Posts Categorized: Books

The Dyer’s Art: Ikat, Batik, Plangi

Anyone who has an interest in the origins of textile design will enjoy this in-depth view into the world of color and design in textiles. Major types of resist dye are explored in this instructional visual resource, complete with numerous photos of textile work in their extraordinary processes, in their original tribal environments. Authors: Jack Lenor Larsen: Renowned designer, craftsman and colorist; anthropologist Dr Alfred Buhler; ikat specialists Bronwen and Garrett Solyom.  c. 1976, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Ndebele: The Art of an African Tribe

Decorative, functional and symbolic, the art of the tribal Ndebele women of South Africa continues to amaze us with its beauty, simplicity, and drama. This book was first published in 1986. Many of the buildings shown are no longer standing, giving us even more reason to appreciate these amazing painted dwellings and the people who created them.

The Ultimate Painted House(s):are you ready for this?

Are you ready for this? Beadwork and Painting of the Ndebele women.      Click on the image to go to our Design Library, where you can order this book. Decorative, functional and symbolic, the art of the tribal Ndebele women of South Africa continues to amaze us with its beauty, simplicity, and drama. This book was first published in 1986. Many of the buildings shown are no longer standing, giving us even more reason to appreciate these amazing painted dwellings and the people who created them. I could not say it better, so will quote from the statement of… Read more »

Creating a New Old House

Here’s a beautiful new addition to the IntegralColor Design Library. Please remember that all book in the design library are in alphabetical order! Loving old houses for all that is lovable about them—the warmth, style, charm, sense of history, integrity of design—and wanting to translate that to a new building, is not a particularly easy task. Subtitled “Yesterday’s Character for Today’s Homes,” this beautiful volume by Russell Versaci with photographs by Erik Kvalsvik will be a welcome addition to your own design library and a great reference for your home design projects.

Blue – The History of a Color

Looking into the history of any color is fascinating, and in BLUE, Michel Pastoureau has created a beautiful book that is rewarding for it’s own aesthetic qualities, both visual and functional (yes, the binding is really stitched and the book lays open at any page!). As for content, the color illustrations taken from a variety of historic documents serve to make the educational text entertaining as well as informative.

Your Brain at Work

This popular book is a concise-but-comprehensive overview on how to function more effectively. David Rock’s entertaining and informative style makes it reading for pleasure! Why do I add it here among books largely concerned with color? I couldn’t resist – you can tell by looking at the cover that it’s a great use of color for the attention-grabbing Green/Yellow, Black, and White combination set on the background of a bright, but friendly, blue-green. Do I hear…Color for 2010, Turquoise?  OK, so it’s  “deep turquoise…” If you have not already read it, check it out now!

Color in Three-Dimensional Design

Boston area architectural and interior designer Jeanne Kopacz brings a well-rounded and complete approach to the title’s subject, with the emphasis on how color affects all areas of the design process. I was delighted to be a resource for the section on Visual Color Mixing.