Irving Harper: Works in Paper

irving harper

Irving Harper: Works In Paper is a recent monograph from Skira Rizzoli celebrating the multi-faceted designer, Irving Harper, with a focus on his incredible collection of paperboard sculptures.

As the director of design at George Nelson Associates in the 1960s, Harper contributed to numerous mid-century creations, namely the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller furniture and the Ball and Sunburst clocks for Howard Miller, and also leading the design of the Chrysler pavilion for the 1964 New York World Fair. According to Julie Lasky who penned an essay for the book, the pressure of work ‘almost drove him to knit’, yet with his skills in building client presentation models in cardboard, he soon eased his way into sculpting with paper. Inspired by Picasso, African Art, Surrealism and de Stijl, Harper constructed whimsical characters and breathtaking abstracts mostly out of paper in addition to straws, wood, toothpicks, twigs, spare materials from his office and discarded doll parts from his daughter. His collection numbered close to 300 when he ran out of display space in 2000. He completed his stunning final piece which appropriately graced the book cover - an owl with glass eyeballs and draped in folded brown paper feathers.

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Paris line by line

What better way to start off the week than with some exciting new releases from our favorite publishers? Our latest installment includes whimsical architectural renderings by James Gulliver Hancock, reissues of obscure illustration classics by William Wondriska and Robinson and much more!

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From books on vintage record cover art to typographic notecards, here’s the latest batch of items to hit our shelves.

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Grain Edit Store

grain edit store

To celebrate the launch of our upcoming online store, we will be holding a special preview sale.  If you would like to receive an invite, email us with your details. Please include “grain edit store” in the subject line of the message.

*To access the store you will need a code which will be sent via email prior to the event.

Matte Stephens Selected Works

matte stephens

Through his whimsical gouche paintings, Matte Stephens has created a world filled with friendly characters and warm moments that are flavored with nostalgia. Dapper foxes, chirping birds, pipe smoking penguins, turn of the century explorers all inhabit a space on his canvas. Even Monsieur Hulot stops by for the fun. The entire cast make an appearance in Matte’s new book, Matte Stephens Selected Works (Oeuvres choisies). Published by Editions Alto in Quebec, the stunning cloth-bound book highlights many of his most cherished paintings as well as his lesser known works.

Copies of Matte Stephens Selected Works (Oeuvres choisies) are available at Matte’s Etsy shop and Editions Alto.

Details:
96 pages /  7.5″x10.5″
Text set in Farao with captions in French & English.

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Here’s the latest batch of books to hit our shelves. This week includes picks from Princeton Architectural Press and Chronicle Books.

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Fresh goods from our favorite firms and publishers.

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Here’s the latest batch of goodies to hit our shelves! Fresh picks from Chronicle Books, Neighbourgoods and Lumadessa.

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Gratuitous Type / No. 2

I was sent this really cool book—or “pamphlet”, as they call it—called Gratuitous Type / No. 2. A self proclaimed “pamphlet of typographic smut”, this small anthology of current interesting typography, lettering and fonts really runs the gamut of interesting new styles. With an advanced design and extremely impressive printing, the publisher/designer and editor (Elana Schlenker) has done a wonderful job putting everything together.

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Here’s the latest round of books/guides to hit our mail box.

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