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Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili Hardcover – September 5, 2012
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" When it comes to food, you probably don't know Louise Fili's name but you may very well recognize her work. If you've ever dined at The Mermaid Inn, Back Forty, or Artisanal in New York City, eaten Tate's Bake Shop's cookies, spread some of American Spoon's jam on bread, or poured a glass of Bartlett Winery's wild blueberry wine, you've seen Fili's designs... Graphic designers are sure to appreciate this book--not only for Fili's professional legacy but also for its historical point of view." -- Epicurious.com
"An image-heavy book that will make type and design nerds drool." -- Bust magazine
"Appropriately lavish and stunning, Elegantissima is the perfect showcase of Fili's intricate, arresting, and always elegant work." -- Brain Pickings
"Elegantissima is evidence of [Fili's] success. The monograph is filled with case studies, anecdotes, and luscious spreads from an extraordinary career's worth of design. Most of the book will make you hungry, or at least move up your plans to go to Europe. Bellissima!" -- Imprint
"Long known as something of a revolutionary in the field of book-jacket design, Fili took her distinctive and elegant old-world style to the food-packaging industry in 1989. There she brought a whole new level of sophistication to everything from candybar wrappers to wine bottles-and you can find many of them here." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Sumptuous logos, books, menus, and packaging abound, but the unexpected treat comes in the form of case studies: sketches, inspirations and design process. Not to be missed." --Communication Arts
About the Author
Fili is the author of Elegantissima, published by Princeton Architectural Press. She has also written The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence and co-authored Italianissimo. With her husband, the design historian Steven Heller, she is co-author of Italian Art Deco, British Modern, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, French Modern, Deco España, German Modern, Design Connoisseur, Counter Culture, Typology, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, Scripts, and Shadow Type.
Top Customer Reviews
Then you will enjoy this book. Life is beautiful -- and Louise explains why.
I have several books by Steven Heller and Louise Fili and this husband / wife collaboration has produced some real treasures. I can only imagine what wonders are housed in their combined archives. They are both to be thanked for making so much of their painstaking research and amazing collection available to the rest of us.
Louise is incredibly gifted in her ability to incorporate the beautiful scripts, ornamentation and images of a bygone era and give them a contemporary look. She, singlehandedly, puts to rest the old canard - "never judge a book by its cover". I have no doubt the packaging she creates outshines most of the products contained therein.
I would add, in addition to the obvious visual merits of this book, Mrs. Fili is quite a wordsmith. She has a definite flair for turning a phrase. Her ability to create prose with a such a decided flourish is rather unique in the genre of the art book. Typically one glides through these books content in just appreciating the images while overlooking the cumbersome writing. Her's is a pleasant exception.
The production quality of this book is all one could hope for and well deserving of its contents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Louise Fili's design is WONDERFUL – if only the book designers were as good. The margins are wider near the spine than at the edges, the reverse of good layout. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Flora
I love Louise Fili's work and this allowed me to site an relish each design and learn more about her process as a fellow graphic designer.Published 16 months ago by Bryan M
Wow, fabulous, inventive and elegant. This is an inspiring collection of design.Published 17 months ago by Malena Walley
Elegantissima: a book name far too long for a beautiful and thoughtful collection on typography, design and emotion... Lyrical moves to modern in lovely measure.Published on May 29, 2014 by blackie starr
This is a nice book but it had an obvious scratch on the front cover. Based on the way the order was packed, it would of been on the book when it was shipped. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Becky
The printing of the book is awful. The half tone resolution of the offest print is way too low. Such a shame for a content of great quality. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by frankoozle