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Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium
Written by Stockholm-based illustrator and architect Maja Säfström, this little hardcover book is as educational for adults as it is for children. Full of sweet and strange creatures (like the Opabinia, an ancient sea creature; and the Indriotherium;...
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Interview: Ma Yansong, Founder MAD Architects
by Alessandro De Toni When Westerners think about Chinese architecture, we oftentimes have two images in mind: old, grand pagodas settled on the top of a hill or titanic mega-projects breaking global records. Understanding the essence of Chinese...
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No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999
Step into a time capsule of NYC's nightlife scene in the '80s to '90s—when DJs and promoters would print flyers (often made by people with no design experience) by the thousands and hope their events would spread by word of mouth. Though the internet...
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Gift Guide: Girl Power
Despite what pop culture might show, the feminist movement has been in full swing for much longer than just the past few years. That said, having the movement for equality front and center in our collective consciousness is new—and remarkably satisfying...
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"Ren Hang" Celebrates the Chinese Photographer's Work
Update 24 February 2017: tragically, it's been reported that Ren Hang has passed away aged just 29 years old. Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings...
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Inventing Downtown
Focusing on the less documented artist-run galleries of NYC, "Inventing Downtown" centers on the post-war period of 1952 to 1965 and, while some of the names will be new to readers, the book also highlights early, unknown works by now-famous artists...
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Welcome to the Universe
Co-authored by Michael Strauss (a professor of astrophysics at Princeton University), J. Richard Gott (professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University) and Neil Degrasse Tyson (astrophysicist, cosmologist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium...
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Ren Hang
An artist at the forefront of gender inclusiveness, Chinese photographer Ren Hang's work is full of nudity, but is somehow not entirely sexual. Certainly NSFW, his work is controversial in his homeland, but embraced elsewhere, and it's completely compelling...
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Four Flora Books
Whether you're in the depths of a dreary winter, or enjoying the spoils of summer, any season is the right season to enjoy a little Mother Nature. While trickier in the colder months, one solution is devouring plant books (especially if you're a serial...
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Dear Data Postcard Project
"Dear Data," an “analog data drawing project” founded and conducted by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, is essentially a personal data visualization correspondence exchange between the aforementioned artists, illustrated by hand on postcards...
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Egg Shop: The Cookbook
With 100 recipes for dishes and drinks from beloved NYC cafe Egg Shop, the upcoming cookbook (which is available for pre-order now) is full of yummy treats. Not only does the book include super-helpful egg-cooking techniques, there are also tips on...
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Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Last-Minute Shopping
With just two days until the 25th, chances are you're either wrapping gifts or racking your brain to figure out why you still have gifts to find. While fast shipping is still an option (for a cost), the next step is good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar...
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Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980
With a punk memorabilia collection that stretched 40 years, Toby Mott was the right person to dive in and pick out items from bands, designers and political groups for the new book "Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976–80." Mott shows how punk was much...
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Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a Spectacular Prehistoric World
Full of fascinating facts for any aspiring paleontologist, "Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a Spectacular Prehistoric World" is also teeming with colorful but sophisticated pictures. Exploring four eras of dinosaurs—the Triassic, the early Jurassic...
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Morbid Curiosities
The benefits of "Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and Bizarre" are two-fold. For the light reader, one can turn page after page to find hundreds of startling images. For the deeply curious, Paul Gambino's analysis offers up insight—not...
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Tham ma da: The Adventurous Interiors of Paola Navone
Italian architect and designer Paola Navone's conceptual work has made her well-known in the home decor and hospitality worlds; won her awards; and led her to work with many brands over her 30+ year long career. On her travels all over the world, finding...
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Overview: A New Perspective of Earth
Inspired by his hugely popular and oftentimes mind-blowing Instagram, Benjamin Grant's new book "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth" mesmerizes. The hardcover tome boasts 200 original images that Grant created by stitching together several satellite...
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Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Presents for $25 and Under
The holidays can be an expensive time, so it's always wise to have a budget of some kind—no matter how flush you feel on pay day. With that in mind, we have trawled the internet finding all kinds of goodies that are fantastic but affordable. From toys...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Bookworms
There's almost never a bad time to read a book. Fortunately, for some, the end-of-year holiday provides time away from just about everything and an opportunity to dive deep into reading. If you plan on spending your vacation on a couch while the snow...
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How to See
For some, a work of art in a museum or gallery can require substantial consideration. For others, a passing glance will do. One can choose to read into symbolism, coloration and more—or purely enjoy (or despise) any type of art for aesthetic reasons...
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New Aging
Matthias Hollwich, of the acclaimed architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN), has a few ideas for the betterment of society and its aging members. He proposes them in "New Aging," a book built upon a foundation of insightful tips, supported by over...
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The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen + Yayoi Kusama
Despite being born over a century apart, and in Denmark and Japan respectively, Hans Christian Andersen and Yayoi Kusama are an ideal match in this version of Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Kusama's always beautiful illustrations—squiggly patterns...
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Born to Run
Whether delivering his profoundly heart-wrenching lyrics in "Streets of Philadelphia" or recounting the joy of youth in "Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen has always been a masterful storyteller. 2016 sees The Boss fantastically tackle long-form writing...
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