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Decoration : Tradition et Renouveau
Collection Connaissance des Arts

First printing of one of the heaviest hitters of Interior Design books, the enormous, lavishly illustrated “Decoration : Tradition et Renouveau” (Collection Connaissance des Arts) published in 1973 is without a doubt one of the most collectable of 1970’s design books.

This huge, prestigious, cloth-bound volume travels through some of the world’s most incredible domestic interiors of the period, including those of major architects, interior designers, fashion designers, art and antiquities collectors, and more, showcasing objets d’art, historical artifacts and furniture (from Pablo Picasso, Mies van der Rohe, Lucio Fontana, Nicola L, Cesar, Jean Dubuffet, Arman, Gae Aulenti, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Enzo Mari, Pierre Paulin, Afra + Tobia Scarpa, Charles Eames, Joe Columbo, Verner Panton, Bruno Munari Afra Scarpa, Mario Bellini, Tom Wesselman, Sonia Delaunay, Man Ray) adorning decorated interiors ranging from “Tradition” (“a formula that allows one to integrate older items, furniture and artwork in a contemporary context”); “le Renouveau” (contemporary interiors of the 1970’s and “a section dedicated to design of the time offering a selection of the finest furniture, objects and accessories created by top designers”); and “l’Avant-garde” (displaying some of the most experimental, idiosyncratic, and forward-thinking interiors that bring together modern materiality, pop art and space design to create inspired interior living architectural spaces).
“How to reconcile antique furniture and contemporary structures? Can we adapt modern furniture within a traditionally inspired framework? This book, illustrated with beautiful photographs, mostly in color, reproducing the finest achievements of the great contemporary designers, responds to these questions.”
All texts in French.

A must-have for the interior design lover.

* Condition: Very Good (tight, clean fine copy throughout, original dustjacket with only minor wear, crease to front blank endpaper) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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111 Chairs Designed by Architects


Very scarce first edition of this wonderfully compiled hardcover Japanese compendium from the late 1990s of chairs designed by notable architects throughout the ages, from Art Nouveau to Bauhaus to Postmodern. All designers and their selected chairs are sleekly photographed and profiled alongside archival images of the furniture in its original interior architectural contexts. Edited by SD (Space Design), this book also contains historical essays/text sections throughout the book on differing paper stocks with images and texts in Japanese. Profusely illustrated and in brand new condition with original dust-jacket.

Architects featured:
Adolf Loos, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Antonio Gaudi, Henry van de Velde, Josef Hoffmann, Carlo Bugatti, Kaare Jensen Klint, Otto Wagner, Eliel Saarinen, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, El Lissitzky, Erik Gunnar Asplund, Marcel Lajos Breuer, Mart Stam, Pierre Chareau, Eileen Gray, L. Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier + Pierre Janneret + Charlette Perriand, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Alvar Aalto, Kay Fisker, Rene Herbst, Jean Prouve, Michel Dufet, Giuseppe Terragni, Bruno Taut, Richard J. Neutra, Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Marco Zanuso, Finn Juhl, Max Bill, Gio Ponti, Arne Jacobsen, A. Laymand, N. Laymond, Franco Albini, George Nelson, Vilhelm Wohlert, Florence Knoll,  Illmari Tapiovaara, Achiile & P.G. Castiglioni, Achiile Castiglioni, Angelo Mangiarotti, Gae Aulenti, Warren Platner, Vico Magistretti, P. Gatti + C. Paolini + F. Teodoro, Afra + Tobia Scarpa, Jorn Utzon, Joe C. CoIombo, Carlo Scarpa, Mario Bellini, Aldo Rossi, Cini Boeri, Antonio Citterio, Giandomenico Belotti, Paolo Deganello, Richard Meier, Stefan Wewerka, Mario Botta, Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Antti Nurmesniemi, Alessandro Mendini, Charles Pfister, De. Pas + D’urbino + Lomazzi, Robert Venturi, Michael Graves, Enzo Mari.

* Condition: As New-Fine (tight, bright, clean copy throughout inc. dust jacket) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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The International Design Yearbook 1985/86
Robert A.M. Stern (Ed.)



Edited by Robert A.M. Stern, one of the world’s leading exponents of the Post-Modern movement, “The International Design Yearbook 1985/86” was “the first volume of an important annual review of domestic design in an international context. It shows the best, the most characteristic and the most exciting recent designs in furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, glass and metalware. It illustrates the work not only of such leading figures as Rossi, Hollein, Venturi, Sottsass and Castiglioni, but of hundreds of other contemporary designers around the world, whose work is notable for its topicality and promise, or for its aesthetic or functional excellence.”

As well as contemporary design of the mid 1980’s, the annual “deals with the reproduction of classic designs by such masters as Eileen Gray, Hoffman, Mackintosh, Rietveld and Le Corbusier.” The annual also functioned as a guidebook to the featured designers and the respective companies, manufacturers and retailers of their designs. Biographies for all those designers featured are included, plus texts throughout.

This large book is richly illustrated with wonderful examples of the featured designers in their many forms via 520 illustrations, 382 in colour. Many works rarely (some possibly never) seen documented in any other book.

Includes the work of: Verner Panton, Nathalie du Pasquier, Charlotte Perriand, Paolo Piva, Andrée Putman, Dieter Rams, Gerrit Rietveld, Aldo Rossi, Stanley Tigerman, Brian Faucheux, Jay Stanger, Yrjo Kukkapuro, Hans Gunnarsson, Studio Alchimia, Gabrielle Regondi, John Smith, Alberto Salvati and Ambrogio Tresoldi, Paolo Deganello, Alessio Sarri, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Matteo Thun, Pierre Jeanneret, Memphis, Giuseppe Terragni, Robert George Sowden, SITE, Afra Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa, Robert Venturi, Ugo La Pietra, Le Corbusier, Ettore Sottsass, Adolf Loos, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Richard Meier, Alessando Mendini, Fujiwo Ishimoto, Hans Hollein, Josef Hoffmann, William Morris, Frank D. Gehry, Robert A.M. Stern, Eileen Gray, Michael Graves, Michele De Lucchi, Joe Colombo, Achille Castiglioni, Mario Bellini, Gae Aulenti, Hans Ansems, Ron Arad, Emilio Ambasz, Alver Aalto, Daniel Weil, Marco Zanini, to name but a few!

* Condition: Very Good (a clean, tight copy with general light wear to protective dust jacket) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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