Founded in 1994 by Prosper and Martine Assouline, this New York-based independent luxury publisher is renowned for its highly original book concepts, which blend beautifully executed graphic design with captivating topics. Its eclectic collection comprises over 1,000 titles on subjects including architecture, art, design, fashion, gastronomy, photography and travel, all written by experts in their field.
Assouline: More Than a Publisher, It's a Lifestyle Brand
Assouline was founded in 1994 by Prosper and Martine Assouline. This New York-based independent luxury publisher is renowned for its highly original book concepts, which blend beautifully executed graphic design with captivating topics. Assouline set out to supply everything for a contemporary library, including all that can be expected in a chic and personalised library, from beautiful books and special editions to luxury gift items, unique library accessories and now a collection of stylish furniture. In a digital world where everything comes and goes, books form the solid part of the brand’s past and present. Not only do they provided intellect, information and innovation, history and the past can be a sensational source of inspiration. Many of Assouline books are also beautiful and are an ideal way to decorate your home, from book shelves to coffee table reads.
Today many luxury brands also have their own luxury books, an indispensable marketing tool. With the rise of digital media and ‘influencers’ and the diminution of print publications, luxury brands need more than ever a “tangible” product to define their brand DNA and position themselves in the marketplace. This is where Assouline comes in, helping brands market their heritage, define their style and bring their creations to life for their international clientele as well as the business world. Assouline created the “first brand of luxury culture” by opening boutiques in which you can discover a world of good taste, excitement and intellect, a place where “culture can be acquired” within a luxurious environment. In stores you can purchase complete book collections as well as objects that belong in contemporary libraries such as perfumed candles and “cabinets of curiosities”.
One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso's work is instantly recognisable yet extraordinarily varied. In Assouline's 'Pablo Picasso: The Impossible Collection', the Spanish artist's oeuvre is explored through a selection of 100 works, curated by his granddaughter Diana Widmaier Picasso in a stunning volume that fully covers the depth of the artist's career. Spanning paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs, 'Pablo Picasso: The Impossible Collection' is suited to both those wanting to learn more about the artist and long-time fans.
The world renowned hippie chic haven of Ibiza is immortalised in Assouline's 'Ibiza Bohemia', a 300 page hardcover book produced by Renu Kashyap, with text by Maya Boyd. The Balearic island has long served as a hideaway for artists, creatives and musicians, appealing to two lifestyle extremes with an infamous nightlife scene for hedonists and peaceful yoga retreats for puritans. 'Ibiza Bohemia' presents both sides of the island along with an exploration of its scenic landscapes, unique characters and characteristic interiors.
An idyllic locale, famous worldwide for its beaches, perfect climate and jet set appeal, the French Riviera town of St Tropez has long been synonymous with glitz and glamour. Pulling in movie stars, world-renowned artists and distinguished writers for more than a century, the small town continues to retain its many charms, all of which are explored in Assouline's 'St Tropez Soleil', a stunning 300-page book accompanied by over 200 illustrations. Taking the reader on a journey that shows how the town grew from a chic hangout for notable writers like Françoise Sagan, and world renowned artists such as Henri Matisse, to a magnet for the rich and famous, 'St Tropez Soleil' is an impressive anthology of the locale's storied past and ever-evolving present. Author Simon Liberati — an award-winning French writer and journalist — welcomes readers into an exclusive world where 'white parties' abound, Chanel fashion shows are hosted and annual events such as Les Bravades and the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez keep visitors coming back for more.
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