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>
Taschen Books’ founder, Benedikt Taschen, got his start selling comic books as a teenager — and, while comics still make up part of Taschen’s business, the company has gained a global reputation for offering everything from travel guides, to pop-culture, photography, and architecture tomes. The page-turners on offer here exemplify what this esteemed house does so well.
If you’re a stylish guy — or looking for the perfect gift for the sophisticated gent in your life — these beautifully illustrated, well-written books are a coffee-table must. Architecture, design, fashion, luxury brands — the makings of the good life are represented in this selection.
Don’t have time (or cash) to renovate? Let these accessories refresh your house for summer. Beachy, restful hues and pleasingly organic shapes define the lot.