Assouline – New York City

by Sarah May 16, 2013


When I am traveling, one of my favorite things to do is visit design, art and used bookstores. When I was in New York recently I had the chance to stop in Assouline, which is a French design and art bookstore that is located in The Plaza Hotel. It is a tiny store but filled with all sorts of incredibly inspirational books and home decor products.


For me, these types of stores are not only inspirational for the books they sell but also for the design and layout of the shops. I was able to snap a couple of photos with my iphone while browsing for books and I am sharing that inspiration with you today.

In the first photo, the color and the styling of the book bindery section are what caught my eye. I will be able to pull several color palettes for future projects from the book linens and also from the bindery styling on the table. In the second photo, the punches of red, black and white give me ideas of how I can package and style the redlinedesign® brand and also the Proust books in the lower left corner give me additional ideas of adding yellow into my own color palettes.


The book displays were also inspiring as they continued the stores color palette but highlighted the beautiful art books they were showcasing. I purchased two books on this little side adventure, The Little Black Dress and Pioneers of the Possible.

“The Little Black Dress” by Didier Ludot is a history of the black dress from the French designer perspective. I love little black dresses and have many of them in my wardrobe, so this addition to my book collection will definitely be a constant reference.

“Pioneers of the Possible” by Angela Nazarian is a look at 20 of the world’s most inspiring women. What I love about this book is that the women are from all over the world and some I personally did not know much about. I have read several of the stories but it also will be something I will refer to often.

If you are in New York, visit Assouline on the 2nd floor of the Plaza Hotel. It is definitely worth a quick trip and if you do purchase, they will package and ship to you as well.




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