Book Review “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Art & Design”

Author: Weta Workshop, Daniel Falconer
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Harper Design
Release Date: December 13, 2013

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

Peter Jackson is my hero, period. I love his vision for “The Lord of The Rings”. The films are amazing and I always wanted more. When he stepped back into that world with “The Hobbit”, I was excited for another film but then that one film turned into another trilogy. Last year, I was thrilled to have received “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design”, which was easily one of my favorite books of the year. Then earlier this year I received “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II – Creatures and Characters”, which was a fantastic companion to the film. Both of these really captured the making of  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and I was dying to see what they had planned for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. Well I was left 100% satisfied, this book is a must own!

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design” takes a really deep look into the second film in Peter Jackson’s second trilogy from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The film follows Biblo’s and the dwards travels to reclaim the lost realm of Erebor from the Dragon Smaug. Like the first book in this series, it dives into the design and development of the environments in the film, as well as the different cultures, creatures, and artifacts that are found in the film.  Be prepared to be wowed since there are over one thousand stunning images, that’s 1,000 images, consisting of conceptual art, photographs, all wrapped around amazing commentary from the film’s cast and crew.

This book was overseen by Weta Workshop’s senior concept designer Daniel Falconer. You can tell that it is a real labor of love for the team since it is not a cop out of a art book, there is a lot of detail and love that went into this book and if you are a fan of these films you will be eating up every single word and gorgeous image provided. I thought that they couldn’t get any better after “Creatures & Characters” but I was wrong since this one outdoes them all. Also as a super cool bonus, only available with this book, there is a special fold-out replica of the portrait of the Master of Lake-town, played by Stephen Fry in the film. If you want more keep an eye out for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Cloaks & Dagge​rs” which drops on July 8, 2014.

Owner/designer of KATRIEL, Keny Cohen talks fashion and design

Keny Cohen is the owner and designer of KATRIEL. Her designs have been worn by many celebrities including Marina Sirtis from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and Kendall Jenner from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. Keny took out some time to chat with Media Mikes about fashion and design.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about how you started “Katriel Designs”?
Keny Cohen: I started Katriel over summer as more of a hobby and something that I had always enjoyed doing. Little by little the line began to develop and more and more people started showing interest making my dreams of being a fashion designer a reality.

MG: How did it feel to have someone like Kendall Jenner wear your designs during Fashion’s Night Out in LA and support your collection?
KC: It felt amazing! knowing that someone that is so hot right now in fashion want to wear your creations feels like a huge validation in the industy.

MG: In an every changing design world, how do you stay on stop of fashion?
KC: As Yves Saint Laurent said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.” I completely agree with him and I don’t feel like I am someone who follows trends. Although i like to add things that keep my designs fresh and modern, overall I stick with shapes and styles that have lasted through trends and will always be in demand. These are the designs that a woman can keep in her closet forever and never feel like it has become outdated.

MG: What do you have planned next for your line?
KC: Spring 2013!