“All that is beautiful in the world ought to be in an Assouline book.”
A book is a beautiful thing. An Assouline book? That is work of art—and you should decorate with art. I am deliberately piecing together a coffee table solely of Assouline books. Each new (used) title boosting the height at which I can prop up my feet. In the Spirit of Aspen and Happy Times serve equally as coasters, leaving room on my book shelves for family pictures and my collection of loving cup trophies.
A master of style, Prosper Assouline is known for merging the modern and the classical in publishing and creative design. As the former artistic director of several French fashion magazines, Prosper’s experiences include creating and launching his own magazine, and the founding of a creative agency specializing in branding and advertising in the late 1980s. In 1995, he founded Assouline Publishing with his wife, Martine Assouline, in Paris. Under the direction of Prosper, Assouline has conceived a visual language that is internationally recognized for its excellence. In the past fifteen years, they have published shelves of titles documenting, in spectacular fashion, the WASP lifestyle—A Privileged Life, The Kennedys, In the Spirit of the Hamptons, Vintage Cocktails, and Polo, The Nomadic Tribe to name a few. Books for people with taste.
Photographed in New York, NY (click to enlarge)
You have inherited loads of books from both sides of the family. But every library can stand to benefit from adding one more to the collection. I have curated a selection of titles that could be at home in any preppy’s study. Visit Assouline.com to brush up on the synopses of the following titles and then simply write in the comments below which book you would like.
• Lacoste (any color)
• The Trench Book
• Vintage Cocktails
• Tennis Fashion
One reader will be chosen at random Friday October 8th, 2010 and the winner will be announced subsequently via Twitter (and notified by email).
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