Greville St Bookstore

February 27, 2010, 5:22 am
Filed under: Fashion, Photography

David Bailey
Steidl, $120

“I treat the boy down at the post office like the president of Russia, and the president of Russia like the boy down at the post office.”

Eye presents a selection of Bailey’s photographs spanning from 1962 to 2008. Mostly black-and-white, they feature influential directors, artists, fashion designers and musicians, including Andy Warhol, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Yves Saint Laurent, John Huston and Ellsworth Kelly. Despite the broad cross-section of subjects and the different creative spheres they inhabit, Bailey approaches them all with the attitude that each is as important, or unimportant, as the next. This approach, often expressed by Bailey’s lack of props and minimal lighting, enables the photographer to tease from his subjects traits often absent from more formal portraits: the warm benevolence of I.M. Pei for example, the exuberance of John Galliano, or the brooding look of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Crowned with cover art by Damien Hirst, Bailey’s Eye reveals unexpected facets of the creative minds that have defined, and in many cases continue to shape, the culture in which we live.

February 27, 2010, 5:18 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Jenny Bolis, $35

Featuring an accompanying essay by Daniel Palmer and Kate Rhodes, this striking limited-edition collection of photographs by local artist Jenny Bolis was shortlisted for the 2009 Fremantle Print Award.

February 27, 2010, 4:55 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

by Lia Steele
Limited edition artist book, $71

Introducing local artist/photographer Lia Steele’s debut publication. Featuring 35 glowing, full-colour portraits this limited edition is a treasure to behold.

kids made groovy
February 23, 2010, 5:59 am
Filed under: Children, Design

by Todd Oldham
hb $42.50

This is the book for groovy parents who want their über-groovy kids to know Fornasetti, Noguchi, Paul Rand, Ray and Charles Eames, etc etc. Come to think of it, this excellently fun project book is a great way for any of us to learn a little more about the funky world we so blithely inhabit. Just take a peak at the “Card Board Casa” based on Luis Barragan’s architecture or the “Cool Cuffs” made from recycled plastic bottles and decorated with marker pens. Awesome!

cautionary tales for groovy kids
February 23, 2010, 5:54 am
Filed under: Children

by John Hay-Mackenzie
Pier 9
hb $29.95

In the great tradition of Struwwelpeter (Straw Peter), Hay-Mackenzie offers moral tales of behaviour and consequences for contemporary children. Though not quite as gruesome as “The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb”, whose thumbs were cut off by a roving tailor with giant scissors, still Hay-Mackenzie manages to supply suitably ghastly punishments for his unsavoury characters. Best of all, the author illustrates his nutty rhymes with watercolours of wacky looking soft toys.

by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet
hb $29.95

By the creators of “365 Penguins”, a tale of mishaps and consequences as a feckless family stumble their way through Paris trying to get to the airport in time for their holiday flight. This may sound like your worst nightmare, but it is actually filled with cuteness-a-go-go, not to mention a very surprising and happy ending.

One Show
February 6, 2010, 12:52 am
Filed under: Design

One Show Vol. 31
One Club, $130

After more than three decades of publication, the One Show Annual just keeps getting better and better. This all-inclusive and best-selling text, which is often referred to as ‘The Bible of the Advertising Industry’, not only includes all of the winners of the 2009 One Show but also exclusive commentary from this year’s Gold Pencil winners and the judges’ favorite choices. One Show Annual Volume 31 continues in the great legacy of the volumes that came before it. This year Tourism Queensland wowed us with their Best of Show work, Nike scored a major goal with their intensely real Next Level-spot, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners were honored with the first-ever Green Pencil for their work on Haagen-Dazs Help the Honey Bees campaign. College winners are also showcased in a special section. Overall, a groundbreaking edition!

February 6, 2010, 12:45 am
Filed under: Design

One Show Interactive Vol. 12
One Club, $95

Interactive advertising and new media have come a long way from simple pop-up ads and banners. Among the winners in this year’s 2009 One Show Interactive Awards, you’ll find work that inspires, entertains, and continually pushes the boundary between the real and virtual realms. This volume showcases the best of this past year’s winners from around the world. Featuring an all-new format, this latest edition includes more in-depth analyses of the Pencil-winning work, more descriptions, and a new look.

One Show Design Vol. 3
One Club, $95

This volume features all of the winners from the 2009 One Show Design competition. With categories including brand and corporate identity, package, environmental and broadcast design from iconic brands like Apple and adidas, this new annual features the best in design from all over the world. The work highlighted in these pages reflects the merging of advertising and marketing communications with design and the impact that design plays in our everyday culture. With full colour images, the book also includes lively text from the creatives explaining the inspiration behind each piece.

taro gomi
February 1, 2010, 3:09 am
Filed under: Art, Children, gift


For fans of Taro Gomi’s “Doodle” books… Taro Gomi is back with a new addition to his wildly successful series of books on doodles. This time he is making numbers fun with a quirky drawing and activity book that is guaranteed to appeal to creative kids both big and small. Packed with over 200 pages of things to do, including colouring, cutting and pasting, it is not only a wonderful way to get children thinking with numbers, but will be perfect for doodlers and daydreamers of all ages.