The Aesthete

Article by Jeremy

They say to never judge a book by its cover, but c’mon; everybody does it. No one understands the importance of appearances better than the aesthete, who can’t help but be drawn by the eyeballs toward the most elegant, striking books we have on offer. It can be intimidating to buy a gift for someone with such a good eye, but never fear! We have solutions galore!

Shake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062242648
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Published: Harper Design - October 22nd, 2013

Here’s a fun dog book with a difference: now you can catch all your favorite breeds mid-shake! Davidson’s brilliant fast-motion photography gives readers a whole new way of looking at man’s best friend.


Asunder Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544003460
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2013

This thought-provoking puzzle-box of a novel tells the story of two guards at the National Portrait Gallery in London--a modern woman named Marie and her great-grandfather Ted--who each experience a disorienting blurring of the lines between life and art.


The Architect's Home Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9783836544870
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Published: Taschen - April 15th, 2013

Want to truly understand the inner lives of your favorite architects? Look no further than their ‘autobiographical homes’: the dwellings they designed down to the last detail just for themselves. This lushly-illustrated book uses blueprints, photos, drawings, and interviews to recreate each home for readers.


Roy G. Biv: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781608196135
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 17th, 2013

This one-of-a-kind miscellany is packed with quotes, facts, and figures about every color of the rainbow. We especially love this book’s innovative graphic design, which makes it the perfect gift for designers, decorators, artists and illustrators of all sorts.


Henry Darger, Throw Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781590208557
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Published: Overlook Press - September 12th, 2013

To his few acquaintances in life, Henry Darger seemed to be nothing more than a reclusive janitor living on Chicago’s North Side. However, when he died, thousands of illustrated pages and hundreds of canvasses were discovered in his apartment, each covered in Darger’s eerie, unmistakable art. Was Darger a pervert, a psychotic, or a misunderstood genius? Elledge examines the life and work of America’s most famous outsider artist in this groundbreaking biography.


Heart of Darkness Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781935639664
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Published: Tin House Books - November 12th, 2013

Matt Kish, who wowed us two years ago with his illustrations for each page of MOBY DICK, is back with a stunning illumination of Joseph Conrad’s classic tale of adventure, imperialism, and greed. An index in the back of the book details which sentences on each page of the novella Kish chose to illustrate, making this a perfect companion to the original text.


Art Deco Cover Image
$85.00
ISBN: 9783791347646
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Published: Prestel Publishing - October 25th, 2013

Art Deco’s organic, sinuous, graphic aesthetic appeared between the first and second world wars in response to cultural sea changes like industrialization, modern art, and modern archaeology. This deluxe slipcased volume serves as a comprehensive introduction to the architecture, art, and design of the 1920s and 1930s.


On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307266422
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 15th, 2013

Put your e-reader down! Basbanes takes readers on a whirlwind tour across the world and through the ages to illustrate the importance of paper to human history. From its invention two thousand years ago in China to its uses in packing, publishing, currency and hygiene today, paper has shaped our culture in innumerable surprising ways.


Stay, Illusion: Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307962027
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 15th, 2013

You may not know Brock-Broido’s name just yet, but you should. This groundbreaking, award-winning poet’s third book is intricate, strange, and startling, and will serve as a welcome addition to any poetry enthusiast’s bookshelf.


The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti Cover Image
By Rafael Schacter, John Fekner (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300199420
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Published: Yale University Press - September 3rd, 2013

Despite its underground nature and its sometimes secretive stars, street art is a school of art just as developed and complex as any other. This incomparable guide to the worldwide street art and graffiti scenes groups influential works and artists by geographical region and provides readers with a detailed sense of the movement’s tumultuous history.


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