Carlton Publishing Group arts imprint Goodman, which launched in 2009 and is headed by chairman Jonathan Goodman, has acquired design, fashion and architecture publisher Fiell Publishing.
Peter and Charlotte Fiell, who founded Fiell in 2010, approached Goodman about the move, with Goodman acquiring the company and its backlist of 16 illustrated titles. The Fiells will continue to commission and edit the list, with Goodman contributing additional editorial input and sales and marketing reach.
From October, titles will be published under the newly created Goodman Fiell imprint, with plans for about 14 titles a year. Among the first titles to be released will be Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything by visual arts specialist Stephen Bayley (11th October, £25, hb), which takes readers through art and design history by exploring the concepts of beauty and ugliness. Also released on 11th October will be Masterpieces of British Design by Charlotte and Peter Fiell (£25, hb), which features 300 colour and black-and-white photographs, taking British design classics including the E-Type Jaguar, red telephone boxes and the Spitfire, with in-depth explanatory text accompanying the images.
Other titles to follow this year include The 1930s Fashion Sourcebook; a title about the history of chair design, called Chairs; and Memories of a Lost World, which is a book of photographs from the early 20th century, taken in the "far corners of the world", giving Europeans of the time their first glimpse of places such as China. Goodman said plans for future publishing include building on series such as the Decade by Decade fashion series already started by Fiell Publishing.
Goodman said: "It is a very good market. They are not cheap books, they are about £30, but they are definitive sourcebooks and reference books and we find that market to be a solid one. You can’t find thousands of curated images and information on a website, and for students and professionals in the worlds of design, marketing, advertising, as well as the general public, these books are important. They look beautiful, they have a ‘flickability’ and they contain great information."
He added he envisaged the titles under the new imprint selling through "quality book stores and online, too, with some take-up from educational institutions—and also, around the rest of the world—our reach knows no bounds." On plans for digital publishing, Goodman acknowledged illustrated publishing was waiting for the right e-reading device to open up the market, and said: "I think we are ready and willing, but there are certain constraints at the moment, but if we are given the opportunity, then we will be as quick as anybody else."