Most popular Decorative arts books
The most popular Decorative arts books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
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 superbly illustrated compendium of over 1,500 of the world's most popular and influential patterns.
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.
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 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.
The latest addition to the stylish Mid-Century Modern gift range, featuring elegant illustrations of classic pieces presented in a compact single volume.
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.
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.
Learn to paint beginner watercolor projects that you can instantly frame and gift with Paint and Frame: Botanical Painting.
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.
An authoritative and insightful study, surveying the life and work of "the greatest of the English artist-craftsmen"
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.
Beautifully illustrated catalogue brings Thomas Chippendale Junior out of the shadow of his father
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.
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.
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.
The Pictish School of Celtic art from pagan symbols to monumental sculptures, thoroughly covered and illustrated.
A detailed look at the ambition and artistic legacy of Emperor Maximilian I and his passion for armor and chivalry
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
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.
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 glorious selection of jewelry based on the animal kingdom, drawn from the magnificent holdings at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
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
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.
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 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
Legendary American tattoo artist Ed Hardy s groundbreaking tattoos, flash, drawings, and artworks are gathered together for the first time in one brash book.
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.
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.
The story of the world's most famous jeweller and his priceless creations
An exploration of the textile designs of Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, the vernacular architect and designer.
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.
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 glittering collection of jewelry emulating the human form, from the collection of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris
A beautifully illustrated look at how Georg Jensen pushed the boundaries of modern domestic design
This book showcases the Washi collection at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew along with Kyoto-based contemporary works.