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Douglas Kirkland one of the doyens of portrait photography in the motion picture industry, notably in Hollywood has produced a new book. In this publication his portraits entwine themselves with the world of letters. Françoise Kirkland stands at the helm of an ebullient team – the sky dancer Erika Lemay, costume designer Simone Guidarelli, element desinger William Thoren together created a modern-day abecedarium. The book is a celebration of design, a circus and a movie – all rolled into one and incorporating beautiful artistic expression of the alphabet, echoing similar exercises in Western culture from the Renaissance to the great works of Art Deco, notably Erté’s famous Alphabet Suite. Besides Douglas Kirkland’s impeccable photography the reader is invited ‘backstage’ to the making of these images with essays composed by Erika Lemay, William Thoren and Françoise Kirkland. The book’s designer, Ornan Rotem, added an introductory essay on the development of the…

This book features the exquisite high jewelry of Bvlgari. Bvlgari jewels embody the quintessence of elegant Italian design. Their memorable creations are inspired by vibrant color, life, and the light of exceptional gemstones. Their brand is infused with an innate Roman sense of history, heritage and moves with an audacious modern spirit. Jewelry With Soul Like the Eternal City from which they hail, the soul of their works carried the essence of classicism, great proportions and geometry with a sophisticated flair; each one a wearable piece of art and a testament to their skill and design sense. Symphony of Color Harmonies There is a joy imbued in every piece, with a fluidity that is deeply infused with a fresh, a visionary drive for innovation and ongoing experimentation. The combination of diamonds, precious colored stones, and even the addition of ancient coins forms lavish creations, each one with an exuberant symphony…

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC), established in 1957, is celebrating its diamond jubilee over the coming year. To mark this milestone the RREC will be launching a new publication entitled, A Legacy of Luxury – Celebrating the RREC’s Diamond Jubilee. Produced by leading London publisher St James’s House and written by an editorial team of experts, aficionados and tastemakers, the beautifully designed, 444-page hardback spotlights Rolls-Royce motor cars past and present and delves into the stories and personalities that make the marque “the best car in the world.” “What better way to launch this wonderful book than with a celebration of the finer things in life? As part of the celebrations, Gilchrist & Soames – leading provider of luxury toiletries to world-class hotels, spas and resorts has joined the RREC as one of the official project partners. Natalia Brightmore, International Marketing Manager for Gilchrist & Soames said, “A partnership like…

Harrison Design 25 Text by Henrika Dyck Taylor, Foreword by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk Hardcover / 453 pages / 446 color illustrations /$65 / ISBN: 978-1-5323-0471-2 / Publication Date: December 10, 2016 Harrison Design is an internationally acclaimed architecture firm known for its comprehensive architectural design services, close-knit office culture and a tradition of mentorship and service. Founded in Atlanta, GA, by William H. Harrison in 1991, the firm has thriving offices in Los Angeles, New York, Santa Barbara, St. Simons Island, and Washington, DC, and deep Southern roots that reach national and an increasing international clientele. Celebrating 25 Years “Harrison Design 25” celebrates the firm’s twenty fifth anniversary with a retrospective portfolio that tells the story of the firm’s development, range, and consideration for the future along with personal histories of those in leadership today. Profusely illustrated with over 400 color photographs, this beautiful volume showcases Harrison Design’s finest work, built…

JAEGER-LECOULTRE YEARBOOK 10 In fine fashion once again, Jaeger-LeCoultre creates a feast for the eyes on the page melding photographic art and the beautiful expression of their fine timepieces. Revealing the unexpected. This theme at the heart of the history and creation by Jaeger-LeCoultre is highlighted with a blend of subtlety and emotion through the stories featured in the tenth year of the Yearbook. A Decade of Art Photography & 85 Years of Reverso This edition celebrates a double anniversary: ten years of the publication and 85 years of the Reverso, the iconic watch from the Grande Maison. A volume packed with surprises in which photos and words enable us to view reality from a new angle. For the past ten years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been highlighting the art of photography in its Yearbook. For this special edition, the articles follow a guiding theme: revealing that which is not immediately apparent,…

Our ability to review our past equals our inability to predict our future, though, can our ability to reach certain achievements in the past define what can we achieve in the future? In order to know which are the most advanced countries, we need to take a look at the Economic Complexity Index created by the MIT that measures the amount of diverse knowledge that is grouped together for a common purpose. The greater the groups any economy has working for the same goal, the more advanced the economy. The amount of knowledge embedded in a society however, does not depend mainly on how much knowledge each individual holds; it depends on the diversity of knowledge across individuals and on their ability to combine this knowledge, and make use of it, through complex webs of interaction. Beauty and Complexity Created in Advanced Countries More advanced countries are those than can create the most beautiful and complex products…

Valentino: Mirabilia Romae The renowned Italian fashion house of Valentino since 2008 has been anchored by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. The pair has moved the house’s aesthetic forward with their contemporary feminine designs. The duo of Chiuri and Piccioli each personality possesses very different design viewpoints, yet together, they blend these contrasts into a timeless mélange of clean simplicity and modern elegance. The city of Rome itself, the Eternal City, to Chiuri and Piccioli is a most profound inspiration. Its beautiful blend of ancient and modern, pagan and baroque, historic buildings and contemporary lifestyle reflects their own distinctive approach in which heritage, tradition, and innovation coexist to create a new concept of the house of Valentino. Introduction by Francesco Bonami Photography by Laziz Hamani. Published by ASSOULINE assouline.com

The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets is the first-ever comprehensive antique carpet reference guide spanning the past twenty-five centuries and numerous countries around the world. An internationally recognized authority on antique carpets with over fifty years on experience in the field, author Abraham Levi Moheban has filled the gap in carpet literature with this guide. This clothbound, two-volume boxed set features over six hundred entries of historic carpets, each with an accompanying photograph and information about the history, location, technique, coloration, size, and more of carpets produced around the world. Eight newly drawn maps presented in the book illustrate the major weaving locations within the Rug Belt, which includes Persia, Anatolia, the Caucasus, China, India, and Central Asia. Covering several key factories for each entry, the encyclopedia is meant to guide the reader into the various factors that distinguish an antique carpet’s origin and its market value priced for its artistry.…

“Making perfection look effortless is, in my opinion, the key to good design.” Jonathan Adler Throughout his varied career award-winning interior designer, Greg Natale, has become a master at creating chic, elegant and beautiful environments which has placed him at the forefront of design innovation and creative conceptualization. His vision and imagination led him to found Greg Natale Design which has become one of the top interior design firms for residential, retail and commercial spaces. The Tailored Interior is a stunning, photographic collection of Greg’s style and originality, revealing the inspirations, experiences and philosophy behind his unique approach – from beginning to end. Showcasing classic, contemporary and original projects, Greg will inspire you to take any room and turn it into an interior dream. From establishing a starting point with paint, proportions and patterns to colour, contrast and contouring, Greg will guide you through the design process, step-by-step, with some…

During 40 years, Gérard Gausset worked for the d’Ornano family, came the tale of their crossed lives that unfolds on these pages. Hubert and Isabelle d’Ornano are partners in everything. Their aesthetic sense and their refined taste are present in all they have undertaken. Their family life of course, their colourful and welcoming homes as well as the creation of Sisley, one of the most prestigious brands in the world of cosmetics, present today in the 5 continents. An Inside Look at their Home and Private Life They have imagined and built all of this together. To illustrate Gérard’s tale Isabelle and Hubert d’Ornano have opened to us the doors of their homes in Paris and in the countryside. The Renaudière, in the Loire valley, is the main décor for the chefs memoires. This house is at the heart of life and events of this great french family: parties, weddings,…

A Luxury Moment with a Great Book Imagine a luxurious moment to escape into the pages of a wonderful book. Embraced in a most comfortable chair placed in the perfect window capturing just the right light to illuminate the page and a welcoming breeze enters. A hot cup of tea on the nearby table entices you with its heavenly scent blended with that of the fresh flowers arranged in the vase by your cup. You dive into the splendors captured on the page from a beautifully bound and artistically crafted book. Pictured from left to right: Linley Walnut Garrick Bookends, The Impossible Collection of Cars, Cartier Panthere, The Impossible Collection of Watches, Impossible Collection Of Design, Slipcase Jewelry/Set of 5 Memoirs, Ottoman Chic Hardcover Book, The Wine Questionnaire, The Light of Venice by Jean-Michel Berts design, A Touch of Style For more information on these books visit www.assouline.com

See Audrey Hepburn Like You’ve Never Seen Her Before in book “Audrey at Home” Within the pages of this beautiful new book “Audrey at Home” of unpublished photos shared by Audrey’s son Luca Dotti, lies for fans an intimate look at the legendary star, bringing together the varied aspects of her life through the food she loved—from her childhood in Holland during World War II, to her time in Hollywood as an actress and in Rome as a wife and mother, to her final years as a philanthropist traveling the world for UNICEF. Photos, Drawings, Recipes, Memories and Recollections In the book, Luca Dotti compiles recollections, anecdotes, excerpts from Audrey’s personal correspondence, drawings, and 50 recipes for her favorite dishes written in her own hand, and more than 250 previously unpublished personal family photographs. Each recipe is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, including variations and preparation tips, anecdotes about Audrey and…

IRRESISTIBLE READS ::  Gucci “The Making Of” luxury edition book www.gucci.com , ASSOULINE The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd www.assouline.com , ASSOULINE Ellie Saab, Luxury Images of a Master Fashion Designer www.assouline.com , Abrams Books, Elle Decor, The Height of Style, Maxim’s, Mirror of Parisian Life by Jean-Pascal Hesse, BALS: Legendary Costume Balls of the 20th Century, ASSOULINE Oscar de la Renta, , www.assouline.com

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World has outperformed all others between 2004 and 2014, reveals the inaugural edition of Paul Fraser Collectibles’ PFC40 First Edition Books Index. The index is up 140.3% – 9.2% per annum – over the 10-year period. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World achieved the greatest percentage increase in value – up 700% between 2004 and 2014, or 23.1% per annum, from £500 to £4,000. F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the most valuable book in the top 40 at £90,000. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the best performing contemporary work – up 19.3% per annum to £17,500. George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones has performed well following the TV adaptation – up 14.1% per annum to £750. Most Valuable Books 1. F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby: £90,000 2. James Joyce, Ulysses: £85,000 3. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: £75,000 Best Performing Books…