BOOK END No12



 
Spring is officially amongst us, it’s time for a re-naissance and spring cleaning is in order, in the house and in life.

Here is A-Gent of Style‘s selection of the latest publications that have piqued his interest recently.


Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see the cover in full in a new window.



All books are available or can be ordered from
The Bookshop at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour +44 (0) 20 7351 6854 / @theBOOKSHOPat

And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected for you over the months:Book End No1, Book End No2, Book End N03, Book End N04, Book End No5Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08, Book End No9, Book End No10, Book End N011.


Happy reading!




ALL LOVE IS EQUAL





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The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act will come into effect tomorrow in England and Wales. This is a historic moment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, their families and friends or any great person with strong convictions about what’s fair and right which will mean that, for the first time, children growing up to be gay in England and Wales will have full equality in law. We can now proudly claim to be a beacon to the world for gay equality.

To celebrate the seminal occasion, A-Gent of Style would like to share with you
New York-based photographer Braden Summers‘s stunning series
“All Love Is Equal” showcasing same-sex couples around the world.


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Braden Summers had always loved romantic imagery, but nonetheless “came to a realization that I have a subconscious disconnection from said imagery because of the simple truth that the majority of the most influential images depict straight couples.”

Describing the “All Love Is Equal” series as being “reminiscent of the highly-produced romance images that we are fed on a daily basis,” he adds the shots were “not documentations of reality, but illustrations using models and real-life couples to help my viewers dream about having that type of romance.”

 Questioning against the will of social construct, Summers creates some powerful imagery of portraits depicting same-sex couples from various countries. Through this photo-series which had raised over $23,000 for the project via a Kickstarter campaign, Braden breaks the social boundaries and thereby focuses much on the idealisation of same-sex couples.

An admirable and humble photographer who spreads the word love.



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– All photos by Braden Summers-





PAD PARIS 2014





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Nothing would make A-Gent of Style happier today than being instantly transported to the City of Light to attend the preview of this year’s new iteration of
the Pavilion of Art and Design, more familiarly known now as the PAD, returning to the Jardin des Tuileries and now in its 18th edition.

A-Gent of Style, a customary enthusiast of the Paris and also London fair for the last five years (you can see a couple of his previous features here and here) had to break his own-made tradition this spring as he has been invited by KLC School of Design, of which he is an alumnus, to give a few lectures at the end of this week, a great honour and privilege he could not possibly refrain from accepting.


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PAD, pioneering event for Art and Design aficionados and collectors, has been reinventing for almost the past two decades the Cabinet d’Amateur and the notion of eclecticism, anticipating the aesthetic aspirations of its time. Season after season, it offers an intimate cocoon to those who have made decorative arts and design the core of their collection, driven by passion and heritage.

 
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Every edition evolves in aim to create an unprecedented dialogue between modern art, historical and contemporary design and jewellry. This year will give greater room to Primitive Art, and will highlight the vitality of raising such perspectives. The engaging aspect of PAD is its invitation to enter a personal collection, conceived by a selection of seventy-five local and international art dealers – all of whom are leaders in their fields, eager to address each passionate collector in a unique manner. In this salon, mind is enlivened and imagination is exhilarated, as entering a place where the contemporary taste for 20th and 21st century decorative art is born.

 


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This year again, the PAD Prize Jury will select from among the exhibitors the Award-Winning stand, Award-Winning Design Piece and Award-Winning 20th Century Decorative Art Piece. Each Award acknowledges the display and curatorial signature of the galleries’ booths and vignettes, as well as the quality and innovation of the works brought to the fair.

The Selection Committee, comprised of renowned art dealers, including some of A-Gent of Style‘s favourites such as Jacques Lacoste, Mathieu Richard, Chahan, Dansk Møbelkunst, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Gallery 88, Yves Gastou and Rossella Colombari is responsible for the examination of each new candidacy at the fair according to the high standards for which the PAD has become known.


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Since the PAD won’t open its doors to the public until tomorrow and his mole in Paris is not available today, A-Gent of Style sadly could not show you on time for today’s feature the stunning stands and seductive vignettes of this year’s sophisticated fair but in the meanwhile here is his selection of some of the wondrous objets on show ready to dazzle the connoisseurs during its four-day run.

And as usual, don’t hesitate to get in touch with A-Gent of Style at fabricebana@gmail.com if you want to get some information about any piece.



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– Photos by PAD and AD France –







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