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Dig­i­tal may dom­i­nate these days, but at de­sir­able des­ti­na­tions across the world, it seems hard copy is still prov­ing a wel­come di­ver­sion from de­vices. At Ho­tel Café Royal in Lon­don, mai­son As­souline has cre­ated a li­brary in the lobby, while in some ho­tels in the od group, pub­lisher Taschen has been tasked with stock­ing Book Bars. mean­while, at French es­tate Do­maine des etangs (see page 123), the cre­ation of a li­brary (or two) that ad­e­quately serves this art-fo­cused re­treat has been treated like an art project in it­self, while Lon­don’s new tea bar Tea­t­u­lia will host a monthly Liv­ing Book­shelf, guest cu­rated by cre­atives, start­ing with Tilda Swin­ton. All of this has in­spired us to build a read­ing room of our own, cu­rated around the sub­ject of plants. Here are some re­cent re­leases we’re adding to the shelves.

01 A Trib­ute to Flow­ers (€40, by Richard Fis­cher, for Te Neues) For 15 years, pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Fis­cher has been cap­tur­ing the beauty of rare and en­dan­gered flower species in his stu­dio.

02 The Ja­panese Gar­den (£50, by So­phie Walker, for Phaidon) This book ex­plores the art of gar­den mak­ing in Japan, in­clud­ing Shinto shrines, tea gar­dens and con­tem­po­rary Zen de­signs.

03 Strange Plants III (£38, edited by Zio Bar­i­taux, for Zioxla, from Vil­lage Books) The lat­est in a se­ries of books that show­cases plants in con­tem­po­rary art.

04 Ways to Tie Trees (€50, by Woong Soak Teng, for Steidl) A strangely cap­ti­vat­ing, loose-leaf col­lec­tion of pho­tographs of staked trees, cap­tioned with their lo­ca­tions, in the man­made gar­den city of Sin­ga­pore.

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