Benoit Cohen, a French filmmaker living in New York learns that his mother Marie-France is about to welcome Mohammad, an Afghan refugee, into her mansion in the center of Paris where she lives alone. Cohen can’t help but worry about his mother who is opening her home to a stranger. He returns to France to encounter Mohammad. Between Cohen who had chosen to leave his hometown, and Mohammad who had no choice in his fate, an intense relationship is born under the gaze of Marie-France who completes this unlikely trio. In this singular narrative, the author describes with warmth and humor the exhilarating and circuitous path that defines what “to give” means in the complexity of the modern world.
Born in 1969, Benoit Cohen is a French producer, filmmaker, and screenwriter. After studying filmmaking at NYU, he started his own production company, Shadows Films, produced several short films, and directed his first feature, Chameleone in 1996. Between 2000 and 2014, Cohen made five other feature films, a few documentaries and three TV Series. His last movie, You’ll Be a Man was a significant success at film festivals around the United States (selected for more than 60 festivals and won 40 awards).
In 2014, after moving to Brooklyn, Cohen drove a taxi cab around the five boroughs, for several months, to gain perspective for a screenplay about a French actress becoming a taxi driver in New York. He wrote Yellow Cab, a book about this experience, which was published in May 2017 by Pointed Leaf Press. Mohammad, My Mother & Me, is his second book to be published in the United States.
Bloom: The Luminous Gardens of Frederico Azevedo presents the accomplished work of Frederico Azevedo—a leading landscape designer whose work carries an emphasis on flowers, which he uses to “lure the eye through the flow of the design.” This stunning body of work explores the hallmarks of an Azevedo garden, featuring his signature curving, floral borders, and his creative integration of native or well-adapted plants. He also often creates multi-dimensional vistas using layers of flowers, trees, grasses, shrubs, and hedges to dramatic effect. The results of his impeccable designs are soft and romantic, always sophisticated and well-executed, and most importantly, site-specific to the unique conditions of any environment. Discover the luminous world of Frederico Azevedo and his dazzling gardens.
Frederico Azevedo was born in Brazil and studied landscape design in Brazil, England, and the United States. Azevedo founded Unlimited Earth Care, Inc. in 1993, to create beautiful, sustainable landscapes. He is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the American Horticultural Society, and the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons. Azevedo divides his time between the Hamptons, New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, and travels abroad frequently.
For over two decades, Azevedo’s award-winning, curated, and holistic approach to landscape design has been recognized nationally and internationally in both architectural and landscaping publications.
“Let the beauty of his creations wash over you and get inspired to go digging in the dirt yourself this summer.” –Fashion Week Daily
“His elegant designs rely on seemingly simple concepts, such as repetition of color, texture, and shape, but sophisticatedly executed to romantic effect.” –Aspire Home & Design
“Frederico has graduated from growing vegetables as a child to creating sweeping, blooming fields of flowers for his clients–always in kaleidoscopic hues.” –House Beautiful
“Known for his sinuous shapes, eco-friendly ethos, and use of native flowers, the award-winning designer was influenced at an early age by Brazilian landscape geniuses Lota de Macedo Shares and Roberto Burle Marx and his colorful interpretations are things that dreams are made of.” –Galerie Magazine
“This stunning body of work explores the hallmarks of an Azevedo garden–his signature curving, floral borders, and integration of native plants.” –Array Magazine
“His elegant designs rely on seemingly simple concepts, such as repetition of color, texture, and shape, but sophisticatedly executed to romantic effect.” –Aspire Home & Design
Pointed Leaf Press is thrilled to present Alex Rosenberg: 100, a collection of 100 vignettes that together, tell the story of a remarkable life. In honor of his 100th birthday on May 25, 2019, Alex Rosenberg reflects on everything he’s accomplished and experienced in his long life. From growing up in Brooklyn, serving in the Air Force during WWII, his political activism (he was a delegate at the 1968 Democratic National Convention), expert art appraiser, a publisher of fine art prints (Salvador Dali and Henry Moore were frequent collaborators), his involvement in Cuban art (he was instrumental in bringing Cuban Art to the U.S.), traveling the world, his writing (this book is his third), and his bar mitzvah (at the age of 72), Alex Rosenberg is a force to be reckoned with. And he doesn’t plan on slowing down – he still goes to work every day. With the 100th topic appropriately being the speech he gave at his 100th birthday party, Alex Rosenberg: 100 shows a life well-lived.
Jennifer PostModern, is the famed AD 100 designer’s newest collection of interiors, a select group that takes us on a new journey, one where organic translates to luxury, where infusions of color are woven into breathtaking, dramatic spaces.
“It is a collection made possible by clients who have given me creative freedom to translate their desires to live and experience their spaces in very distinct ways,” she notes.
This, her second monograph, is a new design declaration for Post whose less is more philosophy continues her story, but this time, she infuses her work with softer movements, and a color palette that mines the landscape. Comprised of her latest and most significant projects to date, many are located in Manhattan’s most luxurious and noteworthy high-rises where breathtaking views dovetail with her designs to create a flawless spectrum of energy. In addition, projects in the Hamptons, Florida and the Caribbean showcase her design shift with nature, light, and water playing off tranquil themes. Three double-page gatefolds bring readers into a few of the choice interiors, leaving the reader wondering what comes next, not only in this monograph, but in this dynamic, design perfectionist’s career.
Jennifer Post has been the creative force behind the award-winning architecture and design firm, Jennifer Post Inc. for more than 20 years. Her work creating sophisticated, ethereal, elegant interiors has made her a sought –after designer by an elite group of clientele from around the world–all the while garnering her a world class reputation among her peers.
Artifact presents the thoughtful and sophisticated landscape designs of Jeff Mendoza. A formally trained artist, his work often reflects the natural world–depicting botanical forms with earthly palettes. He noticed this connection and opened his eponymous firm, J. Mendoza Gardens in 1987. While plants became his medium, he approached the design of a garden in the same manner he would a drawing or painting–considering form, color, texture, scale, and the overall composition. Artifact is a portfolio of Mendoza’s accomplished career tracing his various projects–whether a city terrace or a country yard–is intellectually planned for each unique environment and spatial layout.
Jeff Mendoza is an artist and plantsman who created J. Mendoza Gardens in 1987. His work has been widely published in numerous publications including House and Garden and Garden Design. His projects included with both corporate and residential clients. Now retired, he lives in New York City.
Pointed Leaf Press is proud to present the first monograph on Dawn Mello in a lavishly illustrated book that spans her impressive career. In 1975, Mello was hired as Fashion Director and Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman to turn the store around and remake it in her image, by then CEO, Ira Neimark. Together they turned the once dowdy department store into the retail center of luxury fashion. Mello’s strategy not only redefined and repositioned Bergdorf Goodman, but in doing so, she discovered and encouraged the rise of exciting modern designers, while inaugurating an exuberant, new type of fashion shows. Mello left Bergdorf Goodman in the late 1980’s to revitalize the fading and unfashionable Gucci. Her time in Italy at Gucci in the late 80’s and early 90’s is the modern case study for resuscitating a luxury brand and discovering the exceptional and exact talent to breathe in new life. She hired Tom Ford to oversee women’s ready-to-wear and Richard Lambertson as design director. By the time she left, Gucci was back on top as a bonafide high-fashion luxury brand. She has spent decades identifying talent, pursuing designers, and helping launch and nurture their careers: Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Gian Franco Ferre, Azzedine Alaia, Claude Montana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Jo Malone–and the list goes on. Discover the amazing and pioneering career of the formidable Dawn Mello.
John A. Tiffany grew up in California’s Santa Ynez Valley and later graduated from Pepperdine University’s International Affairs program. He speaks all over the world and appears frequently on television, radio, and film, and is a frequent pundit in newspapers, magazines, and online. He is the author of Eleanor Lambert: Still Here published by Pointed Leaf Press.
“A rare blend of grace, power and vision, Mello had an uncanny knack for spotting and nurturing design talent, reviving brands to fashion prominence and succeeding in a male-dominated retail industry.” –Women’s Wear Daily
As Lucien Pellat-Finet and his eponymous fashion label celebrate 25 years, he looks back on his life and career and how he became the King of Cashmere. A proponent of streetwear chic, he is reputed for his signature use of symbols such as the hemp leaf, peace sign, iconic cartoon characters, and skulls on the most exquisite and luxurious sweaters. Super F**king Lucky traces the moments and places that have left a lasting effect on his style and aesthetic. From his childhood on France’s legendary Cote D’Azur, to getting stoned on Ipanema Beach in 1968, to being discovered as a model by the iconic designer Pierre Cardin; to styling Thierry Mugler’s fashion shows in the 1970s to witnessing the skateboard and biker cultures of California – these experiences come through in his effortlessly elegant and collectible clothes made for men, women, and children. Super F**king Lucky is a bold and thrilling look, as well as an intimate portrait, of an original, irreverent, and out-of-the-mainstream designer.
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is an author, journalist, and leading expert on Paris, luxury and lifestyle. Her books include Sam Spiegel, Chanel Fashion, Tino Zervudachi, Dior Glamour, Monsieur Dior, Loulou de la Falaise, BiYan, Vogue on Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue on Calvin Klein and her memoir, After Andy–Adventures in Warhol Land. From 1999–2004, she was the European editor for Harper’s Bazaar, after being a staff member at Women’s Wear Daily and W, and assisting Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel studio. Fraser-Cavassoni lives in Paris with her two daughters.
On April 27, 2018, six large-scale sculptures were unveiled along New York’s historic Broadway – from across from Lincoln Center, at 64th Street and extending up to 157th Street. The artist, Kathy Ruttenberg, most known for her fantastical mix of human, nature, and plant forms used in ceramics, watercolor, and sculpture, spent months planning, designing, and executing the works. From an armless mouse atop a squash-like pedestal, to an upside-down female Atlas, a woman caught in a contemplative moment while inside a snail’s shell, and a deer-man and his tree-lady partner who walk in an embrace–these fairytale-like creatures are juxtaposed against New York’s chaotic urban landscape. In Dreams Awake–also the name of the installation– tracks Ruttenberg’s progress from concept to the final results. Sponsored by the Broadway Mall Association, the installation will be up through March 2019.
Artist Kathy Ruttenberghas built a career spanning three decades. Her work, which has garnered both critical acclaim and awards, has been exhibited and collected worldwide—from the Tisch Children’s Zoo in New York’s Central Park to the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas, Brazil.
“Ruttenberg explores the relationship between the natural worlds and humans through a feminist perspective and brings her world of fantastical dreams to life in a public setting.” –The Cut
Emmy Award-winning designer Kerry Joyce is known for the refined elegance and quiet classicism that unite his varied houses and interiors, as well as his collections of textiles, furniture, lighting, and rugs. His debut book spans a fascinating career, celebrating an impeccable, warm design sense that seeks always to turn houses into homes—to achieve the Intangible through the creation of tranquility and balance. The book covers eight homes in a surprising range of styles, from modern to traditional, urban to rustic, period restorations to entirely newly imagined houses that feel as though they are just as authentic. In addition, a charming introduction describes Joyce’s unusual path to becoming a designer, with thoughtful essays on each part of his work, from houses to interiors to his products. A special view into the creative process of an influential and multi-talented designer.
A master of crafting beautiful homes, Kerry Joyce is recognized as one of the top designers in the country. He has received notable acclaim throughout his career for his unique and unparalleled design sense, seamlessly marrying fine materials, clean lines, sophisticated textures, and knowing detail into exquisite interiors and houses across stylistic boundaries. Joyce has also channeled his diverse talents into a group of highly regarded home furnishing collections, including the hallmark Kerry Joyce Textiles. With offices in Los Angeles and Connecticut, his firm, Kerry Joyce Associates, offers a comprehensive approach to design and consulting, creating a richly personal and customized sensibility on each project for his sophisticated clientele.
“His fabrics, his furniture, his interiors - they all have a certain je ne sais quoi. Now Kerry Joyce, in his first book, sheds light on the intangible, taking readers through eight projects in which his quiet classicism turned mere houses into homes. You’ll want to jump right in - but don’t skip the introduction. Joyce (did know he won an Emmy?) talks about his unusual career path and describes all aspects of his work including product design.” – Traditional Home
“The Intangible is overwhelmingly beautiful and pleasurable – A masterful work. His vibe, his talent is absolutely POURED into it – every page just beams! The photography is sublime and when paired with Joyce's stories (and his voice) and the textiles, it's personal and thorough; really impressive. Books like this are hard to do.“ – Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief, House Beautiful
"Upon reading Kerry Joyce's new book, The Intangible, he makes the convincing point that his palette of materials and colors results in something that might be called the intangible, a sense of tranquility and balance in rooms that is discernible but not tactile, experienced but not visible. In this compelling book, which reads in part like an autobiography, the reader comes away knowing how he designs, what he thinks about design, and why his loyal clients continue to commission him." - Pamela Pierce, Editor in Chief, Milieu
"To those in the design world, it seems like Kerry Joyce has done it all. Besides conjuring warm, serene homes for his discerning clients, the Los Angeles–based designer has lent his eye to textiles, furniture, lighting, and rugs….. But somehow, there's one thing this multi-hyphenate talent hadn't found time for: A book. That is, until now; The Intangible, Joyce's debut book, comes out next month. One thing it proves? There are perks to waiting for your debut. A combination of featured homes (eight in total, ranging widely in style), essays on Joyce's various creative outlets, and a retrospective introduction that outlines his career beginnings make for a holistic representation of a creative force whose work spans many fields." - Architectural Digest
Françoise Dorget, a well-known personality on the Paris design scene has travelled all over the world. One place in particular – Morocco – captured her heart and she returned time and time again. Over the years, she amassed a collection of hundreds of Moroccan carpets from all over the country. In Connections: Moroccan Carpets/Design/Art/Architecture, Dorget’s vast collection is on full-display. Using her extensive knowledge of design and art, Dorget pairs each carpet with a work of art, architecture, or one of her memorable photographs—creating a personal, cultural, and meaningful link between the two images. The book includes information on each region’s design and weaving process and artworks include works by such designers and architects as Philippe Starck, Isamo Noguchi, and Ettore Sottsass. Connections links cultures from all over the globe bringing them together into an intellectually stimulating compilation.
Françoise Dorget has deeply influenced the world of interior design, placing the talents of artisans and authentic handicrafts from the four corners of the earth at the heart of her work. In 1974, she and a friend founded the first Etamine shop, specializing in fabric and interior design, and in 1992, she opened Françoise Dorget Compagnie, a specialized consulting firm to major interior design companies in France, England, and Japan. In 1995, the first Caravane shop opened. She divides her time between Paris, Tangiers, and India. Connections is her first book.
A Life of Things presents the eccentric world of Daniel Rozensztroch and his innumerable collections of everyday things, which encompass the worlds of art, antiques, found objects, and everything in between. Collected over years of traveling the world, the obsessive collections of objects range from the ordinary to the sublime, and include hundreds of toothbrushes, glass lights for lace making, sailor iconography, vases from the Jin dynasty, tin frames, Christmas ornaments, and Japanese folk art. Photographed in their settings in his apartments in Paris and Nice, France, the book allows for a fascinating look into the two homes as cabinets of curiosities. As Rozensztroch explains, “A collection can be three or 300 objects and the subject of this book is how I see them as being related to each other and how I live with them and appreciate them every day.”
Daniel Rozensztroch has been a longtime consultant to the magazine Marie-Claire Maison and is the creative director of Merci in Paris, France. He is also the co-author of a series of titles in the Style Series published by Clarkson N. Potter, as well as a number of books on the subject of everyday things that include Wire and Kitchen Ceramics (Abbeville Press); Glass (Harry N. Abrams); and Herring: A Love Story, and Spoon (Pointed Leaf Press).
“…feast your eyes on the unique, lovely objects this unapologetic collector has found for his two homes in France.” - People
“Today, Rozensztroch’s Paris left overflows with thousands of artworks, antiques and flea-market finds from around the world. But most of these “treasures” are utilitarian objects, humble everyday things like spoons, metal strainers and wire hangers that chez luiare given a second life.” – 1stDibs
As one of New York’s most admired interior designers, Mark Epstein creates timeless interiors for many of the city’s most discerning clients. The breadth of Epstein’s knowledge and talents is illustrated in the 13 design projects included in Mark Epstein Designs. Via each project, he welcomes you to his design philosophy: “A successful, user-friendly interior must reflect the purposes, needs, and desires of the individuals who will live happily in that space. The home is not a static monument, but a dynamic environment designed to foster contentment.” Toward that end, Epstein has added an additional real-life feature to each project: tips on successful entertaining, great recipes, memorable table settings, how to show off your collections, and many more. The “Mark Epstein Signature” is recognized not by repetition but by unique combinations of colors, textures, and client-personalized accessories.
Mark Epstein was educated at Pratt Institute in New York where he studied environmental design. One of his teachers was Joseph D’Urso, who became a pivotal influence on his design style as well as informing his knowledge of space and light. Josef Albers’ color theories impacted the designer’s work, and today is still an underlying signature. The numerous homes Epstein has designed are layered with his deep knowledge of art, antiques, textiles, and color theory, which are seamlessly played out in each room while creating a cohesive flow from space to space.
“Mark Epstein designs personal experiences, not just interiors. Whether composing decor or appetizers, the New York-based designer is lauded for his ability to set the scene.” –1stDibs
Lauren Bacall, Bill Blass, Rose Marie Bravo, Carol Channing, Prince Charles, Brooke Hayward Duchin, Erté, Princess Grace, Audrey Hepburn, Lady Nancy “Slim” Keith, The Kissingers, Kenneth J. Lane, Eleanor Lambert, Dawn Mello, Robert Mondavi, Josie Natori, and Joan Rivers, are just a few of the great friends of Joseph Cicio.
Friends**Bearing Gifts is about these relationships and his memories through the beautiful objects they gave him. Featuring stunning photography of Cicio’s Connecticut home, with essays on these friends and their gifts, the book emphasizes the importance of relationships. It is a reflection on a life filled with warmth, beauty, and ultimately exceptional memories. As Nancy Kissingers says in her elegant foreword, “No one understands and articulates the value of friendship more sincerely than Joe.”
Joseph Cicio was born in Brooklyn into an Italian-American family. After three years as a monastic monk he returned to the secular world and began his career at Lord & Taylor moving on to Macy’s. Eventually he rose to Chairman and CEO of I. Magnin in San Francisco and later Donna Karan’s President of Retail Development. Other positions followed including top roles at Sun International, Mayors Jewelry, Penhaligon’s, Erno Laszlo, and as a consultant for fashion and home furnishings brands worldwide.
"Cicio's new book, chronicles his relationships with bold-faced names such as Joan Rivers, Lady Nancy Keith, Lauren Bacall, and Bill Blass, among others, and the treasures they bestowed on him." –Women's Wear Daily
"It's a great book to pour over, but perhaps even better as—you guessed it—a gift." –Town & Country
“…the book features essays and stunning photography of Cicio’s Litchfield County home and the beautiful gifts bestowed by his influential friends.” - Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
French filmmaker Benoit Cohen decided, while doing research for the screenplay of his new movie, to become a New York taxi driver. After passing his license, he spent several months roaming the five Boroughs behind the wheel of a yellow cab that he rented every morning from a garage in Queens. This book is the journal of his extraordinary adventure—the story of the pursuit of his “American dream.” The book also includes Cohen’s “on-duty” and “off-duty” experiences of eating at some of New York’s most famous restaurants and eateries. A directory of those are included in the back.
Born in 1969, Benoit Cohen is a French producer, filmmaker and screenwriter. He directed 6 feature films as well as many documentaries and TV series in France. His last movie, You’ll Be A Man, was a great success in US Film Festivals (39 awards) and is now on Netflix. He moved to Brooklyn with his family in 2014.
“The well-paced book skillfully mixes rides, family souvenirs and thoughts about movies stirred by days behind the wheel. Inside a yellow taxi you learn a lot about New Yorkers.” —Voices of NY
A celebration of one of the most universally recognizable and beloved objects of our daily lives, Spoon showcases hundreds of spoons from author Daniel Rozensztroch’s personal collection. Obsessively collected over the course of several years, there are spoons made of wood, glass, mother of pearl, bone, metal, horn, porcelain, enamel, and ceramic, as well as spoons by artists, vintage spoons, rare one-of-a-kind museum quality pieces to the typical spoon of our everyday life that can be found in homes all over the world. The spoon as an object transcends all cultures. With high-quality photography by Francis Amiand and fine Italian printing, the book is perfect for collectors and lovers of everyday objects.
Daniel Rozensztrochhas been a longtime consultant to the magazine Marie-Claire Maison and is now the creative director of the Merci shop in Paris, France. He is also the co-author of a series of titles in the Style Series published by Clarkson N. Potter, as well as a number of books on the subject of everyday things that include Wire and Kitchen Ceramics (Abbeville Press); Glass (Harry N. Abrams); Hangers (Editions Le Passage); Brush and Herring: A Love Story (Pointed Leaf Press).
“From the most primitive as a tree branch, to the most sophisticated, jewel-like, the story of a man is told in spoons. Artistic director of the concept store Merci and author of the book Spoon, Daniel shares with us his passion for this object and its uses.” - Vivre Cote Paris
“The book’s graphics are breathtaking for kitchenalia fanatics like me-the words are few, the photos are intense spoon porn.” —Dan’s Papers
Intentional Beauty is the first major book to survey the twenty five year career of bicoastal designer Tim Campbell, whose sophisticated and cutting-edge work features residential projects in both Los Angeles and New York. The book highlights the renovation and restoration of several well-known homes in Los Angeles, including Richard Neutra’s Singleton House, and also illustrates Tim’s work as a philanthropist in Africa. Campbell’s notable restorations exemplify his ability to preserve and honor the architecture of an historic home while seamlessly updating it with modern additions to accommodate a more contemporary lifestyle. His boutique design firm, Studio Tim Campbell, has offices in Los Angeles and New York, and specializes in both high-end custom residential design renovations, as well as new construction and specialty commercial projects.
In 2006, Tim Campbell founded Studio Tim Campbellto provide design services for high- end residential and commercial projects, along with historical renovations. In addition to domestic projects, Campbell has worked on numerous international projects in locales as varied as Paris, Mexico City and Dubai. In both Los Angeles and New York City, Studio Tim Campbell’s services include Architecture and Interior Design for residential, commercial and hospitality projects. In addition to his design work, Campbell is an avid art collector. He lives in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, with his partner, Steve Machado and his two dogs, Jack and Boss.
“This year’s most sophisticated book on architecture and interior design.” —Forbes
Laura Bohn: Ways of Seeing is the first monograph on the residential work of the prominent New York–based interior designer. Born and raised in Texas, Bohn was an haute couture model in Paris before taking a degree at Pratt Institute where she studied with legendary modernist Joe D’Urso. After working for another design luminary, John Saladino, Bohn teamed with Joseph Lembo to form one of the 1980’s most creative and wide-ranging practices, for which she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.
Since founding her own firm in 1996, Laura Bohn has continued to produce distinctive interiors that combine a rigorous sense of architecture with a sensuous use of unexpected materials, shapes, and colors. A pioneer in the residential reclamation of Manhattan’s gritty industrial and commercial real estate—the loft conversion of a 1907 Beaux-Arts bank building is a signature project—Bohn is also known for creating idyllic country retreats and airy beach houses. “My work tempers the coolness of modernism with the warmth of classicism,” she says. “Interior Design magazine recognized what I do when it dubbed me the ‘Queen of Soft Modern.’ In other words, I’ve found my own way of seeing.”
As the turn from the 18th to the 19th century approached in Great Britain, more and more parents and teachers embraced a suggestion from the philosopher John Locke that “learning might be made a play and recreation to children.” Georgian and Victorian Board Games: The Liman Collection includes the most beautiful and rare games of the time. Showcasing 50 games that were made for both instruction and delight, the book reflects on a transatlantic market that flourished into and through the 19th century. Although games were often printed on linen or board instead of delicate paper, many fell apart due to enthusiastic use. But those that survived open a window onto the time period in which they were created, reflecting its social and moral priorities as well as a wide range of educational subjects. Georgian and Victorian Board Games: The Liman Collection will appeal to both experts and people who will discover this unusual art form for the first time. The oversize format allows for a close inspection and reading of the wonderfully imaginative and interesting information on the museum-quality game boards while reproductions of some of the pages from the detailed instruction booklets allow for an even deeper look into the games and how they were played. The games themselves are beautifully detailed—produced by a handful of the best-known publishers of the era, the hand-color engraved games look as vibrant and colorful as they did two centuries ago. Also included in the lavishly produced book are five gatefolds that illustrate the games and their complete instructions and rules so as to allow modern readers to try their hand at these fascinating and historic games.
“Printed in an oversize format, which allows you to appreciate the impressive details that fill these boards—but best of all, the book has five gatefolds that open out to reveal five games.” —Hyperallergic
“A fascinating look at the moral values of a bygone era—as seen through its entertainment.” —Fast Co. Design
Women: Portraits 1960-2000 is a compilation of portraits taken by American photographer Susan Wood of some of the most prominent and influential women of the 20th century. Her notable subjects include Diane von Furstenberg, Martha Stewart, Nora Ephron, Alice Waters, Jayne Mansfield, and Gloria Vanderbiltamong many others. Susan Wood’s work represents a number of milestones in American photography over a period of more than 40 years. She was involved with the original “Mad Men” of Madison Avenue and during that time won a Clios, the most sought-after award in advertising. Mademoiselle chose her as one of their top Ten Women of the Year and her work appeared in many other periodicals including Vogue, Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar, and New York magazine. Susan Wood was a founding member of the Women’s Forum and was involved in the fight for women’s rights and equality in the 1960s and 1970s. She was also friends with many of the vanguard of the feminist movement including Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. Although her most famous magazine cover is an epochal photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Look, Susan is also noted for her movie stills. Under contract to Paramount Pictures, United Artists and 20th Century Fox, Ms. Wood was on set during the filming of movies that defined the 1960s such as Easy Rider and Hatari. She has been represented by Getty Images since 2004.
“Susan Wood’s magical photographic view of women will let some see high points of our lives, and others see where we’ve been for the first time, but everyone will see why the camera was invented.” —Gloria Steinem
“Brings together some of [Susan Wood’s] most iconic photographs, tracing a visual history of feminine influence and power in the workplace in the United States.” —Buzzfeed
Published in conjunction with the tenth year of the New York-based showhouse Holiday House, the book highlights the best and brightest rooms by over 75 of the world’s top interior designers. Holiday House: Ten Years of Decorating for a Cure is a celebration of the union of design and philanthropy. The Holiday House showhouse was founded by Iris Danknerto raise breast cancer awareness in the design industry. Dankner is a 20-year breast cancer survivor, and has made it her mission to raise funds for breast cancer research and to support women who need help fighting this disease. In 2008, combining her two passions—her love of design and her efforts to help women in need, Dankner created Holiday House, the first designer showhouse held in New York to benefit a breast cancer organization. In this lavish book, the magic and skill of interior designers comes to life as empty rooms are transformed into a variety of interpretations. The showhouse was held at the Academy Mansion, a historic house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and was a resounding success, with all the proceeds donated to help end the scourge of breast cancer. Since its inception, Holiday House has received critical acclaim, been endorsed by some of the most celebrated global luxury brands, and has expanded to showhouses in the Hamptons on Long Island, SoHo in downtown Manhattan, and in the Fall of 2017 in London, England.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®
“Reflecting on the past 10 years of showhouses, the book highlights the talents of top interior designers.” —CTC&G
Paris, Before it is Too Late is a curated selection of 60 vintage photographs by the French photographer André Ostier. Spanning the career of Ostier from his days in Paris during World War II to the 1960s and 1970s, the striking images capture the City of Light through his eyes and instill a certain sense of nostalgia. The famous fashion photographer known for his work with the couturier Christian Dior, sought to document a fleeting Old Paris by capturing its people, buildings, and the special moments of the city he so admired. Part of the book is a replica of an album Ostier put together himself, Avant qu’il ne soit trop tard but the book also includes a specially curated selection of rare and haunting images he took during the war.
The insatiable visual curiosity of the Paris photographer André Ostier (1906-1994) led Thomas Michael Guntherto capture a wealth of images during his lifetime. Known for his portraits of artists and writers, he also chronicled the fancy-dress balls of the glamorous 1950s and 1960s. In this work, the Paris-based historian of photography Thomas Michael Gunther takes a close look at the passion and conviction that characterize André Ostier’s views of the City of Light.
Picasso/Picault, Picault/Picasso: A Magic Moment in Vallauris 1948-1953 is an intimate look at the friendship between ceramicist Robert Picault and Pablo Picasso. Following the war, in an effort to leave a wrecked Paris, a group of artists, including Picasso, went to the coastal town of Vallauris. There he met Picault and the two formed a lasting friendship while collaborating artistically for several years. Examining Picault’s pottery and production as well as the short films Picasso made and Picault photographed through unpublished documents and photographs - the book shows this idyllic moment.
French art historian, Sylvie Vautier graduated from the Ecole du Louvre, in Paris with majors in the history of art and museology. Her recent publication is the text for the catalog exhibition of Picasso, A Genius Without a Pedestal at MUCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseilles, France. Vautier lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Picasso/Picault Picault/Picasso is her first book.
Tham ma da – Thai for “everyday” – embodies the conceptual approach of Italian architect and designer Paola Navone’s work. She takes the ordinary and presents it in a new and exciting way. Influenced by her travels all over the world, particularly to Asia and Africa, Navone scours the globe for inspiration. She has collaborated with major furniture and home accessory brands such as Crate & Barrel, Baxter, Alessi, Gervasoni, and Cappellini. Tham ma da gives an in-depth tour of Navone’s most thrilling and bold interiors – from hotels in Miami and Phuket, Thailand, to private residences in Italy and France – Navone’s work never ceases to amaze.
Paola Navone is a Milan-based architect and designer who has created interior projects throughout the world. Her honors include the Osaka International Design Award (1983), Architektur & Wohnen’s Designer of the Year (2000), and two Elle Deco International Design Awards (2011). In 2014, Paola was inducted into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame.
Spencer Bailey is the editor-in-chief at Surface magazine. He has interviewed dozens of leaders in design and is the moderator of the Design Dialogues series of live talks. Previously, he has contributed to the New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek, and worked at The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair, and Esquire.
“[…]there’s intent behind her work, and a global-mindedness that until recently was rare in her profession.” —Surface
Introducing The French Ribbon, a unique sourcebook celebrating France’s deep-rooted tradition of ribbon-making—from the time when ribbons were an essential and often functional fashion accessory used to express individuality and style in everyday life, from weddings to times of mourning. Following the closure of one of the oldest factories in the industrial town of Saint-Etienne, France, an incredible cache of old salesmen’s sample books, cards, and packaging surfaced to be photographed for posterity. Over 600 of these documents are now included – ribbons made from cotton, silk, satin, velvet, metallic threads, and innovative synthetic materials. The French Ribbon is a must-have book for every person interested in fashion, design, craft, art and the history of textiles.
“A great deal of charm and variety. The printing is such good quality you can hazard a good guess at what is velvet, what is real silk, what is printed, and what brocaded.” —World of Interiors
Chateau des Fleurs is an extraordinary book documenting the creation of one of the most unique and exquisite private houses built in Los Angeles in recent years. Inspired by classic French chateaux, the Chateau des Fleurs is a contemporary house galvanized by iconic French locations like the Loire Valley and the historical Burgundy. Readers follow the journey of the meticulous craftsmanship from conception to completion that spanned nearly a decade and resulted in a Hollywood dream come true. Currently the largest home in Los Angeles to date, the chateau measures more than 60,000 square feet. Chateau des Fleurs is a historical document for those who are interested in architecture, history, and for those who dream of beautiful and unusual homes.
William Hefner is the founder of the Los Angeles-based architecture firm Studio William Hefner. His practice encompasses built and restoration architecture, interior and furniture design, landscape architecture and design. Known for his versatility in both traditional and modernist architecture, Hefner has created landmark estates over the years in a variety of styles. He is the author of California Homes and his work is widely published in books and magazines both in the United States and internationally.
Not just another book about a beautiful garden, this book as object embodies a garden that is much more than a garden. The square solidity of the actual book itself and its design invites you into the mind of a master. Jack Lenor Larsen is a thinker/gardener/global citizen/weaver and idiosyncratic individual who has espoused original and unorthodox theories throughout all of his long and exciting life and career. This book treats the reader to splendid double page pictures of the gardens and the art that make up LongHouse Reserve, the East Hampton outdoor arts foundation founded by him 25 years ago. Imagining LongHouse to be a laboratory of unconventional aspirations, he has peopled it with a brilliant Board of Directors, several diligent Committees who look after his high-standards plus a knowing and winning staff. It takes many to carry-on this high-level thinking and transport it into the future and his legacy. Filled with remarkable and memorable images, many now iconic such as the Buckminster Fuller and Yoko Ono, Learning From LongHouseillustrates not only his incredibly prescient eye but is also a how-to-do things one never imagined. Along with the experiential trials and tribulations of training one’s eye, it is filled with tips and tricks that will set every reader on the right path.
Jack Lenor Larsenfounded the firm that bears his name in 1952. Over the past five decades, Larsen – the company – has grown steadily to become a dominant resource for signature fabrics. Known as an innovator, Larsen has won many awards and is one of four Americans ever to be honored with an exhibition in the Palais du Louvre. More than a weaver, Mr. Larsen is a scholar, world traveler, and an authority on traditional and contemporary crafts.
“The book, which functions as a scrapbook and vision board, has a beautiful and thoughtful design, illustrated by plenty of archival and current images that document the evolution of the place.” —East Hampton Star
The Nature of the Beast is a comprehensive retrospective of artist Kathy Ruttenberg’s work in the past six years including ceramics, drawings, and watercolors. Her recent works are tempered by her travels to far-flung places like Antartica and the Falkland Islands. With texts by New York magazine’s Design Editor, Wendy Goodman, curator and art historian Charles Stuckey, and Elizabeth L. Bennett of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the book also features a tour of her amazing estate and studio in upstate New York where pigs, rabbits, chickens, and goats live in a bucolic and artistic surrounding. A conversation between Ruttenberg and Sir John Richardson on her 2014 exhibition at Stux Gallery in Manhattan is also featured.
“Ms. Ruttenberg’s latest efforts make her a force to contend with as a narrator and symbolist, a form maker and colorist. Coating sexual tensions with a storybook innocence, she works in a triangle bordered by Louise Bourgeois, Viola Frey, and Beatrix Potter.” – Roberta Smith, The New York Times
Kathy Ruttenberghas built a career spanning three decades. Her work has garnered both critical acclaim and awards, and has been shown worldwide. For the past three consecutive years, Ruttenberg has had solo exhibitions at New York’s acclaimed Stux Gallery. In March of 2015, she had her work installed at the Roger Williams Botanical Center in Providence, Rhode Island, and was selected to participate in the 59th Faenza Prize International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Italy.
“Ms. Ruttenberg’s latest efforts make her a force to contend with.” —The New York Times
From famed American designer Mick De Giulio comes Kitchen, an extensive portfolio of his latest work. The book features the signature elements and finishes of his uber-luxurious kitchen interiors, along with a look at some of his designs that extend beyond the kitchen. His company, de Giulio kitchen design, founded in 1984, is based in Wilmette, Illinois, with an additional studio in LuxeHome in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. In 2003, De Giulio was named a Kitchen and Bath Design Leader by Interior Design magazine, and in 2005, he was recognized by Kitchen and Bath Business magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the kitchen and bath industry over the last 50 years.
De Giulio has been creating kitchens for distinctive residences throughout the United States and abroad for over 40 years. In addition to residential kitchen design, his body of work includes commercial projects and product design for companies such as SieMatic Gmbh, Kallista (a Kohler company), and Sub-Zero/Wolf. De Giulio’s work has been extensively featured internationally in leading design publications including Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Architecktur & Wohnen, and Ottagano.
“The featured spaces showcase De Giulio’s expert ability to wed refinement and functionality.” —Architectural Digest
Pointed Leaf Press is pleased to announce that we have published an updated edition of The Complete Kagan: Vladimir Kagan, A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design in a larger format with exciting revisions that includes a Foreword by renowned-architect, Zaha Hadid, and Kagan’s impressive new work over the last decade. Since 2004, Kagan’s international reach has grown by leaps and bounds, in showrooms in France and Italy, and with commissions for high-end interiors by some of the world’s leading architects and interior designers. Beginning with his childhood in Germany and his family’s escape from Nazi power, Kagan chronicles his rise to become one of America’s most celebrated designers. Combining sophisticated aesthetic with comfort and modernistic sensibility are the hallmark of his enduring career.
One of the most celebrated, prolific, and unorthodox architects and designers of the twentieth century, Eero Saarinen has become a beacon of American modernism. While famous for his sculptural and bold architecture, such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and the TWA Terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everymanis the first monograph to focus exclusively on his furniture designs. A self-declared “form-giver,” his furniture, like his architecture, is characterized by its sleek and expressive forms.
Taken into production by the furniture company Knoll, which was co-owned by his friend Florence Knoll, Saarinen’s designs were trend-setting and revolutionary. As many of them continue to be produced today, such as the well-known and loved Womb chair and his Pedestal Collection, they are ubiquitous. Featuring rare and never-before-seen archival photographs that span Saarinen’s technical work to his personal life, a preface by Florence Knoll, and a piece by designer and Saarinen protégé Niels Diffrient, Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everymanis the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the furniture designs and legacy of the modern master.
“Among the plethora of monographs available on decorative objects, one subject has been overlooked: the furniture designs of Eero Saarinen.” —The New York Times
Foreword by David Mlinaric, Preface by Lindy, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava
Explore the varied and incredibly chic residences crafted by internationally acclaimed decorator Tino Zervudachi in his first monograph, Tino Zervudachi: A Portfolio, written by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. Named one of Architectural Digest’s 100 top decorators of 2011, Tino applies his unfaltering and flawless design to projects as diverse and all-encompassing as a Parisian château, a Swiss chalet, a zen refuge in Tokyo, a Mediterranean villa, and even a 45-meter long yacht, with a result that is never short of breath-taking. Tino’s respect for the individual personality and cultural environment of each space he decorates, and his fearless ability to splash a room with a bold color, or to accent it with a striking piece of contemporary art, makes his work unparalleled.
With a foreword by the internationally esteemed interior decorator and Tino’s mentor, David Mlinaric, a preface by Lindy, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, and dazzling images of Tino’s high-profile interiors, Tino Zervudachi: A Portfoliopresents an immaculate and inspiring collection of understated glamour that will leave you longing for more.
“I couldn’t help but be romanced by Mr. Zervudachi’s nuanced palette.” —World of Interiors
Once Upon a Pillow features a stunning collection of pillows and accessories designed by Rebecca Vizard. Celebrated for her innovative use of rare antique textiles -- from the embroidered metallic threads of ecclesiastical vestments to Venetian Fortuny draperies and Central Asian suzanis --her designs present a perfect balance of art and material culture. A favorite of designers and a discerning public, her pillows and accessories adorn some of America’s finest homes. An early childhood fascination with textiles eventually led her to create pillows from her growing personal collection of rare textiles and, when Neiman Marcus placed its first order in 1999, B VIZ Design was officially launched. While her collecting forays frequently take her abroad, she returns to her Louisiana roots and its rich history and tradition of decorative arts for inspiration. In addition to Ms. Vizard’s home, rooms in a range of styles and periods by such top flight designers as Gerrie Bremermann, Barry Dixon, Suzanne Kasler and Matthew Patrick Smyth are included to illustrate embroidery, applique, tapestry, needlepoint, Fortuny, damask and brocade and suzani and ethnic pillows. A selection of accessories from lighting, gifts and dog wear of Fortuny fabric is also highlighted and an annotated textile glossary is included.
Early in her career, while working on interior design projects from New York to New Orleans, Rebecca Vizardnoticed a void in the pillow market. Discovering a niche for antique textiles, Vizard focused on designing these one of a kind pillows for clients, and in the process employed many local seamstresses. Soon pillows sold to Neiman Marcus and other exclusive stores. Her pillows frequently grace the covers of national publications, such as House Beautiful, Veranda, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, and Architectural Digest.
“The most incredible throw pillows you’ve ever seen.” —Architectural Digest
The first monograph on New York-based interior designer David Scott, Outside the Box: An Interior Designer’s Innovative Approach to Creating Chic and Comfortable Roomsis a delightful behind-the-scenes look into eleven of his most stunning projects. Scott’s interiors seamlessly combine his adoration for the elegance of antiques with his admiration for the functionality of modernity, creating environments that are at once visually stimulating and inherently calming. Each space is custom designed to emphasize and reflect the personal style and character of his clients. Outside the Boxtakes a look at the elements of inspiration that have been the guiding force for Scott’s innovative and striking spaces, where comfort and chic harmoniously coexist.
“Each of the 11 sumptuous interiors opens with an original concept box that Scott has filled with lovely vignettes capturing the essence of every lively project…every space beautifully speaks to the design process and talents of an industry veteran.” —Traditional Home
Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior welcomes readers to a fresh 21st century approach to interior design, one that emphasizes beautiful rooms, healthful furnishings and building materials, and extraordinary comfort, while thoughtfully considering the world outside our doors. Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP +ID + C, presents her work as one of the country’s most accomplished interior designers with the signature passion and commitment that made her a pioneer in the sustainable design movement. Comfort Zone offers an intimate view into award-winning interiors in some of the most stunning homes in America. From chic urban apartments to luxurious coastal vacation homes, meticulously restored sea captains’ manses, and modern houses built by renowned architects, Trudy’s emphasis on creating gracious, classically elegant interiors is demonstrated with striking color photography. You’ll learn how to choose non-toxic paints and finishes for the “skin” of your home, find out what the most important room really is, discover that traditional upholstered furniture may not be the best seat in the house, and be inspired to create the comfortable, “greener” home you’ve dreamed of.
“Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior artfully demonstrates with over 350 photographs that being green doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish too.” —The New York Post
With a penchant for painting and an appreciation for the well-designed home since he was a child, Gary McBournie has perfected the art of creating interior spaces with an impeccable eye for color. He established his design firm in Boston in 1993 and has since created warm, elegant, and timeless classic American homes, always with a twist on tradition. Finely attuned to his environment, McBournie develops each interior with a color palette that matches its surrounding exterior, splashing cool and restful hues for a cottage in New England, shades of lime and papaya in the tropics, and warm sunset tones for a ski house in Montana. Featuring personal photographs and the inspirations behind his color choices, Living Color: A Designer Works Magic With Traditional Interiors is a must-have for anyone looking to be tickled pink by gorgeous, twenty-first-century renditions of the comfortably chic American home.
Gary McBournie established the design firm Gary McBournie, Inc. in 1993, which now has offices in Boston and Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Palm Beach, Florida. His interiors have been featured in major publications, such as House Beautiful and Traditional Home. In 2009, he was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame.
Curtain Up!: Thirty Years of Spectacular Showhouse Rooms is a glossy compendium of interior designer Barbara Ostrom’s extraordinary rooms that she has created in the last 30 years for the most prestigious showhouses in New York City, New Jersey, and the Hamptons. With a preface by Mario Buatta, the book highlights some of Barbara’s most wildly imaginative and over-the-top rooms. It also displays her process from start to finish where she often has to begin with a gutted, crumbling room. The results are whimsical and colorful, with details ranging from a crystal chandelier adorned with an umbrella, ten foot high canopy beds, antique birdcages, Fu dogs, a 15th century knight in armor, Grecian gas lights, a hand-woven hammock from Jamaica, to ceilings painted with monkeys, parrots, squirrels, and butterflies. Barbara Ostrom’s rooms are exuberant and uplifting – no wonder she’s been dubbed ‘Queen of the Showhouse.’
Barbara Ostrom, A.S.I.D. is one of the nation’s leading experts in design of classical and architectural detailing, she regularly consults with builders of high end residential and commercial installations. She has been participating in showhouses for over 30 years culminating in over 75 rooms. The residential clients of Barbara Ostrom Associates have included President and Mrs. Nixon, Michael Strahan, and Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons.
K9-5: New York Dogs at Work is a collection of photographs that celebrate the culture in New York of bringing your dog to work. Studies have shown that having dogs in the office lowers stress and can even increase productivity. New Yorkers are known for having the longest work weeks resulting in many bringing their pooches with them to work. Featuring the offices of lawyers, hair salons, interior designers, furniture and textile showrooms, architects, jewelry boutiques, art galleries and many more with all types of dogs from Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, a Great Dane, Labradoodles, Corgis, French and English Bulldogs, mixed breeds, rescues, and others. With photography by Michelle Rose and a preface by famed dog trainer and author Bashkim Dibra, the book intimately shows these adorable ‘workers’ and the beautiful spaces they inhabit from nine to five.
Michelle Roseis from West Virginia and has been living and working in New York City for the past twenty years. She worked full-time for renowned architect Alan Wanzenberg for over twelve years photographing his projects. Her work has been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and featured in Journey: The Life and Times of an American Architect by Alan Wanzenberg (Pointed Leaf Press), The Bald Mermaid by Shelia Bridges (Pointed Leaf Press), and an upcoming book by Heath Tiles.
“Offers a peek inside the office at some of the city’s most stylish working pups.” —Architectural Digest
Introducing Keepsakes: A Design Memoir, by noted Russian designer Constantin Boym. Featuring a specially curated group of personal objects, some designed by Boym, and others collected through his travels from Russia to Turkey, Italy, and Qatar, but all accompanied by a witty commentary on the objects themselves as well as what they mean to him. Each brings up a different story, but is always referenced back as a source and inspiration for Boym’s design principles and process. Through these often humble objects, items providing insights into the life and culture of the people using or making them, Boym points out enduring truths for today.
Constantin Boymis a designer, educator, and writer. He lives and works in New York, where he founded his design studio, Boym Partners, Inc., with Laurene Leon Boym in 1986. Winner of the National Design Award in 2009, Boym Partners is known for its critical, experimental approach to a range of design products and environments. Some of the Boym Partners design objects are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Maira Kalmanis an author/illustrator of numerous adult and children’s books. She is a contributor to the New York Times and the New Yorker. She lives in New York City.
The Billboard Papers is the fourth book of photography by award-winning screen and stage actor Joel Grey. Twenty-eight full-color photographs of various torn and decaying billboards from the streets of New York resemble paper collages, revealing the strange and unexpected layers of billboards past. Grey’s striking photographs are of tapestries of embedded memories— constantly fleeting and subject to change, or demolition, or renewal. The Billboard Papers, designed by Sam Shahid, features an introduction by Grey and a preface by American artist Ross Bleckner. The Billboard Papers is published in a limited edition of 600 numbered copies.
Joel Greyis an American stage and screen actor, singer, and dancer, known for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in both the stage and film adaptation of the musical Cabaret. He has won the Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award.
“A triumph[…]the photos capture the impermanence of all things…” —The Wall Street Journal
Pulling together a fine balance between light, vibrant color, and the personality of his models, Jack Ceglic captures his subjects in moments of what seem to be their purest truths. His candid and engaging portraits keep the viewer oscillating between wanting to know more about his subjects, and keeping a cool, introspective distance from them. While some of Jack’s friends are well-known and some not, Jack likes to maintain a level of anonymity for all of his subjects. “One has to trust the eye, the brain, and the way you react to something,” says the artist whose previous career includes being one of the creators of Dean & Deluca, as well as being a designer of innovative residences, including his own home and studio in East Hampton, New York. “I want to secure a likeness that I believe I see.” With a preface by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Philip Schultz and an interview by actor and director Joe Mantello, Jack: Drawings and Paintings by Jack Ceglic, 2009-2012 comprises an insightful, evocative, and timeless oeuvre.
“Jack sees the innate integrity and beauty in what we think of as ‘ordinary’ and the astonishing complexity that is required in order to achieve simplicity.” —Hamptons Cottages & Gardens
The inspiring story of interior designer Sheila Bridges, The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir comprises engaging and deeply personal vignettes that explore questions of identity, femininity, race, success, and what it really means to have it all. After receiving degrees from two prestigious universities, Bridges became very successful in her career as an interior designer, creating homes for high-profile clients and even hosting her own television show. But when she lost her hair due to Alopecia, she lost it all: This is her story of coming to terms with what success and happiness mean to her, realizing the cost of independence, and understanding what it means to stay true to herself in the face of judgment, criticism, and expectation from family, friends, lovers, and strangers. Beautifully illustrated with personal photographs and images of Bridges’ interior designs, The Bald Mermaid is a delightfully candid, insightful, and often humorous narrative of Bridges’ ups and downs, and how she ultimately found balance and peace in her multi-layered life.
Sheila Bridges, named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time magazine, founded her own interior design firm in New York in 1994. She has been a regular contributor on NBC’s Today Show, hosted her own cable network television show, appeared on Oprah, and has been profiled in numerous national and international publications. She lives and works in Harlem, New York, and relaxes at her weekend home in the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York. The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir is her second book.
“A rich tangle of sass, success, and backlash…” —The New York Times
“A refreshingly candid account…” —Traditional Home
For New York-based interior designer Sherrill Canet, the past is something she recreates with relish, and is one of the hallmarks of her aesthetic. The decorator takes her cues from disparate periods and regions, including eighteenth century French and English antiques, chinoiserie, painted furniture, Art Deco, the glamour of the Gilded Age, and the mansions that once dotted the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York, a region Canet also calls home. A la Carte offers readers a tutorial in decorating in a range of styles, from Old World traditional to chic and tailored. Whether your library is a modern den or a gentleman’s English country retreat, Canet advises you on choosing the room’s essential elements — with comfort and function in mind. From mixing pieces and fabrics to furniture arranging, Canet helps would-be designers or homeowners create what, in the end, everyone dreams of—a happy, wonderful to live-in home.
Italy of My Dreams: The Story of an American Designer’s Real Life Passion for Italian Style is the expansive culmination of what began as the childhood pursuit of “tiny bits of Eden” in Amarillo, Texas and developed into a deep personal connection with the art and architecture of Italy. Full of theatrical, bold exteriors, and interiors adorned with classical flourishes, each featured project is a unique testament to the designer’s appreciation of Italian design. Worn reclaimed beams complement sweeping Venetian doors, lush rooftop gardens recall the Southern Italian countryside - these are modern spaces steeped in an historic sensibility, yet free of replication or pastiche. While the locations change - from California Villas to a Palazzo in New York City – the designer’s passion remains true, making Italy of My Dreams an intimate inspirational celebration of Italian style.
Matthew White is an American interior designer whose work has been featured in nearly every American shelter magazine. In 2003 he joined forces with Frank Webb, launching the design firm White Webb. Heserves on the board of Save Venice Inc., and currently lives in New York City.
Notorious as a refuge for the eccentric, the eclectic, and the creative, the Hotel Chelsea has been home to some of the great and unconventional writers, musicians, artists, and actors of the past century, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Charles Bukowski, and Allen Ginsberg, to name just a few. When the hotel was sold and closed for full renovations in August 2011, American photographer Victoria Cohen was invited to capture and document the essence of the building’s original interior before it’s imminent demise. Cohen’s photographs of these hallways, lobbies, and rooms, once beaming with life and vision, now bare and aged, illuminate a bohemian era that once was, speaking untold truths of a lost time. Fascinating and bittersweet, Hotel Chelsea casts the historic landmark through the lens of the twenty-first century, exhibiting it as it has never been seen before, and will never be seen again.
Victoria Cohenis a New York-based photographer. Self taught, Victoria shoots mostly in the large format 4 x 5 medium. Her work ranges from landscapes to portraiture, with an emphasis on the connection between the human condition and environments.
“An evocative coffee-table book…which treats the oddly painted rooms’ quirky mix of old and new furniture, worn carpeting and garish bedspreads as something like sacred relics.” —The New York Times
Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) was a unique, British designer. By the mid 1930s, his meteoric rise to fame had made London a center of style that closely rivaled Paris. While Hartnell clients included members of the English upper class and the best-known stage and film actresses, it was his royal patronage that assured him a place in history. Hartnell’s famous White Wardrobe, designed for Queen Elizabeth and photographed by Cecil Beaton, changed the image of royalty forever. The Queen’s extraordinary Coronation dress as well as the sublime wedding gown created for Princess Margaret remains iconic to this day. Decades of achievement were rewarded with a Knighthood in 1977, making Sir Norman Hartnell the first fashion designer to be so honored. In Be Dazzled! Norman Hartnell: Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion, the only illustrated monograph on this couturier, royal enthusiasts and style connoisseurs can examine Hartnell’s never before published drawings, vintage photographs, fabric samples, and personal scrapbooks.
Michael Pick is the author of six books on interiors and the decorative arts. His articles have appeared in The Times, the Daily Telegraph, Apollo, Connoisseur, Tatler, Harpers & Queen, and Vogue UK. He is currently associated with Partridge Fine Art, in London – specialists in fine 18th century English and French furniture, paintings, and silver. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Pick is an acknowledged authority and respected lecturer in his field.
“A gorgeously illustrated tribute to the grandfather of British fashion.” —Vogue
Monsieur Dior: Once Upon A Time is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the ten years Christian Dior ran his esteemed house. As women were starved for glamour following World War II, Dior’s New Look was revolutionary in bringing femininity back to fashion with a bold use of fabric and silhouetted lines. In the short time he ran the house, Dior rose to superstardom and managed to expand his empire to perfumes, jewelry, and hosiery while opening boutiques all over the world. Author Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni interviewed dozens of people who had a direct relationship with the fashion designer such as Jacqueline de Ribes, Olivia de Havilland, John Fairchild, Pierre Cardin, Victoire Doutreleau, and many others, including his vendeuses or saleswomen, society clients, models, and muses, giving readers unique intimate insight into how this captivating house operated. With dazzling images by photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lord Snowdon, and Willy Maywald, as well as neverbefore- seen materials from the Dior Archives, this account is a fresh and surprising view into the House of Dior and life of its brilliant founder.
Monsieur Dior: Once Upon A Time is elegantly presented in a Dior grey box with silver tissue paper and a grosgrain bookmark.
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is a Paris-based British writer and journalist who specializes in fashion, interiors, and lifestyle. She is the author of Sam Spiegel, The Biography of A Hollywood Legend; A Portfolio: Tino Zervudachi, published by Pointed Leaf Press in 2012, and Dior Glamour by Mark Shaw in 2013.
“A limpid book of astonishing intimacy and luminous beauty tucked inside a Dior-grey box like a rare jewel.” —Architectural Digest
Often referred to as the Empress of Seventh Avenue, Miss Lambert, up to the time of her death at the age of 100 in 2003, looked the part, with her trademark turbans and oversized jewelry. Her enthusiastic work and news releases as a publicity agent did everything to advance the careers of numerous American designers, among them Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Calvin Klein. She created the Best-Dressed List, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Coty and CFDA Awards, and Fashion Week.
Eleanor Lambert: Still Hereis the definitive monograph on the achievements of the extraordinary woman who changed fashion history, putting American fashion on the map in a culture once wholly dominated by European design and traditions. Written through the eyes and experiences of John A. Tiffany, who not only worked for Miss Lambert but who had access to a trove of archival materials that have never been published before, including dazzling fashion photography accompanied by their never-before-seen original press releases written by the legendary Miss Lambert herself, this book will provide the fashion-obsessed and many others with a behind-the-scenes account of a woman who gave life to the industry as we know it today.
John A. Tiffany is a fashion historian and lecturer with over 20 years of experience in public relations, event production, and marketing projects around the world. He founded his own consulting business, John Tiffany + Associates, in New York in 2002. Before founding JT+A, Mr. Tiffany held the dual posts of Director of Fashion Shows/Events and Director of Operations at LaForce & Stevens in New York. Early on, Tiffany was mentored by the legendary Eleanor Lambert.
“As much as Tiffany explores Lambert’s achievements, the book also paints a picture of the evolution of American fashion in the 20th century—with eye candy in the form of pictures, including Halston, Bill Blass, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and Donald Brooks.” —Women’s Wear Daily
“[Eleanor Lambert: Still Here] is almost as large (and only slightly less imposing) as the dame herself.” —The Wall Street Journal
Foreword by Yves Saint Laurent, Introduction by Isaac Mizrahi
Kenneth Paul Block was one of the most influential fashion illustrators of the twentieth century. His first job was at the powerful Women’s Wear Daily in the 1950s, an association that lasted over thirty years and where Kenneth witnessed and recorded one of the most important periods in fashion history—the postwar shift as the exclusive world of couture transformed into prêt-à-porter. Attending all the major fashion shows in Paris, London, and New York, Kenneth was the first one on the scene, drawing the latest style-setting clothes from such venerable houses as Balenciaga, Chanel, and Saint Laurent. He also documented the up and coming designers of the time, including Marc Jacobs, Perry Ellis, and Halston. He was well known in society, sketching Gloria Vanderbilt and the Duchess of Windsor. He reported on sensational parties in Palm Beach and New York attended by Babe Paley and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and created a unique archive of the era. Drawing Fashion: The Art of Kenneth Paul Block is the first monograph on the artist and brings together a lifetime of drawings, watercolors, and observations. Fashion illustration disappeared from publications as photography took over, giving added emphasis to this book as an important historical document. Drawing Fashion, designed by Shahid & Company, captures a critical moment in time when fashion, art, and commerce coincided.
Susan Mulcahy is a writer, editor, and media consultant based in New York. She is a former editor of the New York Post’s “Page Six”; editor in chief of Avenue magazine; vice-president of Starwave, the early Web content company; producer of the recently-released CD recordings of the monologue artist Ruth Draper; and the author of My Lips are Sealed (Doubleday).
Few personalities have fully captured the public’s imagination with the power of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Through Wolf’s stunning collection, we are offered a fresh and captivating look into the private life of the iconic artist, her exuberant husband, and their influential inner circle, which included French surrealist André Breton, Mexican artist José Miguel Covarrubias, and Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. These photographs — several of which Kahlo hand-inscribed with dedications, self-deprecating marks, and traces of lipstick — pose fascinating questions about an artist who was both the consummate architect of her own image and a beguiling and wiling photographic subject. Frida Kahlo: Photographs of Myself and Others invites readers to experience the couple’s world as an insider, and to take part in the rich narrative these two stunning artists wove throughout their life together. Enhanced by historical notes and quotes from Frida’s diary, the book also features a complete facsimile of the couple’s family album.
Vicente Wolf is a world-renowned interior desginer, a collector of vintage photographs, and a celebrated photographer. His collection brings together portraits of Kahlo by such luminaries as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Tina Modotti, Julien Levy, Carl van Vechten, and Lucienne Bloch as well as candid snapshots of Frida and Diego at work and at home.
“…a rare and unedited image of the sentiments and the life of this renowned Mexican artist.” —Harper’s Bazaar
A long childhood friendship of authors, Daniel Rozensztroch and Cathie Fidler was the beginning of Herring: A Love Story, which traces the history and iconography of the cherished herring. Both from traditional Jewish families, Daniel, an avid collector of the herring containers that were used to marinate and serve herring, and Cathie, a writer and researcher who has put together a unique documentation of herring iconography— vintage stamps, posters, postcards, and engravings. Also included are advertisements, paintings by famous artists, and easy-to-make traditional recipes. Discover the history and influence of herring as told through the eyes of two passionate collectors.
Hand-In-Hand: Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries, Woodcarvings by the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman is the first monograph of the artists whose oeuvre was critically influential and is now seen as the epitome of California mid-century modernism. With a preface by Jonathan Adler, the book tracks the couple’s careers in the decorative arts from their beginnings to the creation of Jenev Design Studio and its eventual shift to ERA Industries, as well as their involvement in every prestigious California Design exhibition from 1954 to 1976. Additionally, after almost 30 years of work they continued to create and develop their styles. The Ackermans became known for their uses of a wide spectrum of mediums including weaving, ceramics, wood carvings, and mosaics. The Ackermans’ individualistic and innovative techniques also ensured that great design be both accessible and affordable. Featuring many never-before-seen preparatory drawings and color guides, this book tells the heartening story of a successful collaboration and celebrated partnership, in not only design, but in life.
“A gorgeous homage to the Ackermans.” —LA Magazine
Journey: The Life and Times of an American Architect is the first-ever monograph to chronicle the trajectory, work, inspirations, and motivations of esteemed New York architect and interior designer Alan Wanzenberg. For Wanzenberg, designing is nothing short of an intellectual process. With a sensitivity to place and a deep understanding of design history, Journey showcases his original takes on archetypical styles, including American Arts & Crafts, Shaker, French Art Deco, and American Farmhouse. The result is always a seamlessly developed, beautifully understated home that is a perfect amalgamation of the client’s taste and the project’s context. Become inspired by the integral influences and experiences that comprise Wanzenberg’s journey, all of which have led him to become the distinctive, high-profile, and well-accomplished designer that he is today.
Alan Wanzenberg Architect, P.C. and Alan Wanzenberg Design LLC is a renowned multidisciplinary architectural and interior design firm that executes fine residential projects throughout the United States and abroad. The award-winning firm has been recognized nationally for design excellence in the New York Times and major publications that include Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, World of Interiors, Vogue, and Modernism.
“A candid exploration of the people and places that have influenced Mr. Wanzenberg as an architect and a man…” —The New York Times
Landscape architect Mario Nievera presents his sensational gardens in his first monograph, Forever Green. Working with sophisticated clients who reside in areas as different as the idyllic Hamptons on Long Island, New York, the pastoral New Jersey farmlands, or the tropical coasts of South Florida, Nievera creates a diverse range of custom landscapes using a colorful palette of unique vegetation. From vibrant flower beds to elegant coconut palms and rustic ivy-covered trellises to hedges of Ficus, Forever Green explores the ways in which Nievera uses nature as a tool for design.
Nievera Williams Design is one of the top landscape architectural firms in the country. Nievera and his partner Keith Williams plan and develop diverse projects for residential estates, community parks, and corporate and institutional properties, both nationally and abroad.
Explore the brilliant, bold designs and intriguing collections in the beautiful interiors of author Carey Maloney, his partner, architect Hermes Mallea, and their firm, M(Group), in this one-of-a-kind interactive omnibus, Stuff: The M(Group) Interactive Guide to Collecting, Decorating With, and Learning About, Wonderful and Unusual Things. Stuff invites the reader inside the homes of impassioned collectors, detailing the wide variety of art and objects that go into the creation of M(Group)’s complex, richly layered, and beautifully orchestrated interiors. A unique interactive digital recognition technology allows readers to delve deep into 40 captivating topics, expanding the scope of the book to include cyberlinks to the world’s great museum collections, the most important dealers, and the most illuminating research resources. Enter M(Group)’s world of wonderfully diverse spaces and learn about an array of esoteric and varied subjects, from anatomical models to Australian aboriginal art, pre-Columbian pottery to Coromandel screens, and taxidermy to Tiffany lamps, all accompanied by personal anecdotes as witty and insightful as the homes M(Group) designs.
“Designer Carey Maloney’s first book is an obsessive, compulsive, brilliantly high-low primer to all the things—furniture, art, objects—that make a house truly personal.” —House Beautiful
WINNER OF THE 2013 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS IN THE VISUAL ARTS CATEGORY
The Kabbalistic idea of creation, as expressed through light, space, and geometry, has left its unmistakeable mark on our civilization. Drawing upon a wide array of historical materials and stunning images of contemporary art, sculpture, and architecture, architect Alexander Gorlin explores the influence, whether actually acknowledged or not, of the Kabbalah on modern design in his unprecedented book Kabbalah in Art and Architecture. Gorlin brings light to the translation of the mystical philosophy into a physical form, drawing clear comparisons between philosophy and design that will excite and exalt. Comprising ten chapters that each outline key concepts of the Kabbalah and its representations, both in historic diagrams and the modern built environment, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture puts forth an unparalleled and compelling reinterpretation of art and architecture through the lens of the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. A chapter on the Golem, and an epilogue that discusses German artist Anselm Kiefer’s powerful interpretations of the Kabbalah, complete this unique book.
Alexander Gorlinis a noted architect, design critic, author, and scholar. Hisinternationally recognized firm Alexander Gorlin Architects specializes in design for religious institutions, along with high-end residential, affordable, and supportive housing for the homeless, as well as master planning. Established in 1987, the firm has received many accolades, including a number of Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects. Principal Alexander Gorlin has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
“Fascinating and insightful.” —Architectural Digest
William Haines came to Hollywood after winning a new talent contest in 1922. He appeared in over twenty films as a leading man to famous stars, including Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Constance Bennett. As Haines' film career ended, his self-taught skills as a decorator flourished and many of his costars became his first clients. Later in his career, he courted political figures like Walter and Lee Annenberg and business leaders like Alfred and Betsy Bloomingdale. After Haines' death in 1973, his associate and heir apparent, Ted Graber, took over the firm and from 1981 to 1989 was in charge of one of its most important commissions, the decoration of the private residence at the White House for President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy.
Class Act William Haines: Legendary Hollywood Decorator is the first monograph of Haines' legendary forty-year design career and offers a rare glimpse into the private lives of his Hollywood clientele. Over three hundred photographs (both vintage and new), drawings, and personal mementos present a comprehensive view of his major design projects.
Peter Schifando, a longtime associate of Graber's, and Jean H. Mathison, assistant to both Haines and Graber for thirty years, have opened their private collections to reveal Haines' fabulous interiors and furniture designs, including the famous Hostess and Elbow chair that are much copied today. This book is sure to be a primary source for decorators, furniture designers, and everyone interested in the unique career of one of the twentieth century's most daring and creative personalities.
“Suzanne Slesin has edited about gorgeous tome.” —Vogue
Although Samuel Abraham Marx was born at the end of the nineteenth century, he had the eye of a modernist — as an architect, furniture designer, connoisseur, and collector. His vision was neither ostentatious nor grandiose, but subtle and quietly magnificent. Ultramodern Samuel Marx: Architect, Designer, Art Collector is the first monograph on this lesser-known but increasingly influential American designer. In more than 200 photographs, Marx expert and decorative arts dealer, Liz O’Brien, reveals many of his undiscovered projects, including houses that have been razed despite preservationist protests, as well as his range of furniture designs. Throughout his career, Marx was sought after for his ability to integrate art in well-heeled interiors. The private art collections of many of his wealthy clients have, in the last 40 years, been dispersed to major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Liz O'Brien is a decorative arts dealer specializing in modern design. Her interest in Marx began more than ten years ago when she first showed his furniture designs in her New York gallery, making some of his best pieces available to interior designers and collectors. O'Brien is now recognized as a leading Marx expert and has been instrumental in placing him as an important figure in the history of twentieth-century architecture and design.
“Rooms designed by Samuel A. Marx have so satisfying a feeling of oneness that it’s frequently hard to say where the architecture ends and the furniture begins.” —House Beautiful
This lavishly illustrated volume opens a window into the world of one of the most extravagant and wide-ranging stylemakers of the last century, a pioneer of the cosmetics industry who was also celebrated for the daring and prescience of her art collecting, her home decoration, and her personal couture. Four hundred glorious images—many never-published before—and a meticulously researched text, including 16 essays by renowned experts in the fields of art and interior design, authoritatively trace the public and private life of Helena Rubinstein.
Rubinstein’s bold and influential flair for decor—sleekly modern at times, and at other times a wildly eclectic sampling from different eras—was showcased globally in her beauty salons and in her glamorous residences in New York, Paris, and the South of France. On these projects, “Madame” worked with prominent architects and designers such as Donald Deskey, Paul Frankl, Erno Goldfinger, David Hicks, and Louis Süe. An astute patron, she invested in artworks by the luminaries of Parisian bohemia just as they began their ascent; her vast collection included African art, tapestries by Picasso and Rouault, paintings by Degas, Dufy, Matisse, Miró, Modigliani, and Monet, murals by Dalí, sculptures by Nadelman and Brancusi. Her striking instinct for fashion (she wore Worth and Poiret at first, and Balenciaga and St. Laurent 60 years later) and her famous overscaled jewelry kept her in the public eye, decade after decade.
Suzanne Slesin is the author of over 20 books on style and home furnishings, and has been published in numerous international design magazines. She is the founder, publisher, and editorial director of Pointed Leaf Press.
“Over The Top, by Suzanne Slesin, pays homage to the remarkable life of this Polish immigrant turned cosmetics magnate, a woman whose eclectic taste and appetite for acquisition made her a leading patron of twentieth-century art and design.” —Vogue
Essays by Ivan Chermayeff, George Lois, Jan V. White, and Ina Saltz
Accompanying the revolutionary spirit taking hold of American culture in the mid-1960s and 1970s, American graphic designer Alan Peckolick heralded a movement in graphic design, known as expressive typography. Along with his mentor and icon Herb Lubalin, Peckolick called for a new caliber of design: Dreaming up and hand-drawing letterforms that had never existed before, with type, which once exclusively played a supporting role to the graphic image, now taking center stage. Calling for conceptual typography over a standardized format, Peckolick gave letterforms a presence on the page, and also an attitude: His designs will talk back, and always speak up. Teaching Type to Talk is the first-ever compendium to span the typographer’s career. Peckolick’s work is equal parts witty, shrewd, and impeccable, and is accompanied by original anecdotes as insightful and tongue-in-cheek as his designs.
Alan Peckolick was an internationally recognized graphic designer and artist. His projects included logo designs, posters, packaging, annual reports, corporate identity, and annual reports for a wide range of organizations, such as New York University, Revlon, General Motors, and AT&T. His designs have earned him over 500 design awards worldwide, including six gold medals from the Art Directors Club of New York.
“Peckolick is one of the great icons of American typography.” —The Huffington Post
Foreword by Massimo Vignelli, Preface by Steven Heller
Presented as a conversation between two trusted design partners, “Dialog”: What Makes a Great Design Partnership explores over three decades of work from one of the world’s most accomplished design firms, the Carbone Smolan Agency. Written by design journalist Raul Barreneche and lushly illustrated with a wide array of materials, including exclusive images and sketches from the studio’s archives, the book showcases thirty-five of their projects for international brands, such as Christie’s and W Hotels, and cultural icons, like the Musée du Louvre and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Featuring a foreword by Italian designer Massimo Vignelli and a preface by design journalist, critic, and author Steven Heller, “Dialog” brings you behind the scenes of the prestigious agency’s most celebrated projects and reveals the collaborative ethos that has resulted in a stunning array of designs for a world-class clientele.
Welcome to the vibrant world of Maria Gabriela Brito, the New York-based interior designer, tastemaker, and authority on mixing contemporary art with home decoration. Venezuelan-born and Harvard-educated, Brito has demystified the art of art collecting, with the objective of creating stunning, unique, and personal spaces, through her company Lifestyling® by Maria Gabriela Brito.
A fascinating look into Brito’s personal experiences, and an insider’s guide to designing interiors and developing an art collection, Out There: Design, Art, Travel, Shopping presents with insight, humor, and flair the inspirations behind Brito’s work and interests. Featuring highlights of her favorite contemporary artists, photographs of eight New York City apartments that she designed, and an extensive address book of Brito’s favorite galleries, shops, and hotels worldwide, Out There is a fresh and exclusive look behind the scenes of a passionate and exciting new design authority.
“Highlighting the search that goes into each of the wonderfully quirky, modern and captivating works of art Brito finds for clients of her company…Out There follows her travel-filled life and reveals how she became one of the most in-demand decorators today.” —DuJour
Conceived by a misguided government seeking to quiet the fears of an anxious public, the concept of the “Family Fallout Shelter” was Cold War paranoia at its finest, a massive bit of “propaganda by architecture” that has no more truth behind it than the absurd notion of “duck and cover.” Innundated with government-sponsored films, posters, booklets, traveling caravans and exhibitions, the American family bought into the idea, investing millions of dollars in home shelters of every conceivable material and design.
Bomboozled: How the U.S. Government Misled Itself and Its People into Believing They Could Survive a Nuclear Attack lays bare the buried truths of America’s family fallout shelter obsession. Author Susan Roy charts the panic-fueled evolution of the shelter from a well-stocked basement pantry to a full-fledged (and often completely decorated) home addition, revealing through extensive archival photography, nuclear-era memorabilia, and previously unpublished media, a government and people in the grip of self-delusion. Fastidiously researched and sharply written, “Bomboozled” captures the absurdity and uncertainty of a culture that knew no better than to trust its government’s message.
Susan Roy is a writer and editor on architecture, design, and cultural history. The founding managing editor of Allure magazine, she has also held senior editorial positions at This Old House, SELF, Good Housekeeping and Avenue. She holds a master’s degree in architectural history from Columbia University; Bomboozled is loosely based on the subject of her master’s thesis, “The Family Fallout Shelter During the Cold War.”
“Susan Roy pairs illustrations with incisive commentary to reveal just how deluded we used to be about prepping for the all-too-thinkable nuclear attack.” —The Oprah Magazine
Influential American celebrity photographer and creative director Matthew Rolston turns his eye for portraiture to a new cast of characters with the launch of Talking Heads, The Vent Haven Portraits. Using techniques he has honed over decades of celebrity portraiture and marking his first foray into the world of fine arts, Rolston has captured the inherent humanity of a never-before-seen collection of unique entertainment figures: ventriloquism dummies. Unearthed from the tiny Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Rolston uses a rigorously simplistic photographic style to bring out the power in the faces of these figures through a series of 100 portraits, or “headshots.”
Rolston painstakingly selected the faces he was most drawn to and, in particular, those that conveyed a sense of character through pronounced aging, exaggerated features, and ornately painted faces, drawing the eye directly to the face and to the bizarre human quality of each dummy. Breathing life into these inanimate figures, Rolston channels their sustained energetic presences that are at once commanding, totemic, and unnervingly familiar.
Pointed Leaf Press is proud to announce a monograph on English interior designer Sue Timney. To say that Timney’s work is eclectic is as obvious as calling the sky blue: eclecticism is her signature. Perhaps it is her peripatetic childhood that has given her a global vision. Born in Libya, her father’s military career took her to Germany and Newcastle, England and she cites influences and interests as diverse as the Japanese filmmaker Kurosawa, the beatniks, and African tribal art. Featuring 25 years worth of captivating photographs and some never before published drawings, textile designs, and personal artworks, Making Marks is a journey through a fascinating life — from a career launched in Japan, to the opening of the first Timney-Fowler shop in London’s hip Portobello area, and her successful career as an interior designer.
“Hot in the ‘80s, Sue Timney is back with this inspiring look at her art and interiors.” —House Beautiful
Food is nothing without the love of the people who share it. As a young girl, Helen Tsanos Sheinman grew up eating and cooking with a large and boisterous Cypriot family, and developed a passion for food as a gateway to reconnect with her heritage. For Sheinman, food is also an unfaltering opportunity to create wonderful new memories with family and friends. In Love, Laughter, and Lunch: The evocative memories of a Cypriot family’s journey recalled through traditional Greek Cypriot recipes that are perfect for today, she invites readers to visit her childhood, growing up in London, and her adulthood spent in New York and on the Greek Island of Serifos, through over 25 mouth-watering, easy-to-make recipes that have been passed down by her family from generation to generation. Featuring photography of Sheinman’s culinary creations and dazzling images of unique pottery and textiles made by contemporary Cypriot artisans, Love, Laughter, and Lunchwill undoubtedly hold a special place in your hearts for years to come.
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Photographs by Ellen Graham
A celebrated photographer for 40 years, Ellen Graham has worked with magazines across America, photographing some of the world’s most talked-about people: actors, artists, performers, socialites, and the glitterati that we are all obsessed with. Graham’s images strike a balance between the glamour of a formal Hollywood photo shoot and the intrigue of a tabloid exposé for a true intimate look at such legendary figures as Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, and Carrie Fisher. Whether shooting actors, performers, or European royalty, Graham redefines the resonating myths that have come to surround these characters.
Talking Pictures brings together over 200 black and white images culled from Graham’s work for such magazines as People and Time, her personal archives, and her collection of family photographs, accompanied by a personal narrative that takes you behind the scenes of each celebrated image and breathes life into the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age.