The Curated Collection
The Curated Collection defies the aphorism to not judge a book by its cover. In this series of beautifully crafted titles, an unusual shell opens to reveal high-quality content. Each volume explores a different creative-industry phenomenon that is, in turn, influencing wider society.
SECRET SOCIETY Modern Speakeasy Style and Design
Gaining access into worlds hitherto unknown is a most intoxicating privilege. In an era when even the most obscure knowledge is widely available, secrecy contains major cache. Perhaps this is why, well past the Prohibition era, the contemporary speakeasy thrives, albeit under the radar. These destinations, infused with an illicit, festive atmosphere, admit only the most discerning, daring, and "in the know” nightcrawler. In this beautifully illustrated book, we will reveal the coordinates of some of the world’s most exclusive hotspots that speak volumes to the true nightlife connoisseur. Through photographs and interviews with elite nightlife impresarios, Secret Society takes us on a journey into an alluring underground culture.
FOR WHICH IT STANDS Americana in Contemporary Art
What do Mickey Mouse, Coca Cola, McDonald’s golden arches and the stars and stripes all have in common? They are all stamped with an illustrious, invisible but totally obvious seal that proclaims, “Made in America.” These images and others like them have become stand-ins for the country itself, recognizable to people all over the world. With bright colors and radical designs, they symbolize the United States, a place heralded for its wealth of opportunities and the rich creativity that can only thrive in a land of the free. Whether produced as the result of rags to riches stories, or as allegorical takes on a fascinating culture, these images provoke spirited responses the world over, attaining cult status on a global level. For Which It Stands presents a collection of contemporary artists working in diverse media who use these traditional American icons to relate their own inspired ideas.
DESIGN BEHIND DESIRE The Sensuous Textures of Wanting
Design Behind Desire demonstrates how many items and genres from the world of fetish wear and bondage are inspiring and provoking fashion and design in a tangible way. How there is a tactility and truth to materials, which shifts the ‘sexy’ to profoundly sexual and where desire as both a concept and motivational force becomes more powerful where there is duality or contradictory forces at play.