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We’re avid supporters of the printed book. The simple act of leafing through pages leaves you with a broader mind and smaller focus on yourself. Reading on a device just can’t match it, try as it might.

And so, we’ve rounded up a quartet of spring 2018’s best new releases, across the fields of art, food, fashion and photography, that we think you’ll want to open up and settle into.

1
Bodys Isek Kingelez

Born in the Belgian Congo (now the strife-torn DRC), sculptor and artist Bodys Isek Kingelez spent his life building utopian cities and fantastical worlds from everyday materials, including cardboard, paper and commercial packaging. This tome brings together three decades of his work, offering a new audience the chance to explore and examine his unique oeuvre.

2
Japan: The Cookbook

Get lost in Nancy Singleton Hachisu’s latest chef’s volume and find yourself transported to the kitchens of Japan. Over 400 recipes, with dishes mainly from 1970s and ’80s Japan, touch on both the more famous and lesser-known regional cooking traditions of the country, bringing fresh and elegant food to the forefront. It’s a beautiful book for those who love eating well.

3
Leïla Menchari: the Queen of Enchantment

Hermès pays homage to the woman who, for more than 30 years, captured the essence of the French maison through incredible window displays in the heart of Paris. Mechari’s awe-inspiring installations at 24 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré were a journey to another world inspired by her myriad travels, and they come alive again in these pages.

4
Kenro Izu: Seduction

Japanese-born Kenro Izu is often touted as the world’s greatest living platinum printer, and this tome brings together a stunning example of his greatest works. As a photographer, Izu seeks to instil the tension of his shooting style into each of his images, and this book reveals his efforts in doing so. Discover his distinctive style, page-by-page.

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