Taschen store London
by Philippe Starck



French designer Philippe Starck has designed his latest store for publisher Taschen, this time in London.


The store, which opened last week on Duke of York Square near Kings Road, has a ground floor at street level and a gallery space in the basement.


The London store is Starck's sixth outlet for the publisher.


The following is from Taschen:


TASCHEN opens London store

TASCHEN is delighted to announce the opening of its London store today, 6 October 2008. Located on the newly developed Duke of York Square, just off the Kings Road, right next to the new Saatchi Gallery, the store will stock the entire range of TASCHEN books covering art, photography, architecture, film, lifestyle, travel, pop culture and sex. The London store follows the huge success of TASCHEN's five stores around the world, in Paris, Cologne, New York, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.


Like all other TASCHEN stores, the space has been conceived by the world famous French designer Philippe Starck, with a ground floor at street level and a gallery space in the basement.


TASCHEN's Great Adventure began back in 1980, when eighteen-year old Benedikt Taschen opened a shop in his native Cologne, Germany, to market his massive comic collection. Within a year he began publishing catalogues promoting his wares, but it wasn't until 1984 that his first art book breakthrough occurred: he purchased 40,000 remainder copies of a Magritte book printed in English, reselling them for a fraction of their original price.

From a young age, Taschen had been interested in art but found that art books were too expensive and hard to obtain, and the success of this daring move proved that Taschen was not alone in thinking that the art-book market should be democratized. Soon he began reprinting books under his own name for budget prices and the next year he published his first original title and the first book in the Basic Art series: Picasso. Before long, high-quality-yet-still-inexpensive hardcover books were added to the lineup and in 1989 the landmark double-jumbo Van Gogh: The Complete Paintings hit bookstores around the world.

Starting in the late 1980s, TASCHEN established subsidiaries across the globe and continued to cement its reputation as a publisher of excellent-value books while branching out into new areas such as architecture, design, photography, lifestyle and classics.

In 2000, TASCHEN surprised the world by breaking the record for the most expensive book published in the 20th century: copy #1 of Helmut Newton's SUMO, signed by over 80 celebrities featured in it, fetched a record-breaking $304,000 at a charity auction. A year later TASCHEN launched its cinema collection with Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot. Then, in 2003, TASCHEN tipped the scales with its massive, legendary Muhammad Ali tribute book, GOAT.

Twenty-eight years after Benedikt Taschen opened his little comic shop, TASCHEN has grown into one of the most successful and unique publishers in the global market, publishing an eclectic variety of books for people of all tastes and budget ranges, distributed worldwide in over twenty languages. TASCHEN has opened bookshops in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, and now London, with plans to keep expanding to new cities such as Bruxelles, Berlin and Miami as our Great Adventure continues. For the future of publishing, keep your eye on TASCHEN.

Posted on Tuesday October 14th 2008 at 1:17 am by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • gaque

    wait, wheres the design? looks like a couple of tree stumps…

  • Gnio

    kind of boring… cannot find any creatvity related to this big famous bookstore

  • yeslong

    just so so

  • Tyler

    I wish I could come up with an intelligent way of saying I hate it. I’m sorry though, I can’t justify my opinion, it just doesn’t suit my tastes.

  • joe

    …would also suit the luxor hotel in Las vegas…

  • eric luyckx

    le problème avec starck c’est qu’il est capable du pire comme du meilleur…

  • zuy

    i think eveybody here has the same opinion even Starck addicts

  • Lazar

    Is this interior done ? or they just unloaded the furniture!?

  • zuy
  • johanirae

    How the mighty have fallen…

    Couple of tree stumps?
    Where’s the unique arrangement of furniture, interesting spaces, attention attracting exterior?

    I think we’ve all seen so much more interesting things for bookstore designs…

  • Karl Bönckel

    Golden mushroom bookshelf tops. Das ende von der Menschkeit.

  • trent

    starky should just give it up – this is beyondg hideous


    TASCHEN books are aparently more interesting than this interior:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • modular

    Starck was the greatest designer of our time. No question about that…

    Yet, looks like his ideas have stopped. Check out his website. Check out his latest work. It’s kinda sad… but since his name is ‘Starck’ he will always have work and major companies wanting to work with him.

    Too bad his latest work doesn’t really fit his name.

  • hendrix

    what a joke…

  • eduardo

    just ugly, not creative…
    thats starck now…
    like the “fasano hotel” at the ipanema beach here in rio de janeiro: just boring and sloppy!

  • Broncolus


  • Tellsitlikeitis

    I like their Sex Books.
    Not so much their interiors.

  • jose

    hmmm… what exactly did he design, really sad that these days a name sells anything rather than the actual work!

    • Sebastian Barrymore

      Welcome to consumerism. Where have you been?

  • Georg

    oh, WOW… Makes me wanna go home, put on my white trousers, white tanga and run to this shop to celebrate the white, sensual, silky drapes….

  • zuy
  • zuy

    I visited the Taschen shop in Paris: i noticed nothing except one thing : an organic pole , a metallic tree..Like Ora Ito , he call him with humor my son, Philippe Starck in shop design introduced trendy gold and also organic surface.but he is better in hotel design : see the last one, mama shelter hotel in a medium price range in Paris …


  • JuiceMajor²

    Why can’t all bookshop be like that. Maybe if they do people will be more interested in reading books!

  • jarjarWaters

    The design elements seem forced. I feel the organizational efforts, and perhaps the budget got in the way of the creativity?

  • zuy

    may be too much projects for a tired team…

  • jenszie

    Hmmm looks like he’s running out of ideas. Check out The Felix, a bar in Hong Kong he also designed.

    Look at the wall on the left side in the first image. That wall is huge and a major part of the decoration in the bar.
    The same type of wall is also inside the elevator up to the bar.