Mykita for Palm Angels

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Mykita delivers a special edition of THE book on LA Skateboarding, Palm Angels. Mykita's special edition includes a MYLON Calypso sunglass with gold lenses, a frame they feel evokes the minimalism of skate structures. Rizzoli's synopsis on the book:

""Featuring large-format photographs of skaters in Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach, Palm Angels is the definitive book on the L.A. skateboarding scene, capturing the style and street culture of the world's most elite communities of skaters. Photographed by Francesco Ragazzi, the Italian art director of Moncler, Palm Angels features a special focus on the look and fashions of skate culture. While it emphasizes dramatic movement through stunning images taken in various Los Angeles neighborhoods, it is less focused on describing tricks as it is about conveying the sensation of men and women engaged in an epic, all-consuming activity.

Through art photography, this book hopes to do for skating what Bruce Weber and others did for surf culture, elevating it from what once was an exclusive and localized American pastime to a far-reaching cultural phenomenon. In the spirit of the photography taken of the legendary Z-boys of Dogtown, Ragazzi provides readers with a firsthand glimpse into skateboarding in its modern form, still very much infused with effortless style. Palm Angels includes an introduction by Pharrell Williams (known to the skate community as Skateboard P), who has been instrumental in popularizing the skate look and has propelled it all the way to the high streets of fashion capitals like Paris, New York, and Tokyo."

Mykita

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Vitra: Everything is Connected

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The world of Vitra is beautifully visualized with a must-have book for any fan of design and/or furniture with Vitra: Everything is Connected:

"Vitra's Everything is Connected thoughtfully compiles photographs conveying the essence of connectivity. The Swiss interior design company's book echoes the game when, as a child, we learned to be visual detectives by looking for hidden objects in puzzling images. Here, the hidden object can be a color, a shape, or a motif. Patterns travel effortlessly through the twentieth century like a time machine, yet instead of limiting itself to a linear approach, Everything is Connected shows the evolution of a piece of furniture such as the iconic Eames Lounge Chair through situational sequences. Ads, snapshots, portraits, and sketches demonstrate the prevalence of such objects with elegance, subtle wit, and sometimes blatant humor."

$40, Gestalten

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On the Newsstand | Hypebeast: The Perspective Issue

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On the Newsstand is a new feature that highlights some of our favorite new magazines to hit the shelf and for our first pick in the series comes via our friends over at Hypebeast.com. Their new Perspective Issue focuses on design and speaks with some of the biggest talents in the space including Nike's Tinker Hatfield and famed Japanese fashion designer, Nigo:

"HYPEBEAST Magazine's "The Perspective Issue" looks at iconic forms of design and explores its functionality and creative processes. Talking to designers, architects and engineers, our print title's eighth issue explores what makes a design stand out, how it is used within our culture and where "design" relating to that culture is headed. Highlights from the magazine include a travel guide to Kyoto with a "wabi-sabi" twist, an interview with footwear designer Tinker Hatfield and a feature on NIGO's relationship with collectible items. The issue also features in-depth looks at the automotive design house Pininfarina, furniture specialist Modernica, animator David O'Reilly and artist Samuel Burgess-Johnson, as well as seasonal styling shoots, product news and engaging editorials on today's fashion and design landscape."

$12, Hypebeast

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Taschen's Rolling Stones

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For a group of musicians that put a dent into the world of rock and roll, it would take one hell of a publisher to capture the legendary history of one of music's most important acts:

"The kind of fame and success the Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-year career is completely without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock 'n' roll and mesmerizing stage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. Produced in collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones' remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in around 550 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, gathered from archives all over the world. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones' own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to the Stones' story."

Taschen

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Vintage Cars

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If all the coverage from this year's Concours d'Elegance was any indication, people certainly love their vintage automobiles. Whether you're a collector or simply just an admirer, you'll definitely want Assouline's upcoming Vintage Cars on your bookshelf:

"The timeless beauty of antique automobiles elicits an emotional reaction, and avid collectors will spend millions on vintage models for the nostalgia they evoke. A model's value is a combination of its rarity and also the quality and pride of craftsmanship with which cars were once built. Featuring exquisite photography of premium models by renowned photographer Laziz Hamani, Vintage Cars is a tribute to the great automobiles of the past and the undeniable fascination they hold for many passionate collectors today"

$95, Assouline

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The Craft and the Makers

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Though the world has been obsessed with what the best developers can make with a line of code, there has been a major resurgence in what you can build with your bare hands. Gestalten takes a look those talented individuals with their upcoming book, The Craft and the Makers:

"Craftsmanship is in more demand than ever and small manufacturers are experiencing an overwhelming renaissance. We are increasingly looking for products that last and have their own histories; things that meld form, function, and emotion into a compelling entity. This desire will continue to shape our attitudes toward consumer and luxury goods as well as innovation for the foreseeable future. Today, there are already many people who are not concerned with a logo, chasing the next trend, or contributing to a disposable society. They would rather seek objects of real value and own things with which they can truly identify.

The Craft and the Makers showcases savvy businesses that are choosing to focus on craftsmanship and aiming to create things with a soul. A decisive role is played by melding tradition and innovation--from the raw materials used to the finished product. The book introduces small enterprises as well as the personalities that drive them. These artisans are using their skills to produce handicraft that meets the highest standards. Whether furniture, porcelain, or leather goods, all of the products featured here offer today's true luxury: the perfect fusion of creativity and craftsmanship that results in quality and durability. Reflecting this spirit, every page is a testament to the products created with heart that are much more than a sum of their parts."

Gestalten

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Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

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A beautifully-designed book that takes us back to when 16-bit graphics and spiky haired hedgehogs stole our attention away from that iconic, mushroom-crazed Italian plumber:

"SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works will be the definitive volume on the landmark console. The book is produced in collaboration with SEGA and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the console's release. It is an unparalleled treasury of development sketches, design documents, hardware concepts and game artwork, that covers blockbuster titles such as Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II and ToeJam & Earl as well as cult gems including Vectorman, Landstalker and Comix Zone.

The book opens with a stirring, personal foreword by industry legend David Perry, followed by a spirited history of the console and its legacy by Keith Stuart (Guardian Games Editor), which includes first-hand accounts from key figures inside and outside of Sega. Forming a coda to the book is a comprehensive oral history comprised of 28 exclusive interviews with original Sega team members - many of whom have never been interviewed before.
SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works offers unrivalled insight into the console that changed the landscape of gaming forever."

$50, Read Only Memory

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Palm Angels

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Art Director Francesco Ragazzi looks at the art of skate photography in Palm Angels:

"Featuring large-format photographs of skaters in Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach, Palm Angels is the definitive book on the L.A. skateboarding scene, capturing the style and street culture of the world's most elite communities of skaters. Photographed by Francesco Ragazzi, the Italian art director of Moncler, Palm Angels features a special focus on the look and fashions of skate culture. While it emphasizes dramatic movement through stunning images taken in various Los Angeles neighborhoods, it is less focused on describing tricks as it is about conveying the sensation of men and women engaged in an epic, all-consuming activity.

Through art photography, this book hopes to do for skating what Bruce Weber and others did for surf culture, elevating it from what once was an exclusive and localized American pastime to a far-reaching cultural phenomenon. In the spirit of the photography taken of the legendary Z-boys of Dogtown, Ragazzi provides readers with a firsthand glimpse into skateboarding in its modern form, still very much infused with effortless style. Palm Angels includes an introduction by Pharrell Williams (known to the skate community as Skateboard P), who has been instrumental in popularizing the skate look and has propelled it all the way to the high streets of fashion capitals like Paris, New York, and Tokyo."

$55, Rizzoli

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The Impossible Collection of Design

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Just when we tell you about the Impossible Collection of Watches, Assouline also announces another addition in the series, The Impossible Collection of Design, a stunning volume covering some of the most important design objects of the 20th Century:

"Chosen by design expert Frédéric Chambre, this selection of furniture designs unspools like the frames of a film, an epic picture composed of one hundred years of creative innovations in form, materials, and techniques. This hand-bound oversize luxury edition, presented in a linen clamshell case, traces the development of twentieth-century design from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements through Bauhaus and Art Deco, Pop Art and the Memphis school, to today's digital age, illustrating the dynamic story of a groundbreaking century through the evolution of everyday human objects."

$695, Assouline

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The Impossible Collection of Watches

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One of our favorite series of books from Assouline takes a look at the art of timekeeping with The Impossible Collection of Watches:

"In this stunning new addition to the Assouline series, British historian Nicholas Foulkes has selected the 100 breakthrough timepieces of the twentieth century. Featuring illustrious names such as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Tag Heuer, these 100 timepieces include the 1915 Omega Lawrence of Arabia aviator chronograph, 1962 Breitling Cosmonaute, and the 1985 Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium. Beautiful timepieces invite us to join a story, and these 100 examples unfold the narrative of one of the most dynamic periods in human history."

$695, Assouline

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