Every detail down to the smallest detail was considered in the design of the suites at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This includes a selection of art books displayed in the living area and bedroom free for guests to enjoy during their stay but not free to take home. The above photo shows a sticker inside the back cover of one of the books.
It appears the hotel got a special deal from Phaidon Press, a publisher of books on the visual arts worldwide. All of the nine books in the room is from this company. Founded in Vienna in 1923, the company is headquartered in London. The books are offered online on the company's webiste phaidon.com in addition to amazon.com
It was a smart idea to include these books. Besides becoming decorative furnishings through their colorful covers, the books are an unusual reading material if you just want to peruse the images or if you just want to read sections of it. But they fall in line with the feel of the hotel's design and targeted guest profile. Who doesn't want to look at nice pictures?
Below is the complete selections of books found in this suite (note: the links for each book lead to amazon's website; photos by TheHopefulTraveler):
"Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories By Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, and Other Artists of the Floating World" by Gian Carlo Calza by Gian Carlo Calza (Hardcover; $49.95; 384 pages; 2010). A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated study of traditional Japanese erotic art.
"Take 100: The Future of Film: 100 New Directors" (Hardcover; $75; 448 pages; 2010). Take 100 presents an emerging generation of the most talented filmmakers around the world.
"30,000 Years of Art" (Hardcover; $59.95; 1,064 pages; 2007). The story of human creativity across time and space featuring 1,000 great works of art from all periods and regions in the world.
"The Art of Looking Sideways" by Alan Fletcher (Hardcover; $49.95; 534 pages; 2001). A lifetime of reflection and observation by master designer Alan Fletcher. A primer in visual intelligence.
"David Bailey: Look" by Jackie Higgins (Hardcover; $12.95; 128 pages; 2010). A monogram on one of the most famous fashion photographers of the twentieth century. Bailey is best known for his iconic photographs of musicians, artists, actors and celebrities of the 1960s (including portraits of the Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Caine and the Kray Twins).
"Question" by Charles Saatchi (Paperback; 176 pages; 2010). Influential art collector and gallery owner Saatchi answers some of life's eternal questions such as How do you sleep at night? Is it better to give than to receive? What's the secret of inner peace?
"Wallpaper* City Guide Las Vegas" (Paperback; $9.95; 128 pages; 2012). The guide presents a tightly edited, discreetly packaged list of the best Las Vegas has to offer the design conscious traveler.
"The Fashion Book - Midi Edition" (Paperback; 512 pages; 2008). A-Z guide to 500 clothes and accessory designers, photographers, models and iconic figures who make up the fashion industry.
"They Called Her Styrene, Etc. (Hardcover; $19.95; 608 pages; 2000). The only book devoted solely to American artist Ed Ruscha's fascination with worldplay and everyday letterforms in prints, drawings and paintings.
(book photos: TheHopefulTraveler)