The Italian region of Tuscany is a feast for all senses. A creative incubator that has cultivated art and architecture for eras including Etruscan, Roman, Renaissance and modern times. Timeworn churches, once stops on nineteenth-century Grand Tours, stand tall in the towns' piazzas. Rolling hills of wheat and colorful olive groves, that inspire authentic Tuscan cuisine, are dotted with villas built by the prestigious Medici family. The Tyrrhenian Sea extends off its coast, lapping the shore of Elba, the island where the emperor Napoleon was exiled. Quaint villages, historic towns and bustling cities are scattered across its landscape, which is almost as varied as the communities themselves. From annual horse races at Piazza del Campo, and the centuries-old winemaking traditions of the Chianti region to the city of Pisa, an ancient Maritime Republic known for the youthful spirit of its Scuola Normale Superiore and Leaning Tower alike, Tuscany is the place of dreams, where thousands come to relive its history and take in the beauty of a region.
From cities to quaint towns and everything in between, Provence has something for everyone. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Calanque de Sormiou in Marseille. Drive with the top down through fields of lavender in Valensole. Experience a bite of just-out-of-the-oven fougasse, a Provençal classic. Stand in awe of the beautiful, white Camargue horses native to the area. Located in the South of France, Provence is uniquely positioned to be a cultural blend of the Mediterranean. Roman landmarks still prevail from the 1st century AD alongside châteaus from medieval times-a varied legacy brightened by the indigenous mimosas and cypresses.Perhaps since the region is well-known for its ability to inspire, it's home to a plethora of festivals such as Rencontre d'Arles, Festival d'Avignon, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and more, all celebrating the arts. Artists who have praised the unique Provençal light include Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. Alexandre Dumas and Jean Giono are among the writers who were drawn to write in the shade of the plane trees.
It has been said that Marrakech awakens all of the senses. Whether it is seeing the intricate zellige tilework ; smelling the various spices sold at the souks ; hearing the call to prayer emanate from the nearby mosques ; touching the supple leather used to make a pair of babouches (leather sandals) ; tasting a flavorful tagine, Marrakech never fails to excite. Located just west of the Atlas Mountains, the city has been inhabited by Berber farmers for centuries.
It has been dubbed the "Ochre City" because of the proliferation of red sandstone buildings and the red city walls, which now enclose the Medina, home to Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of the busiest squares in Africa. Marrakech overflows with culture and has been inspiring visitors for decades. From Yves Saint Laurent to Talitha Getty, Winston Churchill to Mick Jagger, Marrakech has attracted great icons inspired by its eternal spirit as well as its sweet, beautiful life.
Yves Saint Laurent's intimate relationship to this city lead to the opening of a museum dedicated to his legendary work. The annual Marrakech International Film Festival draws a prominent crowd. Museums abound, exhibiting Moroccan arts, photography, carpets, and the Andalusian design aesthetic that permeates the city's architecture. La Mamounia hotel, opened in 1923, offers a storied history, which includes hosting guests such as Winston Churchill.
Vanessa Branson's El Fenn is a collection of traditional riads that form a stunning boutique hotel. There are countless ways to be immersed in the culture of Marrakech, but perhaps the best place to start is with a simple glass of mint tea.
Dubai Wonder tours readers through this storied city and its cultural diversity and distinct neighborhoods,including Deira, home to the Khor Dubai, a creek that Dubai's economy relied on for several decades forpearl diving and fishing; Al Quoz, the cultural heart of the city; the Dubai International Financial Centre andJumeirah, a largely residential district featuring the emirate's notable resorts along its coast.Other stops on the tour include Dubai's burgeoning art scene, the Art Dubai fair and Alserkal Avenue, a clusterof warehouses containing art galleries.Dubai Wonder also takes readers inside the highly anticipated Expo2020 Dubai, opening in October 2021 and already heralded as the grandest world fair in history. A hub ofinnovation and firsts, Dubai represents a vision for the future, where anything is possible, as each page of thisawe-inspiring addition to Assouline's Travel Series demonstrates.
St. Tropez Soleil guide le lecteur à travers son passé et son présent en constante évolution. Avec des piliers annuels tels que Les Bravades et Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez ainsi que des événements exclusifs comme un défilé de mode Chanel au café Tropézian Sénéquier par excellence et la White Party à Nikki Beach commencée par Naomi Campbell. Mais malgré tous ces changements, l'esprit de Saint-Tropez reste le même et ce volume est une ode à la joie de vivre unique qui fait revenir tout le monde.
Hamptons Private invites readers to peek behind the manicured hedges in Amagansett, charter a yacht off the shore of the Springs, experience the surfer's haven that is Ditch Plains and attend a polo match in Bridgehampton. Each page envisions the quintessential leisure of The Hamptons and showcases the unique quality of light that artist Willem de Kooning dubbed a miracle. One can almost hear the thwock of tennis balls at The Meadow Club, the whisperings of exclusive parties, the rhythms of seaside music at The Surf Lodge-even the first bite of a lobster roll at Lunch. The Hamptons, at once a retreat to nature and a hot spot for A-listers, exudes a boho-chic spirit reflected in its beautiful people and sublime surroundings.
What began as a small mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom of the late nineteenth century has since become the preferred getaway of the world's elite. Treasured for what's above ground rather than below, Aspen, Colorado has a storied history almost as dense as the directory of A-listers who have adopted the jewel of Pitkin County as their second home, or who have settled in its slopes indefinitely. From the «fortified compound» that was Hunter S. Thompson's Owl Farm, to John Denver's «Starwood in Aspen,» to the scores of financial titans who also call the mountain home, Aspen has long drawn an eclectic and wide-ranging crowd. With an introduction from longtime resident Aerin Lauder, founder & creative director of AERIN, Aspen Style celebrates and pays homage to the stark glamour, the working-class history, and the romance of the virtually untouched landscape that gives the town the unique charisma that continues to draw new devotees with each season. Exploring the rustic-chic atmosphere of the Hotel Jerome, the architectural excellence of Herbert Bayer's restored Wheeler Opera House, and local culture found at Schlomo's Deli & Grill, to name a few, this deluxe volume is brought to life with stunning current and historical imagery capturing the prodigious evolution of this mountain town over the last century.
From roaring nightlife to peaceful yoga retreats, Ibiza's hippie-chic atmosphere is its hallmark. This quintessential Mediterranean hot spot has served as an escape for artists, creatives, and musicians alike for decades. It is a place to reinvent oneself, to walk the fine line between civilization and wilderness, and to discover bliss. Ibiza Bohemia explores the island's scenic Balearic cliffs, its legendary cast of characters, and the archetypal interiors that define its signature style.
Surplombant la mer Egée, une charmante chaîne de quartiers côtiers forme la Riviera d'Athènes, une évasion sereine de l'activité constante dans le centre-ville. Une sélection d'hôtels haut de gamme borde le tronçon immaculé de plages jusqu'au point le plus au sud de la péninsule de l'Attique. Le Four Seasons Astir Palace rénové, avec une histoire de logement de dignitaires étrangers et de stars de cinéma des années 1960, est l'hôtel le plus luxueux d'Athènes, peut-être même dans toute la Grèce.
La boîte de nuit, Island, ramène le glamour et l'excitation des clubs de bouzouki du XXe siècle qui rappellent des noms tels que Melina Mercouri et Stavros Niarchos. Athènes connaît un renouveau - dans l'art, la vie nocturne et le design. Pour une métropole constamment associée au passé, les avancées modernes dans le développement et la culture sont parfois négligées au profit des ruines et des artefacts de l'Antiquité.
Quand en fait, la juxtaposition ne fait qu'améliorer la beauté des deux. La Riviera d'Athènes place l'ancien monde à côté du nouveau monde et une compréhension plus profonde de cette ancienne capitale émerge. Avec un pied dans le passé et un pied dans le futur ; accès à l'électricité de la vie urbaine et à la tranquillité d'une station balnéaire, Athènes ne peut pas être définie en termes simples.
Il suffit d'en faire l'expérience par soi-même.
Welcome to Havana, home to an overwhelming energy. Situated along the Straits of Florida, the capital of Cuba has been through several identities : Spanish colonial settlement, mobster rule in the 1930s, glamour of the 1950s, Cuban revolution. Now, the city is in the process of restoring its diverse history and experiencing a cultural renaissance. Havana is bold, experimental and provocative in its approach to art, cuisine and entertainment, while maintaining its authenticity.
Havana is a testament to a neverending determination to improve and progress, which contributes to its continuing allure.
Au large des côtes de l'Afrique de l'Est dans l'océan Indien se trouve un archipel connu sous le nom de Zanzibar. Tout a commencé il y a dix millions d'années lorsque l'île de Pemba s'est séparée de l'Afrique continentale, puis il y a dix mille ans, l'île d'Unguja a emboîté le pas. Ainsi commence la légende de Zanzibar. Pendant des siècles, Zanzibar a été le paradis et la porte d'entrée d'explorateurs comme Richard Burton et David Livingstone pour pénétrer le continent africain inconnu. De l'avant à nos jours, et il est toujours possible de découvrir la faune unique, que ce soit en plongeant au large des côtes d'une île privée, dans des lagons infinis, en visitant des mangroves ou des forêts sauvages endémiques; vous perdre et vous plonger dans les rues labyrinthiques historiques de Stonetown. Ce groupe d'îles est à la croisée des cultures, avec l'architecture omanaise, les patrimoines portugais et britanniques ainsi que les rituels swahili.La photographe Aline Coquelle partage un portrait intime d'une communauté pleine de vie. Avec la photographie originale, une culture indigène disparue est préservée et célébrée. Ce volume invite le lecteur à découvrir le paradis qu'est Zanzibar.
Capri, a resort island dating back to the height of the Roman Empire, has long been an extraordinary destination full of ancient charm. Cherished by everyone from physician Axel Munthe, who recommended its clean air to his patients as a cure for bronchitis; to film director Jean-Luc Godard as the setting for his 1963 film Contempt; to literary icons, celebrities, poets, and the jet set, Capri boasts a rich Mediterranean spirit and style that encompasses a wealth of beauty, from gardens to villas to caves to the people walking in the lively Piazzetta, where cars are prohibited and the island's playful attitude runs rampant. Capri Dolce Vita is a look at this fabled corner of the world through the ages and a celebration of paradise on earth.
Yachts: The Impossible Collection is an eclectic and carefully curated anthology of ships, from the 1851 shipfor which the America's Cup was named, to J Class racing yachts of the early 1900s, to the current high-tech megayachts, from classics with timeless silhouettes, to head-turners that broke the mold with daringdesign and redefined their era. And with so much focus today on the environment and the health of theoceans, the yachting world is changing quickly, increasingly pursuing sustainability. Whether impossible insheer size, speed, luxurious features or advanced green technology, all of the vessels in this fantasy marinahave transformed the yachting seascape.As long as there are people with means and blue oceans to explore, there will always be a demand for thesebeautiful and impossible creatures that break the boundaries of technology, luxury and decadence-and newyachts are still yet to be built, worthy of The Impossible Collection.
Italy is a country synonymous with style and beauty in all aspects of life: the rich history of Rome, Renaissance art of Florence, graceful canals of Venice, high fashion of Milan, signature pasta alla bolognese of Bologna, colorful architecture of Portofino and winking blue waters of Capri and the Amalfi Coast, among many others. Italians themselves live effortlessly amid all this splendor, knowing instinctively just the type of outfit to throw on, design element to balance, or delectable ingredient to add.Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla, sensitive and often nostalgic lovers of their home country, take readers on a tour of an Italian's Italy, off the main roads traversed by tourists and onto hidden side streets or off the grid altogether, to corners lesser known but filled to bursting with the quintessential details that define timeless Italian style. See the Sassi cave dwellings etched into the mountainside of Matera; admire the red-orange walls characteristic of the Emilia-Romagna region; and examine the carved birds at Sorrento's Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, so lifelike they might fly off the page. Reina and Ferolla invite readers to discover the special moments and places that reveal an intimate portrait of one of the world's most treasured destinations, and Ferolla's classical illustrations add another level of personality to the journey.
A vibrant tour of twelve interiors from Brazil to Portugal, Art Life not only celebrates Bergamin's diverse style, but also highlights his steadfast appreciation for art and history. The result is a kaleidoscopic oeuvre of interiors that serve as cultured dialogues between the comfort of home and the world at large.
Showcasing travel photographs by more than 150 of America's top architects and designers, Travel by Design is an inspiring guide to the power of travel to shape and expand our world. Travel by Design reminds us of the beauty and importance of travel, with images of more than 100 locations in 60 countries, from exotic destinations and global cities to adventure travels and all-American escapes. More than 350 photographs take readers on a global journey through cityscapes, ancient civilizations, luxurious resorts, and stunning natural wonders, all seen through the discerning and artistic eyes of today's leading creative talents. The images are sure to inspire dreams of escape, and the 40 pages of insider resources-from favorite hotels and restaurants to secret shopping sources and must-see monuments-will make planning future trips reassuring and easy.An inspirational and informative resource, this volume highlights the preeminence of outstanding design and its importance for every civilization.
A six-point safety harness wraps over your shoulders and between your legs, a head and neck brace clamps down your chest. The world ahead is visible only above a rim at eye level; the world behind is seen only through two mirrors little bigger than cigarette boxes. The start lights begin to illuminate red, and when they extinguish, your life will enter another dimension: this is not a fighter jet or a spacecraft, you are on the starting grid of a Formula One track, strapped into the world's most technologically advanced racing car. The turbocharged engine, with more than 1,000 horsepower, is about to kick you in the backside, hurtling to 100 kph in 2.5 seconds, careening toward the first corner of the track. For the average reader, even driving a single lap of a Grand Prix would be impossible. But for the world's twenty best racing drivers in the series' ten teams, it is a way of life that is extreme in almost every facet.
Selected by veteran F1 journalist Brad Spurgeon, Formula 1: The Impossible Collection chronicles the milestones that lifted Formula One from a gentlemen's club in 1950 to a global sport with hundreds of millions of fans around the world, third in popularity only to the Olympics and World Cup soccer. Highlighting exceptional technical innovations, remarkable drivers' achievements and exciting race finishes, this volume illuminates immortal names such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, Enzo Ferrari, Colin Chapman, Bernie Ecclestone, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Jean Todt, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, who recently made history tying Schumacher's championship titles and breaking his record of total career race victories.
Selected by specialist Fabienne Reybaud, each of the exceptional Rolex watch models in this beautiful handcrafted Ultimate Collection volume showcase the most valuable and technically innovative models the luxury watchmaker has produced, including watches never seen in print before: From the first wristwatch dating to the early 1900s and the first Oyster Perpetual from 1931, to an Explorer worn during Sir Edmund Hillary's expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953 and the Submariner worn by actor George Lazenby in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, they are sure to astonish collectors the world over.