Interesting read from the magazine Current Obsession. The chapter “From gemstones to jewelry” from theorist & philosopher Roland Barthes’ book The Language of Fashion. Read it here.
“…the mythology of woman has changed: in the novel, in films, woman is less and less the femme fatale, no longer the destroyer of men; she can no longer be essentialized, stopped from existing or made into a precious and dangerous object; she has rejoined the human race. And also gemstones, the great mythical gemstones, are barely worn nowadays; they are of historical value, only, sterilized, embalmed and kept away from female body, condemned to sit safe. In short, fashion – need I say more? – no longer speaks of the gemstone but only of jewellery.”
The book Language of Fashion by Roland Barthes was first published in France, 2004, by Editions du Seuill. The article From Gemstones to Jewellery was first published in Jardin des Arts, 77 (April), 1961; Oeuvres complétes vol. 1, 911-14. Illustrations and collages by AMBER IBARRECHE
Book by artist Bruce Naumann (1970)
We like the covers on these two James Joyce books designed by Peter Mendelsund.
We designed beauty-expert & Elle column writer Charlotte Torpegaard‘s new book called “Yummy Mummy”. A cornucopia of tips, knowledge, stories and suggestions for keeping your skin & body perky, healthy and pretty both through and after your pregnancy! Also relevant for any woman – with or without child – who wants to look after appearance in a sensible and non-chemical way! We had photographer Olivia Frølich shoot the cover and illustrator Sine Jensen draw all the little product drawings.
To see images from Charlotte’s press-release at cute cafe Serenity go to, beautyeditor at Cover, Liv Winther’s blog Thethingswedo here.
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We would like this book in our collection.
“This elegant book features exquisite reproductions of a rare 17th-century album of floral illustrations. Very little is known about The Green Florilegium. Neither signed nor dated, it is generally attributed to the German painter Hans Simon Holtzbecker and originates from the library at Gottorp Castle in Schleswig, on the border of Germany and Denmark. The album now resides at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Recently the book was painstakingly restored, allowing the delicate illustrations to come to new life in their original colors. This beautiful volume reproduces the original work of 178 botanical illustrations in its entirety.” (via Rizzoli)
We would love to own a copy of this beautiful 2.volume collector’s item book by photographer Sebastiao Salgado.
“Of the myriad works Sebastião Salgado has produced in his acclaimed photography career, three long-term projects stand out: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world; Migrations (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation, or demographic pressure; and this new opus, GENESIS, the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society – the land and life of a still pristine planet.” (Via TASCHEN)
All images from TASCHEN.COM
Cutest little photo project ever! Now released as a book.
“Maddie is a sweet-tempered coonhound who accompanied her owner, Theron, on a year long, cross-country trip while he worked on a photojournalism project. In his spare time, Theron took photos of Maddie doing what she does best: standing on things. From bicycles to giant watermelons to horses to people, there really isn’t anything that Maddie won’t stand on with grace and patience.” (via Chronicle Books)
Photos via anothermag.com
The Art of French Baking from Phaidon.