Antique Collectors Club Dist
Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas $34
This hardcover book features over 100 large-format photographs of indigenous South and Central American/Mexican architectural sites. The book has been published to accompany an exhibition of the same name opening in Washington DC.
Rietveld Architecture Art-Affordances
Vacancy Studies $32
Expanding on their expansive installation visualizing the magnitude of the Netherlands' 10,000 empty government buildings at the 2010 Venice biennale, Ronald and Erik Reitveld of RAAAF partnered with a multidisciplinary team at the Sandberg Institute to explore the concept of design potential within unused spaces in a new book. "Vacancy Studies: Experiments and Strategic Interventions in Architecture" spans possibility and optimism in the practical and satisfying approach architects and designers may take in seizing these opportunities.
Thames & Hudson
Architecture: the Whole Story $22
Living up to its lofty title, "Architecture: The Whole Story" satisfies designophiles and the uninitiated alike with a primer on everything we humans have built. From the pyramids to ancient temples and gothic churches, right up to Eero Saarinen's singular TWA terminal at JFK, and into today, structures get a thorough but digestible rundown on design features and greater societal impact.
Chris Stein / Negative $36
40 years ago, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry co-founded one of the most influential punk rock bands in Blondie. Stein, a photography student at NYC's School of Visual Arts, was already documenting the scene that they would help define. From those early moments forward, he turned his lens on scenes made available only to someone deeply embedded in their culture. Across 250 color and black and white photos, Stein's work now appears in one conclusive volume: "Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk."
Draw Your Own Book $15
Operating under the premise that simplicity fosters imagination—keeping rules to a minimum—Supereditions presents Draw Your Own Book. These blank-page, pocket-size volumes call on anyone with a mind's eye to fill in the backstory behind titles like The Magic Sausage, The Angry Fairy, The Kingdom Up My Nose and more.
Underwater Puppies $15
Award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel compiled his captivating photographs of puppies under water into a book featuring 72 highly entertaining portraits.
Worn Stories $16
Brooklyn-based writer Emily Spivack has been publishing essays about people and their clothing since 2010 on her blog, Worn Stories. The highly personal accounts vary in tenor, but all maintain a thoughtful, honest sensibility. She's now taken the stories into the physical realm with her book of the same name, which includes narratives from the likes of Paola Antonelli, Rosanne Cash, Marina Abramovic, Rachel Comey, Pat Mahoney and more.
Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Must Forever Be My Friends $35
In her search for "ecstatic unity," celebrated artist Dorothy Iannone creates beautifully subversive works that boldly explore sexual liberation and feminist ideologies. Her progressive image+text style is at once surprising, thoughtful, inspiring, profane, humorous and taboo-shattering. This brilliant compendium binds together a half-decade of familiar and rarely scene works for an in-depth look at Iannone's signature style.
Do Not Sell At Any Price $18
Music journalist Amanda Petrusich digs into the world of collecting the shellacked, 10-inch obscurities in her book, "Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records." Her in-depth but personal tome takes a look at the fanatic subculture of collecting 79s, the music's historical significance and the characters mostly unwilling to part with their beloved treasures.
Damiani/ Third Line
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry $70
Persian-born artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian fled occupied Iran during World War II for NYC, and her luminous body of work reflects the lifelong journey. Damiani publishes a comprehensive retrospective of Farmanfarmaian's graphic work juxtaposing mirror mosaics of her native land with the modern geometry of her adopted city.
A Long Piece of String $16
Without a word, prominent graphic designer William Wondriska takes readers on a beautiful journey through the alphabet on a long piece of string. Published in 1963 and re-released in 2010, the profoundly simple graphic tale holds a timeless quality still beloved by most anyone, regardless of age, who lays eyes on its pages.
Playing for the Benefit of the Band $65
Lee Friedlander's seminole 1992 monograph, "The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band," has been re-released in an expanded edition available through Fraenkel Gallery. With more than 200 photographs in the new version, some published for the first time, the collection captures jazz greats and everyday players on their home turf, as well as the city's famed second line parades, between 1957 and 1982.
Sebastien Guenard + Marion Billet
Big Meals for Little Hands $18
Kids get equal access to the healthy, gourmet recipes of Michelin-starred French chef Sebastien Guenard in a colorful cookbook. Illustrations by Marion Billet help young cooks learn about sustainable and environmentally conscious cuisine, so they end up having fun with food while learning best practices at an early age.
If This Isn't Nice, What Is? $17
One of the most influential voices in contemporary literary history also happened to be pitch-perfect with advice. "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" compiles Kurt Vonnegut's graduation speech wisdom in a collection of enduring missives capable of inspiration at any stage of life.
Strange Paradise $35
The often mind-bending manipulations of objects and images by the talented young artist Charlie Rubin are collected in a new volume, aptly titled "Strange Paradise," in which Rubin displays a balanced knack for photography and its distortion.
Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance $23
In an extensive anthology showcasing his own work and that of several of his contemporaries, artist Nathaniel Stern explores the role of the body in interactive art with both beauty and clarity. Appropriately, the book includes a "digital companion" chapter that's available for free online.