Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Taschen Store Skylight

This is the inside view of the new Taschen Bookstore in SoHo. Taschen Books is the most prolific publisher of coffee table books in the world. It publishes books on topics ranging from art and design to film and pop culture.

There is a huge skylight at the rear end of the store, which floods the area gorgeous natural light coming through the glass ceiling. In addition, you can see the distinct SoHo loft architecture of the buildings abutting the store. The concrete wall on the right is the entrance to a staircase leading down to the basement offices. The walls of the stairwell is painted with wild, psychedelic shapes and colors, which is very indicative of the type of books the store carries.

If you like books, check out the site, Leaves of Grass by Sonia A. Mascaro who posted some wonderful photos of home libraries filled with books. I even noticed a few coffee table books in her photos.

Do you have any coffee table books at home?

21 comments:

Belinda said...

I love Taschen Books. They make me feel so much more cultured as soon as I pick one of them up. I've bought a couple of their art and design-inspired calendars over the years too - they make awesome presents.

I have too many coffee table books to actually display on my coffee table - they're all piled up on shelves in my spare room instead. Some of my favourites are Lonely Planet's "The Cities Book"; Flea Market Style and 20th Century Design....which reminds me - I haven't flicked through these in quite some time!

Where exactly is the Taschen Bookstore in SoHo Ming? I'm starting to compile my list of things to see and do in NY.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

TASCHEN Store New York
107 Greene Street, NY 10012
Tel: +1-212-226 2212
Fax: +1-212-226 2218

The closest subway stop is Prince Street on the N and R trains.

pusa said...

i love the way they painted the walls and yes you are right, its very nice to have a skylight. .. am a book lover but no i dont have any coffee table books, maybe i should at least buy one huh :)

Kuanyin said...

In answer to your question, YES!--lots of coffee table books, but I need more coffee tables to hold them all!

macky said...

I love the art books of Taschen, too. I wish I could sip a cup of coffee and read the art book on weekend in the house like this.

Olivier said...

c'est tres beau, je ne connais pas cet endroit, mais je note sur mon petit carnet à spirale pour le mois d'octobre


it is very beautiful, I do not know this place, but I note on my small notebook with spiral for October

Belinda said...

Thanks for the store details Ming! ;o)

Lori said...

I'm so glad to know of this store! I never heard of it before but I'll definitely stop by on my next trip to Soho. It sounds like a wonderful place to browse. I love the way you've photographed it. That painting is really cool! (I wish I had enough space for coffee table books.)

lv2scpbk said...

Looks colorful.

stilettoheights said...

If I could eat Taschen books, I would...I love them that much and I have a ton of them, a TON....I buy damaged ones from used book stores to use in my collage and buy nice ones to keep...

I am like a crazy book lady.

pOm d'api said...

Very beautiful place!!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

No coffee table, but many coffee table books! Many are on crafts & art; also, horses, American Indians,Ansel Adams, The Beatles, Elvis.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Uhmm.. my coffee table books all happen to be on indoor gardening, my favourites include 'Potted' by Andy Sturgeon,'Garden Room Style" by Peter Marston and 'Indoor Gardening' by Diana Yakeley... all very fitting for Apartment style living.

What coffee table books do you have, Ming?

TCho said...

My "coffee table books" are cookbooks. Nigella being my favorite.

Annie said...

I'm wondering if this place inspired the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer published the coffee table book that was a coffee table?

You asked if I was running the river yesterday with the boys in my photo. Nope, I was standing on the shore talking with them as they pushed their ways through the weeds in that shallow section of the creek.

April said...

Oh, the bookstore looks a bit like a museum. I was in one today that had such glass roofs and modern paintings, too. i will show it in my 'Rheinland' blog later.

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Taschen Bookstore looks a very nice place! Would be great visiting it! Love the photo!

Thank you Ming for the link to my blog! I appreciate it so much!

Paz said...

Very interesting!

Paz

Z said...

I have a few books that could qualify as coffee table books, though they they don't live on the coffee table. What about you?

AinZ said...

love the mural in the picture. I have several coffee table type books--one that my dad sent me just this week showcasing the work of a Brazilian artist we like. I also have a book about Jacques Cousteau's journey to the Amazon, with lots of amazing pictures. however I have way too much clutter on my coffee table, so the books are on a bookshelf, where they're safe from spills and other potential accidents...

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Oh for the love of food - You are going to laugh but most of my coffee table books are cook books plus a huge encyclopedia of foods. :-)