In the late 1920s, the art publisher H. Piazza produced a twelve-volume version of The 1001 Nights that was one of the most beautiful ever made. It included splendid illustrations by Mohammed Racim and wonderful miniatures by painter Leon Carre. Today, Assouline is publishing an abridged version of this masterpiece, which includes the most famous and most enchanting of the tales, from the story of King Shahryar, to the story of Sinbad the sailor, Ali Baba and the forty thieves, […]
Released in conjunction with Ron Arad‘s 2005 retrospective exhibition with Barry Friedman, Ltd. in New York. This volume features photographs of the legendary architect and designer‘s work. Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, architect and designer Arad studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art (1971-79). He was Professor of Design at the Hochschule in Vienna from 1994 to 1997, and is currently head of the Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art in London. Ron Arad has exhibited […]
This luxurious publication presents the sculptures of Picasso photographed by Brassai, one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Includes an insightful text written for this work in 1948 by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, a major Picasso art dealer. Brassai met Picasso in 1932 when he was commissioned to take a series of pictures of the artist’s studio; between 1932 and 1946, Brassai photographed all of Picasso’s sculpted works. This long-term working relationship led to a fruitful exchange between the […]
A legendary figure in French design, Pierre Paulin reached the height of celebrity with his interiors of George Pompidou’s Elysee and his furniture display at the Louvre. A champion of unified design, Paulin has created a new synthesis within interior architecture. His chairs in the form of mushrooms, tongues, ribbons, tulips, even snakes, from the Exposition Universelle d’Osaka, are all made of foam and covered with colored jersey. They offer a range of forms that are rigorous, organic, functional and […]
Born to a noodle-maker in a small town in Toba, Japan, Kokichi Mikimoto followed his vision and his passion to become one of the world’s greatest inventors. His creation, the perfect pearl. Nature forms the lustrous pearl by chance inside the oyster, and throughout history this rare jewel of the sea remained synonymous with mystery, power, and wealth. A young Mikimoto vowed to make its beauty accessible to all and to protect fragile oyster beds that greed so wantonly destroyed. […]
Beloved, late French illustrator Raymond Peynet is perhaps best known for his charming “lovers” immortalized in dolls, books, and accessories as the perfect symbols of amour. This delightful book presents a selection of Peynet’s whimsical drawings along with quotations by famous writers on love. Created in 1942, in front the bandstand of Valence in Drôme, Raymond Peynet illustrated his couple of lovers that would quickly grow to gain worldwide popularity. Delicate in construction, his simple line drawings contain meanings that […]
With more than two hundred richly colored, painstakingly detailed antique illustrations, Lost Fish offers a chance to meditate on the dazzling beauty of marine life before it is too late. Culled from rare 19th century scientific volumes, these stunning prints testify to the age’s curiosity about the natural world, which spurred legendary writers to expound on the beauty of creation and naturalists like Linnaeus, Buffon, and his successor, the Comte de Lacepede, to catalogue the species around them. Today, only […]
As an 11-year-old Iranian Jew, Angella Nazarian was forced by increasing violence from her childhood cocoon in Tehran. Part memoir, part travel diary, Life as a Visitor presents two interwoven narratives—of her family’s harrowing escape from revolution-rocked Iran to the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills, and of Nazarian’s own quest to understand her past and her present. The author’s spectacular journeys through foreign lands, from wildebeest safaris to the gates of Petra, take in brutal poverty in Cambodia, exquisite beauty in […]
Gypsetters are artists, designers, and bon vivants who live and work around the globe. Wanderlust meets the height of sophistication as New York Times journalist Julia Chaplin explores the unconventional lives of these high-low cultural nomads and the bohemian enclaves they inhabit. In addition to Jade Jagger, Damien Hirst, and Alice Temperly, the Gypsetters’ counterculture forebears, including the Victorian explorers, the Lost Generation, the Beatniks, and the hippies, are all profiled.
Guy Laliberté‘s documentation of his experience in space features his photographs of Earth as seen from the International Space Station. Captivated by the beauty of the surface of the Earth, Laliberté’s evocative photos show the colors and textures visible only 220 miles away. A stable subject and a moving photographer-the ISS is moving at 17,500 miles per hour (about 5 miles per second), doing 6 tours of the earth every 24 hours–made for truly original conditions. Using the Nikon D3S […]
Aside from fashion, the most immediate extension of the human body is the décor with which we surround ourselves. This book explores the relationship between interior architecture and interior life, between the mental and the ornamental. Taking readers inside some of the most beautiful houses in the world, subjects range from the medieval era to the 20th century, covering design from the Belle époque era to contemporary aesthetics.
From the twilight of the Romanov dynasty through les années folles of Art Deco Paris to the jet-set seventies, Bals explores the nine most exceptional private costume parties of the twentieth century, in the most beautiful book ever produced on the subject. In addition to social commentary from (or about) colorful characters—including Paul Poiret, Truman Capote, and Cecil Beaton, who immortalized these extraordinary balls—Jacqueline de Ribes, Hélène David-Weill, and Marisa Berenson share their vivid souvenirs in first-person narratives. This is the ultimate […]
This book tells all about a lost, authentically legendary species: the divas. They were the first movie stars before Pickford and Garbo, there was Geraldine Farrar, Lina Cavalieri, and Mary Garden. They were the most stunning opera singers, their personalities perhaps even bigger than their voices. Their success and their lives filled the gossip columns. Their fans loved them, grand dukes covered them in jewels. They represented both the splendorous excesses of an era of elegance and luxury, and its […]
Representing Jean-Paul Goude‘s life and work from the late 1960s up to the present, the book spans Goude’s years at Esquire; his revolutionary work with Grace Jones, his videos for MTV and for Azzedine Alaia; his advertising work for Chanel, and more. With text and images by Goude himself, So Far So Goude is the definitive book on the work of an extraordinarily innovative, talented and unorthodox man. With more than 350 illustrations in full color, this book is a fascinating reference […]
Pierre Jaquet Droz opened his studio in 1738 in La Chaux-de-Fonds and made history with his richly enameled musical watches and his android automata, which were popular in all the European courts. Today, with more than a dozen different models issued in limited editions, Jaquet Droz captivates collectors in search of unique timepieces. Remaining loyal to a mechanical tradition and to the spirit of invention that filled its predecessors, the brand has carried on its reputation, attracting more and more […]