Zupagrafika’s cut-out model book lets you build your own cold and impersonal miniature city filled with the brutalist architecture of Central and Eastern Europe. Includes seven buildings from Serbia, Moldova, Russia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia.
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Syracuse University Libraries’ Preservation department shows us how to save a water-logged book and restore it back to its original condition. All you need is some paper towels, a fan and some weights. You should also store it in the freezer if you can’t work on it right away.
Thomas Pavitte’s clever illustrations offer a unique spin on adult coloring books. Each image is hidden within a pair of concentric spirals, which only reveals itself as you fill in the lines. Use two colors to create a duotone. Choose from music icons, cities, or animals.
Ferrari gave premiere coffee table book publisher Taschen full access to its archives as well as those of some of its most avid collectors to create this 514-page masterpiece. The Art Edition comes in an engine-inspired aluminum display case designed by Marc Newson.
The latest in illustrator Steve McDonald’s series of intricate coloring books features an array of wondrous mechanical and solid state creations, including a space station, submarine, jumbo jet, and a pinball machine. Be sure to grab the matching set of colored pencils for gift giving.
Ever felt bad if brunch doesn’t look good enough to Instagram or you put the wrong emoji at the end of a risky text? Check out #Millennial Problems, a collection of amusing tweets exploring the struggles of millennial life. Great for gifting (and for historical purposes).
Step into the world of illustrator Jakub Rozalski, where robots, samurai, werewolves and rural scenery collide. ArtStation’s Howling at the Moon features complementary text and interviews with the artist. There’s also a special edition with a slipcase and 6 prints.
This amazing book from Taschen lets you construct a life-size (5’9″ tall) paper model of a human skeleton. It has movable joints, and each bone is labeled with its English and Latin name. While we don’t have a release date yet, it’s available for pre-order from Amazon now.
The linear windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structures are the perfect subject for Marc Hagan-Guirey’s book, which comes with 14 cut-and-fold models based on buildings from the Frederick C. Robie House to Taliesin West and the Johnson Wax building.
ArtStation is an online community for professional visual artists. The site has set up a publishing arm, and this is their first book. Project 77 features the dystopian sci-fi world of ArtStation member Martin Deschambault, enriched with short stories by Jeffrey Campbell.
Now that smoking pot is becoming more and more acceptable, be sure to have the proper equipment on hand to suit the occasion. After you pick up the Doritos and cookie dough ice cream, grab this book, packed with colorful, weird, and silly images enhance the experience.
The Future is Now: Neon Rising is the second edition of the second book in Josan Gonzalez’s cyberpunk series. Almost all of its 212 pages has full-page illustrations, which tie into each other to create a “silent graphic novel.” It comes with three postcards.
Marc Hagan-Guirey specializes in kirigami – silhouetted sculptures made by cutting and folding a single sheet of paper. He worked with the guys behind Star Wars to create a book that lets you make 15 of the series’ vehicles using his technique. Accent lighting not included.
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