By Regina Connell.
The latest crop of art, design, and craft tomes is out: here’s what Brett Hennessey of cult design bookstore Hennessey + Ingalls is admiring these days. (And that’s in addition to celebrating the opening of his newly relocated store in Downtown LA.) From design to architecture to photography to cooking and clothing, these are the books that are inspiring the inspirers. They’re the ones to know, and invest in.
Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture surveys the history and legacy of this innovative design tradition. Featuring the work of the titans of Brazilian design Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, Joaquim Tenreiro, and Sergio Rodrigues as well as numerous designers whose work and reputations only recently reached foreign shores.
Issey Miyake. We’ve long been fans of this boundary-breaking master of fashion. With a unique fusion of poetry and practicality, his creations blur the boundaries between tradition, modern technology, and everyday function. If you’re looking for a comprehensive collection of his work, this is it. This definitive history of Miyake’s clothes coincides with a major exhibit at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and offers expert insight into the designer’s vision and daring.
Savor: Rustic Recipes Inspired by Forest, Field and Farm is an inspiration to all of us who think that connecting to nature is going to a farmers market. From her home in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado, Ilona Oppenheim devises recipes that make the best use of the abundance of her surroundings: foraged mushrooms and berries, fresh-caught fish, pasture-raised dairy, and home-milled flours. It’s where fantasy may just turn into inspiration for life lived differently.
Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral of the Pines is a glorious book. Only a few photographers have the ability to tell a powerful story in a single image, and Crewdson is one of those few. Beautifully staged and photographed, the images – not always pretty – are haunting, powerful, unforgettable.
Morphosis: This monograph of the Pritzker prize-winning, intellectually rigorous architects of iconic buildings is beautiful, inspiring, visual.
Studio Job: Monkey Business. Working at the intersection of craft/applied art and design, but working in the Dutch tradition of irony and humor, this book shares furnishings, sculptures, exhibitions, commissioned interiors, and the designers own home.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames is THE book on THE designers who’ve had more impact on the world of contemporary design than almost anyone else. Published in connection to a major exhibition at London’s Barbican Art Gallery in October 2015, the book explores the era-defining work of the Eames Office, a ‘laboratory’ that produced a vast array of pioneering projects – from architecture, furniture and product design to film, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for arts education.