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With Summer’s first long weekend ahead of us, may we suggest packing a heavier tome for the road—or have it shipped and waiting for you! These artful new books will surely be conversation starters around cocktail hour, or at the very least, look great on the coffee table.

One of Le Corbusier’s most intrepid disciples, Albert Frey turned pockets of California’s unforgiving desert into a Modernist wonderland. This visually stunning tome from Taschen captures the sleek optimism of one of Midcentury architecture’s most ingenious minds.

“The Art of Shoes” (Rizzoli) highlights the wide-ranging influences that shape Manolo Blahnik and his craft. The visionary shoemaker’s independent ethos shines on each page as he discusses the lessons learned in a career on the forefront of high fashion.

In “Digit@l Girls,” (Rizzoli) Marko Macpherson chronicles the lives of the pioneering women that pushed fashion into the social media era. Diversity and self-expression are celebrated in this timely who’s who of contemporary couture.

Have a sweet tooth? Pierre Marcolini, Belgium’s foremost chocolatier, may be owed a debt of gratitude. This stunning volume from Rizzoli is the innovator’s mouth-watering meditation of the craft that spans from the bean to the dessert plate.

 

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