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Our Favourite Reads: March 2023

Our library houses a variety of books for our members to enjoy at their leisure. Located on the first floor, adjacent to the Brasserie members’ lounge, it is the perfect place to spend a mindful moment. For the month of march, we’ve selected some of our favourite reads that cover the subjects of photography, design and travel.


The New York Times Explorer: Mountains, Deserts & Plains, by Barbara Ireland

Edited by Barbara Ireland, this book is a breathtaking collection of travel writing and photography that showcases some of the world’s most stunning and remote landscapes. From the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the vast deserts of Africa and the rugged wilderness of Patagonia, the book offers a fascinating glimpse into the natural beauty and cultural richness of these regions. Featuring articles and essays from some of the most renowned travel writers and photographers, including Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, and Tim Cahill, and accompanied by striking photographs and maps, this book is an inspiring and immersive journey into the heart of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.


20th Century Classic cars, by Jim Heimann and Phil Patton

20th Century Classic Cars is a comprehensive guide to the most iconic automobiles of the 20th century, from the elegant curves of the 1930s to the streamlined designs of the 1950s and beyond. With stunning photographs and detailed descriptions, authors Jim Heimann and Phil Patton explore the history, innovations, and cultural significance of each car, as well as the people who designed, built, and drove them. This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of automotive design and engineering, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in cars or design.


Japanese Design since 1945, by Naomi Pollock

This is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to the evolution of Japanese design in the post-war era. From furniture and fashion to architecture and product design, Pollock explores the ways in which Japanese designers have blended traditional aesthetics with modern technology and materials to create some of the most innovative and influential designs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through interviews with leading designers and in-depth analysis of key works, this book provides a fascinating insight into the unique cultural and historical context that has shaped Japanese design, and its ongoing influence on global design trends.

Cocktail Chameleon by Mark Addison

A stylish and sophisticated guide to creating delicious and visually stunning cocktails. With more than 144 recipes, each with its own unique twist and presentation, Addison offers a comprehensive range of cocktails that will appeal to both novice and experienced mixologists. The book is beautifully designed with gorgeous photography and detailed instructions, making it easy to recreate the drinks at home. In addition to recipes, Addison shares tips and techniques for mastering the art of mixology, and provides advice on choosing the right glassware and garnishes to create the perfect presentation. This book is a must-have for anyone who loves cocktails and wants to impress their guests with their mixology skills.


Magnum Artists by Simon Bainbridge

A fascinating exploration of the intersection between photography and art, as seen through the lens of the legendary photography agency, Magnum Photos. Featuring the work of some of the most renowned Magnum photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and Eve Arnold, as well as lesser-known artists, the book showcases the incredible range and diversity of photographic art over the last century. With insightful commentary and analysis, Bainbridge examines the ways in which Magnum photographers have pushed the boundaries of both photography and art, and how their work has influenced contemporary art movements. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of photography and its ongoing evolution as an art form.

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