Nike x Virgil Abloh: Icons

Nike and Virgil Abloh have had a longstanding relationship and are cementing it with a book titled ‘Icons’ that explores how the partnership works to unify all the intangible cultural threads connected to sneakers.

Underpinned by The Ten, a design project where Virgil collaboratively explored 10 Nike footwear silhouettes, establishing his now respected reconstructed design language.

The book traces Abloh’s investigative, creative process through documentation of prototypes, original text messages from Abloh to Nike designers and treasures from the Nike archives showing the 50 shoes that Virgil has designed for Nike. Readers will find Swooshes sliced away from Air Jordans and reapplied with tape or thread, Abloh’s quotation marks trialed on Nike Air Force 1s and Converse All Stars cut into pieces.

The book builds upon Abloh’s printed matter practice — archiving, documenting and storytelling through books and ephemera in service of preserving important cultural stories. It will be available from today (Jan 22nd) via Nike SNKRS in America, and through Off-White and Canary Yellow, before a wider release globally on February 5th.

Luftgekühlt Book V2

In the world of Porsche, Luftgekühlt represents all the air-cooled cars in the manufacturer’s history, from the Pre-A 356 through the 993 model line. It is an experiential car culture event centered around a tightly curated list of historically significant or interesting cars, both race and street.

This is the second volume of its book, Luft Book, which captures the events from Luft 4 in the Port of LA to Luft 6 at Universal Studios Backlot as well as events out of the US in Great Britain and Germany.

Expect fantastic photography curated by Jeff Zwart, much of it never seen before, paired with exciting literary journey crafted by wordsmith and Luft fellow Mr. Joshy Robots. It won’t be in print forever, so if you want something special for your coffee table, better get it ordered now. It is priced at $140.

Porsche Unseen – never seen before concepts

Porsche Museum has opened its doors and wheeled out some never seen before concepts, fifteen of them to be exact which vary from vehicles that could, have, should have been turned into production models to those so far out there, the designers were just flexing their creative muscles.

Porsche has for the first time published design studies from 2005 to 2019 which had until now been kept under lock and key. A book entitled “Porsche Unseen” is available published by Delius Klasing publishing house. Interested readers are given a detailed look behind the scenes of Style Porsche. More than 120 designers, experts for interior, exterior, colours and materials, model builders, modellers and study engineers work in the Porsche Design Studio.

The book is for sale on Amazon for £57.99 and the author goes into the details of each of these incredible design studies from the 919 Street based on the multiple winning Le Mans 919 Hybrid to the Boxster Bergspyder which was ahead of its time especially when manufacturers like McLaren and Ferrari are now cashing in on their own versions. There is the 911 Safari, to the Vision Renndienst to wilder Vision models. Any motoring enthusiast will be ecstatic to open this on Christmas morning.

Rimowa: An Archive, Since 1898

Coffee table books are ones that offer a talking point when guests enter a room, hardcover books that oversized and mainly for display purposes. Rimowa: An Archive Since 1898 is one of those very books but it sheds light on over 100 years of contemporary luggage design.

See some of the most iconic pieces from the German luxury luggage brand as well as never-before-published photographs exclusively shot for this publication, enriched with illustrations and other vintage brand material.

Rimowa pioneered the first lightweight aluminum suitcase in 1937, to the iconic 1950 grooved design inspired by the fuselage of classic aircrafts as well as collaborating with contemporary cult brands such as Supreme, Dior, Off-White, Porsche, and Fendi, Rimowa has built a reputation over the past century as a coveted item.

Published by Rizzoli in New York, the hardbound 270-page book is printed on one Europe’s finest papers in Italy, costing £70, it will look great on any coffee table even if it sparks up conversations of past travels and the hope of future ones.

Accidentally Wes Anderson – The Book

Many of you will be aware of Wes Anderson’s films, the Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox, Isle of Dogs and many others. His distinct style of perfect symmetry in every shot, with the most important element being front and centre.

This style has got somewhat of a cult following on Instagram – @accidentallywesanderson with 1 million followers and over 1,000 posts. The team behind the Instagram page have come out with their very own book visiting over 200 locations collecting the world’s most Anderson-like sites in all their faded grandeur and pop-pastel colours, telling the story behind each stranger than-fiction-location.

Authorised by Wes Anderson himself, this book isn’t only for fans of his films, but those who enjoy symmetry, stunning locations, avid adventurers and aspiring travellers.

Due to be released on October 29th, it is available for preorder now for £18.99.