Friday, May 25, 2012

Do It Yourself! Klamotten, Möbel, ach, alles mögliche!

DIY FASHION: Customize and Personalize

Selena Francis-Bryden

Sometimes customizing what you wear can be far more satisfying than retail the therapy, and it costs litte or nothing. Inspired by the current trend for craft, DIY-culture and boho chic, this is a cool, quirky and creative guide to making and customising your own clothes, bags and accessoires.

Containing more than 40 project, none of which require prior skill or a sewing machine, these are clothes that anyone of any age can make. From customised hand-me-downs to elegant evening wear, it is packed with ideas that the reader can adapt to their own wardrobe. Full of tips on where to find inspiration, and with a special section on repairs, DIY Fashion is a funky survival guide for the creative, alternative fashionista.

Selena Francis-Bryden has sold clothes at London’s Portobello Market for many years. She has made clothing for many celebrities and her work has featured in Sex and the City. Selena’s customized clothing has been sold by New Look and River Island and she has made complete ranges for high-street giants Topshop and Miss Selfridge.

Laurence King Publishing
250 illustrations
144 pages
216 x 216 mm

Cool Craft

Bridget Bodoano

Craft is back and people of all ages are discovering or rediscovering, the joys of making something by hand. Not only is it a great antidote to conspicuous consumerism, it also gives you something to do while winding down, gossiping, watching TV or listening to your favourite music. The projects in this book are simple enough for the complete beginner with clear instructions and tips on basic techniques. The designs are deliberately chosen so that even a novice will be able to achieve a good finish and ensuring that "home-made" is something smart and even chic and not a term of abuse.

Vivays Publishing
245 x 190 mm
176 pages

DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide

Christopher Stuart

Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch. 

Along with designs for seating and storage, the book also features projects for making your own bed, wardrobe, lighting and garden furniture. Each project features hand-drawn diagrams with short, easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the piece.
All the projects can be easily assembled using common materials to be found at the local hardware store, allowing the reader to create unique designer pieces at a fraction of the normal cost. Brief biographies of all the featured designers are included at the end of the book.

Christopher Stuart is an industrial designer and artist based in Indianapolis. He runs Luur Design ( He was formerly Senior Industrial Designer at Thomson Consumer Electronics and has been a consultant for brands such as Panasonic, Cisco, Philips, and Heinz.

Laurence King Publishing
270 illustrations
144 pages
245 x 210 mm

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