Gas Your Wanderlust With These Images by Prime Architects and Designers

“As we await new treatments and a vaccine against COVID-19, I suspect anyone who reads this introduction shares my belief that once we finally get on air, travel will be more selective and valued than ever in the months ahead and trains can return at will, ”writes Peter Sallick, Founder of the Design Leadership Network and CEO of Waterworks, in the introduction to Travel by Design: Global Inspiration from Top Design Talent, a new release from Assouline.

Seven months after the coronavirus pandemic, with much of the world still under lockdown, dreaming of the places we want to revisit and new destinations waiting to be discovered is more important than ever. And what better way to stir up your wanderlust than flipping through the pages of a beautiful new book that shows the world through the eyes of designers?


Photo: Michael Imber

Designed before the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down, the book collects photos and insights from more than 150 of America’s leading designers and architects. The book edited by Michael Boodro with a contribution by Peter Sallick crosses more than 100 locations in 60 countries and on all seven continents. The impressive photos show the beauty of nature and the built world and show famous monuments such as the Taj Mahal as well as everyday details that inspire, such as the blue and white striped umbrellas at the Fontelina Beach Club in Capri. Just looking at the eye-catching pictures is enough to inspire any traveler.

The book is divided into chapters that introduce exotic locations (Australia, Bhutan, Cuba, India, Egypt, etc.) and global cities (Paris, London, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Rome, Dubai, New York City and Tokyo, etc.). , Resorts and vacation destinations (St. Bart’s, Bali, Capri, the Greek Islands, and the Mayan Riviera, to name a few), international inspiration, adventure travel, country fun, and North American treasures. Meanwhile, the architects and designers who contributed photos share insights into the goals presented and what they love about them.


Photo: Tom Stringer

Perhaps the most useful part of the book is the 40-page directory on the back, which lists hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, museums and gardens chosen by contributors. Of course you will find many famous places, but also hidden gems like the Le Jardin Secret and the Bahia Palace in Marrakech, the Palazzo Colonna in Rome and the Judd Foundation in New York City. You can be sure that all the places listed will appeal to the most discerning aesthetes.

It might not be a traditional travel guide, but flicking through Travel by Design will surely inspire you to dream – and maybe even plan – about future trips.

The Colosseum, Rome.

Photo: Tom Kligerman

The west side of Manhattan as seen from Central Park.

Photo: Sarah Wittenbraker

Napali Coast, Kauai.

Photo: Joanathan Hogg

Modica, Sicily.

Photo: William Brockschmidt

The Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Photo: Frank Ponterio

Buscot Park, Cotswolds, UK

Photo: John Howard

Dunrobin Castle, Scottish Highlands.

Photo: Suzanne Tucker

Coons Franklin Lodge, Woodruff, Wisconsin.

Photo: Liz Can

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