Design Between the Lines
By Linda O'Keeffe
(The Monacelli Press, Hardcover, 9781580933414, 224pp.)
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
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In Stripes: Design Between the Lines, writer and design expert Linda O’Keeffe explores the lineage of lines as they shape culture, art, and style. The illustrations create a rollicking visual ride while the accompanying text—by turns witty and weighty—shows how these potent, sometimes-charged symbols have even changed the course of world history.
The simplest and most ancient of all decorative markings, stripes perpetually fascinate. Natural inspirations in the forms of zebra stripes, rippled sand dunes, and intricately gnarled wood grain have led us to use stripes in every permutation: on human bodies from elaborate woven textiles to the iconic Breton T-shirt to sharp pin-striped suits, in art from the earliest cave paintings to vibrant op art canvases, and in industrial design from World War II–era dazzle battleships to the ubiquitous bar code. Their appeal endures.
With over 250 full-color images, Stripes: Design Between the Lines provides a wholly original look at one of the most recognizable patterns of all time. Eight thematic chapters present stripes in every conceivable manifestation, from diabolical to decorative, historic to postmodern. The result is a wonderfully varied visual collage that shows how design-savvy people throughout the ages and recent design stars including Jonathan Adler, Geoffrey Beene, Jamie Drake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Josef Hoffman, Sol LeWitt, Todd Oldham, Alberto Pinto, Giò Ponti, Karim Rashid, David Rockwell, Carolyne Roehm, Paul Smith, and Vivienne Westwood have incorporated stripes into their work and daily lives.
Noted design editor and writer Linda O’Keeffe has been involved in design for over three decades, including sixteen years as the creative director at Metropolitan Home magazine. She currently contributes to a variety of shelter and architecture publications, lectures, moderates panels, and appears regularly on radio and television design programs. She is the author of Brilliant: Design in White (The Monacelli Press, 2011), Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More and The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating.
"Certain colors and patterns can polarize people, but it’s hard to find anyone who dislikes stripes. In her new book, Stripes, Veranda contributor Linda O’Keeffe breaks her exploration of these simple, contrasting lines into the various moods they convey—from joyous to paradoxical, tribal to structural. Collages of inspirational imagery fill every chapter, providing plenty of ideas for achieving specific looks." —Veranda
"Design editor Linda O’Keeffe’s follow-up to Brilliant: White in Design, her 2011 book, looks at one of decorating’s most classic patterns: stripes. Including work by top talents such as Jamie Drake, Alberto Pinto, and David Rockwell, as well as by artists Daniel Buren, Vanessa Beecroft, and Agnes Martin, this release traces the linear motif’s history all the way back to the Paleolithic era and features eye-catching images of architecture, fashion, nature, and interiors." —Architectural Digest
"Make a beeline for Linda O'Keeffe's Stripes, a straight take on an iconic pattern.... With riotous images including stripe-lined interiors from Christopher Coleman, Todd Oldham, Robert Couturier, and Mary McDonald, it's easy to read between the lines here: from Bendel boxes to zebra print, stripes are a classic; O'Keeffe walks the line with style." —New York Observer