Assouline X Frescobol Carioca
Since its inception in 1994, Assouline has become a cultural authority, the gold standard of what makes a book “luxury” and the mark of a sophisticated home library.
Propser and Martine Assouline began with a book on the legendary Colombe d’Or hotel in the south of France and now their publishing house covers seminal figures of fashion, haute joaillerie, architecture and travel. Name a 20th century icon and Assouline probably have a book about them, or even by them.
With authors like Lee Radziwill and quirky, yet refined titles such as “Dinner with Jackson Pollock”, there’s a book shelf adornment for everyone who considers themselves cultured or cosmopolitan.
If you dare to go beyond a scattering of books across the coffee table, brand Assouline should also be your first port of call for a personal library. They now offer selected furniture and scented candles with the aromas of leather, paper, wood and so on, all of which are currently sold out online.
Their collaborations have been unique pieces from other bastions of good taste: a quilted slipcase from Chanel, a book trunk from Goyard, and bookbags created by Louis Vuitton’s leather workers.
This winter we are delighted to host an Assouline pop-up in the dedicated exhibition space of our Notting Hill store, transformed into a reading room for this auspicious occasion. Take some time out from the busy London streets and relax, browse, and find those perfect gifts.
These are our top picks, available in store now.
1. Chic Stays – Melinda Stevens
The subtitle says it all: Conde Nast Traveller’s Favourite People on their Favourite Places. From Kate Moss to Eddie Redmayne and Michael Morpurgo, find some lesser-known locations with A-list approval to add to your list.
2. Brazilian Style – Armand Limnander
A tome of inspiration on our home country. The eye-grabbing cover houses iconic Brazilians from Carmen Miranda to Gisele Bundchen, as well as the beauty of our traditions, festivals, architecture, and arts scene. A must-have for any aspiring Carioca.
3. Oscar Niemeyer – Michael Kimmelman
Niemeyer was the father of Brazilian modernism, and this volume captures the genius of his sensual, awe-inspiring works. A book truly as beautiful as its contents, this title from Assouline’s Ultimate Collection has been traditionally hand-bound with hand-tipped colour plates.
Our pop-up reading room in collaboration with Assouline runs until January at the Notting Hill store: 1 Lonsdale road, London W11 2BY.