This weekend why not avoid the usual brunch and decadent shenanigans and instead boost your cultural status with some interesting tomes worth investing in. To help, we’ve rounded up five new books that are worth adding to your reading list.
1 – Cova Milano by Paola and Daniela Faccioli
Opened in 1817, Pasticceria Cova became a gathering place for the Milanese social set, frequented by writers, artists, and musicians, such as composer Giuseppe Verdi. The quintessential Milanese cafe also recently opened a branch in The Dubai Mall. Assouline.
2- The Grand Tour by Sabine Arqué
Covering the travel heyday of 1869 to 1939, this follows six classic tours favored by famed traveler-writers such as Jules Verne and F Scott Fitzgerald, including the Grand Tour of Europe, the Far East, and the Trans-Siberian Railway. It’s a lovely illustrated window into a bygone. Taschen
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3- Magnum Atlas: Around the World in 365 Photos from the Magnum Archive
A gorgeous photography book taking you around the world with images from Robert Capa, Martin Parr, and Alessandra Sanguinetti. Each country is captured in a few images by the same photographer, giving a glimpse of the globe. Prestel Publishing
4- Never Use Futura by Douglas Thomas
The Futura font is practically ubiquitous – it’s on the plaque on the moon left by the Apollo 11 astronauts, as well as being used by brands from Nike to Red Bull. Trace its history from its origin in 1924 to today; you won’t look at words in the same way again. Princeton Architectural Press
5- The Barber Book illustrated by Matteo Guarnaccia
A fun visual guide to the most popular men’s hairstyles of the 20th century. Featuring
line drawings, vintage photographs, and instructions, The Barber Book looks at the cultural context, personalities, and events surrounding each iconic cut. Phaidon
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Originally printed in the Vogue Man Arabia Spring/Summer 2018 issue. Words by Matt Pomroy.