Sarah Sze: Painter, Sculptor or Something Else Again?

It’s a question that’s engaged critics and curators consumed by the acclaimed artist’s work. Mark Godfrey, contributor to a new book on Sze, has a really interesting take

Sarah Sze: Paintings

Wangechi Mutu launches Phaidon & Artspace limited edition WaterSpirit washed Pelican, 2022

'Working with prints is a kind of archaeography. It's my way to conjure something from the past that can tell me something', she says of the new edition

Wangechi Mutu - WaterSpirit washed Pelican, 2022

Dana Schutz's Really Great Year

How her market looked in 2022, the exhibitions and group shows, the institutional firsts, what the critics said and a very limited Artspace edition

Dana Schutz, Adversaries (2019)

Sanya Kantarovsky's Really Great Year

The Russian-born artist has criss-crossed the world with exhibitions, and sparkled at auction in 2022

Sanya Kantarovsky, Little Vera, 2022 (detail)

Mickalene Thomas's Really Great Year

From Broadway to Paris, this important American artist has had a rousing 2022

Mickalene Thomas

Cecily Brown's Really Great Year

In 2022, the brilliant, British-born painter wowed us with monumental canvases and much smaller studies too

Cecily Brown

Ugo Rondinone's Really Great Year

How his market looked in 2022, the exhibitions and group shows, the institutional firsts, what the critics said and a very limited edition

Ugo Rondinone

Great gifts for lovers of fashion and pop culture

A magisterial monograph, a perennial classic, a survey of pioneering women, and the sharpest texts on style all feature among our 2022 fashion and pop culture books

Some of our new 2022 titles

Ugo Rondinone, the AIDS crisis, and his mystic creativity

On World AIDS Day, discover how an early tragedy led this important artist to adopt a life-long, creative outlook

Ugo Rondinone, I Don’t Live Here Anymore (1995/2022)

Great gifts for gardening and interiors enthusiasts

This December, let your loved one delight in exotic homes, learn the secret of seasonal gardening, and answer the call of the wild

Selections from our current interiors and gardens lists

The creative brilliance of George Lois

We look back at the creative visionary's life and work, following his death last week aged 91

George Lois, 1931-2022

Great gifts for design lovers

Beautiful contemporary creations, deep examinations of creative innovators, the climate emergency, Belle Epoque and some of the world’s greatest turntables all feature in our 2022 design list

Titles from our 2022 design list

Great gifts for food and culinary lovers

Give the gift of new tastes, dietary choices and gastronomic creativity, as well as lots of beloved, traditional recipes, with our 2022 culinary books

A selection of our 2022 culinery titles

Great gifts for architecture lovers

Lovers of modernism, followers of fashion and those craving the great outdoors will all find something they love this season among our architecture books

New archiecture titles from Phaidon

Great gifts for art lovers

From magisterial portraits, to wry cartoons, fluffy polar bears to the hottest young prospects within the gallery system, our 2022 art books make for great seasonal gifts

A selection of our 2022 art books

The staying power in the turntable revolution

Audio innovations come and go; our new new history of vinyl players singles out turntables with remarkable staying power

Planar 3 Turntable, Rega, 1977 (this model, 2016)

Great gifts to cook, learn and create with

Pick out something special (and beautiful) for the younger book lovers in your life

It’s Christmas Everywhere is just one of our great gifts for younger readers

The desire for beauty in the turntable revolution

Gideon Schwartz tracks the rise of the hi-fi deck, from studio tool to desirable domestic design status symbol

Beogram 4000C Turntable, Jacob Jensen, Bang & Olufsen, 1972 (re-created limited edition by Bang & Olufsen, 2020)

The role of Japan in the turntable revolution

Our new book examines how Japanese firms came to offer affordable record decks, and kindled a love of Japanese engineering among dance music enthusiasts

 SL-1200 Turntable, Technics, 1972

The vinyl renaissance in the turntable revolution

Once seen as an obsolete format, our new book on turntable design describes how dedicated designers kept the analogue signal alive

Gabriel Reference MKII Monument Turntable, DaVinciAudio, c. 2011

The struggle between clunky cabinets and minimalist design in turntable revolution

Our new on the history of record player design chronicles the way some makers liberated the turntable from its timber console

Majestic 9070 Stereo Console, Grundig, 1956.

The quest for silence and stereo in in the turntable revolution

Quieter mechanisms and double-cut grooves enabled record players to reach new sonic heights during the 1960s, as Revolution reveals

1019 Turntable, Dual, 1965.

The sparky, sonic addition of electricity to the turntable revolution

Our new history of turntable design looks at how the advent of radio briefly overshadowed the record player’s prominence

6028 Silverstone Radio and Record Player, Sears, Roebuck & Co., c.1938

The wild, early days of the turntable revolution

The nascent, pre-electric days of record players was a time of murky-sounding folk songs, laws suits and truly bizarre ways of putting the needle on the record

 Victor 6 Phonograph, Victor, Early 1900s

The Japanese interior bringing timber into the 21st century

Once seen as a product of the past, now wooden homes are among the most fashionable, explains our new book

House in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, Arbol, 2019. Photo by Yasunori Shimomura

The Japanese interior where nature is the biggest luxury of all

Our new book considers the global and local influences that have shaped Japan’s world-leading lux interiors

Polygon House, Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Makoto Yamaguchi, 2003. Courtesy of Makoto Yamaguchi; photo by Koichi Torimura

The Japanese interior with lots of storage space but not a doorknob in sight

See how one small and perfectly conceived Tokyo apartment screens off its clutter

Fusuma-e (knof Home and Office), Tokyo, Kaori Kikushima and Ikki Nagasawa, knof, 2017. Courtesy knof/Photo © Haruki Kodama

The Japanese interior where a single staircase connects three generations

See how, in Tokyo, one famous architectural practice managed to bring together grandparents, parents and grandchildren via one simple design feature

Stairway House, Tokyo, nendo, 2020. Photo Shigeo Ogawa

The Japanese interior bringing brutalism to the beach

Poured concrete isn’t just for US public buildings and European car parks. In Japan, it also suits a naturalistic, seaside retreat

 Peninsula House, Kanto Region, Mount Fuji Architects Studio, 2018. Photo by Kenichi Suzuki

The Japanese Interior in the city with the feel of the forest

Take a look at the Tokyo home where fine art meets meets nature and classic minimalism

House S, Tokyo, Keiji Ashizawa Design, 2011 and 2019. Photo by Ben Richards

The Japanese interior filled with holes to let the outside in

Kengo Kuma captured the Lotus House’s natural surroundings both physically and figuratively in this checkerboard-style stone exterior

Lotus House, Eastern Japan, Kengo Kuma & Associates, 2005. Photo by Daici Ano

The Japanese interior where old first met new

One acclaimed architect demolished and rebuilt his home on the same spot before he finally created this near perfect home in 1928

Chochikukyo; yamazaki, Kyoto Prefecture, Koji Fujii, 1928. Photo courtesy Takenaka Corporation/Photo Taizo Furukaw

Wangechi Mutu’s hopeful future

By working away at simple, age-old artistic practices, this contemporary artist believes she’s working towards a better tomorrow

Wangechi Mutu, Subterranea Stemmed, 202

Wangechi Mutu’s mutant collages

Though she cut-and-pasted Cola ads together as a student, this Kenyan artist’s collage works serve to upend old cultural and social assumptions

Wangechi Mutu, Misguided Little Unforgivable Hierarchies, 2005. Ink, acrylic, collage and contact paper on mylar, 206 x 132 cm

Wangechi Mutu’s Mythical Mothers

The Kenyan artist created her fantastical Water Women series in response to some all-too-real maternal pains

Wangechi Mutu, Water Woman, 2017. Installation view at The Contemporary Austin

Wangechi Mutu’s protest painting

By referencing action painting and Kenyan feminist protests, Mutu breaks down any barrier between fine art and political concerns

Wangechi Mutu, Throw, 2016

Wangechi Mutu’s African Queens

In an age of toppling statues, this incredible African artist created four regal figures fit for our times

Wangechi Mutu, The Seated II, 2019. Installation View at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Wangechi Mutu’s Imperial Monsters

In her highly charged video work, the Kenyan artist addresses global ecological fears and a highly personal colonial history

Wangechi Mutu, The End of Eating Everything, 2013. Animated video, colour, sound, 8 min. 10 sec

The modernist masters who helped Walter Gropius

Whether it was Klee, Kandinsky or Le Corbusier, the Bauhaus founder had a knack for attracting and sharing his life with other modernist greats

Walter Gropius (far right), Peter Behrens; Babelsberg office, near Potsdam, 1908. As an assistant in the office, Gropius worked alongside Mies van der Rohe and his future architectural partner Adolf Meyer. Le Corbusier joined the Behrens office in 1910. Left to right: Mies, Meyer, Max Hertwig, Bernhard Weyrather, Jean Chandler and Gropius

Why Lynda Benglis’s own body is the ultimate guide to her art

From synthetic rubber, to clay to chicken-wire, this acclaimed American sculptor sees the human body as the measure of all things

Lynda Benglis in her New Mexico Studio, 2015. Photo by Paul O'Connor

Landscape and Lynda Benglis

The artist doesn’t quite paint landscapes, but many of her sculptures have been created in response to her natural environment

Lynda Benglis, New Mexico, 2021. Photo: Grace Roselli, Pandora's BoxX Project

The dangerous chemicals that could have killed Lynda Benglis

The US sculptor’s work with carcinogenic rubbers and foams drew attention to the interplay between the natural and unnatural world

Lynda Benglis, Contraband, 1969. Poured DayGlo pigmented, latex; 2022 Lynda Benglis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.  Photo: Christopher Burke Studios

The way abstract expressionism shaped Lynda Benglis

Discover how the contemporary sculptor’s response to Pollock and his contemporaries influenced art history

Lynda Benglis with Planet, New York, 1969. 2022 Lynda Benglis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Norman Seeff

The story behind Lynda Benglis’s most shocking image

First published almost half-a-century ago, Benglis’s 1974 photograph for Artforum magazine remains a startlingly frank assertion of sexual freedom

Lynda Benglis with mask, reproduced in The New Sexual Frankness: Good-By To Hearts and Flowers;, New York Magazine, 17 February 1975; 2022 Lynda Benglis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo; 1975 and 2022 Steve Myers

The shared heritage between Palace and Vans

The British skate brand was polite about its collaboration with its Californian counterpart, but customarily snarky outside of that tie-up, as our new book shows...

Palace Vans Skate Authentic black

Madonna and Anna Wintour on Steven Klein

Two long-standing collaborators share their love of this great photographer’s work

Steven Klein. Madonna, Hotel Glória, Rio de Janeiro, 2008. © Steven Klein. All Rights Reserved

Studs and Steven Klein

See how the photographer pairs beautiful models and haute couture clothes with powerful equine imagery

Steven Klein. Horse Pool, Guinevere Van Seenus, Windsor, CT, 2005. All rights reserved

The British link between Palace and Reebok

Lev Tanju, the skate brand founder, shows his love for the north of England trainer brand in Palace Product Descriptions

Palace Reebok P-Bok Classic leather pump

The parties that brought joy to Walter Gropius

He may have liked clean lines and rational logic, but he also loved a good time, as our new book shows

Menu for the first Half Hundred Club dinner, January 1937.

The mutual admiration between Palace & Ralph Lauren

The British skate brand's founder wore their Polo shirts for 30 years, now he shares the love in our new book Palace Product Descriptions

Palace Ralph Lauren pyjama top engineered equestrian print

The winning bond between Palace and Adidas

How the skate brand went from the run down apartments of London's Waterloo to dominate Centre Court

Adidas Palace Pro Black/Orange

The love between Palace and Stella Artois

The London skate brand showed its admiration for the Belgian beer in not one, but two collaborations

Palace Stella Artois chalice glass

The elite students who remade the world under Walter Gropius

The later chapters of our new illustrated biography look at how the Bauhaus master influenced Richard Rogers, IM Pei, and Norman Foster, among many others

Drawing of the north elevation for the Pan Am Building, New York

How Steven Klein went from ‘bad kid’ to photographic icon

Our new book charts the American photographer’s incredible rise, producing some of the most recognisable images of Brad Pitt, Kate Moss and Madonna

Steven Klein, Self Portrait. courtesy Steven Klein studio

The wildly creative childhood of Steven Klein

Our new book reproduces an early vacation snap that pointed towards the photographer’s bright future

Steven Klein, Self Portrait No. 18, 2022, courtesy Steven Klein studio

The artists who sustained Walter Gropius

From Joan Miró to Henry Moore, Robert Motherwell to Wassily Kandinsky, great artists helped the Bauhaus founder on his way to greatness

Walter Gropius, Spain, circa 1907.

What this pioneering oceanographer saw in the Ocean

Our new book illustrates how Matthew Fontaine Maury unlocked the mysteries of the Atlantic

Matthew Fontaine Maury, Vertical Section; North Atlantic, 1854

This rather grand sounding River Cafe dessert is perfect for kids

Trust us on this one - children will love making (and eating) this hazelnut praline semifreddo!

Hazelnut praline semifreddo

The fruit and friendship that enrich Ballymaloe Desserts

In his new book, the brilliant pastry chef JR Ryall describes how the generosity of County Cork influences his menus

Peaches at Ballymaloe House. Photo by Cliodhna Prendergast

The country house that nurtured Ballymaloe Desserts

JR Ryall may be one of the world’s most exciting pastry chefs, but he always grounds his cookery in his restaurant’s historic surroundings

Ballymaloe House, County Cork, Ireland. Photo by Cliodhna Prendergas

Yes, it was once illegal to sell certain sweet buns in Britain

The British Cookbook traces the nice but naughty history of British baking

Chelsea Buns. Photography by Sam A Harris

This River Cafe salad looks great and is fun to make with kids

The River Café Parmesan and raw zucchini dish is very easy to prepare and quick to impress

Zucchini Salad. Photography by Matthew Donaldson

This River Cafe risotto is a great, kid-friendly introduction to Italian cookery

There may be no alcohol in this tasty tomato and basil recipe, but it’s still a wonderfully grown-up dish

Risotto with tomato and basil

The dessert trolley that helped define Ballymaloe Desserts

In our new book, the brilliant dessert chef JR Ryall describes how a blood orange dish adds a ray of sunshine; a fruit fool always goes down well and a redcurrant barquette pretties it up too

The dessert trolley at Ballymaloe House. Photo by Cliodhna Prendergast

Inside the hen house fit for a banking dynasty

Spanish designer Isabel López-Quesada Biarritz crams so much good taste into her modest Biarritz farm house

 Isabel López-Quesada, Biarritz. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna/The Interior Archive

Inside the Korean home that uses antique methods to solve modern problems

Teo Yang isn’t only creating his own home in Seoul, he’s taking care of the city’s traditional buildings for the next generation

Teo Yang. Seoul. Photo by Shim Yun Suk/Studio Sim

Inside the English house that feels like a modernist sculpture

British designer Faye Toogood says this family home was the first place she could truly live a modern life

Faye Toogood. London. Photo by Henry Bourne

The hugely talented young chef behind Ballymaloe Desserts

Discover how a kitchen pratfall pushed JR Ryall down a distinctly sweeter path

JR Ryall

This classic River Cafe pasta recipe is child’s play

Try the spaghetti alle vongole recipe from The River Cafe Look Book: Recipes for Kids of all Ages

Spaghetti alle vongole

Inside the soulful loft of Kim and Kanye’s designer

Vincent Van Duysen might be known for his starry clientele, but his own home is all about comfort and quiet contemplation

Vincent Van Duysen, Antwerp. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska

Inside the warehouse apartment decked out with salvaged souvenirs

Italian designer Paola Navone creates beauty with discarded ceramics in her distinctive domestic space

Paola Navone's home in Milan. Photo by Enrico Conti

Try a healthy and affordable slice of Mexican vegetarian cuisine via these tasty tacos

Tacos de pobre might make for a budget-conscious dinner, but they’re rich in both taste and nutrients.

Poor tacos with potato peelings. Photography by Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Urquiza

The amazing adaptability that keeps HAY current

From smart speakers to sandals, cookware to candleholders, this Danish design firm collaborates cleverly to always stay ahead of the game

Dinner in collaboration with Ignacio Mattos, Los Angeles, 2021. Photo by Thomas Slack

This River Cafe fish dish is perfect for kiddy cooks (and those young at heart)

Monkfish wrapped in pancetta might sound like haute cuisine, but The River Cafe Look Book makes it easy

Monkfish wrapped in pancetta

What Iris van Herpen saw in the Ocean

Our new book Ocean looks at how this Dutch fashion designer captured a mystery element of the seas

Iris van Herpen, Sensory Seas, 2019

What David Doubilet saw in the Ocean

The brilliant National Geographic photographer captured life perfectly below and above the sea’s surface

David Doubilet, Father and Son, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, 2013.

Discover the lighter side of Mexican vegetarian cuisine via these sophisticated salads

The Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook helps bust those 'unhealthy' myths about Mexican cuisine

Roasted Jicama salad with apple and poblano dressing

What Paul Klee saw in the Ocean

The Bauhaus master used marine life as a teaching aid, our new book explains

Paul Klee, Fish Image, 1925

Inside the Paris apartment that doubles as a self-portrait

French designer Sophie Dries says creating an interior is like creating a portrait. So what does her own home reveal?

Sophie Dries, Paris. Photo by Christophe Coenon

The affordable offerings that set HAY apart

Rolf and Mette Hay attracted the world’s greatest designers by offering them a worldwide audience (and an egalitarian price point)

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

How Ugo Rondinone re-invents life, love, experience, identity and even time and space itself around him

All the elements that make up the practice of this Swiss-born artist come under the microscope in his new Contemporary Artist Series monograph

Ugo Rondinone at Studio Rondinone 2019

Inside the Milanese palazzo where the past meets the future

Architect and artist Vincenzo de Cotiis has turned his antique apartment into a beautifully progressive design lab

Vincenzo de Cotiis's apartment, Milan. Photo by Joachim Wichmann

Inside an unexpectedly English home in Latin America

Chilean design duo Grisanti & Cussen turn up the baroque beauty in this Santiago home, and add just a touch of Wes Anderson-style whimsy

Hugo Grisanti (Grisanti & Cussen), Santiago. Photo by Ana Mar&ia Lopez

The designers that truly distinguish HAY

This innovative Danish firm knows what consumers want, and also what great designers desire

 Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi

What Jean Jullien saw in the Ocean

The French artist finds thrills, threats - and humour - in his sea view

Jean Jullien, Surf's Up, 2017.

What Snøhetta saw in the Ocean

Our new book takes a look at the beautiful, box-like restaurant the world-famous architecture practice pitched into the Norwegian sea

Under by Snøhetta

Inside the wood-panelled LA den that reminds its star creator of his grandparents’ place

Californian designer Jeff Andrews has worked for Lady Gaga and the Kardashians. Yet, when it came to his own place, he drew on influences closer to home

Jeff Andrews. Los Angeles. Photo by Grey Crawford

The colours that make HAY shine

Against a prevailing backdrop of Scandi neutrality, HAY has brightened our world with colourful, coherent products

 Six-Colour Bags, Susan Bijl and Bertjan Pot, 2019, from HAY

Taste a hearty slice of meat-free Mexican vegetarian cuisine via this charcoal-grilled classic

This roasted mushroom dish from Yucatán is the perfect reformed carnivore’s choice from The Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook

Poc chuc with mushrooms

Inside the London designer’s 18th century apartment that’s become a lab for interior treatments

You won’t just be impressed by the way Ben Pentreath decorated his flat, you’ll also be struck by the way he secured the property

Ben Pentreath's London apartment

What NASA saw in the Ocean

The Space Administration’s contrasting views of our seas hold both hope and fear

Earth Science, 1994, by NASA

The New York dessert that's now pretty much British

The British Cookbook explains how The Knickerbocker Glory found a new home - on the other side of the Atlantic

Knickerbocker Glory, from The British Cookbook

Inside the apartment that slowly became a family home for two footloose designers

The Anglo-Japanese couple Naoko Takenouchi and Marc Webb arrived in Singapore as backpackers, and created their forever home

Naoko Takenouchi and Marc Webb's apartment, Singapore. Picture courtesy of Studio Periphery

Enjoy the savoury side of Mexican vegetarian cuisine via these delicious breakfast dishes

Big breakfasts are part of Mexican culture, and our new Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook has some great meat-free options to try

Molletes with pico de gallo salsa and gratin cheese

This classic River Cafe chocolate cake is fun to make, and delicious to eat

Young home cooks, as well as those young at heart, will love making this pressed chocolate cake

Pressed chocolate cake

What Hokusai saw in the Ocean

Our new book explains how deep, East Asian philosophical ideas are captured in this famous image

Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa (or The Great Wave), c.1830-32

There are a bunch of spicy, Indian-flavoured dishes in The British Cookbook. But you won’t find any of them in India

In The British Cookbook, Ben Mervis records the recipes and retraces the roots of the country’s colonial legacy

Chicken tikka masala, from The British Cookbook

Try a colourful, fresh taste of Mexican vegetarian cuisine with this satisfying dessert

The Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook uncovers the lighter, healthier side of this country's cookery

Fresh fig cake

Septime, Central and Ikoyi find a place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list

Phaidon high risers and new entrants dominate this year

Septime, Paris. Photograph: Alexandre Guirkinger

Is Britain’s most famous dish really Jewish?

Well, sort of. The British Cookbook untangles the intricate foodways of the British Isles

Battered fish and chips