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- Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 204 pages
- Dimensions: 192mm x 228mm x 28mm | 558g
- Publication date: 23 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: California
- ISBN 10: 0811873129
- ISBN 13: 9780811873123
- Illustrations note: 10 hand-drawn illustrations
- Sales rank: 157,311
Internationally acclaimed designer Lotta Jansdotter tours the private studios of twenty-four of her favorite artists in Stockholm, Tokyo, and New York City and reveals how they design their space and find inspiration. Each profile features gorgeous colour photographs and fascinating interviews with the artists themselves.
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Scandinavian-born Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer. She launched her company in San Francisco in 1996, quickly establishing a strong local following. Now she works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York, where she sells her products and designs online and to hundreds of stores across the globe.
By liberal sprinkles 29 Mar 2012
I read this book with a little envy - I wish I were there in person visiting the 24 studios with Lotta Jansdotter so I could open some drawers and get closer-up looks myself. I enjoyed the peek into the creative spaces of the artists, designers and photographers located in Brooklyn, Stockholm and Tokyo, especially those of Ian Hundley and Mociun, whose works I've lusted after for a while. It was fun to get a glimpse of the lives and workspaces of the 24 profilees but I would have like to see more detailed photographs, like of the tools and materials they use and their storage solutions. The interviews I found somewhat breezy and basic. You get an idea of what inspires these people, their works, how they organize their workspace and some of their favorite things (example: music choices while in the studio) but you don't take away much from the few questions and short answers published.
There are so many design and art websites nowadays where you get taken on regular studio tours of all kinds of creative people in different fields of work, and they include great photos and detailed interviews and write-ups too. I think you'd need a distinctive concept or design for a book on studio visits to truly stand out. I'm sad to say while I enjoyed reading this book, it didn't make the grade for me.