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Are you looking to be inspired by some of the finest designers and architects? You find a wide selection of fascinating architecture and design books at Tales. The design books can inspire you to renew your style or house, but you can also use them in your creative process both as a student or professional. If you are more into buildings and the process behind them, take a look at our architecture books that will take you around the world to the most wonderful and groundbreaking buildings on Earth. All of them will look good on your coffee table.
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  • - Collections and Creations
    by Daniele Bott

    Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s onwards, and now reinterpreted to become the motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products. Inspired by the House's signature fragrance, the legendary 'Chanel No 5', the book explores five central themes - the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress - and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors.This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel.

  • by Peter N. Schiffer

  • - Bringing the House Home
    by Soho House UK Limited

    Helps you learn a bit about what works: how to make people feel at home, how to cook food they love, how to make a room stylish but welcoming, how to throw a party, get the lighting right, mix a cocktail, design a bedroom, build an art collection.

  • by Oliver Hoare
    £23.99 - 30.99

  • by Barbara Hess

    From vast, splattered canvases to quiet pools of color, enter the world of Abstract Expressionism, the movement which put feelings into paint and turned New York into the global center for contemporary art. This book features works from 20 key artists, including Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning.

  • - A Guide for Designers, Architects and Artists
    by Paul Jackson

  • by Simon Wood

    The first and only publication of its kind, Sneaker Freaker has been at the forefront of the global sneaker scene for nearly two decades. With over 650 redesigned pages, fresh photography, insane historical detail, and otaku-level minutiae, this monster anthology combines the magazine's finest and content created exclusively for TASCHEN into...

  • by Alexandra Bruce & Caroline Akselson

    Sew yourself sustainable as you work through the 27 projects in The Great British Sewing Bee's latest book

  • by Hugh Nini & Neal Treadwell

  • - Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain
    by Tristram Hunt

  • by Virgil Abloh

    Bringing together all the greats-from Air Jordan 1 to Air Presto-Nike and Virgil Abloh reinvented sneaker culture with the collaborative project The Ten and redesigned 10 sneaker icons. Experience engineering ingenuity and Abloh's investigative design process: each shoe is a piece of industrial design, a readymade sculpture, and a wearable all...

  • by Aja Barber
    £9.49 - 12.99

  • - The Covers
    by Jefferson Hack & Bjoerk

    Celebrating 30 years of Dazed s boundary-pushing storytelling at the forefront of youth culture, this book reveals the past, present, and future of Dazed through its bold cover designs and manifesto-like headlines.

  • by Anthony Blunt

    This work seeks to broaden the comprehension of the student of Italian Renaissance painting by concentrating not on the works of art themselves, but on the various artistic theories which influenced them or were expressed by them. The text includes the writings of Michelangelo and Vasari.

  • - The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less
    by Mark Kistler

    From public television's favorite drawing teacher, a quick, easy, and entertaining drawing method

  • - Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture
    by Juhani (Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY Pallasmaa

    In this book Pallasmaa progresses his case for a multi-sensory approach to architecture, espoused in The Eyes of the Skin , by taking a wider view of the role of embodiment in human existential reactions, experiences and expressions as well as the processes of making and thinking.

  • by Nintendo

    This oversized hardcover is the ultimate companion to the award-winning video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and includes material from its DLC packs. Witness the making of a champion!This book features: • Nearly 50 pages of sketches and official illustrations from Takumi Wada • 296 Pages of design artwork and commentary about the making of the game from creators • 55 Page historical section that divulges an in-depth history of the Hyrule of Breath of the Wild. • Interviews with key members of the development team including Hidemaro Fujibayashi, Satoru Takizawa, Takumi Wada, and Eiji AonumaMake sure to check out the other installments in this unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise with the New York Times best selling The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, and The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia which detail the first 30 years of this historic video game franchise!

  • by Architectural Digest

    Architectural Digest at 100 celebrates the best from the pages of the international design authority. The editors delved into the archives and have culled years of rich material covering a range of subjects. Some of the biggest names in the design world are featured in the book. Also included in the pages are stunning photographs from the magazine's history.

  • - The official Harry Potter knitting pattern book
    by Tanis Gray

    Introducing the first official Harry Potter knitting book - a deluxe guide to creating over 25 authentic Harry Potter knits based on the iconic films.

  • by Charlie Porter

  • - Every Room Should Sing
    by Beata Heuman

    The highly anticipated debut monograph from one of today s leading designers championing playful, original interiors infused with Scandinavian flair.

  • - Remembering in Paint
    by Kate Reeve-Edwards

    David Mankin is a contemporary painter of abstract landscapes based in Cornwall. A series of sell-out shows and an international following has generated widespread interest in how Mankin creates his evocative paintings. This book explores his creative process in detail providing the reader access to the sources and influences that inform his work.

  • - how to take back our streets and transform our lives
    by Thalia Verkade & Marco te Broemmelstroet

    We take it for granted that the streets outside out homes are designed for movement from A to B, nothing more. But what happens if we radically rethink how we use these public spaces? Could we change our lives for the better?Our dependence on cars is damaging our health ¿ and the planet¿s. The Dutch seem to have the right idea, with thousands of bike highways, but even then, what happens to pedestrians or people who want to cycle at a more leisurely pace? What about children playing outside their homes? Or wildlife, which enriches our local areas? Why do we prioritise traffic above all else?Making our communities safer, cleaner, and greener starts with asking the fundamental questions: who do our streets belong to, what do we use them for, and who gets to decide?Join journalist Thalia Verkade and urban mobility expert Marco te Brömmelstroet as they confront their own underlying beliefs and challenge us to rethink our way of life to put people at the centre of urban design. But be warned: you will never look at the street outside your front door in the same way again.

  • by Phaidon Editors

  • by Sarah J. Maas

  • by Sarah J. Maas
    £8.49 - 12.99

  • by Knud Romer
    £15.49 - 12.99

  • - Fortællinger om magi og videnskab
    by Kristian Leth & Eske Willerslev
    £10.49 - 12.99

    Hvad er magi? Hvad er videnskab? Kunstneren Kristian Leth har gennem de seneste fire år ført løbende samtaler med professoren og DNA-forskeren Eske Willerslev. De har talt om gener, fortiden og menneskets historie. Om eskimoer, aboriginals og indianere. Om ånder, myter og magi. Ingen af dem påstår at have alle svarene. Eske Willerslev fortæller åbent om alt det, han ikke ved; om sine uforklarlige oplevelser og om videnskabens begrænsninger som erfaringsmetode. Kristian Leth udforsker videnskabens historiske forhold til det, der ligger udenfor den; han fortæller om vodou i Haiti og ritualer dybt i junglen, om filosofi og religion. På baggrund af disse dybe og underholdende samtaler har Kristian Leth skrevet bogens syv fortællinger om magi og videnskab. Her får man forfatteren og forskerens ord for, at livet ikke er så sort-hvidt, som nogle påstår. HISTORIEN OM DET HELE er et generøst og eventyrligt forsvar for åbenhed og et inkluderende verdenssyn, der kan rumme den menneskelige erkendelses tilsyneladende to mest modsatrettede metoder: videnskab og magi.

  • - Hvordan vi omgaas
    by Emma Gad

    Høflighed, hensynstagen, hjælpsomhed. Dannelsens tre h'er blev lanceret af Emma Gad (1852 - 1921), da hun i 1918 udgav Takt og tone - Hvordan vi omgaas. Bogen blev en succes, en klassiker, og gjorde sin forfatter til et begreb snarere end til en person i eftertiden.


Our selection of cultural books also include architecture books. If you are fascinated by beautiful or memorable buildings we have the books for you. 

Architecture is the art form everyone is in contact with everyday. We move across a wide variety of buildings everytime we go out the door. Schools, work spaces, museums and even your own home is a form of architecture. Some buildings however have that extra effect on you. They make you shop and wonder, and most importantly they are products of their time. They are part of our history and tell the story of the time they were made. Some architects also go beyond that creating something never seen before and these are the buildings that we remember and they might even become attractions or landmarks like the beloved Eiffeltower in the city of lights.   

You could also get inspired as an architect or architectural student yourself. The architecture books invite you into the process of making a building out of the ordinary. If you are interested in sustainability you could also find architecture books about that. In the last couple of years we have also seen an increase in sustainable architecture, where materials are reused or alternative and good for our planet. They are the buildings of the future. 

We also have a collection of garden architecture books. In recent years open air spaces have been desired especially in the big cities, where fewer and fewer have access to a garden or park. Therefore we need innovative ways of finding new green areas in the cities also in order to be sustainable. For that matter we need to plant more trees and have nature surrounding us both for our planet, but also for the wellbeing of ourselves. Find ideas for new kinds of creating just that in our selection of architecture books. 

Fashion and design

Everyone wants to be stylish, and in our selection of design and fashion books you can get inspired by some of the best style icons and designers in the world. You can get that extra tip that will help you become the most stylish person in the room or one of the new style icons of Instagram.  Whether it’s about interior or clothes you will find it all among our fashion books and design books.

Fashion is a way of showing who you are. The way you dress reflects your personality and it is a way of showing how you feel or wants to feel that day, although it can be difficult to mix your outfit in the right way, and that is where the fashion books can help. Another wonderful thing about the fashion and design books is that they look stylish in themselves, and they will look gorgeous as a coffee table book. They add that extra level of style to your furnishing, and you display all your knowledge about fashion. So that is why you find the most beautiful and cool fashion books for decor at Tales. 

In our selection you find the popular fashion book In Paris by the French Instagram it-girl Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide. In the book they try to cover the secrets of the parisienne; who she is, what she wears and where she is heading. The fashion book contains interviews with 20 of the most inspiring French women from the city of light, and concludes that being a parisienne is not just about how you look and dress, but a way of life. 

If you yourself dream of having a designer carriere, you could also find fashion books for designing in Tales’ selection of culture books. Get the perfect guide to sewing, draping, and picking patterns for your next stylish creation. 

If you need inspiration to renew your furnishing you could - in addition to selecting a stylish book among our fashion books for coffee tables - also find design books about that. They help you pick the most tasteful furniture on the market and most importantly how to style them, and you could end up with the most wonderful interior in your own house. 

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