“Restaurants and bars offer architects and interior designers the opportunity to design for both style and entertainment. Aesthetics and function must come together to create ambiance and conviviality in a way that not only makes a bold first impression, but also secures a loyal following of regular customers” (quoted from Taschen website). The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the world’s only awards dedicated to hospitality design—recognize the importance of this particular field, singling out the world’s most exceptional settings for eating and drinking.
Divided into five chapters (for each continent), this Taschen book features 100 highlights from the establishments put forward to the panel. Either you’re looking for new designs for your home, or basically want to know about the most designed restaurants of your city, this book is a must-have on your coffee table. Read More
All you need to know about sneakers culture and the rarest pair of sneakers you might see on the streets. This book actually details over 300 examples of the best exclusive shoes! With beautiful photography, insider information, and an in-depth look into what makes these shoes special, this book is the guide to some of the most coveted footwear to date. Read More
We all have a secret passion for architecture: some of us are into historical buildings and monuments, while the rest remains astounded in front of cutting-edge futuristic designs. Architecture is a knowledge you may want to continually improve with travels and reading books such as 100 Contemporary Architects by Taschen. The good thing about this Taschen book is that it basically gathers the top of the crop of 20th century best architects and their main breathtaking designs. To my opinion, that’s the kind of book you may want to have on your coffee table to enlighten your guests about architecture!
Clockwise from left: Phaidon The art of French Baking (shop), A.P.C. Candle n°2 Jasmin (shop), Alaska Wool Red Beanie (shop), Phaidon Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!) (shop), The Gentlewoman‘s eighth issue for AW 2013 (shop), Kaweco Filler Pen (shop).
Clockwise from left: Isaac Reina leather passport cover (shop), Reel Art Press The Rat Pack Master Edition hardcover book (shop), Leica M Monochrome (shop), MontblancMeisterstück 149 fountain pen (shop), Smythson small leather notebook (shop), Galerie Perrotin ‘Les Seins Miraculeux” by Sophie Calle (shop), Rimowa multiwheel 68 cm suitcase (shop).
I’ve decided I wouldn’t spend my next few week-ends running across Paris to find the perfect Christmas gifts, should it be for me or for my beloved ones. Instead, I would just seat behind my desk at home in my PJ and take advantage of some online resellers’ free shipping policies! I’ve started with Mr Porter, which you shouldn’t be surprised about if you’re a regular of this blog. We dudes don’t have much choice when it comes to online shops for proper menswear. If it weren’t for Mr Porter, I’d be short a few shirts and scarves and ties and shoes in my weekly rotations! Stay tuned for daily “wishlist” items in fashion, design, books, skincare, watches and many more until we reach Christmas day!
Clockwise from left: Tom Dixon scaled-up blackened metal jack paperweight (shop), John Lobb monk-strap shoes (shop), Smythson leather watch roll (shop), Master-Piece leather-trimmed cordura backpack (shop), Aesop Mandarin facial hydrating cream (shop), Czech & Speake leather-bound manicure set (shop). Read More
2013 is the year of rebirth for Pharrell Williams. If you’ve ever wondered what the key to Mr Pharrell William‘s success is, this colorful volume will offer some insight. Through interviews with notable friends from artist Mr Takashi Murakami to Jay Z, we get a glimpse at the musician’s successful forays into multiple creative ventures including fashion and art.
Beppe Modenese (see more here) is the fashion prophet we all admire and respect. Roberto Cavalli recalls that when Modenese stood up to applaud, people would follow suit and success was guaranteed. He has lived through the years when fashion started out and many fashion designers owe to him their success. The story of a fascinating and unique life! Available on Amazon Read More
Famous Vice contributor Richard Kern has met many many (sometimes underaged) girls that were willing to undress and pose without much scenaring. Kern’s book comes with an hour long video, shot and edited by Kern himself with inetrviews, making-ofs and many teasing lolitas!
Looking for a new logo for your project? Check out the crème de la crème of logos in this Logobook by Ludovic Houplain (from Logorama), edited by Taschen. Either you are looking for inspiration, or you just want to share your passion for brands’ logos, this book is a must-have on your coffee table. Available on Taschen website Read More