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Stepping into Assouline’s flagship concept store along London’s bustling Piccadilly Circus is an evocative experience. From the earthy smell of leather-bound page to whispers softly reverberating between wood-panelled walls, Maison Assouline is a particularly luxurious type of hideaway for lovers of beautiful books. For founders Martine and Prosper Assouline, the space was designed to transport visitors into their own literary sphere. “We tend to recreate our world everywhere we go,” they explain. “It is through this recreation, that we invite others to be curious about the incredible beauty of objects, images and words.”
The couple’s eponymously named publishing business first came into being in the early ’90s, giving a new lease of life to the illustrated book market through a creative amalgamation of culture, luxury and heritage. Today, Assouline continues to prove how precious the printed word – and image – truly is. “It’s not so much ‘where’ we find ourselves most inspired, but more so ‘when’,” says Martine who considers early morning as the time she’s most inclined to let her mind wander. “Both of us are also very curious and find that we need inspiration to breathe.”

RARE DELIGHTS

Moments of inner peace and reflection are precious when we travel, and located within the complex of the Strahov monastery, a Premonstratensian abbey behind Prague Castle, is a sanctuary for bibliophiles. Considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the Strahov Monastery Library houses just about every important title printed in central Europe by the end of the 18th century. The Philosophy Hall provides a reading den like no other, spanning two floors with 40-foot high ceilings adorned by frescoes depicting the ‘Intellectual Progress of Mankind’ painted over six months with the help of just one assistant. The highest rows of tomes are only accessible via a concealed spiral staircase, mask ed with false book spines. One could spend hours here discovering hidden gems.

MONASTIC READING

Moments of inner peace and reflection are precious when we travel, and located within the complex of the Strahov monastery, a Premonstratensian abbey behind Prague Castle, is a sanctuary for bibliophiles. Considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the Strahov Monastery Library houses just about every important title printed in central Europe by the end of the 18th century. The Philosophy Hall provides a reading den like no other, spanning two floors with 40-foot high ceilings adorned by frescoes depicting the ‘Intellectual Progress of Mankind’ painted over six months with the help of just one assistant. The highest rows of tomes are only accessible via a concealed spiral staircase, masked with false book spines. One could spend hours here discovering hidden gems.

Stepping into Assouline’s flagship concept store along London’s bustling Piccadilly Circus is an evocative experience. From the earthy smell of leather-bound page to whispers softly reverberating between wood-panelled walls, Maison Assouline is a particularly luxurious type of hideaway for lovers of beautiful books. For founders Martine and Prosper Assouline, the space was designed to transport visitors into their own literary sphere. “We tend to recreate our world everywhere we go,” they explain. “It is through this recreation, that we invite others to be curious about the incredible beauty of objects, images and words.”
The couple’s eponymously named publishing business first came into being in the early ’90s, giving a new lease of life to the illustrated book market through a creative amalgamation of culture, luxury and heritage. Today, Assouline continues to prove how precious the printed word – and image – truly is. “It’s not so much ‘where’ we find ourselves most inspired, but more so ‘when’,” says Martine who considers early morning as the time she’s most inclined to let her mind wander. “Both of us are also very curious and find that we need inspiration to breathe.”

"Restoring the self-portrait of Frans Hals was a particular highlight, I felt he was sitting over my shoulder, guiding me."

The only second Maison Assouline concept store is similarly nestled in a hive of activity: the luxurious Dubai Mall. “We adore welcoming people into a warm, comfortable and meaningful place where they escape from what sometimes can be such a chaotic outside would,” say Prosper and Martine. Among the eclectic interiors and stories from across the worlds of fashion, design and theatre, visiting Maison Assouline store is a moment to be savoured, meaning you will leave with renewed inspiration

Caption description moments of inner peace and reflection are precious when we travel.

Stepping into Assouline’s flagship concept store along London’s bustling Piccadilly Circus is an evocative experience. From the earthy smell of leather-bound page to whispers softly reverberating between wood-panelled walls, Maison Assouline is a particularly luxurious type of hideaway for lovers of beautiful books. For founders Martine and Prosper Assouline, the space was designed to transport visitors into their own literary sphere. “We tend to recreate our world everywhere we go,” they explain. “It is through this recreation, that we invite others to be curious about the incredible beauty of objects, images and words.”
The couple’s eponymously named publishing business first came into being in the early ’90s, giving a new lease of life to the illustrated book market through a creative amalgamation of culture, luxury and heritage. Today, Assouline continues to prove how precious the printed word – and image – truly is. “It’s not so much ‘where’ we find ourselves most inspired, but more so ‘when’,” says Martine who considers early morning as the time she’s most inclined to let her mind wander. “Both of us are also very curious and find that we need inspiration to breathe.”

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