Did Botticelli burn his greatest paintings?

Today marks the anniversary of the Bonfire of the Vanities. Could the artist have stoked the fire with his own work?

Madonna and Child with Eight Angels (c. 1478) by Sandro Botticelli, as reproduced in 30,000 Years of Art

Le Corbusier's Grand Designs: the UN Headquarters New York

Le Corbusier regarded the UN HQ in Manhattan as his work. Despite evidence to the contrary, should we too?

Perspective, proposal for the UN headquarters, including the General Assembly and Secretariat, 27 March 1947, by Le Corbusier. From Le Corbusier Le Grand

3 things the Duchess of Cornwall will love about Cuban Food

Prior to first Royal visit, Camilla is 'not so sure' about the food. We're here to reassure her with Cuba the Cookbook!

The menu at a Cuban cafe. All images from Cuba: The Cookbook

Cardi B loves Grace Coddington’s cat pajamas

The hip-hop star donned Grace’s Louis Vuitton pajamas for a Fanatics performance on Saturday

Cardi B at the Fanatics Super Bowl party. Image courtesy of Fanatics' Michael Rubin's Instagram

Enrique Olvera goes back to basics in Mexico

Ever wondered how to make really traditional torillas? Well, Enrique Olvera has done a little show-and-tell

Enrique Olvera. Photograph by Maureen M Evans

Did you catch Mario Sorrenti’s birthday message to Kate Moss?

The photographer dipped back into his 1990s archive when wishing the supermodel a happy birthday

Kate Moss by Mario Sorrenti, from Kate by Mario Sorrenti

Make something Simple & Classic for Chinese New Year

Don't order take-out to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Jane Hornby’s crispy duck pancakes are a cinch!

Crispy duck pancakes, from Simple & Classic by Jane Hornby

Le Corbusier's Grand Designs: Villa Savoye

You know the house, but have you seen the drawings Le Corbusier made before and after its completion?

Perspective of the Villa Savoye roof garden, 1928, by Le Corbusier

Stephen Shore’s 1969 series is coming to Photo London, but you can buy a signed series print from 1969 right now

The artist’s photo series forms part of his Photo London show in May. Jump the line and buy this print

Detail from July 22, 1969 by Stephen Shore.

The truth about the Freud in Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw

It hasn’t been in a crate since ’92, as the film claims, but it is still the perfect addition to this ghoulish movie

Jake Gyllenhaal and Nitya Vidyasagar beside Reflection (Self-Portrait) (1985) by Lucian Freud

Here's your chance to own an Ellsworth Kelly for just 55 cents

The US postal service has just commemorated the artist with a beautiful set of stamps for launch this year


What Andy Warhol really thought about Coca-Cola

Coke's new Super Bowl ad might focus on its inclusive side, but Andy also saw it as a way to set himself apart

Close Cover Before Striking (Coca-Cola) (1962) by Andy Warhol. From Andy Warhol Giant Sized

Could Dan Barber get chefs to totally rethink vegetables?

The chef’s new Row 7 Seed company isn’t about old heirloom varieties, but new strains, made for today's kitchens

Row 7 founders Matthew Goldfarb, Michael Mazourek and Dan Barber. Image courtesy of row7seeds.com

Elmgreen & Dragset's Berlin memorial vandalized

Memorial for Homosexual Victims of the Nazi Regime was daubed with paint on Holocaust Memorial Day

Memorial for the Homosexual Victims of the Nazi Regime (2008) by Elmgreen & Dragset. As featured in Art & Queer Culture

Can't afford a Scarpa house? Maybe yours can smell like one

A new line of candles and incense sticks aims to capture the aroma of great 20th century architect-designed houses

Scarpa candles and incense, by YIELD. Images courtesy of yielddesign.co

Rarely seen Freud portrait goes up for auction

This small, beautiful 1956 painting offers some very interesting insight into Freud’s personal life at the time

Head of a Boy (1956) by Lucian Freud. Image courtesy of Sotheby's

Add a taste of southern hospitality to your Super Bowl party

Atlanta’s hosting the Super Bowl this Sunday, and we’ve got some great regional dishes for you and your guests

The Georgia spread from United Tastes of America

Stephen Harris shows us how to make the dish that just helped The Sportsman win best Gastro pub for the fourth time!

Stephen Harris's seaside establishment is number one on Estrella Damm's Top 50 Gastropub list for 2019

The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

A Movement in a Moment: Purism

Read about the ‘post-cubist’ art movement that helped Le Corbusier make his name

Still Life (1920) by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. As reproduced in both Art in Time and Le Corbusier Le Grand

Why did Barnett Newman destroy his old art?

On the abstract expressionist artist’s birthday find out how he went from outcast to father figure of two generations

Onement VI (1953) by Barnett Newman, as reproduced in 30,000 Years of Art

College, work and play - the lifelong friendship between Harry Bertoia and Florence Knoll

The Knoll doyenne's death at 101 prompts a look at her life - including her student days with Harry Bertoia

From left to right: Herbert Matter, Hans Knoll, Florence Knoll, and Harry Bertoia, early 1950s. Image courtesy of Knoll, Inc. As reproduced in Bertoia: The Metal Worker

Our Peru author is celebrating a big birthday (with some very big name guests)

Gastón Acurio marks 25 years in the biz with help from Albert Adrià, Virgilio Martinez and Andoni Luis Aduriz

Gastón Acurio

William Hall talks about the new mini format Brick

'The smaller format lets the quieter projects stand out' says the author of Concrete, Wood and Brick

William Hall, author and designer of Concrete, Brick, Wood and now Stone

José Andrés gets best restaurant in Washington award

The Book of Tapas guest writer's Minibar just topped the Washingtonian's 100 Very Best list for 2019

José Andrés (left) and  Albert Adrià (right) at Minibar, Washington DC. Image courtesy of Minibar's Instagram

Our Where to Drink Beer author has opened his NYC brewery!

You can taste Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø’s NYC brews at Nowadays Tap Room, Queens, from today, Friday

Evil Twin Brewing New York City's taps at the Nowadays tap room

Government shutdown hits Trevor Paglen’s space art

US government institutions closure means that although Paglen’s Orbital Reflector is in space we can’t track it

A rendering of Trevor Paglen's Orbital Reflector. Courtesy Nevada Museum of Art

Anna Wintour says 'Grace Coddington’s books are amazing'

Vogue’s editor-in-chief opens up on her time with Grace, and recalls her favourite shoots, reproduced in our books

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. Image courtesy of Coddington's Instagram

John and Yoko, Warhol and Jonas Mekas

A look back at the life and art of the avant-garde filmmaker (with some Akademie X advice for young artists)

Jonas Mekas. Photograph by Furio Detti, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Le Corbusier's Grand Designs: The Unité d’Habitation

You probably know the Marseilles version but have you seen his sketches for the others, completed after his death?

Unité d’Habitation, Firminy, Perspective of east facade by Le Corbusier. From Le Corbusier Le Grand

There's a real humanity in this Martin Parr portrait that Stephen Shore took in New York

The photography pioneer trains his lens on the former Magnum president and creator of new book Only Human

Martin Parr in New York by Stephen Shore. Image courtesy of Stephen Shore's Instagram

You can eat this mid-winter veggie treat guilt free

The mercury is dropping in NYC and snow has hit London. But you can comfort yourself without filling up on junk

Chocolate Cookies, from Raw: Recipes for a modern vegetarian lifestyle

The lunch that upset the art world

On the 187th anniversary of his birth, we take a look at Édouard Manet’s other midday scene, Lunch in the studio

Lunch in the Studio (1868) by Édouard Manet. As featured in our new edition of 30,000 Years of Art

Le Corbusier's Grand Designs: The LC2 Chair

You may know Le Corbusier's chair. But have you seen what it looked like on paper before it went into production?

Sketches of the Grand Confort chair by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. From Le Corbusier Le Grand

The ancient building block that’s so in right now

New York’s newest luxury condos are using the same building material as Mesopotamia's oldest temples. Why?

Santo Volto, Turin, Italy, 2006, Mario Botta. Photo by Enrico Cano, from Brick Mini Format

Don't stop now! Keep Veganuary going with these great dishes

Raw: Recipes for a Modern Vegetarian Lifestyle by Solla Eiríksdóttir proves healthy food doesn’t have to be hard


How to be happy on Blue Monday

Today getting you down? Then get a lift from Patti Smith, Kurt Vonnegut and Henry James in Every Day a Word Surprises Me

Kurt Vonnegut's words in Every Day a Word Surprises Me & Other Quotes by Writers

The art of the black struggle, 90 years on from MLK’s birth

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we look at Arthur Jafa’s masterful take on contemporary race relations

Installation view of Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2016) by Arthur Jafa. From 30,000 Years of Art

The life that shaped Harry Bertoia’s art

He's best known for his Diamond Chair but nature and necessity fed into the artist’s incredible mid-century sculptures

Untitled (bush form), c. 1970. Welded copper and bronze with applied patina. 161/2 x 161/2 in.
(41.9 x 41.9 cm). Images courtesy and copyright © 2019 Estate of Harry Bertoia / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ Images courtesy of Wright.

How to grow your own like one of our star chefs

Is the Shutdown or Brexit making you seriously consider growing your own food? Here’s how the great chefs do it

 Petersham Nurseries, Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, UK. All images taken from The Garden Chef

Thierry Mugler on fur, Trump and his new show and book

The designer may seem to have indulged in excess, yet his new exhibition show remarkable restraint in one area

Thierry Mugler

Why Louis Kahn would often talk to bricks

A simple, quirky piece of advice to his students showed that this building material had a lot to say

National Assembly Building, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1982, Louis I. Kahn

7 kitchen shortcuts from Jane Hornby

From shopping to plating up, let one of Britain’s most capable cooks share her kitchen knowledge

Jane Hornby

De Niro makes a foodie pilgrimage to Central in Peru

The film star visited Virgilio Martínez a few days ago, and he wasn’t the only notable customer at his restaurant. . .

'Are you cooking at me?' From left: Central's Pía León, Robert De Niro, and Virgilio Martínez. Image courtesy of Martínez’s Instagram

How does our Breakfast: The Cookbook author start her day?

In Beirut or Brooklyn, Emily Elyse Miller finds a way to do the most important meal of the day in style

Breakfast: The Cookbook author, Emily Elyse Miller. Photo by Marianna Fierro. Courtesy of Emily Elyse Miller’s Instagram

Space travel, slow food, Fauvism and today's floral design

Think you know about floral design? Think again. Our new book Blooms shows nothing changes quite like flowers

Azuma Makoto, Tokyo: Exobiotanica, botanical space flight launched from Nevada, USA, 2014. Courtesy Azuma Makoto/© Shiinoki / AMKK.

Running late - fashionably late! Alexandre de Betak takes over Milan's Central train station for Men’s Fashion Week

The Fellini of fashion helps Ermenegildo Zegna present its new high-tech menswear collection in a striking location

Zegna autumn/winter 2019 collection at Milano Centrale station. All images courtesy of Betak and Zegna

Elmgreen & Dragset meet Homer and Marge

The artists’ work Prada Marfa appeared in The Simpsons a few days ago. Guess what Homer did behind it. . .

Prada Marfa in The Simpsons

When Cecil Beaton went from hemline to frontline

Born today, 14 January, in 1904, Beaton made his name in fashion, before becoming a great war photographer

Cecil Beaton with wicker baskets beside a wall with Chinese characters in Puncheng in south eastern China, during World War II. Image courtesy of the Ministry of Information, via Wikimedia Commons

This Brutal World stars in the movie of the moment!

In the Netflix thriller Bird Box our brutalist architecture book is a welcome distraction from uglier scenes outside

This Brutal World (far left) in Bird Box. Image courtesy of Netflix

Take a look at our New For '19 books!

Our spring 2019 list of new titles is ready to launch - we think you'll be impressed. . .


Did Jeremy Fox just create an entire tasting menu from carrots?

Pretty much. What’s more, the dinner sold out and, judging by these pictures, we can see why!

Red kyoto carrot carpaccio, with oca, caracara, bacon avocado, almond butter and marigold. All food images courtesy of Jeremy Fox's Instagram

David Chang tries Turkish

His new place doesn’t call itself a kebab joint but it certainly offers a little Turkish flavour to New York

A grilled chicken dish from David Chang's new Bāng Bar. Courtesy of Bāng Bar's Instagram

Look at John Pawson’s photos of Peter Zumthor’s first UK house

The architect, photographer and Phaidon author visits Zumthor’s Secular Retreat, commissioned by Alain de Botton

Peter Zumthor's Secular Retreat, photographed by John Pawson. All images courtesy of John Pawson's Instagram

Catherine Deneuve's Yves Saint Laurent collection is up for sale

Christie’s January sale showcases the designer and the film star’s close 43-year friendship

Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour (1967)

Going vegan? Here’s a shopping list that will help you

From apricots to almond milk, this is what our Vegan author recommends you have in your kitchen

Portobello bruschetta. All images from Vegan: The Cookbook

The New York Times loves our new children’s board books

The paper devotes half of its children's books coverage to our new titles A Pile of Leaves and Hug This Book!

Hug This Book! and A Pile of Leaves

Take a tour of our fashion mag book author's NYC apartment

'Magazines come in waves, washing up as stacks around my apartment,' writes Vince Aletti in our new book

Vince Aletti's apartment photographed by Jason Schmidt (@jasonschmidtstudio; jasonschmidtartists.com).

What Dan Barber and other star chefs make when they go vegan

Are you choosing a plant-based diet for 2019? Then take a few tasty tips from the world's best chefs

Dan Barber photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Massimo Bottura brings back the Skinny Chef

Like many of us, the world-famous chef, philanthropist and Phaidon author has a new fitness regime for 2019

Massimo Bottura takes up yoga for 2019. Image courtesy of the chef's Instagram

Did you know the guy who made this chair also made music?

Harry Bertoia made his own instruments and recorded 11 albums of material. Now you can buy them again

The Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia, manufactured by Knoll

It's Christmas Day in Russia!

Take a look at what the people of the USSR used to give and receive before the fall of the Soviet Union

Christmas Tree plastic gift box for sweets, 1970s. From Designed in the USSR

The National’s guitarist is scoring a Mapplethorpe show

Bryce Dessner looks back on the protests that rocked his town when the photographer's 1990 retrospective opened

Robert Mapplethorpe, Calla Lily, 1988, Gelatin Silver Print © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers, Phaidon

How Braille came into being

Louis Braille was born on this day and developed his most famous work of graphic design when just 12-years-old

A hand reading wood-carved braille code where the word ⠏⠗⠑⠍⠊⠑⠗ (premier, French for

Meet the artist who plans to bin space waste

Daan Roosegaarde knows there’s tons of junk in the heavens and thinks he can find a way to get rid of it

Daan Roosegaarde. Image courtesy of studioroosegaarde.net

Enrique Olvera says his new LA restaurant could be his last

The chef outlines his multicultural plans for LA's arts district, due to open this summer

Enrique Olvera. Photograph by Maureen M Evans

North Korea sees in 2019 with a drone and laser show

Pyongyang’s sky was lit up with lasers, fireworks and illuminated craft earlier this week for its New Year celebrations

Drones form the shape of a doraji or bell flower in the Pyongyang sky for New Year celebrations. All images courtesy of Nicholas Bonner's Koryo Tours

Astonishing Animals - The Rhinoceros

Around 5,000 copies of this iconic image were sold during the artist Dürer’s lifetime, making it one of the earliest mass-produced images - but why was the likeness incorrect and how did the unfortunate animal meet its end?

Rhinoceros - Albert Dürer from the book Animal: Exploring the Zoological World

Our Tapas author is feeding US Government workers for free

The Spanish-born, Washington-based chef José Andrés is handing out free sandwiches to Federal employees

José Andrés on The Daily Show

Untangling Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson was born today, 2 January, in 1938. Here’s how to get your head around his best-known work

Spiral Jetty (1970) by Robert Smithson. As featured in Art & Place and Destination Art

Phaidon authors recognised in the New Year's Honours List

Gillian Wearing, John Pawson and Tacita Dean all made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for 2019

Gillian Wearing, John Pawson and Tacita Dean, all CBEs

What's Alex from Snarkitecture up to in 2019?

Co-founder Alex Mustonen fills us in on the practice’s plans for its new permanent NYC venue, Snark Park

From left: Snarkitecture's Alex Mustonen, Daniel Arsham and Ben Porto

The best New Year dishes from around the world

Impress family and friends with these international dishes, drawn from our cookery titles

Black-eyed peas with salt pork and greens, as featured in America the Cookbook

What’s John Pawson up to in 2019?

The architect and Phaidon author will sign off on one of his longest-standing commissions over the next 12 months

John Pawson. Photograph by Orla Connolly

Georgette Moger shakes us up 3 New Year cocktails!

Our Regarding Cocktails co-author has come up with three mixes for before, during and (the morning) after

Georgette Moger photographed her New Year Noche Buena cocktail

What’s Jean Jullien up to in 2019?

Video games? An animated series? The artist and Phaidon author runs through his big plans for the New Year


What’s Massimo Bottura up to in 2019?

The chef and Phaidon author has plans for new restaurants across the world, and a hotel in the Italian countryside

Massimo Bottura

What’s David Dawson up to in 2019?

Freud's longest-standing assistant opens up on the self-portrait show he is curating at the Royal Academy

David Dawson

What to do with Xmas leftovers, by the world’s best chefs

Here's what Massimo Bottura creates with old turkey when Ferran and Albert Adrià are in his kitchen

Ferran and Albert Adrià examine Massimo's turkey-based ragu of everything. As featured in Bread is Gold

Here's something quick and easy to make on Christmas morning

Magnus Nilsson’s Rocky Road recipe is quick to make, tasty, and perfect for an impromptu Christmas party

From top: Leila’s Rocky Road; Peppermint and Chocolate Pastilles; Chocolate Cookie Crumb Rolls Flavoured with Punsch; Chocolate Oatmeal Balls. As featured in Magnus Nilsson's The Nordic Baking Book.

What are Putnam & Putnam up to in 2019?

It might be cold outside, but NYC's leading floral designers are ready for a blooming marvellous New Year

Darroch and Michael Putnam with their new book

What’s Stefan Sagmeister up to in 2019?

The designer, design commentator and Phaidon author is thinking small over the next 12 months

Stefan in

What’s Trevor Paglen up to in 2019?

The artist and activist may have reached the stars in 2018, but he has plenty of big shows coming up next year too

Trevor Paglen. Image courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

What’s Noah Charney up to in 2019?

The Museum of Lost Art author is turning to crowd funding in an attempt to protect art in at-risk countries

Noah Charney by Urska Charney

Let the Putnams choose your festive florals

Your Christmas can be as colourful as the famous florists and Flower Colour Guide authors’

The Christmas tree in the Putnam's Brooklyn, Fort Greene apartment

Can you see what Paul Klee’s cat wants?

Paul Klee was born today, 18 December, in 1879. Our book Animal explains how he worked two beasts into one work

Cat and Bird (1928) by Paul Klee. As featured in Animal

Who is Alex from Snarkitecture giving his book to this Christmas?

Co-founder of the innovative NY design studio reveals his 2018 highs and lows and who’ll be getting a great gift

From left: Snarkitecture's Ben Porto, Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen

A photo show that's easy on the eye (but hard on the stomach)

A major new food photography exhibition shows that the best images don’t always show the tastiest of meals

Peluquería 1979, by Ouka Lele. All images courtesy of Foam

The perfect face for Monkey Day

On 14 December – a day set aside for simian contemplation – we look back at Jill Greenberg’s monkey portrait

Jill Greenberg, Glare, Glare, 2005, Ultrachrome ink on hot press paper, 106.7 x 127 cm / 42 x 50 in, Private collection. As featured in Animal

Who are Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin giving their book to this Christmas?

The designer and photographer couple on their 2018 highs and lows and who’ll be getting a great gift

Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin

Annie Leibovitz on Hockney, Lennon and Instagram 

The photographer talks through her life, career and new book with US radio host Lois Reitzes

Annie Leibovitz, Brooklyn, 2017. Picture credit: © Annie Leibovitz

Little kids and big design lovers will adore these gifts

These toys, from Design for Children, could actually make your home look more stylish, not less, on Christmas day

Monkey, 1951, by Kay Bojesen. All images from Design for Children.

Snarkitecture’s baubles are perfect for a White Christmas

The NY practice has produced a suitably monochrome line of Christmas decorations

Snarkitecture's new range of tree ornaments for Seletti. Image courtesy of Snarkitecture's Instagram

Olafur Eliasson's Ice Watch will give you a climate change chill

Eliasson says seeing chunks of the Greenland ice sheet in our city is just the experience we need to force change

Ice Watch in London. All images courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson

Who is Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø giving his book to this Christmas?

The brewer, beer expert and author reveals his 2018 highs and lows and who’ll be getting a great gift

Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø

Martin Parr swaps Clacton for Cannes, courtesy of Gucci

The photographer headed to the French Riviera to shoot the fashion house's latest campaign

An image from Martin Parr's new Cannes shoot for Gucci

Nordic Christmas recipes to try with young bakers this week

Magnus Nilsson’s Nordic Baking Book is filled with fun treats for this time of year - including this gingerbread house

Magnus Nilsson's plan for a gingerbread house from The Nordic Baking Book

Did Adolf Loos think Ornament was Crime? And was he right?

The architect was born on this day, 10 December, 1870 and created a style of architecture still debated today

Steiner House, Vienna, Austria, 1910 by Adolf Loos. From Ornament is Crime

John Pawson got to Pantone's Colour of 2019 in 2017!

The architect and photographer included glimpses of hot new colour Living Coral in his book, Spectrum

Marrakech, Morocco, August 2015. Photograph by John Pawson, from Spectrum

Who is Sam Droege giving his book to this Christmas?

The photographer and researcher tells us his personal highs and lows of 2018 and who’ll be getting a great gift

The Sweat Bee (Halictus ligatus) 2013 by Sam Droege & USGS Inventory and Monitoring Lab. As featured in Animal: Exploring the Zoological World. And Sam Droege, self-portrait.

What links these four products?

MoMA has the answer (but if you've bought one of our design books recently you've probably guessed already)

Clockwise, from top left: Dante Giacosa. 500f city car. Designed 1957 (this example 1968).  Manufacturer: Fiat S.p.A., Turin, Italy. Gift of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Heritage; Lina Bo Bardi. Poltrona Bowl chair. 1951. Steel and fabric; Irwin Gershen, Gershen-Newark. Shrimp Cleaner. 1954. Plastic and metal. Manufacturer: Plastic Dispensers Inc., Newark, NJ. Chemex Coffee Maker. 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather,. Manufacturer: Chemex Corp., New York, NY. Image courtesy MoMA