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Most popular Decorative arts books

The most popular Decorative arts books currently available. Updated weekly.
Hardening, Tempering and Heat Treatment
A comprehensive exposition of the structure of steels and the effects of different heat treatments, particularly in respect of tools. With accurate colour temperature charts.
Beauty of Everyday Things
Long revered as the authority on craftsmanship and Japanese aesthetics, Yanagi devoted his life and writing to defend the value of craft. In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, The Beauty of Everyday Things is a call to deepen relationships with the objects that surround people.
Love Colour: Choosing colours to live with
Ornament and Crime
Cats in the Stacks 16-Month 2019-2020 Square Wall Calendar
Pattern Design
A superbly illustrated compendium of over 1,500 of the world's most popular and influential patterns.
Pink House Living: For People Cheating on Fashion with Furniture
Pink has become the hottest colour in interiors. Quartz Pink was the Pantone colour of 2016 and since then the hue has gone from strength to strength, playing a starring role at the 2018 Milan Design Week.
Paper Garden: Bonsai: Craft a Model Bonsai for Every Season
Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form: From Sheet to Form
Many designers use folding techniques in their work to make three-dimensional forms from two-dimensional sheets of fabric, cardboard, plastic, metal and many other materials. This book explains the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. It covers over 70 techniques explained by drawings.
Aboriginal Art
Showcases the work of Australia's indigenous artists from all parts of the continent. This book provides information about the impact of urban living, the growth of local art centres which support the work of indigenous artists, and the rise of women artists.
Islamic Geometric Design
Islamic geometric designs are admired worldwide for their beauty and intricacy, yet in truth they are seldom understood. In this volume, the author analyses and explains these complex designs in their historical and physical context.
Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design
The latest addition to the stylish Mid-Century Modern gift range, featuring elegant illustrations of classic pieces presented in a compact single volume.
Celtic Design Book
A guide to the art and design of the Celts that provides a comprehensive source of instruction and inspiration for artists, designers and craftspeople of all kinds.
Posh: Succulents 16-Month 2018-2019 Fat Slim Wall Calendar
Each month from September 2018 through December 2019 is paired with a fun and colourful design of a succulent that will make a bold statement anywhere it's hung.
Paint and Frame: Botanical Painting: Nearly 20 Inspired Projects to Paint and Frame Instantly
Learn to paint beginner watercolor projects that you can instantly frame and gift with Paint and Frame: Botanical Painting.
Vienna 1900 Complete
An exceptional volume bringing together almost 1,000 images representing the diversity and richness of the visual arts in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century.
Ernest Gimson: Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect
An authoritative and insightful study, surveying the life and work of "the greatest of the English artist-craftsmen"
Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration
Explores the use of diamonds in works of art of all kinds, from personal and official jewellery and regalia to precious boxes and ceremonial swords. This title examines the special qualities of diamonds and the royal uses to which they have been put throughout the centuries.
Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior
Beautifully illustrated catalogue brings Thomas Chippendale Junior out of the shadow of his father
Soldering and Brazing
Joining metal by one form or another of soft and hard soldering, or brazing with various alloys, are run-of-the-mill jobs in model and light engineering workshops. Tubal Cain examines the processes, equipment, materials and explains what is happening in the joints as they are made.
Textile Folk Art: Design, Techniques and Inspiration in Mixed-Media Textile
Featuring step-by-step projects as well as work from contemporary artists and makers throughout, this practical and beautiful guide shows how practitioners of all kinds can draw from folk art for making and inspiration.
How to Look at Stained Glass: A Guide to the Church Windows of England
Sun and Moon
Here, for the first time, is a collection of unusual stories and exquisite art from some of the finest living artists, on the most universal of themes: sun and moon.
Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums
Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction
The Pictish School of Celtic art from pagan symbols to monumental sculptures, thoroughly covered and illustrated.
Last Knight - The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I
A detailed look at the ambition and artistic legacy of Emperor Maximilian I and his passion for armor and chivalry
Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America
A fresh look at the Arts and Crafts Movement, charting its origins in reformist ideals, its engagement with commercial culture, and its ultimate place in everyday households
Sheet Metal Work
The author is an instructor in metal work and allied crafts and describes clearly all the processes likely to be encountered by the hobbyist in a model or light engineering workshop.
Milling Operations in the Lathe
This book is a thorough and practical discourse on how to use the lathe for all types of milling work. Next to turning, the most valuable use of the lathe is for milling operations, either using the lathe itself to drive the cutters or by extending its scope by adding a separate milling attachment.
Creative Folk Art and Beyond: Inspiring tips, projects, and ideas for creating cheerful folk art inspired by the Scandinavian concept of hygge
Celtic Castles
Fauna: The Art of Jewelry
A glorious selection of jewelry based on the animal kingdom, drawn from the magnificent holdings at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury
Expanding our understanding of Mexico's important role in the story of modern art and design through the works of six important women artists and designers
Art Deco Collectibles: Fashionable Objets from the Jazz Age
In the 1920s and '30s Art Deco influenced everything from art and architecture, interiors and furnishings, automobiles and boats, to the small personal objects that are part of everyday life. In this title, the items demonstrate Deco style at its most alluring. They were then the height of fashion, and are highly prized collectibles today.
Baskets: Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art 1850-2015
Japanese basketry is attracting attention as never before. This ground-breaking catalogue of 323 works by the greatest masters of the last 150 years combines dramatic photography with a wealth of documentary information, making it both a visual record of a great collection and an essential reference tool for a developing field of connoisseurship.
A La Decouverte du Livre de Kells
A beautiful and simple introduction to the Book of Kells. Here George Otto Simms, a world-renowned authority on the Book of Kells, reveals the mysteries hidden in this magnificent manuscript. Expanded full-colour plate section. French language edition
Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin: Art of the New Tattoo
Legendary American tattoo artist Ed Hardy s groundbreaking tattoos, flash, drawings, and artworks are gathered together for the first time in one brash book.
Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding
A study of the history of bookbinding, focusing primarily on the physical aspects of the binding and its construction principles. It surveys the evolution of binding structures from the introduction of the codex 2000 years ago to the close of the Middle Ages.
Artist Blacksmith: Design and Techniques
This is a handbook for anyone interested in bringing a creative, contemporary approach to the ancient craft of blacksmithing, and for those already hooked who want to improve and expand their skills.
Faberge's Eggs: One Man's Masterpieces and the End of an Empire
The story of the world's most famous jeweller and his priceless creations
Decorative Designs of C.F.A. Voysey, The RP: New Revised Edition: From the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects
An exploration of the textile designs of Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, the vernacular architect and designer.
Calming Celtic Colouring
An excellent antidote to the stresses of modern life, Calming Celtic Colouring will relax your mind and allow you to focus on the simple pleasure of colouring in.
Islamic Design Workbook
Helps readers to create their own patterns, based on compositions from across the Islamic world. This book opens up the world of intricate Islamic patterns, allowing artists, designers and doodlers alike to learn about these works of art as they produce their own.
Figures & Faces: The Art of Jewelry
A glittering collection of jewelry emulating the human form, from the collection of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris
Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living
A beautifully illustrated look at how Georg Jensen pushed the boundaries of modern domestic design
Abandoned Civilisations: The Mysteries Behind More Than 90 Lost Worlds
Invitation to the Indian Traditions of Rangolis and Flower Garlands
Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals: A Manual for Fine Metalworkers, Sculptors and Designers
Traditional Japanese Stencil Patterns
Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper
This book showcases the Washi collection at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew along with Kyoto-based contemporary works.