THE FIRST-TIME GARDENER: CONTAINER FOOD GARDENING by Pam Farley reveals all the know-how you need to grow veggies, fruits, herbs, and other edible plants in pots. This is a great way to begin your gardening journey. A friendly guide that answers all the questions for those on a budget with little space. Illustrated planting plans are also included. A perfect book for beginners. Published by CoolSprings Press.

CHRISTOPHER DRESSER: Design Pioneer by Max Donnelly is a beautifully designed gift book devoted to the work of Christopher Dresser, one of the most influential British designers, whose work continues to resonate today.

Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) is one of the most influential British designers of all time and is widely regarded as Britain’s first independent industrial designer. More than a century later, his works still look remarkably modern.

Like his contemporary William Morris, Dresser advocated for an honesty of materials, but unlike Morris he fully embraced industrial techniques, designing for the growing consumer market. Through Dresser’s fascination with the arts of Japan and his strong belief in Owen Jones’s principle that ornament should be geometrical in form, his designs look surprisingly minimal for their time. Affordable, well designed, functional, and commercially successful, the objects that Dresser designed―wallpapers, textiles, carpets, ceramics, furniture, and most famously, metalwork―were industrially produced by manufacturers across the United States, United Kingdom, and continental Europe. This compact, beautifully produced book on Dresser’s work begins with a brief introduction to his life and work before presenting seventy-five of his most important pieces, each accompanied by an in-depth caption. CHRISTOPHER DRESSER is for anyone interested in modern design. With 110 illustrations. Published by Thames&Hudson.

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