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Modern Originals

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2014 under Publishing

Modern Originals by Leslie Williamson

Photo: Leslie Williamson

Photographer Leslie Williamson’s followup to her highly successful book, Handcrafted Modern will see it’s debut next month. Modern Originals is the European counterpart to Handcrafted. It gives us a rare look into the homes of world renown midcentury designers and architects. Like Carlo Mollino’s eccentric apartment in Turin, where he devoted an entire room to his death. Or Robin and Lucienne Day, multi-talented designers that have drawn comparisons to their American equivalent, the Eames. The book also includes homes of Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Finn Juhl, and many others. Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers will be released on April 15 through Rizzoli. If you were one of the many people to have funded the project on Kickstarter you’ve already secured yourself a copy, otherwise order yours from Amazon.

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Cabin Porn The Book

By Tom Ran

Published: March 6, 2014 under Publishing

Cabin Porn the book

Photo: Cabin Porn

Since 2009, Zach Klein and his cohorts have been inspiring people to go forth into the wilderness to build wooden shelters with their incredibly aspirational blog, Cabin Porn. Klein purchased a plot of land just north of New York City and started to build a community of cabins with friends that they called Beaver Brook. What transpired was a photo documentation of the progress. A hidden and private enclave that the group would tease to the world. Photographer Noah Kalina captured much of the progress and now the group is set to publish a book. Along with the documentation of Beaver Brook, ten other cabins will be included as well as hundreds of other cabins shared by the community. The book will be published by Little Brown. No release date has been announced but there’s a sign up for the waiting list.

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Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers

By Tom Ran

Published: February 21, 2014 under Publishing

Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers

Photo: Film First

As fans of documentary films and participants of our own we look forward to what directors have to say about their own experiences in this field. Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers is a book that was self published through a successful Kickstarter campaign from last year. It features some of the best directors working as documentarians today including Errol Morris, Martin Scorsese, Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Albert Maysles, Gary Hustwit and many others. Strand Books will be hosting a panel discussion with a few of the directors from the book. To attend the event, you can purchase your copy online or in person at their store or buy a $20 gift certificate. The discussion will take place next Monday at Strand’s Union Square store.

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Conversations on the Hudson

By Tom Ran

Published: February 18, 2014 under Publishing

Conversations on the Hudson

Photo: Princeton Architectural Press

We’ve had aspirations of publishing a book on the artists and artisans of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains for years. But unfortunately other priorities have taken over. This region just north of New York City is filled with makers and creators that is right for documentation. The idea was one that we knew if we didn’t do it ourselves someone else would. And Nick Hand was that one person. Conversation on the Hudson is a tour along the Hudson River with interviews of crafts people as far south as New York City and as far north as Northumberland. Hand, a designer and photographer from Britain, visited all of these towns on his bike. A printer, a brewer, a stone sculptor, a sheep farmer, and a distiller were but a few of his subjects in the book. Conversation on the Hudson is published by Princeton Architectural Press and is now available.

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Winkreative Design Stories

By Tom Ran

Published: February 3, 2014 under Publishing

Winkreative Design Stories Style A Global View on Branding, Design and Publishing

Photo: Gestalten

Until recently the creative division of Monocle, Winkreative, has been the lesser known of the two entities. The agency has provided creative services for world class clients ranging from the airline industry to branding countries. Winkreative is now set to take on a more outward facing position rather than one behind the scenes. They recently relaunched their website and are about to publish a book with Gestalten, the same publishers to produce The Monocle Guide To Better Living. Winkreative Design Stories is a 344 page compendium highlighting the agency’s best work since its beginnings in 1998. The book is out now in Europe and will be available soon in the US.

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A Love Letter

By Tom Ran

Published: January 27, 2014 under Publishing

A mural from Steve Powers's A Love Letter to Philly.

Photo: Adam Wallacavage

We drove down to Philadelphia for a day trip two weekends ago. On the agenda was to see Steve Powers’s Love Letter to Philly. A series of public murals he and his team began painting in 2009 that stretches nearly 20 blocks up Market Street. They are graphical and colorful sentimental phrases that adorned abandoned buildings and roof tops, a stark contrast to the neighborhood. The murals, 50 in all, still stand un-defaced after all these year. This was a tribute to a neighborhood that Powers grew up in. This March, Princeton Architectural Press will publish A Love Letter to the City. The book will encompass all the cities that the project has taken place, Brooklyn, Syracuse, Dublin, Belfast, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, and of course Philly. via Paper Mag

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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