German publisher teNeues creates eye candy for design lovers, producing sexy coffee-table books that capture the worlds of art, travel, fashion, photography, and architecture. Founded more than 50 years ago as an offset print shop, the company initially gained recognition for its high-end photo calendars; it eventually moved into greeting cards and art posters before starting its own imprint in 1995. Today, the family-owned publishing firm issues more than 60 products a year, with titles ranging from <i>Backstage Dior</i> to <i>Luxury Living New York.</i>
This German publishing company’s stunning books will inspire everyone from car lovers to those with green thumbs. There’s plenty of focus on fashion and style, too, with offerings including <i>Chopard</i> and <i>Backstage Dior</i>.
Entertain with wit and style with these top picks from Seybert, a former fashion designer turned home-decor guru. Add some whimsy to the table with her embroidered linen cocktail napkins and colorful bubble wine glasses, and light some deliciously scented Joya candles to set the mood. Stock the powder room with Coyuchi’s organic-cotton towels (a spare set’s always good to have on hand). And if you’re the guest, thrill your hostess with a box of dark-chocolate truffles from Knipschildt. (Want more tips from Seybert on how to get your home holiday-ready? Click <a href="http://www.gilt.com/blog/2010/11/12/2288-curated-by-design-kim-seyberts-holiday-tips">here</a>.)
Done right, a safari decor theme is rich and elegant. The key is restraint: Choose one or two focal pieces for visual impact, like a mirror from APF Munn in the shape of two tusks, and the zebra-striped Newport armchair from Barclay Butera. Then focus on details — finish the look with everything from sculptural mahogany statuettes to decorative horn boxes. And keep the rest of the room minimal: A subdued palette of solids, in earthy or black-and-white tones, is an ideal backdrop.
If you have a fashion lover in your life, you know it's almost impossible to buy clothes for that person; and if you do find something, you wonder if they already have it, or if they'll think it's so 2009. We've got a perfect gift alternative: a beautifully illustrated fashion book. This inspired selection cuts an extensive swath through the world of style.