September 9, 2013
1. Homemade book, Author unknown. Blank book. 'A great way to read is to write (and vice versa)."
2. The Vermont Notebook by John Ashbery and Joe Brainard. Perfect roadside companion.
3. Four Corners Handbag. (pic taken at a road called Four Corners in South Dakota) Fou Corners, French for 'Crazy Corners'. I am crazy for everything they do.
4. The Ohlone Way, by Malcom Margolin, Hey Day Books. I enjoy the might and the might of this book.
5. Utopia by Bernadette Mayer. Also, Bernadette Mayer has a great new chapbook that came out recently from New Directions called The Helens of Troy, New York.
6. The Booklover, by Derek Sullivan.
7. Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture by Lisa Robertson. This book was first published by the lovely Clear Cut Press. It is now available as a Jank edition from Publication Studio Portland.
8.Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit (riffing off of Yoko Ono's Bottoms).
Our final Summer Reading list of the year comes from Colter Jacobsen, an artist we love (and so does everyone else). Colter lives in the Bay Area, but he sent this reading list from the road, on an extended driving trip throughout the USA.
Click on photos for more information (or inspiration). All photos & links courtesy of Colter Jacobsen. Thanks, Colter!
August 12, 2013
'All That Is: A Novel' by James Salter - I have been anticipating Salter's very first novel. My dear friend Julia
'Conversations on the Coast' by Nick Hand - Nick Hand is by far one of my favorite humans. I had the
'An Emotional Memoir of Franz Kline' by Fielding Dawson - I recently discovered this brilliant little
'James Dean, Mutant King' by David Dalton - Since I was a young teenager, I've been obsessed with
'Seeing is Forgetting, The Name of the Thing One Sees' by Lawrence Weschler - I have to admit, I don't
'The Arts of the Black Mountain College' by Mary Emma Harris - To continue my salute to my curiosity of
'The Ongoing Moment' by Jeff Dyer - My dear friend, artist Geoff McFetridge gave me this for Christmas. I
Andrew Paynter is a Bay Area-based photographer. If you've been awake at all for the last decade, you've likely seen his work for Chance, Coca Cola Japan, Converse, Apple, Quiksilver, Paul Frank, American Express, adidas, Levis, Sub Pop Records, Saatchi & Saatchi, W Magazine, Rolling Stone, or the Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. We here at the Shop have also learned first-hand that he's a true lover of books & we're thrilled that he agreed to shoot his summer reading for our Journal. Thanks, Andrew!
Click images above for links to more information. All photos by Andrew Paynter. Links chosen by Valeda Stull.
August 8, 2013
Clarisse Demory is a Paris-based interior designer and stylist with a knack for finding natural beauty in quiet and minimal moment. She has worked with companies like Doolittle Magazine, Nanashi, The Plant, and most recently; Villa Lena, a fantastic hotel in the heart of Tuscany that Clarisse is decorating and landscaping. Clarisse sent over a lovely little list of vintage books she's been perusing this summer, while sourcing material for the hotel in Italy. As her Italian is scant, she chose only picture books that inspire her work with their images and graphic design. Thanks, Clarisse!
All photos by Clarisse Demory. Click on images for more information. Links chosen by Valeda Stull.
August 5, 2013
Emily Faulstich is a Cape Town based photographer and illustrator, best known for her dreamy, sun-bleached aesthetic (and for the fashion brand she founded with Kim Gordon). Her photos are reminiscent of a long string of Sunday mornings - complete with strawberry pancakes, flower markets, white light, and a warm evening for reading. We are delighted to include her selection of 12 books you should read. Be sure to check out her photography, and keep on the look out for her new site!
Graphic by Emily Faulstich. Click to enlarge.
July 18, 2013
Cassandre Montoriol is a Paris-based illustrator and painter, and a huge favorite here at BOOK/SHOP. We love the way her loose, colorful style is informed by a sharp, literate intelligence, and we're not alone. Her work is seen in publications ranging from Hermès to the New Yorker, and her Rendez-Vous series of of interviews with creatives (including wonderful drawings of their spaces) is always worth a look. We're pleased to present her summer reading list; a fantastic mix of art, fiction and philosophy. Thanks, Cassandre!
Click images for more information. Photos & artwork by Cassandre Montoriol. Links chosen by Valeda Stull.
July 9, 2013
Sam Cate-Gumpert is Assistant Art Director at Harper's Magazine, in New York City. In addition to staring at photos all day, he releases small-run artists books through Peradam, a publishing group he founded with Elizabeth Jaeger. Thanks for the stellar list, Sam!
All photos and links by Sam Cate-Gumpert.
June 28, 2013
Andy Morrall is the man behind Devon-based skate shop Flatspot, and one of my favorite photographers. His pictures often depict his ramblings around the English countryside with his family, and between these outings and his busy work life he spends a lot of time in his car. I loved the picture he sent the mini-library in his car, which has become like his second home. Click the spines of any of the books in the image to find out more about each book. Thanks, Andy!
Photo by Andy Morrell. Links and html by Claire Grossman.
June 26, 2013
"An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris" on a Zebra Skin Lounge Chair in the manner of Carlo Mollino, Italy, c.1940s
"Deliverance" on a Tripod Drinks Table, by Edward Wormley for Drexel, c.1950s
"Psychomagic" on a Shaker Wool Rug, USA, c. 1890
"Air Made Visible" on a Geometric Hooked Rug, USA, 1950s
"The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake" on an Upholstered Lounge Chair byMartin Eisler & Carlo Hunter, Italy/Brazil, c.1950s
"Twenty-Two Short Stories by J.D. Salinger" on a Cork and Iron Stool, Unknown Designer, USA, 1950s
"Your Private Sky" on a Lucite and Chrome Stool/Table, Paul Rudolph, c.1960s
Patrick Parrish owns Mondo Cane, an excellent purveyor of 20th Century design in New York City (we're hoping to be in New York in November for what promises to be an amazing solo RO/LU show at Mondo Cane). But Patrick is perhaps equally well known as the man behind MONDOBLOGO, a continually inspiring blog with an unfailing sense of which designs and designers from the past are currently re-entering the zeitgeist of the present. Here, Patrick has shot his summer reading choices against a few stellar design classics from his collection. Thanks, Patrick!
All photos by Patrick Parrish. Links chosen by Valeda Stull.
June 21, 2013
What do you say about someone who already has their own Wikipedia page? Lorin Stein is a writer and translator, as well as the editor of The Paris Review, the most storied literary journal of the last half-century. A fitting successor to the magazine's legendary founder, Lorin exudes intelligent charm and easygoing ability. The Paris Review has been the first to publish most of the major names in American letters since its launch in 1953, and under Lorin's direction, it enjoys it's highest sales to date. Of course, he is always reading, and we're thrilled to share his summer reading list, shot by Clare Fentress. Thanks Lorin!
Links for each book can be found beneath each picture. Links chosen by Valeda Stull.
June 7, 2013
American sculptor Ricky Swallow (whose remarkable bronzes are painstakingly made to look like painted cardboard) sent us this beautifully Bloomsbury-and-Omega Workshops-centered list, explaining-
"I'm having an exhibition a few doors down from the Fitzroy Square location of the Omega Workshops in London this summer, so it's been interesting to learn more about this tiny window of time and energy in british art and design at the same time as working on my own objects in the studio.
Some of my favorite British artists, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Gaudier Brzeska made work/designs for Omega, and Wyndham Lewis was also involved earlier on before cutting loose to form the Rebel Art Centre (the beginnings of Vorticism).
Roger Fry's pottery was a neat discovery, I was not familiar with it before digging into these books...his entire ethos is amazing- working to establish a distinct new craft with attention to quality and materials that could be made very directly and collectively under the Omega Workshop stamp.
The abstract and whimsical designs of their textiles and carpets were all artist driven with Fry finding a way to translate small paintings and gouache's into tactile product, it seems like the whole operation was continually experimenting with both what to make and how to produce it without losing the immediacy and intimacy of the artists original designs, shunning conventions of overly perfected or tasteful design for more playful solutions." Thanks, Ricky!
All photos by Ricky Swallow. Links by Valeda Stull.