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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.
Love Colour: Choosing colours to live with
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
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.
Paper Garden: Bonsai: Craft a Model Bonsai for Every Season
Pattern Design
A superbly illustrated compendium of over 1,500 of the world's most popular and influential patterns.
Ornament and Crime
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.
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.
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.
Divine Illumination: The Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Dun Laoghaire
Wool Applique Folk Art: Traditional Projects Inspired by 19th Century American Life
Savor the richness and beauty of wool applique-its texture, depth, color, and design.
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.
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"
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.
Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior
Beautifully illustrated catalogue brings Thomas Chippendale Junior out of the shadow of his father
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.
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.
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.
World War II Abandoned Places
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.
Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums
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.
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.
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.
Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction
The Pictish School of Celtic art from pagan symbols to monumental sculptures, thoroughly covered and illustrated.
Making Small Workshop Tools
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.
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.
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.
Celtic Castles
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
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
Making Marvels - Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
Arts and Crafts of Morocco
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.
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.
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.
Invitation to the Indian Traditions of Rangolis and Flower Garlands
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.
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.
Workholding in the Lathe
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.
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.