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Absolutely Beautiful Things

By Anna Spiro
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Anna Spiro
In Absolutely Beautiful Things, successful designer Anna Spiro shows you how to create an interior that's just right for you. To her, it's all about the mix, not the match, and, with her help, you'll find beauty in unexpected places. She'll give you the confidence to put together a layered and very individual home using elements you love, and make you see your old belongings in a new light. As well as lavish photographs of rooms Anna has created, she shares many of her secrets from a life in decorating, gives practical details on how to work with pattern and colour, and provides a room-by-room guide to furniture choice. 'I always endeavour to create happy, interesting, layered and uplifting spaces. That means mixing everything: colour and pattern, old and new, square and round, quirky and conservative. It's the imperfections and surprises that make a space interesting'.
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Around the World in 120 Recipes

By Allegra McEvedy
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Allegra McEvedy
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Berlin in Fifty Design Icons

By Sophie Lovell
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Sophie Lovell
In this series, the Design Museum looks at the fifty design icons of major cities around the world - icons that, when viewed together, inherently sum up the character of their city. Covering anything from buildings, monuments and iconic designers to a classic film or street sign, these books explore a tapestry of infamous designs, all with their own story to tell. One part design history, one part visual guidebook, this fascinating series unlocks the design stories of the biggest, most creative cities in the world.Berlin's turbulent history has led to a wealth of innovative, evocative design, from the TV Tower and Jewish Museum to the S-Bahn and even kebab kiosks. Uncover this history and explore the fifty design icons that have shaped this city. With stunning photography selected by the Design Museum, Berlin in Fifty Design Icons is the perfect gift for design enthusiasts and anyone who loves Berlin. Also available in the series: London in Fifty Design IconsNew York in Fifty Design IconsParis in Fifty Design Icons
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The Bibendum Cookbook

By Terence Conran, Simon Hopkinson, Matthew Harris
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Terence Conran, Simon Hopkinson, Matthew Harris
Housed in the historic Michelin building, Bibendum Restaurant has been an iconic part of the restaurant scene in London for 25 years. This book brings Simon Hopkinson, original chef and now a very well-respected food writer, back to tell us about 10 of his favourite Bibendum Classics, still on the menu today including Piedmontese Peppers and Fillet Steak au Poivre. Matthew Harris, the Head Chef whose seasonal and uncluttered cooking has won him many accolades, presents more than 40 quality recipes for you to cook at home from Soup de Poisson, Roast Grouse with Bread Sauce and Slow-cooked Pork Belly to Marbled Chocolate Mousse Cake and Passionfriut Tart. This is simple, stylish food at its best - easy to prepare and cook, generous in flavour and convivial to serve and share.
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Cars

By Stephen Bayley
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Stephen Bayley
Sources are eclectic, results mixed, but one thing is certain: car design is being forced up an ever tightening spiral of creativity. These machines are memorials of our tastes, yearnings and capabilities. They have layers of meaning and can, as Henry Ford knew, be read like a book... if only you know how. The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression.This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, Japanese ingenuity, Swedish responsibility. Cars featured appear in chronological date order from the 1908 Ford Model T to 2003 BMW 5 Series.The chosen cars will be specially photographed in a uniform style and reproduced in very textured, 4 colour b/w so as to distance this book from the cliches and conventions of specialist automotive publishing and to highlight form and shape. Each picture will be accompanied by a short critical essay including essential historical material together with colourful anecdotage and quotations as well as a persuasive aesthetic appraisal of each vehicle. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados.
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Chairs

By Judith Miller
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Judith Miller
The chair is the most ubiquitous design element in the domestic environment, and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design has ended up designing one. In Chairs Judith Miller scrutinises more than 100 of her favourite chairs reflecting on their iconic status, designers, historical facts, overall style, design details and ergonomic properties. More than 100 chairs have been specially photographed on location and are featured in chronological date order, ranging from early antiques such as the 1680 Wainscot Chair and the 1740 Louis XV Chaise Longue, to modern day collectables such as Marc Newson's 1988 'Embryo' and Tom Dixon's 2007 'Wingback'. This is not a catalogue; each chair has earned its place as an emblem of style, status, craft and art and is celebrated in this beautifully designed book.
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Conran on Colour

By Terence Conran
Authors:
Terence Conran
Subtle and allusive, bold and invigorating, colour is one of the single most powerful elements in design and decoration. Even its absence makes its presence felt. The choice of colours on offer to the home decorator is dazzling and potentially baffling - from coloured saucepans and kitchen appliances to paint and tiles - and colour, like never before, is affordable and accessible. Yet handling colour effectively does take both confidence and a degree of expertise. In Conran on Colour Terence Conran shares a lifetime of experience as one of the world's leading designers, retailers and restaurateurs to explain how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient. With reference to a wide range of sources, from nature and fashion to street markets and works of art, he reveals how to translate such examples into practical strategies for bringing colour into your home.Packed with fascinating detail, sound advice and a wealth of inspiration, the book is illustrated with engaging contemporary interiors from around the world - homes that display a fresh blend of thoughtful design and individual character. As such examples reveal, using colour successfully is as much about well-judged accents and focal points as it is in the choice of wall colour or floor covering.
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Country (compact format)

By Jasper Conran
Authors:
Jasper Conran
In Country, Jasper Conran uses his own experiences and the landscapes and homes that are familiar to him to portray a seductive way of life. The allure of the countryside has a universal aspiration. How do we achieve the dream? It is not about spending money, or prescribing to a certain style, it is about appreciation, self-expression and getting back to the root of what makes us tick.Moving from one season to the next, from interior to exterior, from detail to landscape, this is life as it is actually lived in the countryside today. It is one man's vision that informs by captivating the senses and the imagination. Country is realistic, full of ideas and completely engrossing - a book to spend time with.Beautifully conceived, beautifully photographed and beautifully written, Country is a new kind of lifestyle book - it allows you to live the dream.
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David David Pop Colouring Book

By David Saunders
Authors:
David Saunders
Take inspiration from the bold, confidently coloured prints of David Saunders of exciting fashion and interiors brand, David David with this glorious colouring book. The book contains a selection of David's signature repeated geometric prints, organized by skill level (kicking off with simpler designs and graduating to more complex colouring challenges). The cover includes deep flaps, printed full colour both sides, featuring examples of David's work, his own take on the colour wheel and advice on how to devise your own geometric patterns.
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Design

By Terence Conran, Stephen Bayley
Authors:
Terence Conran, Stephen Bayley
Design is all around us, it is impossible to avoid. Everything that surrounds us has been designed - from the paperclip and the iPod, to our homes and the way we live. Design: Intelligence Made Visible is epic, opinionated, comprehensive in scope and forms the definitive statement on design for this century. Written by Stephen Bayley, one of the world's best known commentators on modern culture and Terence Conran, one of the world's leading designers and arbiters of taste, this book pays tribute to the leading names, movements, materials and processes such as furniture, fashion, cars, graphics, products, signs and symbols. The book combines essential facts with authoritative opinions - everything, as the industrial designer Raymond Loewy once said, from a lipstick to a steamship - but brought right up to date.A series of essays begin by introducing how design has its place in modern cultural history including Terence Conran's definition of design. The main section of the book comprises an A-Z of iconic people, products and processes from 20th century to the present day with biographies of leading designers from past and present, as well as corporate histories, product appraisals, and witty accounts of relevant management, cultural and social theories. A major appendix has Bayley and Conran assessing the up and coming designers of today and finally a chapter on branding concludes with a provocative methodology to assess brand value.Beautifully designed and beautifully written, Design: Intelligence Made Visible is simply the indispensable guide to the contents of the modern world.
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Design in Britain

This is a unique moment for British design. The generation which shaped the emergence of design in the post war years, from Robin Day and Kenneth Grange to Terence Conran, is still active at the same time as young designers born half a century later are coming to prominence with innovative explorations of the implications for design of a very different technological and social climate. Design in Britain discusses the major figures that have led the way and those who have turned it on its head. Divided by subject matter, chapters include: Architecture - how the shape of commercial rebuilding has evolved in Britain; Identity - how the logos and marks measure out the history of Britain; After the Object - the web-based expansion of the definition of what constitutes design; Fashion - a measured account of the ideas and the reality behind British fashion; Graphic Design - an account of the successive creative waves of graphic design in Britain; Furniture Design - a view of what it is that has made British design special from the outside; Industrial Design - a critical response to the interaction between design in the commercial sense, and in the cultural sphere, and Car Design - how Britain is building more cars than ever, but in foreign owned factories. With each chapter written by an international expert in that field, this really is the most comprehensive account of what it is that has given Britain a special place in design.
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  • Design Museum How to Design a House

    How to Design a House tells you everything you need to know and looks at the principles and processes of designing a house, giving an insight into the design and building process. In a working case study John Pawson, one of the world's best-known architects, traces the design and development of his own house and reveals what it takes to create a successful blueprint.
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  • Design Museum How to Design a Typeface

    How to Design a Typeface tells you everything you need to know and looks at the principles and processes of designing type, from its historical roots and interaction with materials and techniques to developing digitized type for modern use. In a working case study Jonathan Barnbrook, one of the world's foremost typographers, traces the design and development of his typeface Priori from start to finish and reveals what it takes to create a successful design.
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  • Design Museum How to Design a Light

    How to Design a Light tells you everything you need to know and looks at the principles and processes of designing a light. In a working case study Arnold Chan, one of the world's best-known lighting designers, traces the design and development of one of his installation at the London restaurant Hakkasan, and reveals exactly what is involved in creating a successful design.
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  • Design Museum How to Design a Chair

    How to Design a Chair tells you everything you need to know and looks at the principles and processes of designing a chair, from its symbolic and functional properties to materials and mass-production techniques. In a working case study Konstantin Grcic, one of the world's best-known furniture designers, traces the design and development of one of his most successful chairs - the Myto - from start to finish and reveals what it takes to create a successful design.
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    Eat London

    By Terence Conran, Peter Prescott
    Authors:
    Terence Conran, Peter Prescott
    This second edition of Eat London is completely revised and updated, with new entries highlighting the very best food stops not to be missed in a tour of London. This is not a restaurant guide - it is a book all about food and the people who make, sell and care about it. Its 15 chapters detail everything from the best fish and chip shops of East London to haute cuisine and artisan food stores in Mayfair. Every entry has been assessed for quality, originality, pleasant surroundings, convivial ambience, consistency and above all amusing personalities.Eat London includes 60 recipes by some of Britain's top chefs including Francesco Mazzei of L'Anima, Giorgio Locatelli of Locanda Locatelli, Matthew Harris of Bibendum, Pierre Koffman of Koffman's, Bryn Williams of Odette's, Adam Byatt of Trinity as well as recipes from some of the capital's favourite restaurants such as Boundary, Brawn, Cecconi's, China Tang, Coq d'Argent, Galvin La Chapelle, Moro, Pizza East and Tinello amongst others. Every entry has complete listings and can be located on the fold-out maps. Special photography throughout illustrates the wonderful food and everyday streetlife of one of the tastiest places on earth.
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    Eco House Book

    By Terence Conran
    Authors:
    Terence Conran
    Buildings are the biggest polluters on the planet, responsible for a far greater proportion of the carbon dioxide emissions that get pumped into the atmosphere every year than cars, planes or factories. Just as we are urged to change our lifestyles to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption of water, there is a great deal we can do to convert our existing homes into greener, healthier places to live. Most homes, even those built relatively recently, are not decorated, designed, constructed or serviced with eco-friendliness in mind. But you don't have to start from scratch to make a huge difference to the way your home impacts on the environment. From relatively small and economic changes to more dramatic overhauls, there has never been a better time to turn your home green.Environmental issues should be part of every decision you make on the home front - from selecting fabric for soft furnishings to designing and siting a home extension. Including tips, advice on material choices and design directions, Eco House Book provides all the information you need to reduce your home's carbon footprint and in the process directly improve the quality of your life.
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    The English Roses

    By David Austin
    Authors:
    David Austin
    David Austin Roses is one of the world's leading rose nurseries. The English Roses developed there have brought the rose to a new level of beauty and strength; their ability to flower continually throughout the summer and autumn makes them one of the most durable garden flowers.In this revised and updated edition, David Austin describes how he combines the beauty and fragrance of the Old Roses with the repeat-flowering and wide colour range of the Modern Roses. David presents seven groups of classification for his roses and advises how to grow and maintain them.Featuring more than 20 new rose varieties, all with detailed descriptions and updated photography throughout, this third revised edition of The English Roses is an essential reference for all rose lovers and gardeners.
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    Essential Children's Rooms

    By Terence Conran
    Authors:
    Terence Conran
    In Essential Children's Rooms, Terence Conran presents a wide range of options for designing and decorating rooms and spaces in the modern home for babies and toddlers to school age children and teenagers. From planning and design to furniture, fittings, décor and details, practical information and inspiring visual examples demonstrate that however big your space, children's rooms can be stylish too.
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    Essential Kitchens

    By Terence Conran
    Authors:
    Terence Conran
    Whether you are starting from scratch or simply updating an existing layout, Terence Conran provides the inspiration and information you need to make the kitchen the heart of the home. From planning and layout to fixtures, fittings, decor and details, practical information and inspiring visual examples demonstrate that kitchens can be both stylish and functional.
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