravures à partir de 1979. Il en résulte une suite de sept gravures de grand format montrant l’atelier et ses magnifiques machines sous divers angles. Cet ouvrage est publié à l’occasion de l’exposition organisée à l’automne 2018 par la galerie Documents 15, rue de l’Échaudé, à Paris. Il donne à voir l’intégralité des dessins, des gravures et des épreuves rehaussées en couleurs, représentant les divers ateliers successifs jusqu’à celui d’aujourd’hui. Il permet aussi de pénétrer dans l’un des rares et derniers ateliers existant encore à Paris et de découvrir cette tout aussi exemplaire et fidèle collaboration entre un artiste et son imprimeur. L’ouvrage, préfacé par l’historien de l’art Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat, reprend toutes les œuvres publiées par le musée Carnavalet en 2006-2007 à l’occasion de l’exposition « Paris à grands traits », catalogue depuis longtemps épuisé.
French - 72 Pages - 24.6 cm x 1.5 cm x 28.8 cm - 0.8 Kg