Brianna D'Estries is a third-year Legal Studies student at UC Berkeley who has helped at the shop since early 2017. Born in California, she was educated at a French International School, where she became fluent in the language (her French mother also helped!). Brianna loves books of lyric poetry and heady theory, and so the book she chose as part of our ongoing series [see others here!] came as no surprise. Thanks, Brianna!
Karen Schaupeter is the brilliant mind behind Ed. Varie, a pioneering art gallery, publisher, and bookstore with locations in New York and Los Angeles. Karen's work extends beyond the walls of her spaces, though; her work as a stylist is extensive, with dozens of books and ad campaigns to her credit. We're excited to jump into her recommendations, covering everything from rock music to Japanese design, social justice and family dynamics. Thanks, Karen!
Grégoire Alexandre is a Paris-based photographer whose works transcend that label. Christian Lacroix called his work "contemporary poetry" and clients from Issey Miyaki and Pierre Hardy to Nike and Montcler agree. Impeccably modern and instantly timeless, we find Alexandre's work to be deeply inspiring. We're pleased to share his summer reading recommendations, of which he says "Some of these selections I've already read some time ago and others still I haven’t, but I want to dive into them all this summer. Each is about creation and art." Merci, Grégoire!
The Skirt Chronicles is our favorite new magazine from Paris. We were lucky enough to have an event with its three effervescent co-founders in April of this year at Small Shop in the Marias. Sarah, Haydée & Sofia are some of the smartest, coolest, and most enthusiastic people we've been involved with in a long time. We're honored to carry Skirt Chronicles in our Oakland shop & we're very pleased to share a few summer reading recommendation from these amazing women.
Zhenya Posternak is a Kiev-born photographer based in New York. She works with her twin sister Tanya, creating beautifully distinctive work for the likes of Mansur Gavriel and fashion magazines the world over. We first found her on Instagram, where even her most casual snapshots are instantly recognizable as her own, poetic and assured. We're grateful to have a peek at her summer reading plans.
Yvon Lambert is a pioneering art gallerist based in Paris. His shows, featuring work ranging from the early founders of minimalism & land artists to important gestural painters & conceptualists, have had global impact for since 1966. He truly is one of the greats. In 2001, Lambert opened a truly beautiful bookshop selling art books in the Marais that remains a must-stop for any booklover visiting the city. We're honored to share Yvon's recommended summer reads.
Our 6th annual Summer Reading List series is here! Every week or so throughout the summer our blog will feature new lists of recommended reads from painters, writers, shop owners, editors, photographers, designers, and other people we love. First up, BOOK/SHOP founder Erik Heywood shares a peek at the books he's taking along on sunny outings abroad and lazy evenings at home. Check back often for more!
Click to watch "Once in August", an excellent one-hour documentary about Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, made in 1984 by Michael Rubbo and shot at the Atwood family summer house surrounded by lakes and woods. Canoes, cabins, campfires, and the attempt to unravel Atwood's motivations as an artist abound in a perfect, dusk-lit, late summer mood piece. From the National Film Board of Canada's incredible website.
Isabel Fry is an English-born student who's been helping us out in the shop while on her summer break. We couldn't let her go back to school (and away from us, alas!) without getting her book recommendation, with a few extra suggestions for enjoying her selection as part of our ongoing series...