Book lovers, take note: Assouline—the New York-based French publishing house known for its artful books on fashion, design, architecture, and beyond—has opened the ultimate reading room. Earlier this month, the 538-square-foot Book Corner boutique opened in Vancouver-based luxury fashion and lifestyle shopping spot Leisure Center’s recently refreshed lounge space. Visitors can expect custom-designed transparent shelves (meant to resemble floating bookcases) filled with Assouline’s coveted collectible books, specialty books from London publishers Donlon Books and IDEA Ltd., as well as communal tables and comfy couches dedicated to gathering, relaxing, and, of course, reading. Assouline opened its first-ever Book Corner in 2003 in Bergdorf Goodman. The Leisure Center location will be Canada’s first and only outpost.
“Books are a natural extension for us,” said Leisure Center founder Mason Wu. “They can be incorporated as home decor, and are a great entry point for collectibles. Following our mission to create experiences and offer products that our customers can enjoy during their leisure time, there’s also no more fitting activity than reading. It’s a beautiful form of escape, keeps history alive, and enables one to learn about places afar without having to travel.”
Shoppers can spend time, cup of tea in hand, thumbing through the Book Corner’s offerings—though items from Assouline’s Ultimate Collection (read: very pricey works of readable art) require presentation via white-gloved sales staff. It might be best to keep the tea a safe distance from those.