This Espresso Desk Guide Comes with an Precise Espresso Desk

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Looking for novel coffee-table books? Look no additional. 

Photograph: Mark Seelen / Courtesy of Taschen

Seinfeld followers probably look again fondly at many a Cosmo Kramer scheme: the muffin bake store that solely bought muffin tops, the notorious manssiere, and, after all, the coffee-table e book that doubled as a miniature espresso desk. In that remaining occasion, Kramer even made it to Dwell With Regis and Kathie Lee to indicate off his tome, and to do an illustration. However whereas the fictional publication’s meta-meaning was solely redoubled by its topic (you guessed it—it featured an assortment of espresso tables), a brand new real-life publication is giving that fictional piece of publishing historical past a run for its cash. 

Gio Ponti, a luxurious artwork e book which was printed earlier this month by Taschen, and retails for $3,500 on 1stDibs, is a tour de drive investigation of the designer’s oeuvre. Design buffs in all places are positive to pay attention to its rigorously collected contents, which have been assembled with the assistance of the Gio Ponti Archives. Nonetheless, true Ponti collectors are prone to be lured by one particularly engaging bonus of buy—every of the numbered editions (there are only one,000 in existence) is accompanied by the Planchart Espresso Desk. Or put one other manner, a replica of the well-known Arlecchino design. It additionally notably comes with 4 prints. 

Wherever Cosmo Kramer is at this time, he’s probably feeling greater than a wee bit jealous. As a result of apart from providing clients what he had arguably first envisioned, the product is after all the well-designed actual deal by way of substance and elegance—not simply heft. 

“The e book meticulously illustrates the work of one of the crucial vital personalities of Italian tradition,” Salvatore Licitra, curator of the compendium, feedback to AD. “By Ponti’s work, it’s doable to journey by six a long time of Italian cultural life, the place his creativity was all the time capable of be expressed.… It’s a significantly treasured e book as a result of it additionally tells the story of Gio Ponti’s character alongside his works, simply as Ponti himself did in his writings and in his relationships with purchasers, which have been by no means completely skilled however nourished by significant private encounters. . . .” 

And if all that isn’t intriguing sufficient, contemplate this: “I believe we are able to say that this could be the e book that Gio Ponti would have needed; an open e book, welcoming and stuffed with options and enthusiasm,” Licitra displays. A singular providing inside the world of espresso desk books, for positive. 

Gio Ponti, Artwork Version, the Planchart Espresso Desk and a Set of 4 Artwork Prints

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