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October 17, 2012

Designers & Books Fair 2012

Designers & Books Fair 2012 is a weekend-long event celebrating the intersection of design—architecture and graphic, fashion, interior, product, and urban design—and books.

The Fair will take place October 26–28 in New York City and features 17 programs with over 60 noted design world personalities as speakers—from Michael Graves and Tod Williams to Massimo Vignelli and Irma Boom, to Donna Karan, Todd Oldham, and Karim Rashid, among many others.

Included in the programming are 2 events featuring a Rizzoli author and a Rizzoli editor:

On Saturday, October 27th at the Bikes and Books program, Lodovico Piganatti Morano, the author of Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle, will be a speaker in a unique program on bicycle design and will be signing copies of the book after the program.

Also on Saturday, October 27th, Dung Ngo will be a featured speaker at From Type to Tablet: Publishers and Editors Talk about Directions in Design Book Publishing. Ngo, and a panel of 3 other publishers and editors, will discuss the state of their industry and the illustrated book—and the direction—or directions—they are taking.

Last but not least, Rizzoli Bookstore will be on hand selling a number of Rizzoli titles, as well as books by authors and speakers released by other publishers.

To purchase tickets to any of the events—or for a full weekend pass—please visit www.bookfair.designersandbooks.com/tickets/

October 11, 2012

Rizzoli Interior Design & High Point Market

From Charlotte Moss Decorates. Photograph by Edward Addeo.

High Point Market: The World’s Home for Home Furnishings in western North Carolina is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 80,000 people to High Point every six months. Over the years, since many of the major furniture manufacturers were located in High Point, it became a central and convenient place for the manufacturers to bring their product to market. Now, retailers come from around the world to visit 2,000 exhibitors showcasing new product in 180 buildings covering about 10 million square feet of space.

Rizzoli will be on hand on Monday, Oct. 15, at 4pm in the Market Square Courtyard for our 2nd annual superstar book signing, featuring some of the biggest names in the interiors business, including Charlotte Moss, Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Susanna Salk, Florence de Dampierre, Ronda Carman, and James Lowell Strickland.

In advance of this Fall’s High Point Market gathering, we asked a few of the designers who are attending—as well as our own design expert, Rizzoli editor Sandy Gilbert Freidus—about some of the design trends that inspire them.

Barbara Barry


From Rizzoli’s Barbara Barry: Around Beauty book. Photographed by David Meredith.

“There is so much beauty in the world from which to draw inspiration. One of my current trends or inspired thoughts is to capture a bright, saturated color and juxtapose it against a backdrop of neutrals. This allows you to have a timeless canvas on which you can pulse or change the feeling of the room by using small gestures such as artwork, pillows or accessories. In this photo the whole of the room is a dusty, lavender-tinted taupe punctuated by Chinese red accessories and a deep cherry pink in the artwork.” —Barbara Barry, author of Barbara Barry: Around Beauty

Charlotte Moss


From Rizzoli’s Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life book.

“I do not look for trends. They inform me, but don’t affect my process. I believe we all extract bits and pieces that work for us, but following trends is just that–following. A Visual Life is smack in the middle of the zeitgeist, a movement where people desire to create things by hand, things that are personal, that we can savor for the future. Crafts are on the rise. Whether it’s scrapbook for travel, or a family picnic, a collage created for a gift, or a needlepoint pillow.” —Charlotte Moss, author of Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life

Florence de Dampierre


From Rizzoli’s Walls book.

“I have always been drawn to chinoiserie. Recently there has been a noticeable increase in the marketplace of designs incorporating such Asian motifs in imaginative ways. In Walls, I discuss this alluring trend, which started at Versailles in 1682 when ambassadors from Siam visited Europe. As an ode to this decorative tradition, for my pool house living room, I chose an antique pagoda light fixture and charming wire pagoda tea candle holders to provide a sense of fantasy.” —Florence de Dampierre, author of Walls

Susanna Salk


From Rizzoli’s Be Your Own Decorator book.

“Bunny William’s Kips Bay Show house room effortlessly embodies not only the whimsical spirit of my book Be Your Own Decorator but also the fearless vibe I am seeing in interiors around the world now. Not just in modern rooms by the renegade style makers who have the confidence and the eye to pull it off, but via new homeowners, in traditional showrooms at markets around the country: all who perhaps once played it safe, now understand that rooms that have personality, that make you want to linger, are those that are not too perfect, are those that stray a little outside the bounds once deemed “correct.” Unexpected punctuations of surprise without being too showy. It makes design exciting again.” —Susanna Salk, author of Be Your Own Decorator

Kit Kemp

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From Hardie Grant’s A Living Space book.

“At the moment I am really interested in the current trend in using craft in the home and by that I mean patchwork, applique and embroidered pieces. These don’t have to look as though they have been made by your granny. They can be given a contemporary edge. I am particularly interested in making a lit mobile and lamp from crafted materials. For this to really work you need the highest level of finish to a room so that a hand crafted piece becomes an art form.” —Kit Kemp, author of A Living Space

Jim Strickland

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From Rizzoli’s Coming Home book.

“I’ve been designing traditional homes for more than 30 years and have seen trends come and go, but in our vernacular work we’ve long been interested in using salvaged materials to create an instant sense of age and history. Once only used in projects with rustic or rural elements, reclaimed wood is finding its way into more urban and sophisticated dwellings. The natural textures of old, weathered wood create an interesting visual backdrop for sleek, modern finishes and vibrant pops of color.” —Jim Strickland, author of Coming Home

Rizzoli Editor Sandy Gilbert Freidus

A look back at High Point Market Spring 2012
and hopes for the Fall 2012 Event

As a Rizzoli editor who specializes in publications featuring the work of style setting interior designers with international reputations, it was stimulating to attend last Spring’s Market Week at High Point, North Carolina. Rizzoli author Susan Sully, an authority on Southern architecture and decor, and I shared the quest to discover current trends in design. During two days, in spite of near hurricane conditions, we were determined to tour many showrooms, attend shelter magazine parties, and wine and dine with industry friends.

The first showroom visited was John-Richard, where furniture historian and Rizzoli author Florence de Dampierre launched her new line of furniture and home accessories, which she describes as “Fresh, French, and Chic.” What caught our attention were her playful Tuileries-style topiaries and the standout Angeline bed that was inspired by the carving of an antique eighteenth-century mirror that graces the cover of her book French Chic.

The next stop was Hickory Chair–where another Rizzoli author, Suzanne Kasler, is represented. Known for her classically inspired rooms and exquisite haute couture details, Suzanne’s versatile accent pieces, including mirrored cabinets, added a romantic glow to the space. But the showstopper was a room decorated in pink and white with striking rams-head shields hung above French-style beds crowned by hangings of bold rose-color leaf patterned fabric designed by Kasler for Lee Jofa.

The luminous Currey & Company showroom, a manufacturer of distinctive home furnishings, in particular lighting fixtures, was a treat for the eye. In the exotic setting of pendant lights strung with Indian sari-pink beads and blue-bauble chandeliers, we discovered two chic mirrored table lamps named after All the Best blogger and forthcoming Rizzoli author Ronda Rice Carman and her son Mason.

I look forward to the Fall Market; especially Monday, October 15th when at Market Square there will be a Rizzoli group book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. In preparation for my visit, I have been reading shelter magazines and blogs and discussing upcoming trends with designer colleagues. I understand that despite the economic climate, a lot of designers will be emphasizing glamour by their use of rich materials such as metallic leathers, sensuous colors, and couture accents. On the opposite end of the spectrum, showcased will be clever pieces for tight living quarters and an abundance of eco-friendly choices. A predominant theme will be how fashionable runway looks translate into fabulous furnishings.

October 5, 2012

Look Inside Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle

Since Cino Cinelli began making frames in Italy in the 1940s, Cinelli has set the standards for bicycle and component design. Cinelli has led the evolution of professional cycling and defined the ideal of the classic bicycle: from the classic Supercorsa racing frame to the cutting-edge MASH fixed-gear pursuit bikes; from innovations such as the first plastic racing saddles to the controversial Spinaci handlebars, banned from competition; and from timeless components, such as the Alter stem, to iconic meetings of art and design such as Keith Haring’s treatment of the hour record-setting Laser.

Click here to learn more about Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle, a beautifully illustrated book featuring more than sixty-five years of work by one of the most pioneering and influential names in bicycle design.

September 24, 2012

James Prosek: Ocean Fishes: Paintings of Saltwater Fish

“Ocean Fishes” presents the captivating watercolors of James Prosek, the artist the New York Times calls “the Audubon of the fishing world.”

In this new book, this renowned naturalist, artist, and fisherman captures thirty-five of the most pursued game fish—from striped bass to tarpon, swordfish to bonefish—as well as many creatures that share these marine ecosystems. These rich, highly detailed watercolors painted specifically for this volume to reflect Prosek’s individual experience with each single fish: the artist traveled the world to experience firsthand each species just out of the water before the fish lost their true colors. The original works are life-size portraits (from a 14-inch porgy to a 12-foot blue marlin), and this book includes details from the originals reproduced at full size to give a sense of scale.

This book is a must-have for saltwater anglers, conservationists, art lovers, and anyone passionate about the beauty of the coastline and the mysteries swimming off its shores.
Click here to learn more about Ocean Fishes.

This book is also available in a Limited Edition volume that includes a limited edition print suitable for framing and signed by the artist, James Prosek. The book for the deluxe limited editon will be bound in a special case embossed with the outline of one of Prosek’s iconic fish. The book and print will be nestled together in a beautiful cloth clamshell case featuring a tipped-on image on top and a silk pull ribbon within. Click here to learn more about the Limited Edition of Ocean Fishes.

Painting © James Prosek. All Rights reserved.

September 17, 2012

Behind-the-Scenes at a Photoshoot for Jill Greenberg’s Horses

Best known for her amazingly anthropomorphic and affectionate portraits of monkeys and bears, Jill Greenberg turns her lens to horses for her new photographic collection.

In the beautifully conceived book Horses, Jill Greenberg captures the powerful, romantic, and enigmatic nature of horses in photographs that make these animals all the more otherworldly yet familiar. Transformed by Greenberg’s lens, the horse’s powerful physical beauty becomes a hyper-real vision, and her gorgeous prints seduce us in a subtle manner with their sensuous, painterly textures. Horses were Greenberg’s first muse and love, and for this portfolio she returns to her original inspiration.

Featuring stunning photographs of a range of horse breeds, from Friesians and Andalusians to Arabian stallions, Lusitanos, and thoroughbred performance horses, this book is a gorgeous tribute to these spirited and powerful creatures and the perfect gift for those officially and unofficially devoted to horses, horseback riding, and racing.

Click here to learn more about Horses.

September 14, 2012

Win a Limited-Edition Screen Print from Artist Rob Ryan

PRIZE: Rob Ryan, Because I’m so Happy… Limited edition screenprint, 2012, 20 × 20″ unframed, $400

TAG Fine Arts is kindly giving one lucky winner this limited edition screen print by Rob Ryan, the artist behind Universe Publishing’s 2013 calendar Rob Ryan.

You can enter on the Rizzoli Facebook page here or via your Twitter account here.

One of Britain’s best-loved artists, Rob Ryan is a master of the paper cut, transforming people, plants, animals and cityscapes into evocative illustrative silhouettes. Into these scenes he weaves messages; some amusing, some poignant, and some laced with melancholy. From love letters emerging from romantic silhouettes to touching vignettes that capture profound feelings with a single paper cut, Ryan’s art is a uniquely charming take on the ups and downs of love and life. Drawing inspiration from everything from nature to fairy tales, Rob Ryan’s intricate and delicate papercuts strike the perfect balance between humor and vulnerability, wit and wisdom.

Rob Ryan’s first exhibition in New York City presented by TAG Fine Arts will take place September 18–30, 2012 at SOHOTEL Artspace Gallery. The exhibition will feature a selection of original paper cuts including 12 detailed original paper cuts that form the basis for Rob Ryan’s calendar, and a series of 12 related limited edition prints.

Rob Ryan – Our Adventure Is About To Begin
SOHOTEL Artspace Gallery runs September 18–30, 2012
345 Broome Street | New York | NY 10013

Open Monday – Sunday 11am – 6pm
Opening Reception Tuesday September 18, 6–9pm
For more information about the exhibition, visit: http://www.tagfinearts.com/media/Rob_Ryan_Solo_Exhibition_NYC.pdf

The Rob Ryan calendar is available everywhere that calendars are sold.

To learn more about the Universe calendar program, visit: http://www.rizzoliusa.com/calendars/



September 6, 2012

Rizzoli Celebrates Fashion Week 2012

Fashion Week is upon us once again, that time of year when fashion lovers worldwide look to Lincoln Center in New York City to see top designers showcase their collections. With more than 80 designers showing in 8 days, it is known as the premier event worldwide where style, beauty, supermodels, and celebrities come together to celebrate the best in fashion.

To celebrate Fashion Week 2012, visit our Featured Titles page for a selection of fashion titles, as well as our recently published and top selling books.

Image from Bottega Veneta.

August 29, 2012

Behind-the-Scenes of the “Princess Bride” with Rizzoli Editor Robb Pearlman

One of the most hilarious, romantic, adventurous, and best-loved movies of all time, “The Princess Bride” is a touchstone in the lives of generations of moviegoers. Now, for the first time, millions of fans will have the opportunity to own the first book to celebrate the magic and memories of the seminal film.

Watch below as Rizzoli editor Robb Pearlman shares his behind-the-scenes experience while working on the new book “The Princess Bride: A Celebration” and finds a treasure trove of images from everyone’s most-loved moments, as well as never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photographs, script pages, production designs, and reminiscences from cast and crew.


August 20, 2012

Take a look inside Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom

“Though some will try to deny it, I believe that every woman, at some time in her life, has had or will have the desire to pose nude.” —Bunny Yeager

Snap, click, sizzle! Once the exclusive realm of the male, pin-up photography was invaded mid-century by a shapely young miss who could, and would, model for her own photographs.  Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom presents her story in her own words and, of course, her own photographs.  The only female pin-up photographer of her day, Bunny Yeager was also a model in her own right.  After winning several beauty pageants in Miami, Yeager went to photography school, and in 1955, she hit the jackpot with her shot of Bettie Page scantily clad in a Santa hat which sold instantly to the fledgling Playboy magazine.


August 14, 2012

Fashion Photographer Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco

“I’m from the generation that came to New York to meet their idols. In my case it was Andy Warhol and Antonio Lopez.” —Anna Sui

Best known for dazzling illustrations in Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, the New York Times, Interview, and for high fashion labels, Antonio Lopez (1943–1987) was a major force in the fashion world for three decades. In the ’60s, Lopez’s vibrant illustrations helped usher youth culture into the pages of magazines, setting a new, free-flowing, sexually liberated standard for fashion imagery. Living in Paris during the 70s with his creative partner Juan Ramos, Lopez launched the modeling careers of Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, and Jessica Lange among others, and worked with design royalty like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. Returning to New York City in 1976, Antonio documented the sexy influence of athletic-wear, puffy, down coats, and break-dancing style, inspiring such designers as Norma Kamali and Anna Sui.

Lopez produced an incredible number of drawings, illustrations, paintings, photographs, and fantastic mixed-media journals, and the book Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco showcases his most iconic works, as well as never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes Polaroids, letters, and ephemera which, together, provide an understanding of the career trajectory of an extraordinarily talented artist.

Click here to learn more about Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco.

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