What We Wish To Find Underneath The Christmas Tree…

This year we’re wishing to find hard, square, heavy packages underneath our Christmas tree. With so many new and exciting books published in the past 12  we’ve gathered a list of 10 most inspirational reads of 2014, all in the beloved Design & Paper themes: art, design, typography, travel, and food! Looking for something for a design and paper lover, here’s a good list to start with. Click on the images to see where to buy.

Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico. The book reveals how nearly 120 of the worlds leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words and provides fascinating insights into their work. In English.


On Apples by Eliza Mórawska from White Plate, whom we interviewed here. A cook book, solely about apples – from Polish apple pie to savory apple tarts. Also available in English now.


The Kinfolk TableRecipes for Small Gatherings. A collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world. In English.

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Paris Mon Amour. A photographic tour through the streets of Paris, showing work spanning two centuries from photographers such as Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Atget. This special edition includes a CD of 15 songs about Paris by singers: such as Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Ella Fitzgerald.

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London, New York, This Is the World: A Global Treasury, and all other from this illustrated book series by Sasek Miroslav, a Czech emigre author and illustrator, best known for a series of books for children. In German and English.


Plenty more by Yotam Ottolenghi. Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate, grains celebrated with colour and flair. It’s a revolution that is bold, inspiring and ever-expanding. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. In English.71L-yfpxsAL._SL1500_


Die Kunst, ein kreatives Leben zu führen by Frank Zerbach. How do we want to live and work? The book “Kunst ein kreatives Leben zu führen” shows creative people the way to a good life and work. In German.


Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska, which we wrote about here. This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet. Now available in several different languages.


36 Hours 125 Weekends in Europe by Th New York Times. Culture, history, natural beauty, fine cuisine, artistic masterpieces, cutting-edge architecture and style—Europe overflows with so many riches that a lifetime seems too short to appreciate them. From Paris to Perm and beyond: Dream weekends with practical itineraries in all corners of Europe.

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