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After the previous blog post “15 books about colors” here we are with another content for colors and pattern enthusiast: 15 books about print&pattern!
You have just to choose what you want to read: from historical to digital prints, from the history of textile design to iconic and colorful patterns, you can also find one book for children.
This selection is also made in collaboration with the textile designer Silvia Stella Osella, here you can find some of the books she mentioned during our Instagram direct that you can find here as an interview.
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has a wonderful textile heritage and archive. This interesting volume analyzes the chromatic proportions used in wallpapers and textiles from the 15th century to today.
Another book from the Victoria & Albert Museum archive: Kimono, Owen Jones, Garden Florals, Novelity Patterns e anche William Morris.
A very interesting peek into the Design Library, the world’s largest archive of surface design.
The biography of one of the absolute myths of textile design, the creator of Marimekko‘s iconic prints, Maija Isola.
Over 1500 illustrations, a huge collection of patterns and prints from all eras and styles organized by themes: plants and flowers, animals, geometric, abstract and figurative patterns.
It includes illustrative, abstract, geometric, floral, representational and digital designs; and knitted, woven, hand-dyed and digitally printed fabrics. Illustrated biographies introduce 13 of the most significant and innovative textiles designers working today.
Tribal, Aztec, and Native American designs, along with Scandinavian influences and more mathematical and scientific looks in a print and pattern geometric collection.
Another “Print&Pattern” book, this time with prints and patterns inspired to nature.
The Grammar of Ornament: A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative Arts
First published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament is a design classic from pioneering British architect and designer Owen Jones.
Another great design classic that brings together two large encyclopedic collections of 19th century ornaments: “L’Ornement polychrome” and “L’Ornement des tissus”.
With the book you also have access to an online database of images and decorative patterns that you can also download in high resolution.
This book explains in simple steps how to create repeat patterns for designers, architects and artists.
Over 350 images from the last 100 years of surface design.
Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout and Period
1823 illustratrions organized by motif, style, color, layout and period over 200 years of history of textile design in Europe and America.
So many beautiful books here! Which one is your favorite?
Photo cover Silvia Stella Osella, credit Michael Gardenia