Whether you are shopping for gifts or scouting for a new book to add to your home library, coffee table or night table, here are five topical French and English offerings that are among this year’s must-read books!
Looking back at Bauhaus
2019 marked the centenary of Bauhaus, the famous art school that became a movement. The French-language book 100 ans de Bauhaus traces the history of that movement and looks at the mark it made on the world, especially in the fields of architecture, art and design. Among Its many legacies, Bauhaus redefined modern furniture. The Barcelona chair, designed by one of Bauhaus’s towering figures, Mies van der Rohe, is one famous example.
German photographer, portraitist and film director, Lindbergh, who died this past September, is an icon of the fashion world. This book presents a collection of his photos along with personal tributes from a number of celebrities who loved him.
A panorama of 20th century design
We are on the threshold of the much awaited year 2020, a symbol of modernity and innovation. But as the adage has it, to build the future we must understand the past. A veritable bible for design enthusiasts, this French-language book, Design du XXe siècle, surveys all the movements and trends of the 20th century, including major figures such as the De Stijl movement, French designer Philippe Starck, and the American industrial designers Charles and Alexandra “Ray” Eames.
Leonardo da Vinci
2019 marked the 5ooth anniversary of da Vinci’s death, and the occasion was commemorated at events all over the world. Léonard de Vinci is an updated edition of the most comprehensive French-language book ever written on the life and work of the master.
Chanel: The Karl Lagerfeld Campaigns
A mythical figure in the world of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld , the creative director of the Chanel fashion house, was one of the most influential stylists on the planet. The talents of this formidable designer, who died last February, are showcased in this outstanding book, which brings together all his photo campaigns in a single volume for the first time.
The winter season is the perfect time to slow down, enjoy your cosy interior décor and delight in a beautiful book. Happy reading!