I recently purchased a few books from one of the popular sale websites and the first one I’ve had a chance to flip through is Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, and it’s glorious. The book is written and put together by journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch. McCulloch specializes in design, architecture, and style and has written for numerous design magazines, including Vogue Living and Elle. McCulloch’s Paris takes you on a tour of the City of Light and is divided up into the different arrondissements or neighborhoods that make up the city. She goes in-depth in each arrondissement telling you what to see, where to stop and rest, where to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate. The first half of the book is all about the 18 arrondissements, the second half is about where to specifically find things, there’s a whole section of the best books stores in Paris and gets specific such as where to buy books for gardeners and cooks. There are sections on where to buy tableware and linens, homewares, decorating stores and on and on. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs taken by Janelle McCulloch and is a wonderful addition to any personal collection for a Francophile or as a gift. Check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, you won’t be sorry. Until you do here are some images from the book, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 27, 2017
January 24, 2017
I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while, so I thought today would be a great day to do one on one of my favorite authors and decorators, Edith Wharton. Several years ago I went through an “Edith Wharton phase” where I read as many of her books and short stories I could get my hands on. I love the way she writes and of course, her stories take place during America’s Gilded Age as well as beautiful descriptions of trips across the ocean to England, France, and Italy. One thing many people don’t remember or know is that Wharton was known for her interior design capabilities and the gorgeous designs she came up with for her home, The Mount, as well as helping others with their own homes. Wharton was born on this day in 1862 in New York City, her parents were George and Lucretia Rhinelander Jones and it’s said that the saying “keeping up with the Joneses” refers to her well to do family. (above image via)
November 17, 2016
There are many visions of Italy: One seen by foreigners, one seen by us Italians, and eventually, behind it all, there is the true Italy. In this book I would like to reveal to readers, through Aline’s inspiring photos, my Italy, and I hope readers will discover an Italy as true for them as it is true for me.
—Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli
The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul is the product of a journey, one that follows Italy’s best wines. The Italian Dream is the product of a combination of talents, French photographer Aline Coquelle and Italian aristocrat Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, together these two of created a tome that’s a beautiful homage to Italy and the beautiful lifestyle of the country. Coquelle is a world traveling and world famous photographer and is known for using silver film for her photographs which give the look at old time photography, as she says, “saving tradition is the new revolution.” Count Gelasio Lovatelli is a member of one of Italy’s oldest aristocratic families and an authority on Italian and International wines. Join me today for a peek at The Italian Dream from Assouline Publishing, the perfect gift someone who loves wine and all things Italian. Enjoy!!!
November 3, 2016
Today we are looking at Fernando Botero, a beautiful new book from author Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz Fisac and distributed by Assouline Publishing. Botero is regarded as one of the greatest and the most recognized artist from Latin American and with very good reason. At this point in his career, Botero has created more than 3,000 paintings and 200 sculptures and his work is known worldwide because of the specific look of “Boteroism”. This book looks at not only the breadth of work by Botero but we also get to hear from the artist himself and he talks about not ever really “knowing” how to paint and how an artist can never lose the drive to develop one’s own personal style. One amazing thing about this book is that we are able to see works by Botero that have never before been published. The book is by author Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz Fisac, an author, critic, and curator who has written for Assouline Publishing before and she has also previously written on Botero as well as curated exhibits of his work. If you have an art lover on your gift list or someone that loves Botero this would be an amazing gift this holiday season. Check out the Assouline website here for more information on Fernando Botero , in the meantime here are some images from the book and Assouline, Enjoy!!!
November 2, 2016
During the month of November, I’ll be sharing some beautiful new books with your from Assouline Publishing that would not only be wonderful additions to your personal library but also great gifts for people during the upcoming holiday season. The first book we’re going to look at is Fernando Botero, a tome focusing on the Colombian artist of the same name. Botero is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellin, Colombia and is known for his signature style which is called “Boterismo”, which depicts people and figures in an exaggerated form, or as Botero himself says “fat”. Botero does this usually to make a statement on something social or political, depending on the situation. At 84 years old Fernando Botero’s works are considered to be the most recognizable of any living Latin American artist, his works are highly sought after and hang in private collections, galleries and museums from New York to Paris and beyond. Botero was first ever exhibited in 1948 at the age of 16, he also worked as a set designer for the theater. In 1952 Botero moved to Madrid where he studied at the Academia San Fernando and in 1953 he moved to Paris where he spent most of his time at the Louvre studying the works of other famous artists and perfecting his talents. Today Botero still lives in Paris and spends a month or so a year in his native Columbia. Fernando Botero has had more than fifty exhibitions of his work around the world and his works bring millions of dollars. Join me today for a look at the works of Fernando Botero and check back tomorrow as we preview the beautiful new book on this artist’s life from Assouline Publishing, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 21, 2016
It’s just a little over a week until Halloween and one thing that always pops into my head this time of year is Harry Potter, so I was very excited when I found about the new art print posters for all the Harry Potter books. The posters are done by British graphic artist Olly Moss and were created for the re-release of the German audio versions of the HP books. Moss took his inspiration for the covers and posters from holiday travel posters during the “golden age of British railway.” Moss says he loves the idea of Harry getting on a train every year and heading off to a new adventure. Moss chose to use a very 1950’s color palette for the works and says he’s a huge fan of 1950’s design. Moss is known for his recreations of movie posters and putting his own spin on them. The new HP posters all have the same view of Hogwarts, with the castle being high on the hill and in foreground figures are seen having to do with that titles events, until you get to the end and The Deathly Hallows where we see the destruction of Hogwarts. If you are interested in purchasing the posters they are available to purchase for a limited time as a set of seven or individually and can only be bought through the Olly Moss website here, great holiday gift for that die-hard fan. Don’t forget the new Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film comes out on November 18, for now, here’s a look at the new artwork. Enjoy!!!
September 30, 2016
Juan Pablo Molyneux is known for the luxurious interiors he creates as well as his “maximalism” aesthetic, so you can imagine the new book Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home from Assouline Publishing is filled with beautiful images of colorful rooms filled with gorgeous objects, wall treatments, and fabrics. Molyneux is a Chilean-born interior designer with the focus of his practice being in America and Europe, he has created beautiful homes in Chicago and New York as well as Moscow. Today Molyneux and his wife Pilar live in an NYC townhouse as well as a home in Le Marais in Paris and Château de Pouy-sur-Vannes outside the French capital. In Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home, we get a taste of what it takes to put a Molyneux project together and a look at the work by master craftsmen and artists, such as detailed lacquerwork, decorative painting, carved woodwork, and straw marquetry. There’s even a peek at scagliola which is the use of colored plaster to imitate marble. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is written by Laura Verchère, a luxury lifestyle brand artistic consultant. Photography is by Harald Gottschalk, a photographer who has had more than 60 exhibitions of his work as well as collaborating on other projects and major publications. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is available now for pre-order from Assouline Publishing, a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season, especially for the person in your life whose motto is “More is More”. Here’s a look at some images from this beautiful book, Enjoy!!!
September 28, 2016
What do you get when you combine the passion of a major art collector and the talent of a leading Interior Designer? You get an amazing art collection housed in five beautiful homes and the new book, Art House from Assouline Publishing documenting the whole beautiful story. Art House focuses on the art collection of leading art collector Chara Schreyer, the collection is composed of over 600 works by artists such as Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol, and Marcel Duchamp. Schreyer says she’s intrigued by the psychology of art and is known to construct her homes around her art collection, such as how well a favorite sculpture can be displayed.
September 15, 2016
In celebration of the 90th anniversary for the House of Fendi in Rome Assouline publishing recently released a book they created in conjunction with Fendi, entitled Fendi Roma. Fendi Roma tells the amazing story of the small fur and leather workshop in Rome founded in 1926 and how it has grown to become a major fashion house without losing sight of how it all began. The creators of Fendi Roma give us a wonderful look at the history of Fendi by delving into the Fendi photographic archives as well as exploring the relationship between the brand and it’s home city of Rome, a source of constant inspiration. The book is divided into five chapters with the first being about Rome, followed by Creativity, Femininity, the Future, and Family. If you are a lover of Italian fashion and fashion history this is book you need for your collection, check out Fendi Roma in more detail at the Assouline website, in the meantime here’s a peek between the pages, Enjoy!!!