Category Archives: LITERATURE

Bookbinding

Lovely little film about the intricate and meticulous work that goes into hand binding a book.

Constantin Brancusi by Assouline

We would love to get our hands on the beautiful book from Assouline about sculptor Constantin Brancusi. His work embodies a wonderful, simple elegance and an inherent, poetic geometry. Buy the book (focusing on his relationship with New York) here.

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The Goldfinch

Looking forward to dive into this very long-awaited book by Donna Tartt. Really loved her first novel The Secret History. She has only published three novels altogether in her career, which is quite intriguing. The book-cover features a peek of a chained goldfinch, the main object of an old Dutch oil painting entitled the same, done by the artist Carel Fabritius in 1654.

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Nathalie Du Pasquier

We really like Nathalie Du Pasquier’s oil paintings. The way she mixes ordinary objects with self-built constructions give them a poetic and slightly odd beauty. Nathalie was born in France in 1957 and is one of the founding members of the Italian design & architecture group Memphis. She has worked with textiles, carpets, furniture and objects but now mainly concentrates on painting.

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Gemstones

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.”

amber-ibarreche-06The 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

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Book by artist Bruce Naumann (1970)

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Book covers

We like the covers on these two James Joyce books designed by Peter Mendelsund.

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