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Matisse as Book Illustrator and Designer

The artist Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was not the most prolific book illustrator of the twentieth century. That title goes to Picasso, who provided illustrations for no fewer than 156 books, while Matisse only contributed to some 50 titles. But what differentiates the two was the intense love Matisse felt for books, and the care and attention he lavished on them.

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Still Learning from Denise Scott Brown

Learning from Las Vegas—the book that taught architects, urban planners, and generations of students to look at the everyday landscape, “the ugly and the ordinary” as a springboard for authentic building in contemporary times—recently passed 40 years since its first appearance.

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Rare & Beautiful

The World’s First Engraved Writing Book

With resurgent zeal for letterpress, hand lettering, wood block printing, and traditional book arts, extraordinary volumes from the past are of particular interest to illustrators, graphic designers and typographers. In the first installment of the Designers & Books “Rare & Beautiful” series,

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Book of the Week

Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage

An experimental 1967 collaboration between the originator of media analysis and a major designer has new meaning today.

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Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine

A close observer of the mundane writes humorously about the products and experiences we encounter every day.

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Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel

A writer on philosophy, architecture, and other contemporary themes considers

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Quote of the Day


A brilliant example of “less is more” and how affecting such discipline can be.

Deborah Sussman

This was my first, and still favorite, art book—I bought it with all my savings. My favorite Cubist by far.

Daniel Libeskind

Enjoy the music, and the playfully searching, the hermetic Cubism of Stein’s writing.

Warren Lehrer

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