Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Art of Living: Taschen's London, Paris, New York

These Taschen books have been on my wishlist for some time and today I had the opportunity to peek at them in the Taschen Bookstore on the Duke of York Square, just off the Kings Road (right next to the Saatchi Gallery).  It was a very brief look inside, as I was with my sticky-lolly-hands-son and the two don't really mix!

They have wonderful illustrations. I love how London is depicted with a baby-faced Jamie Oliver:

Paris of course conjours up the glamour of the cafes and brasserie life:

And New York...well, say no more, such an amazing city. I've only been there in the freezing cold for a January birthday many moons ago with Carla (who herself has been many times).  There's so much to see and do...and the shopping!  The Taschen book includes a map guide:

Each book is a guide to the charming, modern and cool places to sleep, eat, drink and shop in the capital cities. All amazingly photographed:

These books are large at 23.8 x 30.2 cm, so they are not meant to be pocket city guides. They are to have on your bookshelf at home to peruse, plan and dream.

They are edited by Angelika Taschen who sounds like she has quite an amazing career:  She 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.

The books are available from Taschen here

For more visual inspiration for interiors in different cities the Edition Paumes series of books are full of beautiful images - have a browse here

This is part of our Art of Living posts that bring you all the things we are passionate about and the things we discover in our lives as mamas and beyond.

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