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I know it’s freezing and we’re all bundled up, but I spied a tattoo the other day over by an area of our office known as “Open Design” and decided to do some detective work to see how many tattoos I could find here in the office. I was pleasantly surprised! Several people passed me along to others and, of course, everyone had a story.
James Magni is an award-winning architect and designer based in Hollywood, California. His work has been featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest, the New York Times, and Robb Report. His furnishing line is available in major cities across the United States.
The following shows the process Ethen and I went through while working on the cover for Michael Buckley’s latest series, NERDS. I wish I could have better descriptions but I don’t want to give away all my secrets. See how the cover evolved after the break.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you’ve been focusing on your menu so much that you’ve forgotten to plot how you’re going to decorate the holiday table. Don’t stress it; there are quick and sure fire ways to make your table beautiful in no time flat.
Draw inspiration from the whole Bloomsbury aesthetic, it’s all things cozy, and when you zero in on the look, I think it really makes for easy entertaining. This style is all about not worrying if things match or not, and combining great textures and lots of earthy colors. I feel that most of us have many of the elements needed for this kind of entertaining already on hand at home. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. The possibilities open up without the pressure of needing a complete set.
Illustrator and author John Hendrix posted the ‘Anatomy of a Jacket’ on his Blog Drawing on a Deadline. John discussed the process of making the jacket for his latest book JOHN BROWN:His Fight for Freedom. This entry is a follow-up to his but from the view of the art director. Let’s begin.
Hello! I’m Dena, author of The Painted Home, and I’m so happy to be a new part of the ABRAMS family. My book debuted in September, and it’s been wonderful seeing the supportive and positive responses growing over time. John Ellis took amazing photographs, styled by Sunday Hendrickson, of each room of my hand painted California ranch home. The book features 20 easy to understand and very customizable DIY how-tos for all kinds of projects from paper-lined vases to hand painted curtains. In addition, there’s a stencil at the back of the book for painting a wall of your own home.
Dazzling Design by Amanda Nisbet one of my favorite books on the fall interior design list for a number of reasons. Partially because I love working with an interior designer whose style I can actually draw inspiration from for my own home and also because the pages are stuffed with vibrant colors that make my head spin. Color and its many iterations is what Amanda is known for. It’s her calling card and clients flock to her doors to get a chance to have a home designed by her. I have visited her offices and can say that her use of color in clients’ homes translates to her own office also.
We over here at ABRAMS KIDS have started a campaign on Instagram and Twitter called A for ABRAMS ( #aforabrams ) We are collecting A’s that are artful, well designed, or just plain cool from anywhere that you might find them. The idea is whenever you happen to see one of these artful A’s out and about you can join us by hash tagging your A #aforabrams as well as including our Instagram or twitter handle @abramskids. Have some fun and we hope you all get to see the world around you a little better.
Phoebe Howard is not only an incredibly talented decorator, but such a warm and fun woman that everyone who knows her can’t help but volunteer their support and good wishes in whatever new endeavor she’s taking on. And so, Phoebe found herself in the very enviable position of having not one, but TWO, A-list designers hosting her for her first NYC book launch of The Joy of Decorating: Southern Style with Mrs. Howard.
On April 24th, Charlotte Moss and Bunny Williams co-hosted the launch party at Carolina Herrara’s Madison Ave store. The store graciously devoted window space to a large display of the book cover – and included a gorgeous color-complementary evening dress in the mix!
It’s not routine for me to commission custom photography for the books I design, but it’s not unheard of. I love to work with a photographer when I can, as it always enriches the project, and adds something very noticeable, and often essential to the finished product. And when I do work with a photographer on a book project, the first person I think of is Geoff Spear. He’s done amazing work for many other books I’ve done, such as Dread and Superficiality, Wacky Packages, and was the co-author and photographer on our book on Captain Marvel Shazam! Geoff co-authored that book with designer Chip Kidd, who he has collaborated on many many projects with, and their long history of working together is how I came to know him and work with him myself, since Abrams has published several books that the two of them created.