Monday, May 5, 2008


LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING produces books that not only please the eye but stimulate the mind & gives your coffee table or book shelf a "cute look" ... Whether the book focuses on art, fashion, retail business or interior design you will be amazed by well written pieces & beautiful photos of each book. I heart LKP and here are some of the current titles I am reading...

Jennifer Hudson

Restrooms can be the hidden gems of an interior design scheme; every building needs them yet they are often overlooked in favour of the more public spaces. This book sets out to remedy this by covering more than 45 of the best recent designs from around the world by major international designers. Organized into chapters by type of interior restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs, public restrooms and other public buildings for each project there are numerous images together with plans, where useful, showing the location and interior arrangement of the space, making this an invaluable resource for both interior designers and architects.

Hywel Davies

Menswear is the most creative and dynamic area in fashion today. Changing attitudes, a relaxation of dress codes and larger disposable incomes have all led to men spending more money on looking good than ever before. Modern menswear is defying convention and changing the fashion landscape. Creating this focus is a group of visionaries who have shifted the boundaries of menswear design. Designers who have broken with tradition to visualize radical and directional clothing. They are not concerned with the formalities and traditions of menswear but see their garments as an expression of contemporary thought. With a huge range of imagery, Modern Menswear showcases these fashion leaders, profiling big names and emerging talent from across the world. Designers featured include Marc Jacobs, Yoji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, providing an insight into their design processes and their contribution to the contemporary fashion aesthetic.

A great introduction for retail students, this book offers a user-friendly reference guide to all aspects of visual merchandising and covers both window dressing and in-store areas. Using examples from a range of shops, from fashion emporia to small outlets, the book offers practical advice on the subject, supported by hints and tips from established visual merchandisers. It reveals the secrets of their toolkit and information on the use of mannequins, the latest technology and how to construct and source props, and explains the psychology behind shopping and buyer behaviour. Presented through colour photographs, diagrams of floor layouts and store case studies, and including invaluable information such as a glossary of terms used in the industry, Visual Merchandising is an essential handbook for anyone working in and learning about this exciting area.

Clare Dowdy

The urge to create an individualized shopping experience is a major trend around the world and consequently a new generation of independent shops has grown up. Mostly small, they set up against the odds and have to make an effort with their exteriors, interiors and branding to attract customers. Some are a triumph of ingenuity on a low budget, while others are as glamorous as their big-name counterparts. The interiors and graphics are either created by professional designers or by the owners themselves. This trend is now so widespread that the corporate retailers who sparked the reaction in the first place are getting in on the act, commissioning one-off outlets and short-term guerrilla stores to appeal to a more savvy, funky young clientele. One-Off is the first book to address this important retail trend. It covers food, home and lifestyle, fashion and accessories, random gems and pretenders and guerrilla stores.

special Thanks to Lewis Gill at LKP

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