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Today I show you this fabulous book, I kindly received by the famous publisher Phaidon, and that will surely become a best-seller in its field.
Phaidon, in case there was need to explain, is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. Phaidon works with the world's most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon is headquartered in London and New York City. 
Well, Phaidon has just published the book "Patterns: Inside the Design Library," which tells the Design Library collection, the world's largest archive of patterns (roughly 7 million specimens), you can physically examine at the headquarters, an old mill restored and converted just outside New York.
Obviously in the book (a volume of over 300 pages with more than 500 illustrations) it is a small, representative selection. No video and no book can never replace the live experience to walk through the countless shelves, exploring archives, touch materials with your fingers, but Phaidon, with this book, very accurate in graphics, in print, in the choice of paper and in binding, it did a great job for those who wish to "own" a piece of that amazing world.
The Design Library was founded in 1972 by textile designer Susan Meller, who with her husband began to collect ancient pattern and at some point they started to spend time, money and effort, acquiring other collections, tracking very rare pieces, especially by classifying each single specimen with extreme precision.
Later it was acquired in 2002 by Peter Koepke, who was also a collector and for 12 years working in the archive, who has continued and expanded in the acquisition and cataloguing. Among the regular visitors are creatives from famous fashion brands. The millions of pieces, including tissue samples, paintings and wallpapers, ranging from the middle of the '700 to date and are ordered in hundreds of categories, depending on the historical period, the kind of graphics, the support, the technique, the artistic movement …
Finally, I point out this very interesting video about the Design Library.