This past Sunday, April 23rd, we took part in the St.Jordi Festival of NYC with the Catalan Institute of America. The St. Jordi Festival celebrates Shakespeare and Cervantes who died within a day of each other in 1616. In addition to commemorating two of the most prominent (and romantic) literary figures, April 23rd is also the UN Day of Books and Copyright.
"The origin is a lovers holiday," says Marc Tio, Executive Director of the Catalan Institute of America. "St. George kills the dragon and saves the damsel in distress. The celebration of books was added in 1923 by the Catalan Booksellers Association." In doing this, people exchanged books for roses. To this day, the streets of Barcelona and the cities of Catalonia fill with bookstands and flower stalls.
Below are some highlights from Sunday's events, where the Catalan Institute brought roses to our booksellers in exchange for titles celebrating Spanish authors.
Today is Earth Day--a day where we celebrate this incredible planet that houses over 7 billion people. Today, we honor the natural wonders of the world and allow ourselves to be conscious of our impending impact on global issues, such as climate change. Keeping with this theme, here are five unique titles that will awe and inspire, challenging us to make a difference in how we treat our Mother Earth.
Higher Ground (Lannoo) from Carl de Keyzer is the follow up to previous work, Before the Flood, which depicted European villages on the brink of drowning due to a massive flood. This follow up, is once again paired with a fictional story by Phillipe Claudel, and presents the aftermath of the previous book. Higher Ground chronicles the daily lives of the people who have fled to the mountains to begin a new life. Scientists predict that there will be a 3-4 meter range in sea level by 2050. This book paints a foreshadowing portrait of that notion; it is beautifully shot, and thought-provoking in all its irony. To learn more about the book, click here.
The Natural World: Portraits of Earth's Great Ecosystems (Universe) by Thomas D. Mangelsen: This book from nature photographer, Thomas D. Mangelson takes the viewer on a journey to ten distinct ecosystems that serve as refuge for some of the most unique species on this planet. Infused with rich, colorful panoramic photos, this work captures natural life untouched by urbanization or human contact. You can purchase a copy of this title here.
Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest (Welcome Books) by Jon Ortner is bound to make even the tallest human feel small. This is a humbling survey of western national parks comprised of vast and expansive natural rock formations. These incredible photos, made up of infinite rock structures and sculptural boulders, are set against breathtaking backdrops of warm sunset hues. Shop the book here.
The Life and Love of the Sea (Abrams) by Lewis Blackwell will no doubt put you in the mood for summer. If you've never gone scuba diving, consider this book your introduction course (or at least your brochure!). Filled with lustrous photos of dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, sea creatures, and waves, this book is an epic lovesong that celebrates the beauty and mystery that embodies oceanlife. To shop this title, click here.
EARTH: Colours of the Earth (Phaidon) from Bernhard Edmaier is a sweeping collection of aerial photographs organized by the rich colors of various habitats. If there was ever a book to wow you about the planet from the sheer size alone and/or scale of environmental diversity, this is it. Containing shots that depict volcanic eruptions, deserts, glaciers, and the ocean, this book paints a full-picture view of life on earth as seen from a great distance above. To shop the book, click here.
We met the Sri Lankan born fashion illustrator, Nadeesha Godamunne, aka Mokshini, at our event for Tziporah Salamon's The Art of Dressing. Mokshini, who collaborated with Rizzoli Publications to illustrate the book, graciously loaned some of her sketches for our window.
Please scroll down to see some of her lively and direct illustrations and click here to order the book!
All illustration images are from www.mokshini.com
The holidays are right around the corner and Rizzoli Bookstore is pleased to present our selection of holiday gift books. From art to interiors, fashion to cooking, Rizzoli Bookstore has a large selection of titles sure to please anyone on your holiday shopping list.
You can browse a selection of titles in our 2016 Holiday Catalog here or search all our books in the categories at left.
Stooges fans were enthralled Friday night to witness rocker Iggy Pop in conversation with author Jeff Gold to celebrate the release of Total Chaos: The Story of Iggy And The Stooges. This is the first book telling Iggy Pop's story of The Stooges from his own words. Grammy winning editor and avid music historian Jeff Gold spent two days at the rock legend's home sharing pictures and memorabilia from his collection.
Olympia Le-Tan with her sister Cleo at the launch of The Story of O.L.T.!
Book lovers and fashionistas were delighted to unite on Tuesday night in our salon! Fashion handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan signed copies (and clutches) in celebration of her new book The Story of O.L.T. from Rizzoli New York.
We were delighted to collaborate with Club Monaco to stage a pop up kiosk for their fashion show in Grand Central Station. Here's to a great Fashion Week!
Please take note of Rizzoli Bookstore's new hours, effective on Monday, August 15th:
We look forward to seeing you in the store!
The Intersections series is produced by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, a business improvement district (BID); this edition focuses on Flatiron-centric books and is created in collaboration with Rizzoli Bookstore.
Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to the city’s streets—closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new, people-focused street design standards, which have been adopted in 40 cities across the continent. She lives in New York City.
In Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, which she wrote with Seth Solomonow, she demonstrates how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding. Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work. To learn more about the book, click here.
"Intersections is a BID series focused on information, ideas, and our community. The series is produced by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership; this edition focuses on Flatiron-centric books and is being presented in collaboration with Rizzoli Bookstore." Click here for more details.
"The new location still boasts their motto “Welcome to the most beautiful bookstore in New York City” and visitors say it lives up to the hype," writes Gothamist. Read all about it here.
The New York Times coined the name "NoMad" in 1999 to refer to the area North of Madison (Square), but we simply call this distinct Manhattan district "home." And one of the things we love most about our neighbors is how well fed they keep us. Here's a roundup of some our favorite cookbooks that will let you sample the cuisine of our favorite NYC neighborhood without ever leaving your kitchen.
THE NOMAD COOKBOOK (The NoMad, 1170 Broadway)
Chef Daniel Humm and his business partner Will Guidara are the proprietors of two of New York's most beloved and pioneering restaurants: Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad. Their team is known not only for its perfectly executed, innovative cooking, but also for creating extraordinary, genre-defying dining experiences."The NoMad Cookbook"translates the unparalleled and often surprising food and drink of the restaurant into book form.
REAL MAINE FOOD (Luke's Lobster, 5 W. 25th Street)
Eating a hot buttered lobster roll is like taking a mini-vacation: it conjures the scent of salt in the air and the crash of waves on the rocks—the essence of a day at the beach in Maine. Now, with Real Maine Food you can re-create this humble delicacy as well as more than 100 other Maine dishes at home. The authors take a ride on a nineteenth-century schooner, build a beach clambake, and judge a pie-eating contest at a state fair—all in search of the best recipes from accomplished small-town home cooks as well as renowned restaurants and food artisans.
NUM PANG COOKBOOK (Num Pang, 1129 Broadway)
100 Cambodian- and Southeast Asian-inspired recipes from New York's favorite sandwich shop In a city with so many great sandwich joints, Num Pang Sandwich Shop is a standout, receiving high praise from numerous sources including Bon Appetit and Zagat. Num Pang sandwiches are similar to Vietnamese banh mi, but what makes them so special is the inventive fillings, ranging from Glazed Five-Spice Pork Belly to Seared Coconut Tiger Shrimp to Hoisin Meatballs. With touches of graffiti art inspired by the chain s signature urban, hip-hop style, NUM PANG looks just as bold as the mouthwatering recipes taste.
GIRL AND HER GREENS (The Breslin, 16 W. 29th Street)
From the chef and restaurant owner of the Breslin in NoMad comes a beautiful, full-color cookbook that offers tantalizing seasonal recipes for a wide variety of vegetables, from summer standbys such as zucchini to earthy novelties like sunchokes. A Girl and Her Greens reflects the lighter side of the renowned chef whose name is nearly synonymous with nose-to-tail eating. Written in her appealing, down-to-earth style, A Girl and Her Greens features beautiful color photography, lively illustrations, and insightful sidebars and tips on her techniques, as well as charming narratives that reveal her sources of inspiration.
HOW TO EATALY (Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue)
The secrets to Italian cooking, straight from the source—the wildly popular food emporium that is founded in Italy. "The more you know, the more you will enjoy" is the philosophy behind Eataly, and it is the idea behind this essential compendium of Italian cooking. Here, Eataly’s team of experts, including Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, covers everything you need to know about Italian food, starting from the ground up.
"May 26, Sting singing 'Englishman in New York' at Rizzoli Bookstore to toast new book, 'Bill Jacklin’s New York.'" Read about it here.
"A few blocks away, at Broadway and 26th Street, Rizzoli Bookstore has created a Puryear musées-valise in the window. Amid the various publications on the artist’s work is the 2014 iron sculpture, Shackled, on which Big Bling is modeled and which was seen last year at Matthew Marks Gallery. Behind-the-scenes photographs of Puryear’s studio, along with the template layout for the installation of Big Bling, combine to offer a taste of the process behind this towering colossus." Click here for the full story.
"For almost a half century, Rizzoli’s has been considered one of the best independent bookstores in the U.S. It specializes in illustrated books about fashion, photography, interior design, cooking, architecture and other subjects, along with Italian, Spanish, French and English literature. After many years on New York’s 57th Street, the store relocated in 2015 to a new 5,000 square-foot building on Broadway that boasts 18’ ceilings, chandeliers and impressive artwork. Take a master class in floral design, attend a lecture and book signing, or drop in for a cooking demo or book launch party." You can read the whole list here.
Rizzoli Bookstore is honored to welcome BIG BLING by Martin Puryear to Madison Square Park with a glimpse into the artist’s construction process. Our window installation reflects the journey of BIG BLING from initial design to final achievement by featuring behind the scenes photographs and materials from the fabricator in Upstate New York. Also on view is an image of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's template for the BIG BLING maquette and the 350lbs iron sculpture SHACKLED (2014), which BIG BLING was modeled after. Rizzoli Bookstore is proud to carry limited edition copies of the artist’s Mathew Marks Gallery monograph and Morgan Library exhibition catalogue to coincide with BIG BLING’s arrival to the NoMad neighborhood.
The MET Gala Affair for New Yorkers is something on par with Hollywood's Academy Awards. But aside from the glamour and entertainment aspect of who-wore-what and who-stayed-where, etc. the influence of the MET exhibit extends beyond one glamorously exclusive star-studded evening. The gala is largely responsible for funding the Costume Institute, which provides endless inspiration to aspiring designers and artists, not to mention, entertainment and cultural enlightenment for any human lucky enough to find themselves in the museum. Below are three eclectic books chosen by our own fashion maven bookseller, Kelly Barden, inspired by the upcoming festivities.
(Abrams, September 2014) While this is the most obvious title to celebrate this upcoming MET Gala, it will in no way disappoint with its exquisitely curated content. This commemorative collection from Abrams chronicles the last 15 years of MET Gala exhibitions. Replete with full-length photos of past shows including Jacqueline Kennedy's impact on Fashion & Politics, 18th Century Versailles, and 1980's Transatlantic Punk Culture (to name a few), this remarkable title is as expertly curated as the exhibits themselves. Each chapter details the historical relevance behind the exhibitions, and includes an introduction from legendary Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. This incredible volume reaffirms the invaluable elements of the Costume Institute while showcasing all of the glamorous attributes that make this NYC's most exclusive event each year.
(powerHouse Books, April 2016) This year's MET Gala theme is "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." Naturally, David Bowie in his legendary Ziggy Stardust futuristic costumes seem fitting. However, Steve Shapiro's photographs—colorful and visually striking—showcase Bowie's incredible sartorial range outside of his famous musical personas. Shapiro, a long-time friend and photographer of Bowie, reflects on the musician's ever-surprising originality—from painting white diagonal stripes down the front of his costume minutes before a shoot, to drawing continuous Kabbalah circles on the wall while being photographed. This incredible photographic volume is a must-have for Bowie fans as well as fashion-innovators, who will be surprised and delighted by this visionary portrait of a very rare star.
(Abrams, May 2014) Art and fashion have always influenced one another, and this inventive title mirroring the works and relationship between two legends who helped define the era of Studio54 is the most alluring example. The MET Gala themes often involve topics that work in conversation with one another, and this book, which chronicles Halston and Warhol's parallel rise to fame and acceptance in the art and fashion world provides visible links between the influences that each had on the another. Fashion is the most accessible form of art, and this collection shows the direct link between the two mediums--just as Warhol's prints made their way into Halston's collections, Halston's shoes made their way into Warhol's paintings. Filled with incredible sixties and seventies Warhol prints, Halston clothing, and portraits of the stars, Halston & Warhol is a strikingly vibrant visual conversation of a glamorous, post-sexual revolutionized New York City era.
The expertly curated selection at Rizzoli Bookstore has made us a destination for interior designers. In honor of International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 14-17, 2016 at Javits Center, we're featuring our current favorites that need to be on your radar. Peruse our picks and see for yourself why we're the stylish choice for anyone interested in interiors. Practical or aspirational, we have a unique collection designed with you in mind. Read up on the recently deceased iconic furniture designer Vladimir Kagan, brush up on your modern Cuban design knowledge, or take your Marie Kondoing to the next level. Whatever your poison, Rizzoli Bookstore will help you be the best read person at IFCC.
(Gestalten, November 2015) In the age of online shopping, opening a store and becoming a shopkeeper seems like a bold move. Yet from Vienna to Vancouver, storefronts are emerging once again as worthy opponents to commercial corporations. Customers embrace individual businesses that share the distinctive knowledge, personalities, vision, and humor of their owners.
Whether brand new and based on innovative ideas or passed down for generations and revamped, the stores and their shopkeepers featured in this book stand out for the singular experience they provide to their customers and the personal selection of items they sell. The Shopkeepers: Storefront Businesses and the Future of Retail celebrates the diversity and creativity of brick-and-mortar businesses, telling the stories of the shops and their unique owners.
(Pointed Leaf Press, June 2015) Pointed Leaf Press is pleased to announce that we have published an updated edition of The Complete Kagan: Vladimir Kagan, A Lifetime of Avant Garde Design in a larger format with exciting revisions that includes a Foreword by renowned-architect, Zaha Hadid, and Kagan’s impressive new work over the last decade. Since 2004, Kagan’s international reach has grown by leaps and bounds, in showrooms in France and Italy, and with commissions for high-end interiors by some of the world’s leading architects and interior designers. Beginning with his childhood in Germany and his family’s escape from Nazi power, Kagan chronicles his rise to become one of America’s most celebrated designers. Combining sophisticated aesthetic with comfort and modernistic sensibility are the hallmark of his enduring career.
"It is the perfect time to celebrate Vladimir Kagan's influential new work. His new custom designs are transformative and the new installations - documented in striking contemporary interiors - will make the book - the only one that documents in detail the designer's amazing career - a must-have for young and seasoned designers alike. It will also offer a sneak peek into Kagan's foray into architecture!" - Suzanne Slesin, Publisher and Editorial Director, Pointed Leaf Press.
(The Monacelli Press, March 2016) Twentieth-century Brazilian furniture design is perhaps the last great largely unknown tradition of modernism, characterized by rich and sensually textured hardwoods and an ingenuity, grace, and simplicity that exemplify the national character of brasiliadade. With well over 400 historic images and new photography, Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture surveys the history and legacy of this innovative design tradition. Featuring the work of the titans of Brazilian design—Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, Joaquim Tenreiro, and Sergio Rodrigues—as well as numerous designers whose work and reputations only recently reached foreign shores, Brazil Modern is the first comprehensive guide to this untapped vein of modernist design.
(Lannoo Publishers, November 2015) The current dominant interior style is surprisingly eclectic. In this book, art collectors, architects, designers and antiquarians mastering this trend, allow us to enter their private spaces. They mix different styles to form a new unity, combining old and new, sleak and baroque. No sterile showrooms are shown here, but real houses, decorated by these creative minds. The eclectic style does not have any rules and underlines the strong individual character of the decorator.
Art historian Piet Swimberghe and photographer Jan Verlinde work for numerous magazines such as Elle Living, Coté Ouest, MTC and Weekend Knack. They have produced books on architecture, design and interiors and written many articles for European interior magazines.
(Universe, March 2016) Based on the Webby Award–winning Tumblr site, Things Organized Neatly is thoughtfully composed of everyday objects, all displayed beautifully for the neat freak. Things Organized Neatly takes the messiness of the everyday world and recasts it in neat and appealing designs. On one page a massive collection of cellphones from the past twenty years is laid out on the floor and photographed from above; on the next, a collection of candy is pleasingly arranged by color. Things Organized Neatly capitalizes on our current obsession with photographing and cataloguing all the objects that we interact with on a daily basis. It has many images of food laid out in visually appealing, often humorous designs, as well as images of GI Joes standing at attention and old Nintendo cartridges arranged in the colors of the rainbow. Whether you’re a design aficionado, an obsessive cleaner and straightener, a social media maven constantly documenting your day, or someone just looking to be swept away for an afternoon in a book full of beautiful images, Things Organized Neatly offers every reader a chance to revel in the beauty of everyday life.
"Fresh off a double solo outing of paintings and drawings at New York galleries Peter Freeman and Sargent’s Daughter, artist Catherine Murphy sits down with New York Times art critic Ken Johnson to discuss her new self-titled monograph, published by Skira Rizzoli and Peter Freeman, Inc., which surveys the American realist’s entire career. The enlightening evening will include a reading from the book by art critic and poet John Yau, who wrote a revealing text for the tome." Find out more here.
"A celebration to mark Pamela Love’s incredible milestone as well as a book signing, cocktails, tarot card and palm readers on site." Find out more here.
"At a recent celebration of the book’s release at the Rizzoli Bookstore in New York, Patti Smith — who considered Mapplethorpe her creative soul mate, chronicled their coming of age as artists together in her magnificent memoir, and wrote the introduction to this new volume — spoke affectionately about Mapplethorpe’s singular contribution to visual culture, his uncommonly obsessive creative process, and his influence on her own ethos as an artist." Click here to read the full article.
"If you need a fresh inspiration, take a leaf from Ella Woodward's book (literally)." Find out more here.
Rizzoli Bookstore has always been a destination for theater buffs, but now our theatrical street cred is undeniable since moving to Broadway and 26th Street in NoMad. Not far from Manhattan's theater district, our performing arts section is one of our most popular in the store. For film buffs looking to brush up on their history, we have Taschen's 100 ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY and Andy Tuohy's A-Z FILM DIRECTORS. And our numerous theater scripts can appease even the harshest of critics. Here's a list of our best "performing" performing arts books.
1. RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE BATTLE FOR BROADWAY by Michael Riedel
Razzle Dazzle is a provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people and the money and the power that re-invented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex-shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way—and bringing a crippled New York from the brink of bankruptcy to its glittering glory.
2. SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN by James Kaplan
Just in time for the Chairman's centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan's bestselling Frank: The Voice—finally the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed "The Entertainer of the Century," deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) powerful actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous.
3. PATTI SMITH COLLECTED LYRICS, 1970-2015 by Patti Smith
This extraordinary collection from “rock and roll’s poet laureate” is a testimony to the fierce passion and uncompromising originality of Patti Smith’s music and writing. Building on the collection originally published in 1998, this new edition features more than thirty-five new songs, new artwork, and an introduction from Patti Smith herself.
4. WES ANDERSON COLLECTION by Matt Zoller Seitz
This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson's filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon.
5. FELLINI: THE SIXTIES by Manoah Bowman
Fellini: The Sixties is a stunning photographic journey through the director’s most iconic classics: La Dolce Vita, 8½, Juliet of the Spirits, and Fellini Satyricon. Carefully selected imagery from the Independent Visions photographic archive, many published here for the first time, illuminate these films as they have never been seen before, and reveal fascinating details of the director’s working style and ebullient personality.
"Mr. Waplington and Mr. Mizrahi sit down with Paper Magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman, a.k.a. 'Mr. Mickey,' for what should be an amusing conversation about the new book and the lively times the pictures capture." Click here to read more.
"'Robert loved art books,' Smith said in her opening remarks at the book launch, held at the Rizzoli bookstore this week." Click here for the full story.
"He took a cab down to Kiehl’s, then worked his way back uptown, stopping at various stores, including the newly relocated Rizzoli. At each place, he picked out presents to be wrapped and mailed directly to his list of nineteen friends," writes Ann Beatie in the New Yorker's fiction piece "For the Best." To read the whole story, click here.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its newest museum location opening March 18-The Met Breuer, dedicated to modern and contemporary art-with a Rizzoli window highlighting the catalogue for its inaugural exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible. Presenting masterpieces dating from the Renaissance to today, the exhibition asks: When is a work of art finished? The window will feature architectural elements inspired by Marcel Breuer's iconic, 1966 museum building located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. The public is invited to join the opening festivities and explore art of the 20th and 21st centuries through the lens of The Met's historic and global collection.
Rizzoli Bookstore's commitment to art and artists has been ingrained since our very first store over half a century ago on Fifth Avenue. We're staying true to our roots by featuring our top five bestselling art titles since we opened the doors to our third incarnation, at 26th and Broadway in NoMad. From the street artist Shepard Fairey's most recent book, Covert to Overt, to an inside look at the House of Thurn und Taxis, this vivid list illustrates (pardon the pun) the diverse interests of our colorful clientele. Whether a professional artist, or simply a patron of the arts, we have something for you.
The seminal artist’s recent art and poster works, and his triumphant return to his street-art roots with murals, all in work never before published. This book showcases the significant amount of art he has created the last several years: street murals, mixed-media installations, art/music events, countless silk screens, and work from his extremely successful OBEY brand.
2. DALI by Gilles Neret
This lively biography presents the infamous Surrealist Dalí in full colour and in his own words. His provocative ideas are all here, from the soft watches to the notorious burning giraffe. And the fantastic phenomenon that was Salvador Dalí is grasped entire and placed in its various contexts.
3. MY HERMITAGE: HOW THE HERMITAGE SURVIVED TSARS, WARS, AND REVOLUTIONS TO BECOME THE GREATEST MUSEUM IN THE WORLD by Dr. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky
Now, in an unprecedented collection of illuminating essays, Piotrovsky explores the cultural history of a collection as rich in adventure as art. From fascinating intrigues to revelatory scholarship on the collection’s incredible art and artifacts, My Hermitage is a profound and captivating story of art’s timelessness and how it brings people together.
4. HOUSE OF THURN UND TAXIS by Todd Eberle
Adventure through the princely Thurn und Taxis estate, an enchanted palace where 1,000 years of history meets a thoroughly modern family. Complete with stately portraits and scenes of life at St. Emmeram, this monograph offers a glimpse into the world and glamour of one of the most important dynasties of the European aristocracy.
5. ERIC WHITE by Eric White
The first comprehensive and long-overdue monograph of visual artist Eric White, containing mostly previously unpublished work. White's work opens a window into an alternate universe, one that is distorted, dark, and extremely witty.
"A great example of NoMad’s creative assets will be on display this weekend at Rizzoli Bookstore, which is hosting the kickoff event for the Associated Chamber Music Players’ (ACMP) Worldwide Play-In Weekend. From noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, March 6, the Rizzoli Salon (1133 Broadway at 26th Street in NoMad) will feature four different chamber music ensembles rotating each hour. The event is free to the public and would be a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon after brunch nearby." Read the full story here.
"It’s been a unique challenge re-opening our flagship bookstore with such a rich history and tradition but it has been by far the most rewarding experience I’ve had in over 2 decades in the business of books. Rizzoli Bookstore has a reputation for offering the finest illustrated books published here and abroad in an elegant setting that exudes an old world charm. It was important for us to recognize and reflect this storied legacy in the new store and position ourselves for future growth and evolution in a rapidly changing industry." Read the full story here and get the inside scoop about our new flagship store in NoMad at Broadway and 26th Street.
"Feel like the 1% for a night when you head to Rizzoli Store to fete the launch of Inside Venice, a gorgeous new book by Toto Bergamo Rossi. Co-hosting the party will be James Ivory (of Merchant Ivory Films, whose name is synonymous with lush period films) and Diane Von Furstenberg (whose name is synonymous with glamour). RSVP now because you don't want to miss this!" Click here for more information.
Marimekko is paying homage to the founding women of the iconic brand with an installation dedicated to where it all began, in 1951 with a dress. Architectonic, minimalistic and bold--the spirit of the dress has remained timeless and an expression of the independent women who paved the way for us today. The window at Rizzoli will feature unique pieces from Paris Fashion Week--some prints from the archives as well as new designs inspired by the same core values. The Marimekko windows at Rizzoli will be in place until February 22nd and you can visit the Flagship store at 200 Fifth Avenue/23rd Street just down the block.
Photo credit Andrew Werner Photography
The Corsa Rosa 2016 Leaders' Jerseys for 2016's Giro d’Italia will be exhibited for a week in the Rizzoli Bookstores in New York, as well as the Milan Galleria, plus in Gelderland, Netherlands, home of this year's Big Start. This is the first time that Rizzoli Bookstore New York has collaborated with our flagship store in Milan on a simultaneous window display, which features a rare Pinarello bicycle, racing equipment and numerous books that highlight the best that Italy has to offer in travel, design, and (what else?!) cycling.
Fashion and design have been in our DNA since our very first store opened on fashion focused Fifth Avenue. That's why Rizzoli Bookstore is honoring New York Fashion Week by highlighting some of our favorite books on the subject, ranging from street style guides to fashion's favorite muses. Below are just a few of the titles we turn to (pun intended) when looking for our own style inspiration.
Kelly Barden, Bookseller
CHLOE: ATTITUDES by Sarah Mower
This fashion monograph is as stunning as it is informative. Chloe Attitudes chronicles the rise of the legendary fashion empire brought to life by Egyptian-born Gaby Aghion, who invented the concept of prêt-a-porter in order to make luxury fashion more accessible to the public. Detailing decades of styles in gorgeous full-page photographs, this incredible volume showcases the work of legendary designers who have redefined the brand for the free-spirited and refined modern woman.
I LOVE YOUR STYLE by Amanda Brooks
Part memoir, part look-book, I Love Your Style is a fashion Pinterest board in book form. Breaking each chapter into its own style section (Classic, Bohemian, Minimalist, etc.), Brooks draws inspiration from legendary fashion icons, movies, and literature that have inspired defining cultural moments in fashion, all the while providing the tools to discover/invent your own personal style.
YVES SAINT LAURENT'S STUDIO: MIRROR AND SECRETS by Jérômine Savignon
This title will invoke some artistic inspiration on the go! This pocket-sized fashion book glimpses into the workshop of the legendary designer who popularized some of the most important looks in women's fashion. Filled with a rich historical text of the YSL studio, this book also includes quotes from the designer, sketches, and beautiful retro 70's photos. Detailed, yet accessible, this title is a great choice for your morning commute or daily inspirational flip-through.
Rachel Kambury, Bookseller
YOUR BEAUTY MARK by Dita Von Teese with Rose Apodaca
Dita Von Teese's new book is a lavish exploration of her personal journey from small town girl to glamour icon, as well as an in-depth guide to the products, techniques, and rituals Dita uses to craft her image from the inside out. This is not a book for fans of the "natural" look, but for us eccentrics with a taste for the dramatic, who express our truest selves through bold brows, cat eyes, power-red lips, and all-eyes-on-me attitudes.
WOMEN IN THIS TOWN: NEW YORK, PARIS, MELBOURNE, TOKYO, MADRID AND LONDON by Giuseppe Santamaria
This unassuming little book of street portraits showcases a wide variety of incredible women of various ages, shapes, colors, and looks from New York, Paris, Melbourne, Tokyo, Madrid, and London. Just like in real life, you won't see the same look twice. WOMEN IN THIS CITY is nothing short of a celebration of the modern woman - stylish, confident, unique - in the big city.
TATTOORIALIST: TATTOO STREET STYLE by Nicolas Brulez
Tattoos have become so ubiquitous as to rival the most basic of closet staples, and like a perfect pair of skinny jeans, you can't have just one. TATTOO STREET STYLE is an immersive look into the world of tattoos in the 21st century. Featuring gorgeous photographs of citizens and their ink (including "behind-the-ink" stories and subject interviews), this is a perfect book for the tattooed as well as the tattooed-to-be.
Kate Hutchison, Events Manager
LOVE STYLE LIFE by Garance Doré
I'm not sure which came first-- my obsession with French street style or my obsession with Garance Doré, needless to say the two go hand in hand. While Garance's style is the epitome of timeless chic, but it's her candid writing and charming illustrations that make her stand out from the cliché sea of fashion bloggers. This book is perfect for someone who doesn't take life (or fashion!) too seriously.
PARIS STREET STYLE by Isabelle Thomas
Keeping with the Francophile theme is this quaint little book. It's filled with happy faces, great tips, and an adorable cover that's a perfect conversation starter. Sure my knowledge of the French language might be limited (or nonexistent) but at least after reading this, I'm well versed in Paris fashion.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rizzoli Bookstore have been partners for years, both determined to bring the best that the world has to offer to New York City. The Met’s renowned collection and exhibitions connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas through significant works of art across all times and cultures. At Rizzoli Bookstore, we similarly strive to curate a selection that caters to uniquely inquisitive individuals who are always striving to widen their world view and better understand human achievement through art and literature.
This January marks the beginning of a new era in our thriving relationship with one of the greatest museums in the world. In our first collaboration at our new NoMad location, we are excited to celebrate the Met’s Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom with a dazzling window display. Our window has been transformed to pay tribute to the exhibit, which the New York Times raves is "high on complex beauty.” With assistance from the Met, our display is filled with “artifacts,” images, and (or course) books. Our display coincides with the remaining days of the exhibit, which closes on January 24th.
"Resurrection isn’t (always) a pipe dream," writes the New York Times. Find the whole story here.
"When book publisher Rizzoli shuttered its fantastically old-school midtown shop, book lovers across town mourned the loss. But to much relief, its new location 30 blocks south proved to be just as crowd pleasing as its predecessor," praises Architectual Digest. Read the whole store here.
"A well-heeled crew gathered at Rizzoli Bookstore in Chelsea Tuesday night to raise a glass to Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis’ new book, aptly dubbed The House of Thurn und Taxis." Read the whole article to find out more.
"New York’s independent booksellers offer shelter from the storm of holiday shopping and plenty of eye candy in the form of photo books, illustrated books, prints and objects. DART’s list of NYC’s best follows, in geographic order [south to north, then east], with a few new entries this year, including the magnificent new Rizzoli Bookstore, in the Flatiron District, and Albertine Books, uptown at the French Embassy." Read the full story and visit the store today!
Rizzoli Bookstore received the royal treatment when Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis arrived in New York City to celebrate the publication of THE HOUSE OF THURN UND TAXIS. It all began when the princess landed here earlier this week with her one of a kind Valentino wedding dress in tow. Vogue’s André Leon Talley, a close friend to the princess, decorated our windows with the delicate gown and numerous images from the book. But this impressive display was only the beginning of the festivities, which culminated in a holiday themed soiree hosted by Town and Country.
The entire bookstore was transformed into a lush, winter wonderland, complete with yards upon yards of garland and numerous ropes of glittering twinkle lights. Many of the impressive contributors to the book were in attendance, including Artist Jeff Koons, Art Historian Sir John Richardson and Photographer Todd Eberle, who gets credit for the stunning photos featured in THE HOUSE OF THURN UND TAXIS. The evening concluded with Town and Country Editor in Chief Jay Fielden posing for pictures with the princess in front of her Gucci adorned motorcycle that was rolled into the bookstore’s foyer for the occasion.
In celebration of Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, Dita Von Teese turned our Salon into a vintage talk show set (think two Phil Donahues in red lipstick and high heels) to launch her much anticipated manual on all things beauty. Joining her on stage was collaborator Rose Apodaca and a few of their closest confidants, including Barney's New York's Simon Doonan, comedian Murray Hill, and burlesque pioneer Dirty Martini (to name a few). Each friend read a brief excerpt from the book, making for a spirited, entertaining evening of eccentric beauty and glamour! A booksigning followed which allowed for endless photo opportunities (though our favorite highlight from the event was when Dita herself got up to pose in front of our vivid fashion display). Signed copies are still available at the bookstore for those who missed the event.
"Acclaimed film historian and biographer James Curtis chronicles the life of William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood's first production designer, who many consider the greatest in his field. William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come paints a portrait of the man who dramatically influenced the film industry." Listen to the whole show and join us on Friday, December 4th, to hear more!
The iconic imagery of Fornasetti has taken residence at Rizzoli Bookstore. While the Italian artist’s style is omnipresent here thanks to the enchanting one of a kind murals wrapping our walls, for a limited time the design of Fornasetti can also be viewed in our window display. The surrealist arrangement features designer plates from Barney’s New York and stacks of books, showcasing a holiday shopping selection so perfect, that you can even find something for that friend who has everything.
"Dr. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, sits down with Philadelphia Museum of Art Director Timothy Rub to discuss the former’s newly published book—My Hermitage: How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolutions to become the Greatest Museum in the World—that explores the culture history of the collection." To read the full story, click here.
"Photographer Harvey Stein has published Briefly Seen: New York Street Life... A book launch and signing takes place at Rizzoli's new store, 1133 Bway [25th/26th] 212.759.2424, on Monday, November 16, 5:30-7:30pm." To read more, click here.
Rizzoli Bookstore hosted several prominent international museum directors in November, offering a chance for us to examine the relationship between “art meets commerce.” Kicking off the month was British Museum Director, Neil MacGregor. His book GERMANY: Memories of a Nation, the launch of which coincided with an exhibit of the same name in London, was celebrated with a fascinating presentation about his book, followed by a reception featuring German beer. To make the whole occasion even more special, the Salon was decorated with numerous images from the book, highlighting Germanic achievements ranging from Kandinsky and the Bauhaus to the crown of Charlemagne.
Later in the month, a politically relevant discussion unfolded between the director of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, Dr. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, and the director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub. A reception for Dr. Piotrovsky’s MY HERMITAGE: How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolutions to become the Greatest Museum in the World was the setting for a lively conversation, a highlight of which was when Dr. Piotrovsky mentioned that when he wants to enjoy art, he has to go to other museums, like the Metropolitan here in our own New York, to do so.
"Rizzoli Bookstore and Simon & Schuster will celebrate the 60th anniversary of "Eloise" with a conversation between 'Eloise' illustrator Hilary Knight and three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, who can be heard narrating the new 'Eloise' audiobooks," mentions Playbill.
"...heartbreaking before-and-after photos by James and Karla Murray of unique Mom-and-Pop shops, some of them dating back generations, replaced by soulless chains or just left standing empty by greedy landlords. (James and Karla Murray will be appearing at Rizzoli Books on Nov. 23rd to sign and talk about their new book, Store Front II: A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York)," mentions the Huffington Post.
"The Rizzoli bookstore reopens in a captivating midtown Manhattan building that lives up to the brand’s legacy," writes Architectual Digest.
"...Barbara Pyle, whose photographs of the band during the recording and promotion of Born to Run make up a new book, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 1975, published by Reel Art Press, which launches with a book-signing in New York City on Oct. 29." writes Time.com
"From renowned photographer and author of recent ‘Incomparable Couples’, Rose Hartman, came a sneak preview of an upcoming film-documentary based on Hartman’s vast photography career dating back thirty years." writes Musée Magazine.
"It was devastating to leave our home, it had been our home for 29 years. It was a beautiful space," said Cynthia Conigliaro of Rizzoli. Watch the clip now.
"Rizzoli joins other brick-and-mortar book-selling survivors — and brave newcomers — that have adapted to the Age of Amazon in their own ways, from opening 24 hours to undergoing spectacular design renovations or stocking books that aren't sold by the online giant." says KSL.
"The book is a salute to the late designer anda record of the exhibition of the same name that Talley put together at SCAD — with which he has been affiliated for more than a decade —and which ran from early February to the beginning of May of this year," writes WWD."
"The 5,000-square-foot space reasserts the old world grandeur of the store’s previous 57th Street location..." writes The Architect's Newspaper.
Vogue.com reports on Rizzoli Bookstore's first event at our new NoMad location, an exciting evening with fashion influencers Manolo Blahnik and André Leon Talley.
Rizzoli is proud to announce that it has opened its new flagship bookstore to the public on Monday, July 27th at 1133 Broadway in the heart of New York City’s NoMad district. Just three blocks north of Madison Square Park and steps away from myriad cultural destinations, the 5,000 square foot space occupies the ground-floor level of the historic St. James Building, dating back to the early 19th century. The newly envisioned Rizzoli Bookstore captures the classic architectural experience for which the former bookstore locations were celebrated, integrated into a new vision that matches today’s tastes and the energy of its new location.
“For more than 50 years, the Rizzoli bookstore has attracted discerning patrons from around the globe and provided beautifully produced volumes on art, design, interiors, fashion, as well as literature, and important non-fiction books. We believe we have found the perfect location for our new flagship bookstore and we look forward to joining this vibrant community of innovative thinkers,” said Laura Donnini, CEO of RCS Libri, the book publishing arm of the Milan based RCS MediaGroup. “We expect this customer—both New York-based, and visiting from all points national and international—to embrace the 21st century version of their favorite bookstore.”
Check out the recent mention by Lauren Schwartzberg in New York Magazine‘s June 29th issue and get a first look at our new space!