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    Claude d’Avoine’s Bookshelf

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Bookshelf: Designer Claude d'Avoine tells us about his colour-coded book collection

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Meet the man behind the very well-designed pages of Dazed and Confused magazine, Claude d’Avoine. Claude is renowned not just for being one of the most stylish men on Old Street but also part of the Brighton talent-gang that burst on to the creative scene a few years back along with Suzi Kemp, Tom Edwards, Lydia Garnett, the list goes on…Claude, who has worked for such big dogs as BOB Design and Colors magazine, now spends his days as a designer at Dazed and Confused. His very neat, colour coded(!) bookshelf is an absolute treat. Read on…

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    Christian Marclay Exhibition Catalogue / Barbican 2005

Christian Marclay Exhibition Catalogue / Barbican 2005

The Christian Marclay show at the Barbican, is still, to this day in my top five exhibitions I have ever been to. I remember walking around in complete awe and amazement at the sheer brilliance of his ideas. I love the playful nature of his work, in particular his Body Mix series. I absolutely love this catalogue – it is one of my favourite books to look through. Definitely check out his work as he is brilliant. 

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    Bruce Weber: Branded Youth and Other Stories

Bruce Weber: Branded Youth and Other Stories

Beautiful boys and short stories. What more could you want?! I bought this in the Photographers’ Gallery shop years ago when it used to be in Leicester Square. I love this book. His photos are effortless and honest. The book itself flows beautifully. Short stories and poems interject throughout the stunning photography with a few bursts of colour imagery amidst the emotive black and white snaps. Cannot recommend it enough! 

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    David Carson: Fotografiks

David Carson: Fotografiks

I have such a soft spot for this book. I bought it when doing my Foundation course; I remember falling in love with the abstract imagery. The blurred and hazy hues of the images are stunning. I think another reason I love the images so much is that some of them were used for the artwork for the Nine Inch Nails album The Fragile

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    Tom Edwards: Nine Tales

Tom Edwards: Nine Tales

I was lucky enough to study with some of the most talented designers and illustrators at Brighton University. One in particular is one of my best friends, Tom Edwards. I love Tom’s work – he recently labelled me his number one fanboy. I’m gonna embrace that title. Nine Tales is an amazing collection of Tom’s incredible imagination and wonderful illustrative style. The colours are so vivid and each page makes you smile. 

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    The Poddington Peas: A Mound of Trouble

The Poddington Peas: A Mound of Trouble

When I was a kid, The Poddington Peas was one of my favourite programmes. When I was at university, I developed a slight addiction to eBay; the purchase of this book is testament to that. It was the best £1.25 I have spent, and I love it so much. Luckily, my eBay addiction has been curbed somewhat. The breaking point was when I bought a 48 piece Poddington Peas puzzle. It was at that moment I realised I had gone too far. 

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She is also a regular guest and sometime host on our Studio Audience podcast.

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    It’s not very often we have a selection of vintage porn magazines masquerading as a book about the history of cinema on It’s Nice That, and for this special occasion we have Professor Fons Hickmann, founder of Berlin studio Fons Hickmann m23, to thank – he stumbled across the rare finding at a French flea market.

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    Last week Apartamento’s co-founder and art director Omar Sosa mentioned an upcoming collaboration with artist Nathalie Du Pasquier in his Bookshelf feature, and purely by chance this week we have Nathalie herself running us through her favourite books. What a nice coincidence!

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    You know how, when going to the hair salon, you automatically and perhaps unfairly expect your hairdresser to be perfectly coiffed? We had a similar sense of anticipation when it came to admiring Omar Sosa’s favourite books – a kind of nervous hope that the man responsible for getting together with Nacho Alegre to co-found Apartamento, an eclectic and deftly-curated compilation of cool characters and the spaces they inhabit, has a similarly intriguing collection of books in his own home too.

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    Artist Lenka Clayton has been a mainstay on It’s Nice That since way back in 2009, whether she’s doing very slow magic tricks, making drawings on a typewriter with friend and collaborator Michael Crowe, or making books about the 63 objects she has removed from her son’s mouth. With such a multidisciplinary practice we knew Lenka would have stacks of wonderful books tucked away, and we weren’t mistaken. “A few years ago I moved to America from England,” she explained, “so I have far fewer books at home than I used to, making this exercise quite easy. The books I chose are the ones that I sacrificed clothes space for in my suitcases.” It seems a good tactic, as these five are a wonderfully eclectic insight into Lenka’s work. Read on!

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    As co-founder of London-based studio 8vo, co-editor of Octavo, International Journal of Typography for all of its eight year-long life and now one half of typographic powerhouse MuirMcNeil, you’d imagine that Hamish Muir has built up a fairly comprehensive collection of design and typography-based publications over the 30 odd years he’s been working. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the legwork and gotten cold hard proof of it in the form of photographs of his top five, and it’s even better than we imagined.

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    Antenne Books is to independent art bookshops what cool kids are to playgrounds – generously exchanging the very best in Pokemon cards from their reserved spot on the climbing frame – except for the Pokemon cards are beautifully made books about art, photography, design and illustration, and the climbing frame is a neat website. They shared five of their favourite out-of-print publications, including some absolute bangers from Ari Marcopoulos and Ed Templeton, leaving us envious and awestruck in equal parts. For their full range, check out their website.

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    Last week Clive Martin from Vice called him “the David Bailey of grime” which sums up Ewen Spencer’s oeuvre beautifully, really. The documentary photographer has made British youth and subculture his bread and butter, photographing the UK garage scene in all of its gritty glory as well as working for the NME, photographing The White Stripes, making the very brilliant Brandy & Coke and producing a host of books and exhibitions as well. As far as perspectives on Britishness go, Ewen’s is basically unrivalled.

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    Yesterday marked the launch of the brand new issue of bi-annual hardback Twin magazine, the defiantly substantial glossy publication that clubs fashion, art and culture together through interviews and gorgeous imagery. This issue includes photographs by Petra Collins, an archive of childhood shots of Kate Bush taken by her older brother and an interview with the remarkable Neneh Cherry, so to celebrate we thought we’d have founder Becky Smith show us the five books which have inspired and influenced her. In the process, we learned who her favourite photographers are, whose rare books she’s lucky to have laid her hands on and the unlikely inspiration behind the name “Twin”. Read on!

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    When we get in touch with the people whose work we admire to ask if they’d like to be involved in the Bookshelf feature, we ask them to pick books which have been particularly inspiring or influential to them in their lives, and this brief might never been more closely followed than by Jessica Svendsen. Jessica is a graphic designer at Pentagram and teaches Typography at both Parsons and Pratt in New York, as well as working on a number of freelance projects which are as remarkable for the degree of research which informs them as for their bold, impactful imagery.

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    Longtime fans of Toro Y Moi will already know Chaz Bundick to be a man with impeccable visual stylings, and a portfolio which stretches way beyond logos and album covers to include album launches turned art exhibitions, screen-printed posters and a heavy involvement with the concepts behind his music videos as well. Today marks the launch of Chaz’s debut album Michael under the name of his dancier side project Les Sins, which we decided made for an ample excuse to get a look at his Bookshelf. And my god it’s a good one.

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    Where some printed publications shy away from British culture as it exists beyond Union Jack flags and Yorkshire tea in floral china, LAW Magazine, which stands for Lives and Works is already knee-deep in the grit and the grime. Now in its fifth issue, the staple-bound bi-annual describes itself as a platform for “the beautiful everyday… A window into the world of the current undercurrent that nobody is catching and which is therefore of greater importance to document.” It’s a kind of Britishness so ubiquitous that you’d have to be wandering the streets with your head in a bag to miss it – one defined by full-suspension mountain bikes, Sunday League referees, Hackney estate maps and Vauxhall Novas.

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    Having founded London-based design studio Build in 2001, creative director Michael C. Place has amassed his fair share of books in his time, with a healthy combination of design knowledge to be found tucked between the spines on the studios (admirably well-organised) shelf. We’ve been championing Build’s work on the site for some time now, so what better way to get an insight into the inspirations behind their snazzy work than by hearing from the creative director himself about his favourite reading material? Between Letraset catalogues, reflections on legend Wim Crouwel and Michael’s mate Blam (who has excellent taste in books) we were not disappointed.

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    “In February 2013, 18 weeks pregnant, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.” That’s the opening statement on the website of graphic novelist Matilda Tristram, who channeled this painful chapter of her life into a bestselling comic entitled Probably Nothing. We interviewed Matilda a while back on the site and were so intrigued by her story, we had to know more. In this revealing, insightful Bookshelf, Matilda shows us the fantastic books that have inspired her to be one of the most important and engaging graphic novelists working today. Here she is…