Uncovering Italy’s Superlatives in people, places and things

The ISSIMO Corner Bookstore

The latest books at the ISSIMO Corner bookstore

ISSIMO wants
to line your shelves

Looking for something to read? It’s time to browse our corner bookstore where you’ll find our shelves curated with Marie-Louise’s custom picks . “Consider it a small corner of books with real gems in terms of content,” says Marie-Louise.  “There aresome more known and some less, and the idea is to discover something beautiful.”

And beautiful they are.  Latest on the shelves include the immersive Gìo Ponti The XL Rendition,  an architect favourite of Marie-Louise since her years studying design and architecture at RISD.  This gorgeous art book is scaled to the innovative architect and designer’s kaleidoscopic universe and features texts by Lisa Licitra Ponti and an extensive biographical essay by Stefano Casciani. The XL Rendition is an unprecedented tribute to Ponti’s achievements as an ingenious publisher as well as a timeless creator.


Fall in love with Gaetano Pesce and explore his world in Out in the world with Gaetano Pesce. One of the world’s greatest living design innovators (and designer of those superfun and unbreakable Pesce vases), Pesce is a true radical for his out-of-the-ordinary approach to ordinary yet unexpected materials and style.  This book focuses on both Pesce’s iconic work and many never-before-seen pieces in beautiful photographs with an interview by Sophie Halgney and portrait by Duane Michals. 

Hotel Il Pellicano
limited edition art book

“Hotels are bubbles where things happen in,” says Marie-Louise, who shares a glimpse into Il Pellicano moments in the limited edition Hotel Il Pellicano.  Published in 2011, the beautifully designed art book chronicles the exclusive Tuscan hideaway through the lens of photographers Slim Aarons, John Swope and Juergen Teller.  200 photographs -from burnt edged black and whites to Teller’s stark colours capture the Pellicano from its inception to one of the world’s best hotels.

In the beginning there was friend, investor and Magnum photographer John Swope who captured the fabled hotel’s origin story in black and white glory.  Tractors breaking ground and Il Pellicano’s very first dinner party, Swope was captivated and his photos are front row into the behind-the-scenes of Il Pellicano. A few years later Slim Aarons snapped Il Pellicano’s  palpable la dolce vita nostalgia and iconised its timelessness as well as the passage of time.

The everyday Pellicano life is exactly what photographer Juergen Teller captured on a weeklong stay in June 2009.  A quick dip in the cove, overexposed mornings and blurry evenings, Teller’s photos tell stories of wistful beach weekends that you already know.

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