Design Inspiration: Gestalten Books

Soucie Horner

August 2016

Often times, the greatest and most simple way to find inspiration is by picking up a book. In an era where digital images are king and Instagram and Pinterest are the new “library”, print is put to the wayside. Just as we have a love for print magazines,
(ie. Hole & Corner Magazine) we have an affinity for a more tactile experience with books. We want to engage in an inspiring experience. With print, we can appreciate the quality of the paper and the extensive production behind the process of creating the book. There is an elevated level of respect.

Gestalten Books publishes topics from a wide cross section of creative industries such as design, lifestyle, graphic design, architecture, fashion, photography, travel and art. Their books forecast trends, provide in depth coverage on particular topics and fields and for those that just want to enjoy a beautifully crafted book, there is that too. While there is so much to choose from, here is a round-up of our must have books from Gestalten.

ARCHITECTURE:

If you’ve always dreamed of sleeping in a room 250m from the shore in the middle of a lake (think Pumphouse Point on Lake St. Clair) or want to escape to the desert under a myriad of stars, pick up Once in a Lifetime Vol. 2 to satiate your wanderlust.

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LIFESTYLE & TRAVEL:

Whether or not you are avid surfer or have an immense fear of open waters, you will appreciate the grandness of the ocean and the exotic, sometimes hidden and far off lands to catch the next greatest wave in the Surf Odyssey—The Culture of Wave Riding.

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PHOTOGRAPHY:

What did a utopic, futuristic society look like to designers in the 1960’s and 1970’s? The Tale of Tomorrow explores modernism, featuring works by Le Corbusier, Herb Greene and Grandval to name a few.

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KIDS:

This is perfect for your little ones or as a gift. Little Red Riding Hood is an enchanting childhood fable loved and known by many. French illustrator Clémentine Sourdais created a book and work of art with his cut out illustrated images. If held in front of the a light, the 3D images come to life like shadow puppets.

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Otherworldly is an exploration of the avante-garde from both established, such as Alexander McQueen and Martin Margiela, and emerging designers. Innovations in technology and the use of new fabrics opens a world of possibilities to an ever changing industry.

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Visit Gestalten for a comprehensive look at their publications.