Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Official ASSOULINE Opening at The BAUERs Hotel Venezia

"ASSOULINE - Luxury bookstore enters the spirit of Venice for a historic and intimate new shopping experience."

On June 20th, ASSOULINE, the internationally renowned publisher of luxury lifestyle titles (founded by Martine and Prosper Assouline in 1994), and Francesca Bortolotto Possati - Owner/CEO of The BAUERs Venezia Hotel Group, hosted a party to celebrate the official opening of the new ASSOULINE-boutique in the heart of Venice within the sumptuous BAUERs Hotel, with special guest Arrigo Cipriani, signing copies of his latest book "Simply Italian" (launched in Oct. 28th, 2013, during an exclusive event at Club 55 on 55 Wall ST).

In addition to hosts Martine and Prosper Assouline with Francesca Bortolotto Possati, prestigious guests Paolo Barozzi (Peggy Guggenheim book), Attilio Codognato ('The Codognato Jewelers', and book), Alberto Nardi (Nardi book), Mary E. Frank (Vice President of Save Venice) and her husband Howard Frank, attended the ribbon-cutting.

And now, wonderful insights to discover of this new ASSOULINE boutique-experience and philosophy; Francesca Bortolotto Possati - The BAUERs Hotel, and the ASSOULINE opening-event - enjoy!

LoL, Andrea 

The new ASSOULINE boutique is located on the ground floor of the historic BAUER Hotel (1455 San Marco, Venice). The wonderful interior of  the 40 squares meters store gathers beautiful original wallpaper and decorative, exposed ceiling beams. An addition of Assouline-designed walnut bookcases and wall-shelves, antique vintage table, and specially designed light fixtures make the store extremely chic and titles all glow very evenly.

Designed to evoke a luxurious wrapped gift, the new boutique will stock Assouline's most in-demand titles, from the Ultimate Collection (hand-crafted volumes ranging from $500 to $7.000), to a selection of Assouline Vintage titles curated by Prosper Assouline.

About ASSOULINE - With a vision of luxury print, Prosper founded ASSOULINE Publishing with his wife, Martine Assouline, in Paris in 1994, creating a world of exclusivity in books and brand identity. Under Prosper and Martine's direction, Assouline has invented a visual language that is internationally recognized for its excellence. In October 2010, Prosper Assouline was knighted by the French Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, and was initiated into the 'Ordre des Art et des Lettres'.

Renowned for its highly original graphic concept, Assouline creates the most sophisticated books in the world. The spirit and savoir-faire of the company have contributed to the creation of a unique and eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable. Assouline has published over 1.200 titles across international markets on subjects including fashion, art, architecture and design, gastronomy, photography, travel and lifestyle. The brand will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary at the end of this year.

"Assouline produces some of the most exquisite books on the planet." - FINANCIAL TIMES

"Creating the glossiest coffee-table books around has turned Assouline into a luxury brand." - W Magazine

"The joy of Assouline's small but artfully stage-managed oases is that they allow the customer to feel like a millionaire - flipping through the pages of handsome books about beautiful things in a pleasant environment and leaving with a weighty example or two in a smarthy branded bag - without necessarily having to blow a millionaires budget." - Vanity Fair On Art

Francesca Bortolotto Possati & The BAUERs Venezia Hotel ...

"Maverick Interior designer Francesca Bortolotto Possati who, having returned to her roots in Venice, has revitalised her family's BAUER Hotel and in expanding her hotel portfolio, expresses her passion for the city in her own very individual vision of the 'Romance of Space.' -

President and CEO of the BAUERs Hotel Group in the Venice Laguna is Francesca Bortolotto Possati. Born in Palazzo Mocenigo, one of the most beautiful palaces on Grand Canal, and raised in New York City where she became interior designer, Francesca is now the owner of The BAUERs Venezia Hotel group, the signature hotel line that includes some of the most luxurious places in Venice: from the famous BAUERs Hotel with its De Pisis Restaurant, to BAUERs Il Palazzo with its Settimo Cielo terrace, to the BAUERs Il Palladio & Spa recovered from the historical convent of Zitelle, to the newest property, the 15th century Villa F.

For more wonderful insights to The BAUERs Hotel and their properties, enjoy my previous editorial - 'Where The Stars Stay: The BAUERs Hotel in Venice'

Back to this wonderful ASSOULINE opening-event this June ... 

Alberto Nardi, Martine Assouline, Arrigo Cipriani, Prosper Assouline 
and Attilio Codognato at the ribbon-cutting, ASSOULINE boutique
at The BAUERs Hotel

 Martine Assouline, Arrigo Cipriani and Prosper Assouline;
Arrigo Cipriani who signed copies of his book 'Simply Italian'

Classic recipes and tips from Harry's Bar in Venice
- SIMPLY ITALIAN by Cipriani
CIPRIANI -"There are bars that have invented famous cocktails. There are restaurants that have invented famous dishes. There are very few places that have done both." - The Guardian

The Story Behind Harry's Bar -  In 1931 a long-sought dream became reality, Giuseppe Cipriani the doors to Harry's Bar. In a discret stone building perched along a canal just off Piazza San Marco in Venice, he created a timeless and impeccably appointed establishment. His concept was to serve others as you would want to be served yourself. His vision of simple luxury came to touch the souls of peolple all over the world. The mythical Harry's Bar is world-renowned for its Italian simplicity and sophistication. Originally opened as a bar, it was transformed into a restaurant and went on to welcome some of the most legendary names in cinema, literature, the arts, and more, - from Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, and Truman Capote to Barbara Hutton, Peggy Guggenheim, and Woody Allen.

The fabled establishment is also known for having served as the birthplace of the Bellini cocktail and carpaccio. 'Simply Italian' offers recipes and tips from Arrigo Cipriani - Giuseppe's son and the restaurant owner - to make simple yet delicious Italian dishes from Harry's menu. From tiramisu and minestrone soup to pappardelle ai funghi and risotto alla parmigiana, this title is the best accessory for lovers of traditional Italian cuisine.

'Simply Italian' ($50.00) is available for purchase at ASSOULINE boutiques 
worldwide and through

Arrigo Cipriani and Prosper Assouline

 Martine Assouline, Prosper Assouline, Howard Frank, Alberto Nardi 

Attilio Codognato - The Codognato Jewelers

Alberto Nardi , Nardi Jewelers

 "My love for this city of water and light is so intense, that I hope my jewels are able to bring Venice to the world."
Giulio Nardi (father of Alberto Nardi)

 ASSOULINE boutique locations include Paris, London, Miami, New York City, 
Los Angeles, Mexico City, Istanbul, Lima, Seoul, and now Venice!


Contact to The BAUERs Venezia:
 San Marco, 1459
30124 Venezia
Fon +39 41 520 7022

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photo Credit: ASSOULINE / Photographer Roberto Rosa

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