London bookstore extraordinaire, Claire de Rouen, gives us a rundown of its best books for all the best people in your life
Named after its founder, the late Claire de Rouen, for more than a decade, Claire de Rouen perched on top of a sex shop, selling art and fashion books, alongside magazines. Recently, it upped sticks and headed east, settling into a new home in Bethnal Green and entering a new era. In honour of its shiny, new store – and it being Xmas and all – the team at CDR has provided us with the perfect Christmas gift guide for your all your mates (or, er, yourself).
FOR THE ONE WHO HAS IT ALL (OR, WHEN ONE BOOK IS NOT ENOUGH)
TBW Books Series 4 Christian Patterson, Bottom of the Lake; Alessandra Sanguinetti, Sorry, WelcomeRaymond; Meeks, Erasure; Wolfgang Tillmans, Utoquai
“Four books by four of the best photographers of our time, published as a set. Very finely produced by TBW Books in Oakland, California.” Buy here.
FOR YOUR WINGMAN/WOMAN
Pierre-Ange Carlotti, Bachelor
“Unruly, inebriated, and mainly naked... Pierre-Ange's document of party-ed-up debauchery are sexy and sweaty, louche and luxe all at the same time.” Buy here.
FOR YOUR COOLEST FRIEND
WERK magazine no.22
“Silver cover, richly printed WERK no.22 features images of space travel interrupted by the visual merchandising of Dover Street Market. The best issue for those new to WERK magazine – arguably the most beautiful magazine in the world. Each one is created by Theseus Chan in collaboration with different contributors. WERK pushes the boundaries of print within the confines of the A4 format.” Buy here.
FOR YOUR MOST FASHION FORWARD
Kostas Murkudis, MMK catalogue
“Helmut Lang, Mark Borthwick, Max Pearmain.. Collage, close ups, samples, polaroids, runway, campaign shoots… What more could you want..? Murkudis's Instagram is also fabulous, by the way.” Buy here.
FOR YOUR ARTIST
Philippe Morillon, 80'
“A French master of airbrush, colour, geometry and perspective and known for a ‘Hyperrealist pop style with airbrush and acrylic on canvas’, Morillon worked with magazines such as Interview, Vogue, Le Monde des Débats and Egoiste up until 2001. 80' is a box housing 40 prints from 1973 until then, accompanied by comments written by Morillon's friends (in French, of course). Only 100 exist, each signed and numbered.” Buy here.