Every Day is Play

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Successfully funded through Kickstarter last fast, Game Paused has released its "Every Day is Play" book for general purchase and is a must-have coffee book for anyone who's ever picked up a gamepad:

"A snapshot of video game culture past and present, Every Day is Play is the first self-published book project from Game Paused. Capturing a whole generation's imagination through a series of interviews, features and fan-art, it promises a wealth of creative play--bringing every gamer together in a true celebration of the game.

Covering a varied range of topics from both inside and outside the gaming industry, the book will house over 30 key features and interviews, and over 1000 images from artists around the world."

Game Paused (Via Kotaku)

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Original Man

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Gestalten and Patrick Grant celebrate the men we aspire to be in Original Man:

"Original Man is a compendium of the stories of extraordinary men. From household names including Andy Warhol, Freddy Mercury, and Yves Saint-Laurent to lesser-known personalities, the men presented here are incredibly diverse, yet all share entirely original lives. Featuring famous hell-raisers such as Iggy Pop, indomitable explorers including Ernest Shackleton, visionaries like Federico Fellini, and some less mainstream personalities such as Quentin Crisp or Takeshi Kitano, these biographies are as gripping as any fiction.

This book is the brainchild of UK men's fashion maven Patrick Grant. As Grant set about re-awakening the traditional Savile Row tailoring house of E. Tautz after a thirty-year slumber, he wanted to define the kind of man he aspired to be and to clothe. Original Man is the compelling result of his musings--a collection of portraits of men who go beyond a veneer of stylish attire to wring every last drop out of life with their actions, thoughts, or words in a manner scarcely seen nowadays."

$39, Gestalten

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One Savile Row: Gieves & Hawkes: The Invention of the English Gentleman

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Flammarion takes a closer look at one of those most famous names in tailoring, Gieves & Hawkes:

"A handsome volume covering all aspects of bespoke tailoring. Savile Row is the world's iconic address for the best in bespoke tailoring, and home to legendary Gieves & Hawkes, suppliers to the British military for more than two centuries and furnishers to elegant gentlemen today. The company began by designing attire for Britain's most illustrious officers, including Admiral Lord Nelson and The Duke of Wellington, as well as ten generations of British royalty, from King George III in 1809 to Princes William and Harry today. As masculine attire evolved after World War I, Gieves & Hawkes added civilian clothing to its repertoire applying centuries of expertise in creating hand-made garments--proportion, cutting, fitting, and quality fabrics--to the finest bespoke tailoring. This volume traces the rich history of tailoring, drawing from Gieves & Hawkes' vast, unpublished archives of client ledgers, garments and accessories, and photographs. Including today's bespoke tailoring and ready-to-wear collections, this is an indispensible book on classic men's style and fine tailoring."

Rizzoli

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Chasing Epic: The Snowboard Photographs of Jeff Curtes

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Shooting for Burton since 1994, Jeff Curtes and Ammo Books chronicle almost two decades of snowboarding phtoography in Chasing Epic:

"Snowboarding as a winter sport has exploded in popularity in the last 25 years. One of the most prolific and talented photographers of this extreme sport is Jeff Curtes. CHASING EPIC: THE SNOWBOARD PHOTOGRAPHS OF JEFF CURTES is not only the ultimate document of snowboarding but an impressive artistic achievement as well. Curtes's camera juxtaposes the best snowboarders of our time, including Shaun White and many others, across impossibly beautiful, majestic, and insane mountainsides. His compositions emphasize the lone individual soaring across awe-inspiring landscapes in an almost surreal and sometimes abstract figure/ground/sky relationship. Curtes's images capture the skill, courage, and freedom that these athletes possess in their pursuit of the perfect ride.

Jeff Curtes has been at the forefront of the snowboarding industry's imagery since his first published work back in 1992. In 1994, Curtes signed with Burton Snowboards and had been their principal photographer until 2012, nearly 20 years behind the lens on the snow. Jeff's work with Burton, originating with action-centric images, was unique in that it came from within the core snowboarder's lifestyle. He was living and breathing snowboarding with his brother, Joe Curtes, as they traveled from the Midwest to the Mountains of the West Coast. Burton allowed Curtes to travel the world in search of the epic conditions that every snowboarder dreams of, and, in return, Curtes's camera delivered an overwhelming collection of photographs to their light table. These images not only made incredible advertising and catalog content but also defined a subculture and captured the early history of snowboarding like no others before."

$40, Ammo

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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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