This weighty tome, coming in at nearly 700 pages, is not nearly so daunting as it appears. Ninety percent of the book is large, gorgeous pictures with short descriptions of the (arguably) most notable pieces of furniture in the last 150 years. The book runs the gamut from: the mundane …

Tomoko Nakamichi

Unless you are a professional tailor or fashion designer, there’s small chance you will actually make any of the clothing directly as is in these books. As the author says in the introduction, the point of these often wildly bizarre experiments with fabric is not to create everyday …

Clothes We Can’t Believe We Bought

Tom Coleman
Photography by Jerome Jakubiec

Everyone can relate to this book because everyone has had at least one fashion disaster in their life. Maybe it’s the “fashion forward” item you bought because you thought it would be cutting edge, only to discover that …

Brandon Stanton

Photographer Brandon Stanton’s blog and photo collection are a joy to view. They show humanity in all its oddness, ugliness and beauty. While Stanton often turns his eye to the wildly fashionable, are simply wild, his short cameo-interviews turns his subjects into the real people they are. Like …

Tim Walker

Tim 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 …

Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balmthebeautybrains.com

Yes, yes you can.  But the the lip balm question is only one of hundreds in this fascinating little book.  Full of delightfully refreshing skepticism, various beauty products and myths are put through the rigors of scientific inquiry.  Not surprisingly, most claims by the beauty industry are either false …

American Hair MetalSteven Blush

This book is worth it just for the cover. Blush gives you an up close and personal look at the biggest, hairiest and most famous metal bands. Each page brings a band with still bigger hair, more makeup, hazier lenses and thickly studded leather outfits – all brand …

fresh-fruitsShoichi Aoki

I loved the original book by Aoki, Fruits – a collection of photos of Japanese street fashion. Fresh Fruits is the same format, kids in their truly outlandish fashions with a small chunk of commentary at the bottom. At first, I skipped over the rather hard to read …