Imagine your ideal museum.  Would it be Modern? Impressionists only? All sculpture, no sculpture? Whatever you desire, you will find it in The Art Museum (Phaidon, $200). Edited by Frederick Asher, this book is a truly breathtaking virtual museum with 992 pages containing 2,700 works of art. You can start at the beginning, dip into your favorite time period, or simply open to any page and be wowed. The museum is divided into color-coded galleries, rooms, corridors, and special exhibitions, which house painting, sculpture, works on paper, textiles, and more, all collected to tell the history of art. Clear, intelligent descriptions and notations make this book an essential piece in any art lover’s collection.

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ISBN: 9780714856520
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - October 17th, 2011

Who needs rules? Certainly not the homeowners featured in Undecorate: The No Rules Approach to Decorating (Clarkson Potter, $40).  These homes buck conventional design rules to beautiful effect. The author, DwellStudio founder and creative director Christian Lemieux, uses more than 200 color photographs to subvert set conceptions about home décor and take an unconventional look at how to put together a home that makes for fresh and appealing interiors. Highlighting the best ideas from each site, Lemieux communicates the essence of what makes each one warm, unique, fun, and completely livable. Take a hint from these gorgeous homes, undecorate!

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ISBN: 9780307463159
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Potter Style - March 8th, 2011

Dishes are a necessity of everyday life, but the basic dinner plate can also be a vehicle for outstanding design. From simple to outrageous, Dish (Artisan, $35) highlights the best in table-wear. Breaking the book into six categories, Elegance & Tradition, Color & Form, Art & Craft, Flora & Fauna, People & Places, and Holidays & Celebrations, Shax Riegler takes the reader on a globe-trotting history tour.  Featuring the historic, the trendy, and, of course, the classic white china design, Dish gives this often pedestrian item its due. With some 800 dishes, helpful appendices, and a list of further reading, this book belongs on the shelf with china collections of any size. 

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By Shax Riegler, Robert Bean (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781579654122
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Artisan - October 1st, 2011