I was in this very cool bookstore that publishes all their books, mostly on art and architecture among various other unusual titles. The name of the book store and publisher is Taschen. Not only are the books novel and exciting, but the architecture of the store reflects the artistry of the man, Taschen who began publishing books in 1980. He was 18 years old and when his first store opened in his native Cologne, Germany to market his massive comic book collection. In 1984, his first art breakthrough occurred;he purchased 40,000 remainder copies of a Magritte book printed in English reselling them for a fraction of the price. Taschen believed that art books were often too expensive and the art book market should be democratized . Soon he began publishing books under his own name for budget prices and the next year he published his first original title and and the first book in the Basic Art series;Picasso. Since the late 1980’s he has established subsidaries across the globe while branching out into new areas like architecture, design, photography, lifestyle, and classics. I was so impressed with with this unique publisher who now publishes an eclectic variety of books on the global market for people of all tastes and budget ranges, distributed worldwide in over twenty languages. He has opened shops in Paris and Los Angeles and will keep expanding in other cities around the world. I was fascinated with titles I had never seen in a unique architectural store that reflected the character and originality of this ambitious and extraordinary publisher. This photo is a glass wall in the store, one of many architectural statements that add to the ambience and creative spirit of the multitude of books in many categories that captured my interests. Among other books, I bought Robots, Spaceships and other Tin Toys that explore the magic of tin toys, robots, spaceships, action figures and cars. My husband Charlie had to drag me out of the store as time flew by as I discovered new adventures and was captivated by the magic of this man, a true visionary. I took several photos of his store, the upstairs a framed outdoor/like treehouse with no glass featuring the beauty of nature in the middle of our bustling city. He does have a catalogue so you can access his many exciting books online as he coninues to build his innovative book/art stores in other cities. The tin toys and robots are mainly from the ‘50’s and although I am a diecast collector, these charming and enchanting toys captured my imagination and childlike spirit. The texture of glass exemplifies the elegance and sophistication of this delightful store. The square light hovering at the top of the glass wall creates a surreal and futuristic ambience.