A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, A BEAUTIFUL BOOK
‘If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of art and the thing to be most longed for, I should answer, a beautiful House; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for, I should answer, a beautiful Book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.'
FROM THE DESK OF...
Our newest feature. An online shop-in-shop featuring books & objects from the personal collections of fascinating people. New York design studio Various Projects have provided our first collection & we couldn't be happier. Works by Yoko Ono & Enzo Mari, books on Sixties Art & film design, custom stationary items and more.
In defense of home libraries
A French gentleman who possessed a large library was asked an old question by a visitor, a question so often posed to those who own a lot of books:
"And have you read them all?"
But this wise collector simply turned to his guest and, with an astonished look on his face, simply replied "No, and I haven't drunk all the wine in my cellar either."
The point was made at once. His books, like his prized bottles, were waiting for the moment he chose to open them, there for his pleasure according to his own timing. After all, what good would a cellar of empty bottles be to him? Or a library of books already completed?