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Christmas Gift Guide

This Christmas, give the gift of books…

TATE: Photography Decoded

Peeling back the layers of everything from the earliest daguerreotypes to your latest selfie, you will discover where to find meaning in an image, and the ways in which the photographer, our current culture, and you yourself all collaborate in the creation of that meaning. This book gives you the tools you need to understand photography in all its forms.



Design Museum: Fashion Evolution

From the Chanel suit to the Wonderbra, via Jackie Kennedy, Ziggy Stardust and Alexander McQueen, respected fashion journalist and editor Paula Reed explores each of the styles and visionaries that have defined the way we dress. Spanning fifty years – from the 1950s to the 1990s – and accompanied by striking photographs throughout, Fashion Evolution is the definitive story of the style moments that changed the world.



TATE: Colour, a visual history

From Isaac Newton’s scientific investigations through to Olafur Eliasson’s experimental creations, TATE: Colour tells the fascinating story of colour with a collection of original material that includes charts and wheels, designers’ schema, artists’ palettes, and rare documentary images. For the artist and the curious alike.



For the Love of White

Published to mark the 25th anniversary of iconic brand, The White Company, this book explores 12 inspirational homes in varied decorating styles but unified by a passion for a white. In each location The White Company founder, Chrissie Rucker, also highlights easy but beautiful styling ideas and finishing touches that really help to make a house a home.



Central Saint Martins Foundation

For the visual thinkers, the makers, the dreamers and the provocateurs.

‘Do you care about heartbreaking beauty, fresh new ideas, astounding craftsmanship, ingenious solutions, the tingle of a shocking image? Would you make art even if it wasn’t your job? Then this is the book for you.’ –Grayson Perry



VOGUE Essentials: Lingerie

From silk to lace, bondage to bralettes, La Perla to Agent Provocateur, Anna Cryer explores the evolution of lingerie over the 100 years of Vogue’s history. More than just showing trends in fashion’s unseen foundations, the images of lingerie in British Vogue reflect the progress of women’s emancipation and the ever-changing fashion silhouette – the literal ups and downs and ins and outs of the female figure.



The Scented Candle Workshop

Not only is candle making and scent development a wonderfully relaxing craft, it is also a unique way to create personalised gifts or to create a signature scent for your own home or special event. As well as the basic steps to preparing and pouring candles at home, the book includes a fascinating exploration of the art of building scent, so that the reader can create their own signature fragrances.



Fforest: Being, doing & making in nature

Full of tips and inspiration, the book not only teaches you how to ‘be’ in nature, but how to create and explore in it, too, with plenty of activities such as making a dream catcher and building a den. It shows how colour has such an impact on our sense of wellbeing, the immense benefits of walking and the sheer pleasure of watching the clouds.


In Bloom: Growing, harvesting and arranging flowers all year round

From choosing the plants to harvesting, conditioning and arranging, Clare Nolan reveals her secrets for growing a bountiful harvest as well as styling spectacular homegrown displays that will fill your home with colour and the gorgeous scent of the garden year-round.


If you need more gift-giving inspiration, have a look at our full art, design, craft and photography list.