Most popular Decorative arts books
The most popular Decorative arts books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A superbly illustrated compendium of over 1,500 of the world's most popular and influential patterns.
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.
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.
The latest addition to the stylish Mid-Century Modern gift range, featuring elegant illustrations of classic pieces presented in a compact single volume.
Savor the richness and beauty of wool applique-its texture, depth, color, and design.
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.
An authoritative and insightful study, surveying the life and work of "the greatest of the English artist-craftsmen"
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.
Beautifully illustrated catalogue brings Thomas Chippendale Junior out of the shadow of his father
Learn to paint beginner watercolor projects that you can instantly frame and gift with Paint and Frame: Botanical Painting.
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.
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.
With 150 outstanding colour photographs, World War II Abandoned Places is a brilliant pictorial examination of both the military and non-military legacy of the greatest global conflict.
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.
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.
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.
The Pictish School of Celtic art from pagan symbols to monumental sculptures, thoroughly covered and illustrated.
Making twenty-two simple but useful adjuncts to the tool kit for bench and lathe use, none taking any more than 3 to 4 hours or involving special materials, yet each able to save considerable time in use as well as aiding accuracy. With working drawings, photographs and sketches etc.
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.
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.
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
A timely and expansive survey of a groundbreaking American art movement that overturned aesthetic hierarchies in a riot of color and ornamentation
Innovation, technology, and spectacle combine in wondrous works of decorative art and furniture that embody the splendor and luxury of the royal courts of Europe
A glorious selection of jewelry based on the animal kingdom, drawn from the magnificent holdings at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
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.
'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.
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.
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
Demonstrates the strengths of Moroccos crafts a centuries-long tradition which intermingles influences from both Black Africa and Islam. This book examines vibrantly coloured textiles, jewelry, leather, wood and metalwork and an enormous variety of pottery and ceramics.
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.
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.
Legendary American tattoo artist Ed Hardy s groundbreaking tattoos, flash, drawings, and artworks are gathered together for the first time in one brash book.
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.
A fundamental requirement of the lathe operation is the ability to hold any workpiece securely on the machine. In this book, the author discusses all the practical aspects of the subject, with photographs to illustrate specific points.
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.