I always assumed that someday I’d have one of those apartments with an entire wall of shelving filled with cool and interesting books- old Agatha Christie novels, short story compilations, art anthologies, travelogues etc. Or a giant, antique coffee table with over-sized photography books artfully stacked. Guests would have to place their drinks strategically so as not to disturb my stunning flow. Clearly, I'd be an awesome host. Aesthetics before etiquette.
Currently, I don’t have either of those things. Lack of space is temporarily prohibiting it. Instead, I have piles of new fiction paperbacks and New York Times bestsellers haphazardly strewn about the floor and on my windowsill. I do, however, have what I think is a rather neat little display of fashion photography and New York guide books stacked on an vintage suitcase my mom and I found and rescued from the street.
Somehow I ended up with a slightly pink theme with my books- and I'm not even the one in the family with a pink fetish!
On my not quite giant coffee table is a Modern Vintage Style book that was gifted to me by my Mama, a pair of wrought iron eyeglasses and a little book that reveals what your name says about your future (both came courtesy of Pottery Barn).
The Selby Is in Your Place is a super book based on the website The Selby.com by Todd Selby, a photographer who visits ultra-cool people like Parisian chefs and Australian woodcarvers in their homes and workplaces. Then he photographs them, obviously.
Usually I have flowers in the Missoni San Pellegrino bottle but the the bodega that carries peonies is eight blocks away, and there are so only many things you can accomplish a day.
One of my favorite books was purchased back when I was interning in
. It came from the 2008 exhibit, The House of Viktor & Rolf at The Barbican. Probably the coolest museum fashion exhibition ever. Maybe even cooler than the McQueen exhibit at the Met. The design house, which is known for it’s avant garde collections and crazy runway shows (models with digital holograms on their clothes, wearing a ceramic hat down the catwalk, etc.), re-created looks from past collections on two-foot tall porcealin dolls, right down to the hair and makeup styling. This book is souvenir that included an overview of all the collections featured in the exhibit, and how it came together. London
So that is my grand book collection so far. I'm going to stop by Taschen's this weekend so maybe I'll find something to add...
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