I enjoy reading and adore everything related to visual storytelling.

Partnering with Gestalten, I have selected below some books specialized in art, culture, design, architecture, nature, and beauty. If you enjoy my selection and would like to collect the book, click on each image that will redirect you to the Gestalten’s official website.

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This book illuminates all aspects of becoming an expert at buying art that one will enjoy for many years, such as how to get started, how to take one’s tastes seriously, how to do a targeted search for pieces, how to learn to appraise prices, and how to find trustworthy partners. Kagge’s practical yet entertaining step-by-step guidance also includes ways to identify and avoid pitfalls and deceptive temptations. As an extreme athlete, he knows very well how to follow rules yet trust his instinct where it counts.

From election results to catastrophes to wars to scientific discoveries: the stream of data we are exposed to daily becomes ever more complicated. Infographics help make sense of it, transforming difficult to grasp facts and figures into accessible visualizations. Print media are increasingly making successful use of them. Visual Journalism reveals the masters of this discipline and their finest works.

The portraits of studios and individuals within this compendium illustrate how the world of infographics continues to evolve as it informs data and graphic trends. A visual revolution showcases the myriad possibilities of non-verbal communication.

We eat with our eyes. People love to stage and take photos of their food. Driven by Instagram and the advertising industry, stylists, gourmandizers, and photographers continually invent new ways of presenting food as both delectable and radical. Visual Feast presents work nonpareil from this growing scene.

Sharing photos of food has become entrenched in our daily lives. Visual Feast celebrates the interplay between a myriad of styles: maps created from vegetables, lobsters painted gold to adorn tables, jelly molded into witty dishes.  These images can be readily found on social media, in magazine editorials, or transformed into infographics.

Food photographers and stylists create innovative images that make mouths water, eyes widen, and nostrils inhale imagined scents. Quenching creative curiosities and satisfying even the keenest of artistic palettes, Visual Feast explores food staging and exists as a tome of inspiration for those immersed and intrigued by its yummy and alluring realm.

Mark Jenkins is redefining sculpture as part of the urban environment. The Urban Theater, his first monograph, documents Jenkins’s compelling, often disturbing street installations and demonstrates his talent for provoking reactions from passersby. For Jenkins, these spontaneous responses and interactions are an integral part of the life cycle of his works.

The American artist Mark Jenkins is one of the key figures in street art today. He is known for the clever installations of his startlingly lifelike sculptures in urban spaces. This expert staging of his work provokes various reactions from passersby and expands his interventions into powerful performances. The Urban Theater is Mark Jenkins’s first monograph. The book documents a broad spectrum of his compelling, often disturbing street installations. It also includes photos with which Jenkins has documented viewers’ spontaneous responses and interactions with his interventions. Although select work from Mark Jenkins has been exhibited in renowned venues such as Lazarides Galleries and the Kunsthalle Wien, his art is made for the street. Jenkins’s sculptures only become complete for him when they interact with their urban environments and the people within them.

A journey through dreamlike landscapes, bizarre buildings, and whimsical interiors floating between reality and fantasy. Oscar Wilde claimed that “progress is the realization of utopia.” Dreamscapes illustrates utopian visions and invites the reader into otherworldly scenes that manifest visions of idealized worlds, offering a path toward a better future. The showcased pieces blur the lines between practical applications for architecture and design, abstract artistic expressions, and expand the possibilities of architecture, interior, and set design. The book presents the work of leading creatives from across the globe, exploring the infinite ways to visualize landscapes and the built environment. With their roots in spatial design, their ideas present a new creative current defined by the fusion of digital techniques such as computer rendering and 3D art, and an aesthetic that moves between fantasy and reality. 

There’s the food, the culture, the architecture, the art―Notre Dame and Montmartre and the Louvre―and then there’s the side of Paris you’ve never seen, until now. Paris: the city of love, the city of light ―the city everyone thinks they know from movies and books. But there’s more to this vigorous new-old metropolis than Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Along its winding streets and hidden in picturesque views along the Seine, there’s so much more to do and discover, to taste and see, than what you imagine. The Monocle team is your guide as you explore the nouvelle cuisine in the city’s up-and-coming restaurants that are revitalizing classic dining. Step off the beaten path and into galleries showcasing works that will inspire future art world trends. Escape the crowds and the tourists in laid-back local bars and classy clubs. And then bundle up in designer goods from the best unknown boutiques as you stroll through history and romance. Paris is a wonderland. 

The Beauty of Time Travel is a definitive look into the process of constructing a renowned global brand from the bottom up. It all started with a Balzac novel, a flea market find, and a jolt of creative inspiration. Fast-forward to the present day and Officine Universelle Buly has grown to become a true heavyweight in the beauty industry. Sold in almost every corner of the world, co-founder Ramdane Touhami infused an appreciation for all things vintage with a spirit of conquest and innovation to offer a coveted-catalogue of premium products—often slightly quirky, but always elegant, refined, and delightful.

So how was a forgotten brand from the 19th-century revived and transformed into one of the most loved names of today? And what exactly underpins this unprecedented retail concept? Presented by its protagonists, The Beauty of Time Travel studies the meticulous work carried out by creative entrepreneur Touhami along with his agency Art Recherche Industrie. It dissects the Buly universe from A to Z, looking at it’s appetite for reinventing traditions whilst revealing the stories, tricks, and (almost) all its secrets.

Displaying food on a plate can turn a great dish into an artwork. Story on a Plate explores plating in all its facets, delving into the inspirations, artistry, and techniques behind some of the most imaginative and visually compelling plating across the globe.

Through profiles of industry stars, how-to guides and spectacular photography, Story on a Plate invites you to learn simple ideas and techniques that will elevate your own plates of food from sustenance to art. From appetizers, main dishes and deserts, you will find eye-popping meditations on rhubarb served in Amsterdam, an egg nestled on a bed of hay in London, or a whimsical ode to honey in Hong Kong.

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