Best art & design books of 2018

Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

David Coles

From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity,Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.

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 Special priceMirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair

Mirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan

Meet the legendary Mirka and Georges Mora, with classic French recipes, untold anecdotes, photographs and Mirka's sensuous and colourful artworks.  

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Claire Wilcox, Circe Henestrosa

Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe presents a fresh view of Kahlo's compelling life story. The book expands upon the narrative of discovery, presenting highlights from Kahlo's collection alongside her self-portraits. This pairing is...

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Living in the Desert

Living in the Desert

Phaidon Editors

A carefully curated and beautifully photographed selection of 50 architect-designed houses that reflects contemporary concerns about the unique challenges presented by life in the desert's sensitive environment

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Urban Sanctuary

Urban Sanctuary

Anna Johnson, Richard Black

Urban Sanctuary showcases outstanding contemporary houses from Australia and New Zealand situated in urban contexts that explore and demonstrate new inventive ways of living with the outdoors.

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Romance Was Born: A Love Story with Fashion

Romance Was Born: A Love Story with Fashion

Anna Plunkett, Luke Sales, Georgina Safe

The fully illustrated story of one of the most successful Australian fashion houses of the last 15 years. Romance Was Born collections are lavish, larger than life, iconic and iconaclastic, and this gorgeous book is a celebration...

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Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira

National Gallery of Australia

A bruised ridge of hills. A scrub-mottled plain. Ghost gums framing a wash of sky ... Pioneering Aboriginal watercolourist Albert Namatjira's landscape paintings are synonymous with our perception of the...

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Civilization: The Way We Live Now

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

William A. Ewing, Holly Roussell

Our world, today, as seen through the lens of contemporary photography.

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Pattern Design

Pattern Design

Elizabeth Wilhide

A superbly illustrated compendium of over 1,500 of the world's most popular and influential patterns.

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Unravelled: Contemporary Knit Art

Unravelled: Contemporary Knit Art

Charlotte Vannier

A stunning survey of yarn work in contemporary art, illustrating the myriad ways knitting and crochet have been embraced as a form of creative expression.

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