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Most popular Decorative arts books

The most popular Decorative arts books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
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.
Folding Techniques for Designers: 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.
Love Colour: Choosing colours to live with
Paper Garden: Bonsai: Craft a Model Bonsai for Every Season
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.
Cats in the Stacks 16-Month 2019-2020 Square Wall Calendar
Ornament and Crime
My Bedroom is an Office: & Other Interior Design Dilemmas
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.
Pattern Design
A superbly illustrated compendium of over 1,500 of the world's most popular and influential patterns.
World of Ornament
Teeming with tapestries, manuscript illuminations, carpets, and tiles, this far-reaching compendium brings together the two greatest 19th-century catalogues of ornament into one indispensable reference book. Encompassing designs from medieval times through to the 19th century, in styles as diverse as Egyptian, Etruscan, or Middle Eastern, this...
Divine Illumination: The Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Dun Laoghaire
Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior
Beautifully illustrated catalogue brings Thomas Chippendale Junior out of the shadow of his father
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.
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.
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.
Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century
An overview of Chinese culture, particularly visions of life and the afterlife, told through feast imagery from three historically transformative dynasties
In Pursuit of History - A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts
A tribute to a major collection and its founder, this beautiful book illuminates life in colonial America
Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums
Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands-Selections from the Hossein Afshar Collection
A rare look into the grandeur and distinctiveness of Persian art through one of the world's leading private collections
Queen's Diamonds
Tells the story of the magnificent royal inheritance of diamonds from the time of Queen Adelaide in the 1830s to the present day. Illustrated with archive material as well as photography of the jewels, this book includes stones of international importance as well as items of great historic significance.
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
Fringe, Frog and Tassel: The Art of the Trimmings-Maker
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"
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.
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.
Creative Folk Art and Beyond: Inspiring tips, projects, and ideas for creating cheerful folk art inspired by the Scandinavian concept of hygge
Craeft: How Traditional Crafts Are about More than Just Making
In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food, and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality.
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
Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals: A Manual for Fine Metalworkers, Sculptors and Designers
Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction
The Pictish School of Celtic art from pagan symbols to monumental sculptures, thoroughly covered and illustrated.
Pietre Dure and the Art of Florentine Inlay
'Pietre dure' are mosaic designs made from semi-precious stones. This book aims to capture the beauty and craftsmanship of this ancient technique of 'painting in stone'. Looking at decorative stonework techniques since prehistory, it focuses on the period from its rebirth in 16th-century Rome to the developments of the 19th century.
Art of the Picts: Sculpture and Metalwork in Early Medieval Scotland
The Picts, who occupied north-eastern Scotland between the sixth and ninth centuries, are perhaps the least well-known of the Celtic people. The only real traces of their society are a large series of stone cross slabs, and some silverwork. This book presents a comprehensive survey of Pictish art.
Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper
This book showcases the Washi collection at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew along with Kyoto-based contemporary works.
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.
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.
Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul
A new approach to late Ottoman visual culture and its relationship with the West.
Invitation to the Indian Traditions of Rangolis and Flower Garlands
With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985
A timely and expansive survey of a groundbreaking American art movement that overturned aesthetic hierarchies in a riot of color and ornamentation
Vertical Milling in the Home Workshop
Small workshops, including those of model engineers, are making increasing use of small vertical milling machines. This book explains how to use them (and lathe milling attachments) in clear terms.
Art of Welding
This book sets out the basic techniques for oxyacetylene welding, brazing, flame cutting and electric arc welding with mild steel, cast iron, stainless steel, copper, brass etc. in sheet, plate or cast form.
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.
How To Wrap Five Eggs
Iznik: The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics
Covering both Iznik pieces de forme and the famous Iznik tiles that decorate Ottoman imperial monuments, this title integrates the entire spectrum of Iznik production, both tiles and wares, and the broader artistic tradition in which it originated. It begins with a description of the particular nature of Islamic art under the Ottoman empire.
Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding
Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living
A beautifully illustrated look at how Georg Jensen pushed the boundaries of modern domestic design
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.
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969
Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen: Director's Choice
Founded in 1953, the Gallery of West Bohemia houses one of the Czech Republic's most important collections of visual art - 10,000 graphic, painted and sculptural works, with an emphasis on Czech art of the late 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries.