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550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs

The Pattern Base, a comprehensive new book, showcases the future of patterns and beyond

by David Graver
on 26 March 2015

To demonstrate the sheer creativity and vision of over 150 designers across the globe, Kristi O'Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer—founders of Chicago's The Patternbase design studio and online archive—have partnered with publisher Thames and Hudson—and "The Pattern Base" book was born. This impressive volume contains over 550 high-resolution images of pattern designs—from abstract and illustrative to geometric and floral. It's equal parts sourcebook, guide and inspiration, and its applications are numerous—from fashion design to surfacing and beyond.

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This full-color, soft cover book acts as a manual on the future of patterns and prints, but also manages to chronicle the impact of digital media and technology to date. And, while digital processes play a role, the book is quick to acknowledge a deepened appreciation for traditional, handmade craftsmanship. As an element of additional value, a portion of the book has also been dedicated to profiling 13 up-and-coming designers who touch upon everything from Icelandic womenswear to flora and fauna. Altogether, it's comprehensive, vibrant and informative.

Pre-order "The Pattern Base" on Amazon for $25, with delivery expected for early June 2015.

Images by Cool Hunting

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