Mies van der Rohe

Mies Van Der Rohe
Montage. Collage

Between 1910 and 1965, influenced by Dada, Constructivism and De Stijl, the German-American modernist polymath Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) created numerous montages and collages that endure as fascinating illustrations of the design principles of his architecture. However, these works–most of them large-format–are much more than sketches merely intended to assist his creative process as an architect. They are works of art in their own right that demonstrate van der Rohe’s compositional vision in its purest form. Abrupt changes of viewpoint, freedom from perspective, place and time, montages of found elements and a focus on mixed media places him in the same context as his contemporaries Kurt Schwitters, Theo van Doesburg, Hans Richter and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. This volume celebrates his lesser-known accomplishments in this medium.

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The Anti-Museum : An Anthology
Mathieu Copeland, Balthazar Lovay (Eds.)

The museum is constantly a target for criticism, whether it comes from artists, thinkers, curators, or even the public. From the avant-gardes of the twentieth century up until our contemporary era, the museum’s suspect position has generated countless gestures, iconoclastic actions, scathing attacks, utopias, and alternative exhibition spaces. For the first time, this anthology is devoted to the anti-museum, through anti-art, the anti-artist, anti-exhibition, as well as anti-architecture, anti-philosophy, anti-religion, anti-cinema and anti-music. This notion – unpatented but regularly reappropriated – traces the erratic, fractured, and sometimes paradoxical counter-history of the contestation of artistic institutions. From the first anti-exhibition to the first catalog retracing the history of “Closed Exhibitions,” from Dada to Noise music, from “Everything is Art” to NO!art, the Japanese avant-gardes to Lettrist cinema, and not forgetting such major protest figures as Gustav Metzger, Henry Flynt, Graciela Carnevale, and Lydia Lunch, The Anti-Museum sketches a polyphonic panorama where negation is accompanied by a powerful breath of life.

Edited by Mathieu Copeland and Balthazar Lovay.
Introduction by: Mathieu Copeland.
Texts by: Zach Blas, Johannes Cladders, Beatriz Colomina, Henry Flynt, Kenneth Goldsmith, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Robert Morris, Bob Nickas, Sören Schmeling, Reiko Tomii, Jon Hendricks, Jean Toche, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, Allan Wallach, Guerilla Art Action Group, Robert Morris, Gareth James and many more
Features interviews/conversations with John Armleder, Robert Barry, Ben, Genesis P-Orridge, Andrea Branzi, Piero Gilardi, Mierle Laderman Ukeles and many more

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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.

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