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Suffering the post Christmas blues? The explosion of gift giving and receiving during the festive season is as intense as it is brief. Chances are, in the rush to buy amazing gifts for your loved ones you forgot about someone very important. Yourself. So with Christmas done and dusted for another year, take some time out and treat yourself to a gift you know you'll love. You won't be disappointed.

To help you on the path to self-gratification, I've picked out the best of Lavish 2013, as well as a few amazing titles at discounted prices.

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TOP LAVISH PICKS FROM 2013
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by Sebastiao Salgado


A photographic homage to our planet in its natural state

"In GENESIS, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen." Sebastião Salgado

On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense.

From that day onward, though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer, the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who "always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images," shot very little more... 

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40 years of passion and experience has been poured into Lonely Planet's Beautiful World.

We witness fiery volcanic eruptions; wind-sculpted icebergs in the Antarctic; mind-blowing migrations of wildlife large and small; natural wonders from Belize's Great Blue Hole to Yellowstone in Wyoming; also the imprint that humanity has made on the planet.


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Click here for more details or to order THE GARDEN AT STONEFIELDS
by Paul Bangay


'A truly great garden should enrich your soul, and those of many others - hopefully for generations to come.'

This is celebrated landscape designer Paul Bangay's inspirational story of creating Stonefields, one of Australia's most beautiful country gardens. The Garden at Stonefields reveals the triumphs and trials of designing and building this extraordinary house and garden, Paul's most challenging and personal project yet.

Photographed by Paul's long-time collaborator Simon Griffiths, the stunning more...
 

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by Peter Timms


For the last few years photographer Peter Elfes has been travelling to the Lake Eyre region, documenting the people, the landscape, the floods, the animals and wildlife.

His spectacular images re-define landscape photography, taking it into the realm of art.

Where others have only found an unchanging Australian desert, Pete's lens reveals the spectrum of colours, the dramas and more...

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SEASONAL KITCHEN
by Serge Dansereau

LOVE ITALY
by Guy Grossi

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The new cookbook from Serge Dansereau of Australia's iconic Bathers' Pavilion.

Seasonal Kitchen gives you 220 new recipes that celebrate Australian produce. In this eclectic collection of recipes, which draws its inspiration from the Mediterranean, as well as India and China, Serge continues to use his chef know-how to demonstrate how to turn modern-day classics from good dishes into great ones. Capitalising on his reputation as the 'father of the fresh food movement', Serge moves us through the year, listing in-season produce and offering us recipes that will more...

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Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it.

All the quintessential Italian ingredients are here, from parmesan to prosciutto, balsamic vinegar to buffalo mozzarella. Discover the wonderful characters behind the ingredients, and the traditional artisan methods that have been passed down through the generations.

Then cook your way through 150 recipes including more...

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OBSESSIVE CREATIVE
by Collette Dinnigan

GQ MEN
by Jim Nelson
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In this much-anticipated book from Collette Dinnigan, the Australian designer and fashion icon provides an intimate insight into her life and work.

For the first time, this intensely private woman opens up about what makes her tick. What inspires her to create clothes worn by the most glamorous women in the world, from film stars to royalty? How has her bohemian childhood shaped her? What has made her so successful? What drives her creativity and more...


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For decades, around the world, it has been said of certain men, "He's so GQ." The magazine has become synonymous with style, but to "be GQ" is so much more than just being outwardly fashionable. It also means to be cultured, to have taste, to have panoramic interests, from politics, art, and literature to film, music, travel, and of course fashion. It's about being a part of the cultural moment- actively engaging in the here and now with curiosity and an appetite for what's new. Mining the magazine's extensive  more...

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THE BEATLES SOLO
by Mat Snow

GURRUMUL: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
by Robert Hillman
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This stunning gift set contains four beautifully illustrated hard-cover books - one for each Beatle - covering their lives since they broke up in 1969. Jam-packed with nearly 400 pages, 200 photos, quotes, lyrics, and memorabilia all packaged in an elegant slipcase, this is a must-have gift item for the Beatle-lover in your life.

They were a phenomenon together and a fascination apart. The Beatles as a group released 12 studio albums in 8 years. As solo artists, however, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr have released a collective 70 LPs and 900 songs since 1968.

Never before have the Fab 4 been covered like more...

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... you will surrender to the greatest voice this continent has ever recorded - BRUCE ELDER, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

On a November afternoon in 2010, Gurrumul sat in a studio in Sydney to be photographed for the cover of Rolling Stone. The studio was 3000 kilometres from where he was born on Elcho Island off the coast of East Arnhem Land. A bare three years had passed since the release of Gurrumul, his critically acclaimed debut solo album. Those years of critical acclaim, , all the years before them, and the illness that threatened to end it all, combine in one of the most inspiring music stories of our generation.

From concert halls to more...

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Gurrumul: His Life and Music

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by Luigi Serafini


An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations.

Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognised as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopaedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fuelled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation.

While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artefact. Blurring the distinction between more...

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Click here for more details or to order THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
by Alison Bashford


The Cambridge History of Australia
offers a comprehensive view of Australian history from its pre-European origins to the present day. Over two volumes, this major work of reference tells the nation's social, political and cultural story.

Volume 1: examines Australia's indigenous and colonial history through to the Federation of the colonies in 1901.

Volume 2: opens with the birth of the twentieth century, tracing developments in the nation through to the present day.

Each volume is divided into two parts. The first part more...


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Click here for more details or to order CELEBRATING WORD AND IMAGE 1250-1600
by Margaret M. Manion, Charles Zika


Please note the pages on this book have been produced with bevelled or rough edge to create an old style look. The publisher has deliberately chosen to produce the book this way.

The Kerry Stokes Collection is one of the most significant and respected private collections of art and historical material in Australia. Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection features a select group of twelve handmade books or 'manuscripts'. Each make a distinct contribution to the history of the book itself. With a generous number of colour illustrations and written by experts in the field, Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600 makes these important historical artefacts available to the public for the very first time.

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Born of the traditions of fine art and printing, graphic design is a form of visual communication that seeks to inform, identify or promote through the combination of word and image. But unlike the written word or a work of art, a graphic design operates exclusively in the context in which it will be seen, and mediates between the wishes of the client and the expectations of the public. Moreover, a graphic work is created for mass reproduction.

The field of graphic design, as we know it today, has its roots in two developments: the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century and the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, both of which contributed to the process of graphic reproduction.

Today, trade, commerce, communications and culture continue to feed the need for more...
 
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TRESPASS
by Carlo McCormick

ALEX STEINWEISS : THE INVENTOR OF THE MODERN ALBUM COVER
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Graffiti and unsanctioned art - from local origins to global phenomenon.

In recent years street art has grown bolder, more ornate, more sophisticated and in many cases, more acceptable. Yet unsanctioned public art remains the problem child of cultural expression, the last outlaw of visual disciplines. It has also become a global phenomenon of the 21st century.

Made in collaboration with featured artists, Trespass examines the rise and global reach of graffiti and urban art, tracing key figures, events and movements of self-expression in the city's social space, and the history of   more...

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I love music so much and I had such ambition that I was willing to go way beyond what the hell they paid me for. I wanted people to look at the artwork and hear the music." Alex Steinweiss

Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover as we know it, and created a new graphic art form.

In 1940, as Columbia Records' young new art director, he pitched an idea: Why not replace the standard plain brown wrapper with an eye-catching illustration?

The company took a chance, and within months its record sales increased by over 800 per cent. His covers for  more...

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Alex Steinweiss : The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover

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Click here for more details or to order 20TH-CENTURY WORLD ARCHITECTURE: THE PHAIDON ATLAS

20th Century World Architecture portrays, for the first time, an overview of the finest built architecture from around the world completed between 1900 and 1999. The unprecedented global scope of this collection of over 750 key buildings juxtaposes architectural icons with regional masterpieces.

Specially designed and commissioned graphics at the start of the atlas explore the changing economic and political contexts of architectural production throughout this fascinating century, and highlight the flow of architectural ideas and architects around the globe. The selection of projects brilliantly illustrates more...
 
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TASCHEN: 100 CONTEMPORARY HOUSES
by Philip Jodidio

LANDSCAPE : ARCHITECTURE NOW!
by Philip Jodidio


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Designing private homes offers architects more freedom than corporate projects to express their ideas and try out new concepts.

Conceiving living spaces is not without its own set of challenges, for which architects are forever looking for innovative solutions, rethinking the way we inhabit our home and live our daily lives is all part of the job when designing a house.

Nowadays environmental concerns have become crucial in building more...

 
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One of the hottest areas of contemporary design is landscape architecture. No matter what the architectural style of the moment, the green areas around houses, stadiums or corporate headquarters have taken on a considerable importance, all the more so with the emphasis on ecology and green design.

This book calls on the work of the top designers of the moment, from Ken Smith, author of the Museum of Modern Art's rooftop garden, to West 8 from Rotterdam, but also on architects ranging from Steven Holl to more...

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Click here for more details or to order GREATEST OF ALL TIME: A TRIBUTE TO MUHAMMAD ALI
by Benedikt Taschen


This monumental publication first published in TASCHEN's limited collector's editions is now finally available in a popular hardcover edition!

"This is not a book. This is a monument on paper, the most megalomaniacal book in the history of civilization, the biggest, heaviest, most radiant thing ever printed - Ali's last victory."
Der Spiegel, Hamburg

Universally acclaimed as the greatest sportsman of the modern era, someone who transformed not just his sport but the cultural status of more...
 

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