7 beautiful books to put in your living room

A number of beautiful books have recently appeared on bookshop shelves. From perfumery to technology and art, here are seven books to display proudly in your bookshelf and browse through without restraint.

 

“The first 25 years of Google” by daMaia

 

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Celebrating the incredible journey of the digital giant, publisher daMaia traces the vision of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. These two technological geniuses created Google in California in 1998 and quite simply revolutionised the use of personal computers. Since its launch 25 years ago, the search engine has forged a resounding reputation, developing cutting-edge tools such as Google Earth and Google Images. The company has also acquired sites, software and operating systems such as Youtube and Android. An exciting story!

“Google First 25 years”, daMaia, 169 dollars

 

“A Perfume Atlas” by Louis Vuitton

 

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Created in collaboration with Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, Louis Vuitton’s in-house master perfumer, “A Perfume Atlas” explores, in 380 pages, the raw materials of the luxury House’s fragrances. From cinnamon from Sri Lanka to cocoa from the Ivory Coast, via rose and jasmine from Grasse, the book examines the high points of the essences that help make Louis Vuitton fragrances legendary. While the book is available on its own, it can also be complemented by a boxed set containing 45 ingredient extractions. This complete set is on sale in some of the brand’s physical shops for a total value of $5,000.

“A Perfume Atlas”, Louis Vuitton, $160

 

“Seville Arte” by Assouline

 

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Toreros at La Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, spellbinding flamenco, majestic churches, bullfights, Holy Week processions, Sevilla Fútbol Club supporters… Seville is a city as colourful as it is vibrant. Written by Paul-Maxime Koskas, this book showcases, through sublime photographs, all the cultural and artistic wealth of the capital of Andalusia. A unique art of living that, even when told on paper, takes us straight to the south of Spain.

“Seville Arte”, Assouline, 105 dollars

 

“Barbie: the World Tour” by Flammarion

 

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Barbie has not finished galvanising the crowds. Almost a year after the release of the blockbuster film Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig, the famous doll is now telling her story in a book. Actress Margot Robbie, who plays Barbie in the film, and her stylist Andrew Mukamal reveal the Mattel doll’s style of dress through the lens of fashion photographer Craig McDean. The doll is presented in designer outfits ranging from Schiaparelli and Vivienne Westwood to Chanel and Versace. Several interviews round off the book. A lovely marriage of fashion, pop culture and cinema.

“Barbie: the World Tour, Flammarion, 50 euros

 

“Le sport dans l’art” by Citadelles & Mazenod

 

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In the run-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Citadelles & Mazenod is publishing a book on sport in art, written by Yann Descamps and Georges Vigarello. Over the last two thousand years, artists have drawn inspiration from the various forms of physical activity to transcribe them in paintings, engravings, manga, photographs and sculptures. Through their representation and vision, the history of sport is told and analysed in 400 pages.

“Le sport dans l’art”, Citadelles & Mazenod, 179 euros

 

« The Book of Colour Concepts » by Taschen

 

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Over 65 works and 1,000 images. This is the theme of “The Book of Colour Concepts”, published by Taschen. In two volumes, the history of nuances and theories of colour are presented. This four-century journey through colour has inspired many artists and scholars. In addition to this insight, the book reveals works and contributions that have left their mark on colour theory, such as Isaac Newton’s Optics, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous Treatise on Colour and the theosophical systems of Charles Webster Leadbeater and Annie Besant.

“The Book of Colour Concepts, Taschen, 150 euros

 

“Voir le monde en train” by Editions du Chêne

 

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Let’s take a trip. But by train! This book retraces 80 of the most emblematic rail adventures, from the Orient-Express in Europe to the Taurus-Express in Turkey, from the California Zephyr in the United States to the Cloud Train in Argentina. Between deserts, snow-capped mountains and sun-drenched coastlines, “See the world by train” is an ode to escapism.

“Voir le monde en train”, Editions du Chêne, 39.90 euros

 

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