Text: Joel Ma
In the 21st century everyone knows at least one graphic designer. They usually have a keen eye for visual metaphor, impeccable personal hygiene and may or may not wear slim rectangular, black plastic glasses. If the bookshop Artazart were a person, it would be your Graphic designer friend. Artazart stocks a staggering selection of books on photography, architecture, art, web design, graffiti, journals, magazines, children books, bags, cameras, art resources and anything of a stylish visual nature. It announces its presence on the banks of the Canal St Martin with a bright orange shop front, elegant font and warm lighting. It has been operating for the last ten years and has seen various incarnations including converted gallery to bookshop/gallery to bookshop with a comprehensive online store.
Among the exposed metal book shelves that line the walls of Artazart there are quirky glass display cabinets showing off anything from miniature robots to Lenin head candles as well as discreet exhibitions of art hung around the book shelves and displays creating a very warm and innovative ambiance inside the shop. Devoted to the aesthetics of both form and function in its internal layout and product content, Artazart is perfect for finding the ultimate coffee table book to give to your graphic designer friend, a rare international photo journal or merely for whiling away some hours with this impressive collection of delectable visual treasures.
Artazart Design Bookstore
83, quai de Valmy, 10th
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent (5)