On the corner of Brook Street and Davies Street in the heart of Mayfair, Claridge’s packs serious clout as one of the world’s most iconic five-star hotels. Sharing that same storied building, German art book publisher TASCHEN have just opened their second London outpost, and 14th international retail space.
Naturally, it’s a must-see for all fans of glossy coffee-table tomes, and limited collector’s editions and prints, the publisher — who have called upon esteemed designers like Philippe Starck and Marc Newson to put together their spaces and flagships — offering a a curated selection of sought-after titles that include David Hockney’s recently published SUMO-sized retrospective, and signed prints from revered art photographers like Marvin E. Newman, Ellen von Unwerth, and Mick Rock.
Located in such illustrious surrounds, customers at the bookstore-gallery can expect white walls flanked by editioned artwork; handsome parquet flooring; opulent red velvet; and a touch of Art Deco lighting, all harmonious throughout a petite but never diminutive space. In short, TASCHEN Claridge’s may be short in stature, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in decadent style. Oodles of it.