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Must-Have Interior Design Books Arriving This Fall

Must-Have Interior Design Books Arriving This Fall – For lovers of beautiful books, autumn is heaven. Anticipating the first rush of holiday shoppers in late November, heaps are due for release in the coming weeks, their densely illustrated pages begging to be perused. Château de Villette: The Splendor of French Decor (Flammarion) September 4 The Château de Villette, once home to the Marquess de Grouchy and his wife, Sophie, is a grand manor house in the communne of Poil in Burgundy, France. Art and architecture historian Guillaume Picon walks us through the late 17th-century house’s rich history and beautiful rooms, noting how, as part of the first wave of country houses built for pleasure instead of defense, the Château featured all kinds of forward-thinking details for its time. Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look (Vendome) September 25 As one of history’s most influential couturiers, Christian Dior was a man of impeccable taste. So, too, were fashion photographer Victor Grandpierre and designer/man-about-town Georges Geffroy, both of whom helped to translate the ethos of Dior’s sartorial New Look for the interiors of his 30, avenue Montaigne atelier, and his townhouse in the 16th arrondissement. Buckingham Palace:…

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Interior Design

Food and Drink Infographics – Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures

Food and Drink Infographics – Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures – Amid our ever-growing consumption of data visualization, nothing makes for tastier morsels than thefine art of food and dining. Ushering the cookbook into the future, this volume gathers together the best infographics of all things eating, drinking, and cuisine, from measurement conversion charts and recipes for cookies and cocktails to stress-free party planning. A must-have for every 21st-century foodie, this is gastro-guidance at its most visually appealing as much as expert. Want to master sashimi? Know the secret to perfectly grilled steak? Wow guests with your own dry martini? Food & Drink Infographics has all the answers and more, using the best culinary graphics to answer kitchen conundrums in lively, simple, and memorable form. >> Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! You’ll find infographics on all the food groups, from grains and pulses to fruit and vegetables, to fish, meat, and poultry. Recipe ideas include soups, sandwiches, snacks, sweet treats, and just-right dressings. Other sections cover flavor pairings, baking, cooking tools and techniques, and alcohols, coffee and tea. The book opens with a foreword by cooking author Michael Ruhlman, followed by a historic survey of food imagery examining how and where pictures have been used to enjoy, prepare, and serve…

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Lifestyle

Amy Winehouse the Way She Saw Herself

Amy Winehouse the Way She Saw Herself – When 22-year-old American photographer Blake Wood moved to London in 2007, a mutual friend introduced him to Amy Winehouse. After winning five Grammy Awards for her 2006 album Back to Black, the celebrated singer with the sultry and emotionally raw voice was at the height of her celebrity, but struggling with her wayward partner and the scrutiny of constant media attention. Bonding personally and creatively, Wood and Winehouse developed a close friendship and would become inseparable for the next two years. From images of Winehouse performing in Paris to playing drums at her home studio in Camden Town, London, from lovingly composed portraits of her at ease on St. Lucia to carefree vamping for the camera, this is an intimate visual diary of the soul diva at a time when she was one of the most celebrated voices on earth. >> Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! The story of this profound emotional collaboration is told through the lens of her confidant, in 85 color and black-and-white photographs, most of them never published before, that reveal their mutual love, trust, and respect. With text by acclaimed…

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Original Manuscript by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Original Manuscript by Oscar Wilde – SP Books publish limited edition copies of handwritten manuscripts, and their backlist includes The Great Gatsby and Frankenstein, which was released in February this year to commemorate the bicentennial of its original publication. Each volume is beautifully presented in a 14×10” deluxe iron gilded slipcase and printed using vegetal ink on high quality, environmentally friendly paper. Will be published 1,000 hand-numbered luxury editions of the autograph manuscript of Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. In the summer of 1889, American editor Joseph Stoddart came to London to solicit material for ​Lippincott’s Magazine and persuaded Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle to write a novel-length story for him. While Conan Doyle submitted his second Sherlock Holmes story, ​The Sign of Four, Wilde offered him the short story The Fisherman and His Soul, which was turned down by Stoddart as unsuitable – though it was later published in ​A House of Pomegranates. Undeterred, Wilde wrote back to Stoddart in December: ‘I have invented a new story, which is much better… and I am quite ready to set to work at once on it.’ By the following April, he had finished…

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Bulova: Chronicles of the Extraordinary American Watch Company

Bulova: Chronicles of the Extraordinary American Watch Company  – Bulova: A History of Firsts chronicles the extraordinary American watch company in a fittingly unusual manner: by recounting an epic, multi-generational picaresque that runs from the Gilded Age up through present-day New York City. Joseph Bulova, the man behind the movement by which America would set its time, was an iconoclastic industrialist fostered a corporate culture of innovation that endures today. What makes the previously untold story of Bulova—the founder, his son and their eponymous business—especially remarkable, though, is the seemingly limitless series of firsts that garland the company’s history: in watchmaking prowess, certainly, but also advertising, marketing, aviation and space exploration, even feminism—and firsts continue today. The entirety of social history and modern popular culture has been influenced by the achievements of this singular watchworks—“America runs on Bulova time,” as the old slogan went, and subsequently so does the world. Less a traditional corporate history than an exactingly curated periodical, this profound new title features eight visually captivating chapters comprising an essay each by luminaries including style writers David Coggins, Matthew Hranek, and Kate Betts; music-industry legend Nile Rodgers, advertising journalist Stuart Elliott, noted horology authority Jack Forster and more,…

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Interior Design

Bosphorus Private, Creative Influences from a Scenic Region of Turkey

Bosphorus Private, Creative Influences from a Scenic Region of Turkey – From the ancient Greek, Roman, Persian, and Byzantine eras to the Ottoman Empire to the present day, the Bosphorus strait is a storied and scenic region of Turkey. As the crossroads of the country’s European and Asian subsections, it is home to rich culture, incredible people, delicious food, unique architecture, and unmistakable style. Countless creatives have been awed and inspired here, including Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Louboutin, Nicky Haslam, and Cher. Turkish denizens and visitors alike are thrilled by the skyline, a breathtaking view of calming waters and magnificent bridges. But some of the best places to discover the style of the Bosphorus are within the private homes of its welcoming residents, who are always gracious and ready to entertain, and who know just the right balance of old and new to both pay homage to their country’s glorious past and herald its future. These vibrant personalities each have a story to tell, something that tethers them to this enchanted slice of the world. Bosphorus Private, showcasing twenty homes, is the melding of two continents, countless creative influences, and millennia of history. Nevbahar Koç was born and raised on the…

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Lifestyle

Pasticceria Cova, the Gathering Place for Milanese Society

Pasticceria Cova, the Gathering Place for Milanese Society – Opened in 1817 by a Napoleonic officer, Pasticceria Cova quickly became the gathering place for Milanese upper crust and Café Society—frequented by artists, musicians, and writers—not to mention the best place for midday café. Over the last two centuries, Cova has had many illustrious regulars including composer Giuseppe Verdi, whose music could be heard from Teatro alla Scala a few steps away. As a coffeehouse, Cova has grown to become the pride of Milan. On the occasion of Cova’s two-hundred-year anniversary, the pasticceria opens its doors to share its illustrious past, its glorious present, and its sterling future. Originally located close to Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Cova has always represented the authentic Milanese caffè. Cova has been characterized by the opulence of its rooms, decorations, and furniture. The unwaivering attention to detail and the creation of an innovative patisserie based on traditional recipes gave life to an undisputed signature of quality and luxury. After the Second World War, Cova was relocated to Via Montenapoleone, fully preserving its distinctive traditions and becoming the quintessential place for the growing Milanese scene. Today, Cova Montenapoleone’s cosmopolitan ambience can be enjoyed in the exclusive and…

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Discover the Beauty and Joy of Simplicity with Comporta Bliss

Discover the Beauty and Joy of Simplicity with Comporta Bliss – Sometimes compared to the Saint-Tropez of Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s, Comporta, with its relaxed pace and artistic community, is the ideal destination for those looking to wander off course. It’s the newfound favorite of personalities such as Jacques Grange, Farida Khelfa, François Dumas, the Espírito Santo family, and Madonna, who shares photographs of taking her kids to the beach and horseback riding in the dunes of nearby Carvalhal on weekends. This fishing village boasts swaths of beaches, patchworks of rice paddies, and an ecosystem filled with storks and frogs, all a serene backdrop for the striking homes found there: rustic cabanas and thatched-roof huts reflecting the carefree lifestyle that has become Comporta’s hallmark. This distinctive setting challenges the minds of architects and designers, yielding unique spaces that delightfully blur the line between interior and exterior. Within these pages, the region’s characteristic cobalt blue is reflected from the sky and sea to the walls, shutters, and design pieces that adorn its homes, both picturesque and bold. Discover the beauty and joy of simplicity with Comporta Bliss.   “A thoroughly convincing pitch for booking tickets to visit.” – Vogue >>…

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Missoni Family Cookbook has Lots of Color and Flavour

Missoni Family Cookbook has Lots of Color and Flavour – The Missoni family lives life in color. They didn’t just revolutionize knitwear; they forged a lifestyle that, like their fashion, blends elegance with enthusiasm and spontaneity with sophistication. Missoni style is recognized and admired all over the world and is collected by fashionistas and museums alike. This same streak of easy glamour also inspires Missoni family’s entertaining, and their dinner parties have become one of the most coveted invitations of fashion week. Lush and informal at the same time, a Missoni feast is not just a kaleidoscope of style with four generations of family wearing Missoni — it’s a kaleidoscope of tastes, scents, and colors. “Every bit as vibrant as the style for which the 65-year-old house is known.” – The New York TImes >> Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! And whether the meal is for twenty or two hundred, it always features family recipes curated for the season and for the occasion, recipes which have now become legendary. And just as Missoni fans around the world collect the brand’s iconic zigzags, Francesco Maccapani Missoni, the son of Missoni’s creative director, Angela Missoni, collects…

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