Art, Design & Architecture Books

  • ARTY
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    This beautiful book offers a definitive visual historical timeline of art - all the way from classical Greek art and the Italian Renaissance through to modern-day masterpieces.

    Featuring masterpieces from artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Van Gogh, this reference book reveals key facts about art movements and their origins and influences and examines the matter and methods used by each artist.
  • Rice's Language of Buildings - Hardback - 9781408893784 - Matthew Rice
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    Become fluent in the world of volutes, hood moulds, lobed architraves and bucrani with this stunning edition of Rice's Architectural Primer. It will help you talk about buildings with as much knowledge and enthusiasm as you have for your favourite films, TV shows and music.

    This beautiful book covers the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster. From cathedrals to country houses, the entries are complemented by over 400 jaw-dropping watercolour illustrations and hand-drawn annotations.

    This joyous celebration of architecture will help you recognise, understand and date any British building.
  • SIWP
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    This papercraft book will help you create some truly remarkable things using paper - including pop-ups, papercuts and 3D shapes.

    This book explains how paper can be used to communicate ideas and how it can be photographed in a variety of ways. It's also packed with tips on how to make models and scenes with paper and how you can construct all sorts of stunning projects including animal masks, ferris wheels, lanterns and pop-up greetings cards.
  • SBTC
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    Learn how to crochet 20 beautiful stripy blankets with this incredible book by Instagram sensation and blogger Haafner Linssen.

    Ranging from simple designs that use basic stitches to more complex creations, these patterns and projects are pleasingly repetitive, can be worked up quickly and don't have lots of ends to sew in.

    Each project also comes with a written pattern, chart, colour advice and information for making it in a variety of sizes.
  • Crocheted Throws and Wraps - Paperback - 9781782494867 - Melody Griffiths
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    This book is bursting with ideas for warm, beautiful and special throws and wraps that you can crochet by yourself. Among the other items featured are blankets, throws and coverlets.

    There is a comprehensive techniques section so you can master the art of crochet and these are followed by instructions for easy-to-follow patterns. The styles range from 'vintage' to 'around the world' and can be displayed in a variety of stunning colours.

    Suitable for all levels of crocheter, every one of the 25 projects is beautiful and there are even 10 extra ideas for smaller items including bed covers and pillows.
  • Unseen London - Hardback - 9780711239074 - Peter Dazeley
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    Acclaimed photographer Peter Dazeley has gained access to the hidden interiors of 50 of London's most iconic buildings and showcases them all in this stunning book.

    Accompanied by Mark Daly's concise, thoughtful and informative text, among the buildings you can look inside are the royal palaces of Hampton Court, the Tower of London and the Supreme Court. Some of the relics and structures are derelict, but many are still working. What's for certain is they're all extraordinary.

    This beautiful book explains how each place was created, how they are used and what each ones reveals about the currents of power that flow through the city. You can find out all about the boiler room of London's infrastructure and peek inside everywhere from the changing rooms of the top sports stadiums to the heart of the establishment.
  • NITO
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    Featuring a range of techniques, with accompanying step-by-step diagrams, that are needed to learn how to knit and beyond, this comprehensive guide progresses with difficulty on every page so novice knitters can develop into accomplished ones in no time!

    The book features sections for basic skills like casting on and off through to intermediate techniques like reading patterns and more fanciful stitches, and culminates in advanced methods such as colour work, working with lace, and adapting patterns. Illustrated with detailed hand-shots, 30 stunning products are included so knitters can enjoy Knitopedia not just as a practical guide, but also as a creative one too.

    A helpful stitch list (in order of complexity) also features at the back, noting corresponding projects where each skill is used, so readers can easily navigate their way through this invaluable resource.
  • BWAT
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    If you want to start painting or are looking to hone your skills, Beginner's Watercolour will inspire you to pick up a brush and a palette in order to create your own masterpieces.

    Suitable for all ages, it will show you the basics of painting with watercolour - from building up washes to mixing colours and creating the impressions of light and shade. There is also advice on how you can use effects such as spattering, sponging and stippling.

    A brilliant book bursting with advice for all those who want to paint - whether you're interested in portraying landscapes, still lives or people.
  • HDRW
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    This chunky beginner's handbook for aspiring artists of all ages will help you learn how to sketch and draw anything at any time.

    Completely inspirational, whether you want to draw as a hobby or are thinking of a new career, it is full of proven exercises for real-world practice and improvement. It's a complete course of tried-and-tested lessons that range from five-minute exercises to dedicated sessions that can take at least an hour.

    With a focus on everything from still lifes to urban landscapes, the accessible tips and advice in this book comes from Jake Spicer, the UK's favourite drawing teacher.
  • Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations - Hardback - 9780241978986 - Simon Jenkins
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    Simon Jenkins, the author of England's 1000 Best Churches, turns his attention to railways in this rail-ly good book. He's travelled all over the country to select the best ones and talks about them with insight and authority.

    Simon is the founder of the Railway Heritage Trust and his passion is second to none. He reveals each station's history, geography, design and significance and how they have impacted on social history.

    Railways are a place where people come, go, meet, greet and part. They're also a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture and this beautifully illustrated book celebrates the engineers, architects and companies that have built them.
  • KNTP
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    Danielle Holke's Knits & Pieces is a comprehensive, illustrated miscellany that looks over the origins of one of the world's most popular crafts - knitting.

    Anyone who loves this hobby will find the facts in this entertaining history fascinating. Danielle explains all of the useful, not-so-useful, historical and humorous elements of the craft. She reveals how knitting brings about optimism and even tells all about knitting graffiti and yarn-bombing.

    She also looks at the revival led by bloggers, podcasts, celebrities and social media and how there is now a truly international knitting community.
  • LRNK
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    With a lifelong experience of knitting, Fiona Goble knows what it's like when you're starting out - you're full of the best intentions and have the needles and yarn, but quite can't get your head around a knitting pattern...

    In Learn to Knit, she provides you with step-by-step instructions for all the basic techniques and stitches that you would need to make simple but stylish hats, scarves and home accessories.

    There are 25 patterns to choose from including bobble hats, bunting and even a pencil pot - and they're all really quick and easy to knit. Once you get started, you won't be able to stop!
  • MCWO
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    Kirsten Burke's Secrets of Modern Calligraphy is an inspirational workbook that will help you develop your love of lettering.

    Ideal for beginners, it shows you how to master the art of the nib and showcases all the methods and practices that Kirsten presents in her acclaimed workshops. After you've built up your writing skills with a nib pen, she then presents a variety of easy-to-follow and enjoyable projects that will help your build your calligraphy confidence.

    This book even contains seven removable art cards for you to complete and treasure. It's a part how-to book and also bursting with brilliant projects for any creatives.
  • PRPP
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    This beautifully photographed paper craft book takes you through 20 easy-to-make and inspiring pom-pom decorations that will transform your home, garden or celebration.

    You can discover lots of creative and imaginative pom-pom ideas - from huge, floating 'cloud' pom-poms that hang from the ceiling to centrepieces, cake decorations and party favours.

    With easy step-by-step instructions, as well as tips and suggestions, this will help you quickly gain the skills needed to create the projects and variations on them.
  • ASBP
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    The writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr talks about how artists make good work and just what 'good' means in this thought-provoking book about painting.

    Andrew also explains how the serious stroke he suffered in 2013 left him partially paralysed and how this affect his own painting. This experience led to him asking questions about brushstrokes, colour balance, line and textures and here he uses his own work in progress as examples of failures alongside examples of techniques used by all kinds of artists to show how painters learn and improve on their mistakes.

    A provocative, political and instructive book that will appeal to all levels of painters or anyone who is fascinated by art and its creative process.
  • TIQU
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    The Antiques Roadshow has been a staple of BBC television for 40 years now and is fully deserving of its status as a national institution. This coffee table book celebrates the most incredible finds and stories from the flagship show.

    Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at some of the quintessential moments from the history of the show, revealing hidden secrets and celebrating some of the timeless and priceless finds including 23 original Beatrix Potter drawings, a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic and Marc Bolan of '70s glam rockers T. Rex's Flying V Gibson guitar.

    Beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs throughout, this hardback is a wonderful keepsake of the enduring show's extraordinary objects (including paintings, merchandise and tools) and most memorable moments.
  • Love Coloured Pencils - Paperback - 9780857626127
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    Esteemed artist Vivian Wong shows you how to realise the true potential of making art using colouring pencils with this interactive and beautifully presented journal.

    She explains how to create luscious drawings that sing off the page and reveals all the methods that will help you make something stunning. Stunningly illustrated, she reveals a host of practical techniques to master using a back-to-basics approach.

    She'll even show you how to blend, crosshatch and gradate colours. You can then practise these newfound skills by copying them into the templates provided. With lots of cute artwork, this is a great guide for helping you get awesome at drawing.
  • HACL
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    Master the art of hand lettering and the design and composition of phrases on a page by following the creative advice in this incredible art book.

    It has illustrated step-by-step instructions for drawing the letters in 15 designs (from Victorian to 'melting' and circus style) and even gives ideas on embellishing your design. This book also has tips on chalk lettering and ideas for 15 projects and gift ideas including signs and gift tags.

    Serifs and scripts are also covered, along with numerous borders, corners, banners, bursts, frames and other accents.
  • LETC
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    It's as easy as A, B, C to bring a touch of typography into your home decorations.

    In this practical craft book, Clare Youngs offers 35 quirky and cool projects to make from inexpensive and easily sourced materials including recycled fruit crates and old T-shirts.

    All the projects have accessible instructions and there's even a tools and techniques section to help you brush up your crafting skills, whatever letter you choose.
  • AZOT
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    Presented in an A-Z fashion, this incredible book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about typefaces, typography and the printed page - from specific fonts to the essential tools.

    The fonts represent the typographic spectrum and they are all put into historical context. There's even a pangram to show the entire alphabetic range of each one. A chapter on anatomy deconstructs the letters to show their anatomical structures and explains terms including bowl, crossbar, finial, ligature and spur.

    The final chapter examines the myriad signs, symbols and punctuation marks that add extra meaning and nuance to words displayed on a printed page.
  • ARLW
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    Learn all about the stories behind 80 of the world's favourite artists and their masterpieces with this incredibly lavish gift book. It talks about artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt to Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor and examines their works, influences, developments, friendships, loves and rivalries.

    From Holbein's matchmaking portraits for Henry VIII to Caravaggio's thuggish reactions to a badly cooked artichoke and the romantic affairs of Picasso, this book contains so many lavishly illustrated biographies of incredible artists and looks at the unique techniques, artworks and personalities that made them so legendary.

    An amazing book for art lovers of all ages, this book provides a fascinating overview of so many influential artists in a handy timeline.
  • If You're Bored with Watercolour Read This Book - Paperback - 9781781574041 - Veronica Ballart Lilja
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    This contemporary and stylish book highlights all the incredible things you can do with the classic art form of watercolour painting.

    Watercolour has often been seen as conventional, easy to manage and perhaps inoffensive... this book changes everything. It shows you how to use a variety of modern techniques and learn a host of new tricks.

    Written by fashion illustrator Veronica Ballart Lilja, it reveals how you can use luminous colour, dynamic composition, mixed media and so much more. From choosing the correct materials to using different object, it even showcases enhanced techniques like creating silhouettes for painting city skylines.
  • WTHI
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    I Never Knew That About London author Christopher Winn takes you on a series of walks through central London that will open your eyes to the events that happened in the city during the Victorian era.

    Among the little-known facts he reveals are the 300-foot bell tower at the Houses of Parliament; a hidden chapel in Bloomsbury that was described by Oscar Wilde as 'the most delightful private chapel in London'; and the best Victorian loos in the world that are located near Old Street.
  • TNYB
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    Dixe Wills, a Book People favourite author, looks at Britain's tiniest treasures in this eye-opening book.

    He examines the smallest counties in the land, crosses the shortest river and enjoys a ride on the tiniest ferry. Covering castles, cathedrals, cinemas, pubs, museums, theatres, woods and stately homes, he explains how these gems are united in their lack of size and many of them are only known to locals.

    He explains how although these attractions and sites are all small in stature, they offer big fun.