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Book Review Chaumet 3-Volume Slipcase Set
Lifestyle

Book Review: Chaumet 3-Volume Slipcase Set

Book Review: Chaumet 3-Volume Slipcase Set – Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the crown jewels of Place Vendôme, the epicenter of the world of Parisian fine jewelry. Following the French Revolution, Marie-Étienne Nitot and then his son, François-Regnault, became official jewelers to Napoléon I and Empress Joséphine, thus founding the business that grew into the luxury brand known today as Chaumet. In 1812 Nitot fils acquired an hôtel particulier on Place Vendôme, becoming the first fine jeweler on the square. Book Review: A Touch Of Style Alexis Gregory is the founder of Vendôme Press, a publishing house dedicated to fine arts, music, architecture, and culture. Gregory has contributed to magazines including Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, and Town & Country, and he has written several books including The Golden Age of Travel; Families of Fortune: Life in the Gilded Age; and Private Splendor: Great Families at Home. He also wrote In the Spirit of Venice and Place Vendôme for Assouline. Jewelry historian Vivienne Becker is an award-winning journalist and author based in London. A contributing editor to Financial Times’s How to Spend It magazine, Becker writes for publications around the world, and lectures and broadcasts on her subject. She organized and wrote the…

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Book Review In The Spirit Of Rio
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Book Review: In The Spirit Of Rio

Book Review: In The Spirit Of Rio – Rio de Janeiro is the “Cidade Maravilhosa” that greets everyone with friendly faces and open arms. Its magic begins with its natural beauty, which has amazed travelers since the first explorers landed in the sixteenth century and has inspired countless artists, designers, architects, poets, and musicians for more than 450 years.   The massive statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado mountain watches over the sea and the mountains, the concrete jungle and the world’s largest urban forest, the simple colonial facades of churches concealing rich baroque interiors, and the scantily clad bodies that parade the beaches, where all classes gather in the democracy of bikinis and sungas. But the attraction of this unique place is even deeper; it lives in the hearts of its citizens, the cariocas, who, no matter where they go, radiate the sun they so revere. Generous, creative, open-minded, and in constant motion, they are a people of all colors and creeds, which, despite the difficulties of social and class divisions, never loses its morale, its smiles, and its faith in the victory over the daily battles of the human condition. Epicenter of the colorful explosion…

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Architecture

Book Review: Tropical Interiors and ­Architecture – Living Under the Sun

The tropics are not only an address, but also a way of life. Living Under the Sun is a stunning showcase of modern tropical interiors and architecture that meld local design tradition and bold innovation in compelling ways. More than anywhere else on earth, the tropics demand an architecture that can bridge the gap between what is outside—sea, sand, sky, and sun—and what lies within. The villas, family homes, artists’ ateliers, beach shacks, and urban pieds-à-terre featured in the book embrace their outdoor surroundings to offer fresh, often surprising indoor possibilities that are ideally suited to their climates. The elegantly easy-going work featured in Living Under the Sun exemplifies how to create tranquil settings to soothe our hectic lives, regardless of our geographical location. Where is paradise: at the end of the earth or at home on the sofa? For many, the word paradise conjures up images of a sunny beach with palm trees. For others, it might mean pristine nature, a lively city with much to see and do, lazing in a hammock, or relaxing anywhere with a cool sea breeze. All of these versions of paradise can be found in the tropics. Tropical regions around the globe have…

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Interior Design

Book Review: The Tale Of Tomorrow

The Tale Of Tomorrow is a book about the retro-futuristic epoch that is one of the most visually spectacular in architecture’s history. The utopian buildings of the 1960s and 1970s never go out of style. This book compiles radical ideas, rediscovered photos, and visionary structures. Driven by idealistic visions, utopian architecture aimed to overcome social divisions and political strife, to put us in touch with nature, and to enable us to live humane, healthy lives. For half a century, it was both hope and inspiration. The Tale of Tomorrow surveys this diverse twentieth century phenomenon, featuring renowned works like The House of the Century or the TWA terminal, as well as lesser-known masterpieces, and profiling major thinkers such as Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, and Eero Saarinen.   By digging through archives, corresponding with descendants of departed architects, and restoring photographs, the collection of utopian approaches herein maintains a visual power and infectious optimism.   Looking at past dreams, The Tale of Tomorrow is a call to reclaim our future. See also: Book Review: 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings Book Review: 100 Contemporary Houses Keep following Best Design Books for the lattest book reviews an to know good books to read! Source:…

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Good Books to Read: Bahia Style

Best Design Books presents another example of a great interior design book that will inspire our projects.  The history of Brazil began in Bahia in 1500—and even today this vibrant state, still the heart of the country, combines the cultures of the Indios, Portugal and Africa. This book takes you to the breathtaking beauty of the Atlantic coast and inside houses designed with a Love of detail—nestling in this landscape as if they always belonged there. From a simple beach bungalow or a typical fazenda to a sophisticated residence: tudo bem in Bahia – everything is good in Bahia. The photographer – Tuca Reinés is a native and resident of Sao Paulo. For over 20 years, he has been a frequent contributor to magazines such as Vogue, Casa Vogue Brasil, and Wallpaper*, among others. He is the photographer of several architectural books and his work has also appeared in many publications, including TASCHEN’s Seaside Interiors and Great Escapes South America. The editor – Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle. About the series – More bang…

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