Benedikt Taschen has finally landed in New York’s SoHo district, after closing a pop-up shop over a year ago, and the only grievance that comes to mind: What took so long? Taschen has long been the go-to publisher for coffee table books that march to their own drummer. Taschen’s books are not for the masses. They’re for people who get “it.” And by “it” I mean style, design, countercultures and sex.
Judging from recent Taschen books, including Butt Book, a compilation from the gay Dutch sex/fashion mag and The Big Book of Breasts (the title says it all), you’d think their minds (and books) were in the gutter. But this is also the company that recently compiled Domus in the form of a twelve-volume reprint. So they know what their doing.
The NYC shop was designed by DWR fave Philippe Starck and features a colorful mural by Beatriz Milhazes It has quickly become our favorite place to browse books full of the art we wish we could afford and the houses we wished we live in. And the people watching is not bad to boot!