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Lucian Freud
The only comprehensive retrospective on one of the great painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries



Format: 2-volume Set
Size: 353 x 273 mm (13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in)
Pages: 616 pp
Illustrations: 486 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714875262

With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud was one of the most significant artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and Phaidon is honoured to publish the most complete retrospective of his career to date.

This sumptuous, definitive set is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between David Dawson – Director of the Lucian Freud Archive and for two decades Freud’s assistant, model, and friend – author Martin Gayford, and editor Mark Holborn.

Their collaboration has resulted in a book that goes beyond the work to reveal insights into the man himself. Gayford describes Freud’s determination always to tell the truth about what he was recording in paint. He believed in a found beauty, not one that was imagined by an artist and then imposed on his subject. He painted what he saw, in exquisite detail, and he found it beautiful.

With more than 480 illustrations, Phaidon celebrates that beauty – evoked in portraits of Freud’s friends and family, his lovers, his neighbours, and others whose looks he liked, from his bookmaker to a bank robber.

This is both a vital contribution to art scholarship and a gorgeous addition to the bookshelves of art lovers around the world.

With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud. See more:

Kate by Mario Sorrenti
Intimate, never-before-published photographs taken just before Kate Moss's rise to fame, in one elegant volume



Format: Hardback
Size: 308 x 292 mm (12 1/8 x 11 1/2 in)
Pages: 120 pp
Illustrations: 50 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714876801

This gorgeously produced book features intimate, never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. Seen by Calvin Klein, the photographs gave life to the famous Obsession campaign, which launched Moss to international superstardom.

Sumptuously reproduced in tritone and presented in a cloth-covered clamshell box, Kate is a stunning photographic portfolio of one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures. It includes tipped-on images on the book and clamshell box's covers, plus an introductory essay by Sorrenti, which puts the work in its uniquely personal context.

This book, which celebrates the dawn of two legendary careers, and the start of the highly influential aesthetic of 1990s fashion photography, is a must-have for Kate Moss's fans, for fashion devotees, and for lovers of traditional portraiture and fashion photography.

This gorgeously produced book features never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. See more:

Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
Big. Bold. Brutal. 850 awe-inspiring buildings in one beautiful large-format volume



Format: Hardback
Size: 340 x 240 mm (13 3/8 x 9 1/2 in)
Pages: 560 pp
Illustrations: 1000 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714875668

This is the only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions.

878 Buildings, 798 Architects, 102 Countries, 9 World Regions, 1 Style BRUTALISM

Presented in an oversized format with a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes, 1000 beautiful duotone photographs throughout bring the graphic strength, emotional power, and compelling architectural presence of Brutalism to life.

From 20th century masters to contemporary architects, much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond - 102 countries in all.

Twentieth-century masters included in the book: Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ernö Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph.

Contemporary architects featured include Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.

From the publisher of This Brutal World.

Big. Bold. Brutal. The only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions. See more:

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
A chronicle of Grace Coddington's formative years at Vogue, now available as a jacketed paperback



Format: Paperback
Size: 202 x 262 mm (8 x 10 5/8 in)
Pages: 408 pp
Illustrations: 310 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714878003

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, stories created by the iconic fashion editor Grace Coddington. Both monograph and memoir, the book shows how Coddington transformed static studio portraiture into modern vivid tableaux and turned location shoots into cinematic narratives.

Grace's commentary gives behind-the-scenes insight into many famous images and fashion personalities, from the iconic shoot of a bikinied Naomi Campbell in Irving Penn's studio to Steven Meisel's boundary-pushing grunge aesthetic in nineties Vogue. This volume features photography by Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Cecil Beaton, Guy Bourdin, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, among others.

First published in 2002 and reissued by Phaidon in 2015 to great success, this paperback, midi-sized edition includes forewords by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, stories created by the iconic fashion editor Grace Coddington. See more:



French Vintage Decor Author Teaches Breakfast Television Host How to Make Plaster Dipped Flower Art

Check out Page Street Publishing author Jamie Lundstrom discussing her new book Vintage French Décor : Easy and Elegant DIY Projects for Any Home (9781624145421) on Breakfast Television Vancouver:

Jamie is the founder of the blog So Much Better With Age. She has been featured on HGTV and the Today show, as well as in Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

You can read about her whole day with Breakfast Television on her blog here: Plaster Dipped Flower Art from French Vintage Decor on Breakfast Television Vancouver





Add That Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi to Your Home, Effortlessly

Rustic and elegant French décor never goes out of style and with easy yet sophisticated accessories for your home, these 70 projects will transform your space and add that special touch to any room.

Jamie Lundstrom's projects use easy-to-find and recycled objects, as well as new materials, to bring her French vintage style into your life. Projects span every season and category, from sewing to painting and upholstery, including provincial antique baskets, a fantastique Trumeau mirror, a jolie gold leaf frame, boutique plaster of Paris-dipped flowers and a chic antique chair. Featuring simple step-by-step instructions with beautiful photos to help guide you, these projects can be created in just a few hours or less.



Bookstore Highlight - Vancouver Special @van_special #bookstore #canada

Have we told you yet how much we're obsessed with Vancouver Special?  When it opened in April 2008, we couldn't believe there was finally a store devoted to high quality and AFFORDABLE (!!!!) Scandinavian and Japanese design. It is a mini sanctuary just on the edge of Vancouver's bustling downtown core. They offer an incredible selection of contemporary furniture, sofas, design objects, household accessories, and art and architecture books. Please check it out if you're in Vancouver. You will not be disappointed.



Bookstore Highlight - The Royal Museum Shop in Victoria, BC @RoyalBCMuseum #museum #shop

The Royal Museum Shop, located within the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, offers an eclectic selection of finely curated gifts, books, jewelry, toys, and art. The store and the museum are both a must-visit if you're in the area. 

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, in its 53rd year organized by the Natural History Museum in London, just recently finished, but there's still plenty to see. Founded in 1886, the museum has collected and preserved the province’s most significant artifacts and specimens for visitors to explore. 

For more information visit, and be sure to pick up of your copy of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 27 (978-0565094157). Photos below!


675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2
Phone: 250-356-0505

Recapture Your Glory One Brick at a Time

Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2 (9781593275129) By Megan H. Rothrock No Starch Press
Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2 (9781593275129) By Megan H. Rothrock No Starch Press

If you are anything like me, as a youngster you probably thought of yourself as an amateur architect. I, for one, could work miracles given enough time and the right resources. These resources were a giant Rubbermaid bin of Lego bricks, and a rec room floor to dump it all over. But I will admit that I was always better with a good set of instructions at my fingertips.

Whenever I reminisce about “the good old days” I often lament the fact that I no longer build things like I used to. My lamentations were brought to an all time high when I laid my eyes on The Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2. After flipping through the pages, I knew I had to reclaim my former glory and find a floor to spread my Lego over once more.  This book is full of impressive designs and tons of the easy-to-follow instructions that transform me from a mere mortal into a Lego god. Do gods crawl around on all fours and paw through giant piles of Lego? They do now!

From space ships, to dragons, to Tudor Mansions and entire city blocks, this book has something for every Lego enthusiast to enjoy. So, pick up your own copy of The Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2 from No Starch Press and join me in the ever growing pantheon of Lego superstars!

About the author

Megan Rothrock is a former set designer for the LEGO Group whose models have been displayed at ComicCon and at LEGO events across Europe. Rothrock enjoys meeting builders at LEGO fan events and hopes that her book will inspire the LEGO builders of tomorrow. Originally from California, she currently lives in Denmark where she works as a freelance toy designer.

Check out all of No Starch Press' Lego titles here!

PAGING: EVAN MUNDAY | Type Books Window Display

Type Books Halloween Window If you live in Toronto, every four to six weeks your savviest book friend will likely drag you to Queen West indie retailer Type Books to view the store’s magical, strange, inventive and whimsical window, which has featured papier mâché floating bunny heads, a three-dimensional Toronto alley, boomboxes from 1985, handcrafted balloons, giant pom-poms, and everything in between to draw your attention to their incredible selection of books. And, turns out, Kalpna Patel, the clever designer behind Type’s highly touted window, has only been at it for a year, which is saying quite a bit about her skills.

For her latest spectacular creation, Kalpna has collaborated with author and cartoonist EVAN MUNDAY to celebrate the release of his new book DIAL M FOR MORNA (9781770410732), published by ECW Press (check out THE GRID's photo gallery of Kalpna creating the display).  The spooky Halloween themed window (above) features Munday’s exquisite hand-drawn portraits of Type Book's staff that will surely delight passerby and loyal customers for the next few weeks. Interested in getting your own portrait? This weekend you can meet Munday at Type - he'll be painting Goth faces on people in the window on Saturday, October 26th  from 12-5pm and Sunday, October 27th from 12-4pm. Expect to be thrilled.



October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back. The holiday season has descended upon the town of Sticksville like an eggnog rainstorm, but October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her living friends’ new roles as high-school radio DJs, and two (!) new mysteries that need solving before the new year. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of the person (or persons) responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914 — or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail — when

October’s friend Yumi finds herself the target of anti-Asian harassment at school. Solving two mysteries at once won’t be easy, but our intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge.

Follow October, Cyril, Tabetha, Morna, Kirby, and Derek as they sleuth their way through a blizzard of suffragettes, iceskating disasters, mystical telephones, and boats named Titanic, all set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium.


DIAL M FOR MORNA By Evan Munday 9781770410732 $11.95 Independent Publishers Group (ECW Press)

Book Launch for Young Frank, Architect!

On Thursday, October 10th Swipe Design will host illustrator, designer, award-winning and bestselling children’s author Frank Viva at Urbanspace Gallery at 530pm. Please join them as they celebrate the release of YOUNG FRANK, ARCHITECT (9780870708930) published by Abrams Books and MoMA. Frank will read, draw and sign copies of his new book! Visit Swipe's Facebook page for more details.

Frank Book Launch

About the book

Young Frank is an aspiring architect. He lives with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect, and his spotted dog, Eddie. Using anything he finds—macaroni, pillows, toilet paper, shoes—Young Frank likes to make buildings that twist, chairs with zigzag legs, and even entire cities. But Old Frank disapproves, saying architects only create buildings. One day they go to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. There, they see work by two famous architects named Frank: Frank Gehry’s cardboard wiggly chair and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City project, among other things. Old Frank sees that architects can do more than he thought they could. Together, Old Frank and Young Frank go home and create structures of every shape and size, “tall ones, squat ones, tubular ones, and just plain weird ones,” using whatever they can get their hands on, even cookies! At the end of the day, Young Frank feels a little older, and Old Frank feels a little younger—and a little wiser.

Praise for Young Frank, Architect "Spontaneous play any budding architect can appreciate." --Publishers Weekly

AGO Event with MID-CENTURY MODERN author Judith Miller

Join us Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of fascinating conversation about Judith Miller’s life with antiques and a glimpse into her latest book heralding design from the 1940s to 1960s. Miller’s Mid-Century Modern (Mitchell Beazley, 978-1845336936) is a comprehensive and critical guide to one of the most exciting periods in design history and one of the hottest design trends of the moment. This invaluable book covers all of the most iconic designs and designers emanating from the 1940s to 1960s and explores the most desirable furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware, interiors and textiles from the period. The event will take place at the AGO (317 Dundas street W) visit for more information.

Slam On The Brakes!!

Yard sale season is fast approaching and if you're one of the thousands who loves to hunt front lawns for a steal, we have the book for you!        The sleek, tall-backed Danish modern chair that Lara Spencer snapped up for $350 at the Rose Bowl flea market goes for $1,750. That gorgeous black leather bench — a steal at $40 at an estate sale. Those fantastic 1950’s armchairs in her kitchen — a major score at just $10 for all four at a yard sale.

 In I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES: And Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster (Stewart Tabori & Chang; April 1, 2012; CAN $27.95), the sparkling, savvy anchor on “Good Morning America” reveals her talent for spotting diamonds in the rough to polish and showcase in her “double life” as a successful interior designer and antiques dealer.  The book includes 200 color photos of rooms, finds, and fixes that she has created, and Lara shows you what top designers and antique dealers have known for years — style isn’t about money. It’s about knowing what to look for, and how to put it together to achieve blue blood looks on a blue-collar budget!





As part of a redevelopment campaign for the new decade, German publisher DAAB MEDIA is introducing the recently launched THE COLLECTION by FARAMEH into the international publishing market. The affiliation begins a new chapter for both companies, establishing FARAMEH line of books with a solid platform with worldwide distribution and giving DAAB MEDIA a direct new outlet into the special edition luxury book market. This announcement comes just in time for the May 2011 BookExpo America held in New York City this year. DAAB MEDIA, based in Cologne, Germany, incorporates creative ideas and innovative design into publications focused on the fields of art & culture. DAAB has recently relaunched its program with new topics, new formats and a new corporate design by Meiré and Meiré and expanded its website to include a number of digital features such as the online community

The introduction of THE COLLECTION by FARAMEH is one of the steps being taken to acquire better footing in the gift and art book market as well as to add to their scope of creative new titles with a luxurious twist. With six titles in its debut program, FARAMEH publications target an edgy and upscale market in the contemporary fashion, art and design industries.

FARAMEH MEDIA is a boutique publishing company based in New York City that is spearheaded by Patrice Farameh, an expert in luxury and global corporate projects who produces art books for the international market. Ms. Farameh has edited and produced a number of top-selling titles for various international publishers and most recently the three titles “GOWEST!”, “NEW ON THE CATWALK”, and “SECOND SKIN” for DAAB. FARAMEH has also earned a solid reputation as a publisher of specialty imprints for major multinational corporations.

DAAB & FARAMEH books are represented in Canada by Canadian Manda Group.


MANDAtory Reading 01-13-11

Move over Lisbeth Salander, there’s a new Scandinavian crime thriller in town and it plans on sticking around for a while!  THREE SECONDS swiftly snagged the #9 spot on the NYT bestseller list this week after only a brief time in bookstores.  We have a feeling this early success is just the tip of the iceberg for Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström.  Read it people, you won’t be disappointed.

Jerry Robinson’s new coffee table tome  Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics was profiled on Sneakpeek and picked up by IMBD. If you’re a comics fan, you’ll know that Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics, and a member of the original Batman team.

The Montreal Gazette suggests the book YUCK! The Things People Eat may help folks lose a few pounds. Check out the article here and let us know what you think of this... um, unique weight-loss technique. 

For all of you Design-y types, guess who’s coming to Toronto for IDS11?  You’ll never guess so I’m just gonna spill it...Allegra Hicks!  Allegra will be on stage speaking with Amy Verner from the Globe and Mail at 4PM on Saturday, January 29th and signing copies of her new book Allegra Hicks: An Eye For Design directly after. Click here for more information.  If you weren’t planning on attending the show but are interested in Allegra’s spring decorating tips and learning more about the book, she is scheduled to be a guest on The Marilyn Denis Show Friday, January 28th.

Lastly, if you haven’t yet heard of Kris Carr, I would like to make the formal introduction now.  Kris is a Cancer survivor who has transformed the way she eats, lives and views the world and it all started with a low-glycemic, vegetarian diet.  Her program focuses on balancing the pH of the body with whole and raw foods, organic green drinks, and smoothies.  If this sounds complicated – trust me, she explains it much better than I ever could!  Her New Book Crazy Sexy Diet debunks diet myths, shares tips on how to detox safely, and even how to grocery shop!  It is witty, accessible, powerful, and beautifully illustrated.  Enough said.  See this month’s Best Health Magazine for a review.


Judith and Her Jewels

(ISBN 978-1845335632)

As the legend has it, Judith Miller began collecting costume jewelry at the beginning of the cultural revolution of the 1960’s, while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland.  But whether hunting for her next piece in clandestine antique shops near the University or scouring for pieces at the Antique Roadshow, Judith has always had a knack for finding the unexpected, the beautiful and the rare at just the right moment.  When Judith launched the best-selling Miller’s Antique Price Guide in 1979, she helped fuel the desire for antiques, collectables and costume jewelry through her intellect, wit and sharp eye for dazzling objects that appealed to both new and old collectors.

This year Judith has once again reminded us how she is still one of the best at finding the most coveted gems and why costume jewelry still has its place in fashion and society with her new book Costume Jewelry (ISBN 9781845335632). This beautifully photographed book guides the reader through a comprehensive introduction to costume jewelry – through Ancient Egypt, Medieval France and 19th century America – and further provides the most authoritative information on 20thcentury jewelry by iconic names such as Trifari, Coro, Chanel and Dior as well as showcases exciting new designers like Erickson Beamon, Mawi and Eddie Borgo.

Judith recently visited Toronto, Ontario to talk about her book, her addiction to costume jewelry and to pick up a few Canadian pieces for her personal collection.   After Judith caught up with Dina on Breakfast Television, we followed close behind as she scouted jewels at two fantastic Toronto antique shops - Twice Found and Cynthia Findlay Antiques.  See photos below!

Manda Books in the News

The fabulous CBC food writer Shaun Smith has written a fascinating photo essay that includes two food books of ours that I felt compelled to share.  Foodie or not, I would recommend you all check out the photo gallery.  From the pleasant deception of a broccoli tree forest (from Food Landscapes by Carl Warner) to carefully placed fish heads bobbing in an English pie (from YUCK!: The Things People Eat by Neil Setchfield), I was equal parts delighted and horrified at what I saw here.  Click on the Brocoli Forest image and enjoy!


Vancouver Kidsbooks gets Nerd-y!

From knowledgable sales people to crafty displays and AMAZING windows, an afternoon at Vancouver Kidsbooks is a delight to the senses in every way a bookstore should be.  Way to display guys!  This stunner celebrates 'M Is For Mama's Boy', book 2 in the fabulous new NERDS series by Michael Buckley.



Would you shop in a cargo container? Would you live in one?

Container AtlasI've got a bit of a thing for architecture and design.  Just looking, mind you, not actually participating.  Right now, what's got my attention is a recently published book called Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture (ISBN 9783899552867).  It's pretty fantastic!  Not only does it boast over 200 pages of actual projects, but the first 50 or so pages discuss everything from the history of shipping containers to construction physics to the economic and ecological aspects surrounding container use as a building material. As for the projects; there's an Illy coffee shop, a sauna, bathrooms for a summer camp, a Puma retail store and any number of offices and residences.  If you're at all interested in this type of quirky architecture or in large-scale re-usability; or, if you just like cool pictures of cool things, this could be the next book for you.  And, oh yeah, while the bulk of the projects are from Europe, there are four Canadian entries, my favourite of which is the Chalet de Chemin Brochu.  I dare you to tell me it's not a great-looking place!