(17 October 2018) What makes a private library? For some it is a collection of well-thumbed books, while for Jay Gatsby it was all about the look. At Maison Assouline, a luxury publishing company, it is a 360-degree experience that starts with a beautiful book and grows to encompass the fabric of the sofa you’re reading it on, the colour of the walls, and the art hanging from them.
Step into its Piccadilly store, a Lutyens-designed former bank, and you enter the world of founders Prosper and Martine Assouline. It features a careful curation of tomes and perfect objets d’art; there’s even a bar in the corner serving cocktails inspired by their catalogue.
The Telegraph has the full story by Boudicca Fox-Leonard with photographs.