“As we await new treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, I suspect that anyone reading this introduction shares my belief that travel in the months ahead will be more select and more appreciated than ever before, once we can finally return to planes and trains at will,” Peter Sallick, founder of the Design Leadership Network and CEO of Waterworks, writes in the introduction to Travel by Design: Global Inspiration From Top Design Talents, a new release by Assouline.
Indeed, seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, when much of the world is still off-limits, it feels more important than ever to keep dreaming about the places we want to revisit and new destinations waiting to be discovered. And what better way to fuel your wanderlust than by flipping through the pages of a gorgeous new book that shows the world through designers’ eyes?
Conceived before the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down, the book gathers photographs and insights by more than 150 of America’s leading designers and architects. Edited by Michael Boodro with a forward by Peter Sallick, the book traverses more than 100 locations spread across 60 countries and all seven continents. The arresting photographs showcase the beauty of the natural world and the built world, capturing famous monuments like the Taj Mahal as well as the everyday details that inspire, like the blue-and-white striped umbrellas at the Fontelina Beach Club in Capri. Gazing at the striking images is enough to inspire any traveler.
The book is organized into chapters spotlighting exotic locales (Australia, Bhutan, Cuba, India, Egypt, and more), global cities (Paris, London, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Rome, Dubai, New York City, and Tokyo, among others), resorts and resort destinations (St. Bart’s, Bali, Capri, the Greek Islands, and Mayan Riviera, to name a few), international inspirations, adventure travels, country pleasures, and North American treasures. Throughout, the architects and designers who contributed photographs share insights into the destinations featured and what they love about them.
Perhaps the most useful part of the book is the 40-page directory at the back, which lists hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, museums, and gardens chosen by the contributors. Of course, you’ll find many iconic locations, but also hidden gems such as Le Jardin Secret and Bahia Palace in Marrakech, Palazzo Colonna in Rome, and the Judd Foundation in New York City. You can be sure that all of the places listed will appeal to the most discerning aesthetes.
It may not be a traditional guidebook, but flipping through Travel by Design will certainly spur you to start dreaming about—and perhaps even planning—future trips.