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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Barley & Hops: The Craft Beer Book

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Gestalten looks at the rapidly growing Craft Beer movement in their new book Barley & Hops:

"Going back to basics, small breweries are using meticulous craftsmanship to create beers with rich taste. These beers represent a new authenticity and way of life.

For some, beer has always been a treat for body and soul. Now, beer is establishing itself as the drink of choice among a hipper, cultured audience. "Brew it yourself" is more than a trend; it's the credo of a new creative scene that has developed around beer and is questing for its lost taste. What began over 30 years ago with hobby brewers in the United States has today become an international movement with beer-loving adherents from Europe to South Africa.

Small enterprises worldwide are combining fresh ideas with traditional methods to create outstanding craft beers. Their inspired experimentation has resulted in a growing range of products that are rekindling passion for the golden goodness. No matter how they are brewed or whether they feature special flavors or new production methods, these beers are all made for maximum drinking enjoyment for those with discerning tastes. Their packaging design is as characteristic as the beers themselves and includes striking labels or bottles with unusual shapes or colors."

$49, Gestalten

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Bordeaux, Legendary Wines

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You can't always trust the sommelier, brush up on some serious wine knowledge with Assouline's Bordeaux, Legendary Wines:

"With a history spanning centuries, the Bordeaux region ranks as perhaps the premier winemaking area in the world. As internationally renowned wine expert Michel Dovaz makes clear in this tour of the châteaux of Bordeaux, the true story of this legendary wine begins eons ago, when the earth itself took shape and blessed one part of France with magical soil. This volume presents the fascinating history of the many châteaux that have been operating continuously since the seventeenth century. The author also relates the many steps that go into the creation of these prestigious wines, and presents an essential catalog featuring the wines of 125 châteaux, complete with a glossary, tables of harvest conditions of various years, and tasting notes for recent vintages. For the wine amateur or experienced oenophile, this splendidly photographed volume offers an authoritative guide to the appreciation of this rare treasure."

$85, Assouline

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Hide and Seek

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Gestalten publishes "Hide and Seek", a book that'll have you rethinking the idea of a cabin in the woods:

The highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes featured in Hide and Seek offer their owners exceptional, yet convenient ways to escape urban routines and embed themselves into the land. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains; whether light and minimalistic or dark and cozy, the compelling dwellings exemplify how to create remote shelters that bring calm and balance to our hectic lives. With the right concept, furniture, décor, and atmosphere, even small or basic designs become stunning sanctuaries.

Hide and Seek is a contemporary survey of contextual architecture and interior design that channels our shared desire for peace and quiet. These projects not only have the power to get people in touch with their surroundings, but also with themselves.

$60, Gestalten

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Kindle Unlimited

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So you've Netflix for video and Spotify for music. What about books? Amazon has blown the doors wide open to their digital library with Kindle Unlimited, a monthly service that gives you access to over 600,000 books and thousands of audiobooks.

For $9.99 a month, Amazon gives you access to their Kindle Unlimited library which you can currently access from any Kindle device and any tablet or phone that is compatible with the Kindle App. For now it will be exclusive to the US with an expansion to other countries in the near future.

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Elements by Rem Koolhaas

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Famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas complements his Venice Biennale exhibition with a 15-book on the fundamental pieces that make architecture in Elements:

"Architecture is a strange mixture of persistence and flux, an amalgamation of elements --some that have been around for over 5,000 years and others that were (re)invented yesterday. The fact that these elements change independently of each other, according to different cycles and economies, and for different reasons, turns each building into a complex collage of the archaic and the current, the site-specific and the standard, mechanical smoothness and the spontaneous. Only by looking at the elements under a wide lens can we recognize the cultural preferences, forgotten symbolism, technological advances, mutations triggered by intensifying global exchange, climatic adaptations, political calculations, regulatory requirements, new digital regimes, and, somewhere in the mix -- the ideas of the architect that constitute the practice of architecture today.

A collection of these essential elements into 15 books in a package launched at the 2014 Venice Biennale that allows us to look through a microscope at the real fundamentals of our buildings and see again the essential design techniques used by any architect, anywhere, anytime."

Rizzoli

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Paradigm Vol. 1 - Genesis

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The folks behind Paradigm Magazine release a new book featuring essays, artwork, and interviews that focus on the central theme of creation:

"Paradigm Vol. I - Genesis is a tribute to the extraordinary people who have inspired our odyssey thus far. The anthology is an expression of vivid dreams, feelings, thoughts, and ideas conveyed from visionaries across the world, with each contribution to this volume offering an interpretation of the book's central theme, Genesis - an origin, creation, or beginning. The stories and visions shared seek to infiltrate a deep-rooted connection within each individual's journey and to illustrate the unified wonder of the human experience.

This timeless keepsake has been tactfully crafted from cover-to-cover in order to fulfill its unique conceptualization. In an uncompromising effort to keep our work genuine, we have resisted any sponsorships, advertisements, or such forms of commercial backing for the creation of this project. Only by an unyielding level of devotion, along with the help of remarkable friends, was the dream of conceiving this book realized."

$95, Paradigm

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