Van Dyke, Kristina

The art of Africa is often an area of extreme ignorance, even to those of us with art degrees. Africa is vast continent with dozens of countries and kingdoms, further divided into thousands of smaller tribal groups, each with their own languages and beliefs. And yet the …

As with every new hobby, I needed All The Books from the library. A few of my particular favorites included:

Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve

Helen MusselwhiteThis collection of works by paper artists includes short interviews on the artist’s design background, how they got started in paper art, and a few …

Richard Renaldi

20130703-lens-renaldi-slide-1BCB-custom1Despite being packed cheek-to-jowel in many  cities, most Westerns have a strong aversion to being touched by strangers. Renaldi’s book captures numerous “couples” touching one another. All are strangers, having met just a moment before.  The facial expressions and body language vary differently in every one.  Some images …

jacek yerkaJacek Yerka

Jacek Yerka’s fantastic, surrealistic paintings are primarily inspired by his youth in communist-era Poland. The sooty cities, medieval walled towns and cathedrals of his childhood are combined into subterranean views, forests and floating in trees. The works are intricate, detailed and with the lovely colors of the old …

paper-sculpture-irving-harper2Edited Michael Maharam

Long-time industrial designer Irving Harper now works on his personal paper-folding projects. His works are a combination of traditional origami and sculpture in other, more traditional mediums.  Detailed, textured and visually striking.…

Tim Walker

max_9a1c73015f40ead69055db3f8997f000Tim Walker is a fashion photographer in the loose sense that there are people wearing expensive clothing in many of his photos. However, the clothing themselves are probably the last thing your eye will fix on. Walker uses enormous props, decaying mansions and the bizarre, disproportionate  bodies of …

Carl Warner

GarlicshireFood Landscapes is as it sounds – lovely, Disney-esque scenes created entirely out of food.  There are rivers of meat, skies if salmon, cheesy rocks and broccoli trees. Every minute detail is fantastic and brilliantly positioned.  After the first eye-popping scan of the book, do go back and …

Bernhard Edmaier

Edmaier’s aerial photos of volcanoes, both active and dormant, around the world are works of art.  Some are so alien, so intensely colored and strangely shaped, that they can’t be of this planet. Some are brooding dead hunks of rock, other fiery pits and still others glowing pools …

Phaidon

This beautiful overview of historical and influential home  styles is perfect for the architectural dilettante. Each pages features a large photo with a short paragraph on the chosen house, architect and influences.  Most are highly liveable styles – though are a few houses,  like one by Buckminster Fuller – …

Photos by Alan Weintraub | Text by Alan Hess

casa das canoas At least for me, Niemeyer’s houses vacillate between stunningly beautiful and almost repugnantly spare, even Stalinish, in design. Many of his houses, built primarily in Brazil now have the feel of “has-been modernism.”  They were the stuff of the future sixty …

Lloyd Kahn

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“Joyful” is the best word I can use to describe Kahn’s new collection of tiny homes. Each under 500 square feet is a gem. Many are handbuilt and lived in by the builders.  Others are from built by companies specializing in downsizing for the 21st century. …