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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Issey Miyake
Located in Richmond, VA
Hardback book featuring the work of designer, Issey Miyake. By Laurence Bénaïm, published in 1997. First edition, 80 pages. "Issey Miyake is the quintessence of the postwar Japane...
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1990s Modern Books

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The Hulton Getty Picture Collection - Aviation Book by Peter Almond, 1997
Located in Atlanta, GA
The Hulton Getty Picture Collection - Aviation, The Early Years Book, by Peter Almond, Editions 1997. Aviation chronicles the first years of man-powered flight in photographs, from ...
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1990s German Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Be Extraordinary, The Spirit of Bentley, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Since its founding nearly a century ago, Bentley has become an arresting and eloquent voice for the British persona. This book not only illustrates the engineering excellence of the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Located in North Hollywood, CA
Miro (Famous Artists) Explores Miro's life and development as an artist, his entry into surrealism, and his versatility in abstract expression. Includes a brief history of art. For...
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20th Century American Modern Books

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The Last of the Nuba by Leni Riefenstahl Vintage Decorative Hardcover Book
By Leni Riefenstahl
Located in Oakland Park, FL
The Last of the Nuba by Leni Riefenstahl Vintage Decorative hardcover book Publisher ? : ? Harper & Row; 1st edition (January 1, 1974) Language ? : ? English Hardcover ? : ? 208 p...
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1970s European Vintage Modern Books

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Picasso Challenging the Past Book by Elizabeth Cowling and Pablo Picasso
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Picasso: Challenging the Past Book by Elizabeth Cowling and Pablo Picasso. Picasso: Challenging the Past Paperback – May 3, 2011 From his earliest years Pablo Picasso was a passion...
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20th Century Spanish Modern Books

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Black Dolls: Unique African American Dolls, 1850–1930
Located in London, GB
Black Dolls by Margo Jefferson. Published by Radius Books/ Mingei International Museum, 2015. Hardback in dust jacket. First Edition. This important book presents the history of Af...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Miniature Rooms Book - The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago - 1983
Located in Atlanta, GA
Miniature Rooms: The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, by Kathleen Aguilar, Michael Anderson. Generations of visitors to The Art Institute of Chicago have been entranced...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Giacobetti by Jérôme Neutres
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Giacobetti (Hardcover) by Jérôme Neutres In stock in Los Angeles Francis Giacobetti reinvented not only the nude, but the entire artistic process of capturing images in video and...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Calder The Complete Bronzes Book
Located in New York, NY
Calder: The Complete Bronzes book. Published on the occasion of the exhibition; October 25 - December 8, 2012, New York, New York. Acknowledgements: "It is our honor and privilege ...
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2010s American Modern Books

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"Living with Books Vintage Decorative" Book by the New York Times
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Living with books soft cover vintage decorative book by The New York Times Rita Reif 123 pages Black and white pictures The New York Times Book Company, 1968.    
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1960s American Vintage Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Alaïa Livre de Collection by Prosper Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Alaïa: Livre de Collection by Prosper Assouline (Hardcover) In stock in Los Angeles For over 35 years, Prosper Assouline and Azzedine Alaïa were close friends. As a tribute to th...
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In Stock in Los Angeles, Portraits of the New Architecture 2, by Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Following the success of the first volume, Portraits of the New Architecture II introduces thirty-four new and exciting architects and architectural firms whose projects are shaping ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Bill Brandt, London in the Thirties, First Edition, 1983
By Bill Brandt
Located in London, GB
Bill Brandt 'London in the Thirties' is considered a late-modern photography classic. The books consists of his classic photographs first published in magazines and were collected fo...
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1980s European Vintage Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Beaumarly Paris by Gilbert Costes, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Beaumarly Paris (Hardcover) In stock in Los Angeles Icons of the Parisian lifestyle, Beaumarly establishments encompass more than twenty ultra-stylish cafés, hotels, nightclubs, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Architizer: The World's Best Architecture, Phaidon
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A spectacular celebration of the most inspiring contemporary architecture from around the globe The Architizer A+Awards represent a celebration of the year's best architecture and...
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2010s American Modern Books

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New York Style Coffee Table Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
This volume contains a collection of the many fascinating ways in which people have made themselves feel at home in New York. It covers 42 different apartments and houses in Manhat...
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20th Century German Modern Books

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Boutique Restaurants Hardcover Decorating Vintage Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Boutique Restaurants hardcover decorating vintage book The art of fine dining has evolved over the years. Restaurants that were once hailed for their grandiose banquets have taken a...
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Early 2000s American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Valentino: At the Emperor's Table by André Leon Talley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Valentino: At the Emperor's Table by André Leon Talley In stock in Los Angeles As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction, “Valentino Garavani desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Constantin Bookends, C by Colé Italia
Located in Geneve, CH
Constantin Bookends by Colé Italia, C with Agustina Bottoni Dimensions: H.20 D.7 W.7 cm Materials: The body is a cube in Marquina black marble with white veins. The top is in solid C...
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2010s Italian Modern Books

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Walnut, Oak

Nureyev, 1995
Located in London, GB
Nureyev Phaidon Press, London, 1995. Softcover in dust jacket. The book presents some of the most iconic photographic images of Nureyev and contains a complete resume of Nureye...
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20th Century European Modern Books

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Bedrooms: Creating the Stylish, Comfortable Room of Your Dreams Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Bedrooms: Creating the Stylish, Comfortable Room of Your Dreams Hardcover The bestselling author of A Room of Her Own, Kitchens, and Bathrooms is back with Bedrooms, a showcase of ...
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Early 2000s North American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Sig Bergamin Maximalism Book by Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
About the product: Architect and designer Sig Bergamin’s bold Brazilian style comes across clearly in his vivid, eclectic work. A self-described “maximalist,” Bergamin travels con...
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2010s Modern Books

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Vintage Picabia Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Picabia book An iconoclastic poet and painter, open to everything that was "other" and different, responsive to any form of newness - not only in art but to such external re...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Books

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Materials Matter Set by Theodora Alfredsdottir
Located in Geneve, CH
Materials matter set by Theodora Alfredsdottir Unique set Materials: Granite Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 18 cm Theodora Alfredsdottir is a product design studio based in London. The...
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2010s English Modern Books

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Ed Van Der Elsken 'Jazz' Signed First Edition 1959
By Ed van der Elsken
Located in London, GB
Ed Van Der Elsken. Jazz. Signed First Edition. De Nederlandse Boekenclub, Den Haag, 1959. Signed by author to half title. Rare first edition. This book is an extraordinary record o...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Lisa Perry Fashion Homes Design, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Lisa Perry, known for her 60s-inspired collection of clothing and accessories reminiscent of Courrèges and Cardin, is now showcasing her longtime passion: the home. Her love for desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Vintage Decorative Hardcover Book Ansel Adams by Barry Pritzker
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage decorative hardcover book Ansel Adams by Barry Pritzker 192 pages in black and white Brompton Books, 1991 Greenwich CT Size: 14.5 10.5 x 0.25.   
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1990s American Modern Books

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Picasso Paris, Boeck and Sabart Vintage, 1955, First Edition Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage, 1955, first edition, Picasso, S.P.A.D.E.M. Paris, Boeck and Sabartes, Vintage, Picasso, First Edition, 1955. Description: Pablo Picasso. Wilhelm Boeck and Jaime Sabartes. Pu...
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20th Century Spanish Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Coca-Cola Kiss the past Hello by Stephen Bayley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Coca-Cola: Kiss the Past Hello by Stephen Bayley In stock in Los Angeles One of the most famous and unmistakable shapes in the world since its introduction in 1915, the Coca-Cola...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Ottoman Costumes Turkish Hardcover, January 1, 1986 Coffee Table Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Ottoman Costume Book (Turkish) Hardcover, January 1, 1986. by Fenerci Mehmed Fenerci MehmeT Album (Author) From the 15th century on, Europeans attempted to become acquainted with t...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Modern Books

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David Bailey, NY JS DB 62, Signed
Located in London, GB
Signed first edition, published by Steidl, 2007. NY JS DB 62 compiles photographs taken by David Bailey, one of the most successful British fashion and portrait photographers of his...
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Early 2000s German Modern Books

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The Pot Book, Edmund de Waal
By Edmund de Waal
Located in London, GB
Edmund de Waal The Pot Book Published by Phaidon Press, London 2011. Hardback first edition in dust jacket. 'The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Cl...
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2010s Modern Books

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Andy Warhol by David Bourdon Flammarion, 1989
Located in London, GB
Andy Warhol by David Bourdon Published by Flammarion, Paris, 1989. Hard back in dust jacket. First French edition. French language text translated by Jeanne Bouniort. 431 pages. Me...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Marc Jacobs Illustrated by Grace Coddington
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Marc Jacobs Illustrated (Hardcover) by Grace Coddington In stock in Los Angeles A unique monograph of over 50 collections created by the fashion designer Marc Jacobs in the past ...
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2010s American Modern Books

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A Wonderful Time An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life Vintage Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life vintage hardcover coffee table book From the front flap of this 190 page book: "'A Wonderful Time' captures magnificently th...
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1970s North American Vintage Modern Books

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Styles of Living The Best of Casa Vogue Vercelloni, Isa Coffee Table Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Styles of Living: The Best of Casa Vogue coffee table hardcover book. by Isa Vercelloni New York: Rizzoli, 1985. This is a compendium of fabulous houses, unashamedly showcasing the l...
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20th Century English Modern Books

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New York Photographs Book by Andreas Feininger, 1964
Located in Atlanta, GA
New York Photographs Book by Andreas Feininger. Color & black and white photo-reproductions by Andreas Feininger (1906-1999), American photographer and a writer on photographic tech...
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1960s American Vintage Modern Books

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Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Stills, First Edition, 1990
Located in London, GB
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills Published by Jonathan Cape, London 1990. First edition monograph on Cindy Sherman's iconic early work; The 'Untitled Film Stills' series of 40 ph...
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1970s British Vintage Modern Books

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From the Far West Carpets and Textiles of Morocco Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
From the Far West Carpets and Textiles of Morocco Fiske, Patricia L. and Pickering, W. Russell and Yohe, Ralph S. in black cloth covered board very lightly worn, corners very ligh...
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1980s Moroccan Vintage Modern Books

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Paris 1925 French Book by Armand Lanoux, 1957
Located in Atlanta, GA
Paris 1925, French book by Armand Lanoux, published by Editions Robert Delpire, Paris in 1957. 1925, which only raised sarcasm yesterday, softened suddenly. We say retro, for the fi...
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1950s French Vintage Modern Books

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Herb Ritts Duo First Edition 1991
Located in London, GB
Herb Ritts. Duo. Published by Twin Palms Publishers, Altadena, CA, 1991. First edition. A Herb Ritts classic produced to benefit amfAR, Elizabeth Taylor’s Foundation for AIDS. Rit...
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1990s American Modern Books

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Louis I. Kahn: Complete Works
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage hardback coffee table book featuring the oeuvre of Louis I. Kahn. By Klaus-Peter Gast, published in 2001. Text in both English and German. First edition, 207 pages. "At the ...
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Early 2000s Modern Books

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Patrick Caulfield
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage hardback coffee table book featuring art historical criticism of Patrick Caulfield's paintings. By Waddington Galleries, published in 1997. First edition, 32 pages. "Caulfie...
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1990s Modern Books

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Jean Prouvé: Three Nomadic Structures
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage paperback coffee table book featuring a complex look at Jean Prouvé's oeuvre. By Columbia University, published in 2002. First edition, 39 pages. "Jean Prouvé: Three Nomadic...
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Early 2000s Modern Books

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Penis Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
The Penis Book Hardcover – September 21, 2004 Bet you don’t know what hospitals do with foreskins after they’ve been snipped away. How fortunes were made in the war against wet dr...
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Early 2000s Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Place Vendome by Alexis Gregory, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Whenever the rich and famous are in Paris, they head for the city’s most beautiful square, the Place Vendome, originally conceived by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, First Architect to the S...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Album Privato di Baly Hinter Wipflinger Softcover Photography Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Album Privato di Baly Hinter Wipflinger 1995 Superb male nude photography of Italian models. The book is in mint condition. Publisher ? : ? Babilonia Edizioni Language ? : ? Itali...
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1990s Italian Modern Books

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Indigo Textiles: Technique and History Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Indigo Textiles: Technique and History (Hobby Craft) Board book – June 29, 1989 Publisher ? : ? A & C Black (Publishers) Ltd; First Edition (June 29, 1989) Size: 7 x 9.5 x 0.75 It...
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1980s Asian Vintage Modern Books

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Embroidered Textiles, Traditional Patterns from Five Continents Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Embroidered Textiles - traditional patterns from five Continents with a worldwide guide to identification hardcover – October 15, 1990 Publisher ? : ? Rizzoli; 1st Edition (October ...
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1990s Asian Modern Books

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Baccarat, The Perfume Bottles French Book by Cristallerie de Baccarat, 1986
Located in Atlanta, GA
Baccarat, Les Flacons a Parfum - The Perfume Bottles, by Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat and edited by Henri Addor and Associés, Paris in 1986. Illustrated with 71 wash drawi...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Books

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Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty
Located in London, GB
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2011 Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, imaginative and inspirational designers at the turn of the millenni...
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2010s American Modern Books

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Louis Icart The Complete Etchings Book by William Holland
Located in Atlanta, GA
Louis Icart, The Complete Etchings book, by William R. Holland, Clifford P. Catania and Nathan D. Isen, 1990. 1988 marked the one-hundredth anniversary of Louis Icart's birth. There...
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1990s American Modern Books

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Sourcebook of Modern Furniture
Located in Richmond, VA
Hardback coffee table book sourcing modern furniture design. By Jerryll Habegger and Joseph H. Osman, published by 1989. 1st edition, 470 pages. "The Sourcebook of Modern Furnitur...
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20th Century Modern Books

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A History of Ballet and Dance in the Western World Book by Alexander Bland
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A History of Ballet and Dance in the Western World Book by Alexander Bland. Title A History of Ballet and Dance in the Western World Author Alexander Bland Publisher Praeger, 1976...
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Architectural Digest Hollywood at Home Hardcover Decorating Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Architectural Digest Hollywood at Home Hardcover – November 1, 2005 Publisher ? : ? "Harry N. Abrams, Inc."; 1st edition (November 1, 2005) Language ? : ? English Hardcover ? : ? ...
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Early 2000s Chinese Modern Books

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Lancome Book by Jacqueline Demornex, 1985
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lancome Book by Jacqueline Demornex, 1985. With the assistance of Jean-Claude Herve. Preface Francois Dalle. Photography by Jacques Boulay. Extensively illustrated. "The wish of Ar...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Books

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Dictionary of Furniture: Third Edition Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
n a comprehensive listing of entries from "Aalto, Hugo Alvar Henrik" to "Zui Weng Yi," Boyce illuminates readers about furniture styles, construction details, terminology, furniture ...
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Early 2000s American Modern Books

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