The Trend Report: Public Art

Of all the things we love about the new Assouline bookstore in New York—its location overlooking the lobby of the Plaza Hotel, the rare-editions library with finds like the two-volume program for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the small reading nook with a view of Central Park—the fact that we could actually own a Slim Aarons print caught our attention most. The New York–based publishing house now offers photographs from its books as unframed 16-by-19-inch prints (examples include images from Aarons’s A Wonderful Time, as well as Botanicals: Butterflies & Insects, a selection of drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt). Two large red-leather binders on a coffee table in the center of the shop hold illustrated lists of available images. Once a client makes a choice, the print is presented in a linen-lined red portfolio. Home delivery optional. $250; 212-593-7236