January 23, 2014
The Anndra Neen Library
Grab your book bag ladies, we're getting a lesson on sexy book organization
A beautiful home library really gets us going—there’s just something so darn sexy about an aesthetically pleasing mix of intellect, great cover art, and casual disarray. We’re currently hardcore crushing on the incredible collection of the Anndra Neen girls, and caught up with them to get all their book-loving deets.
Hi ladies! This collection is beautiful—what kind of books are we looking at?
All sorts! There are novels, art books, fashion, photography, and travel guides.
A little bit of everything then! How often do you purchase new books to add to the collection?
As often as possible. We love books!
Same here! Where are some of your favorite stores around the world to hit up for books?
The Strand in New York—especially the rare book section, Dashwood Books in New York, Casa Bosques in Mexico City, and Walther Konig in Berlin. Plus, museum bookstores are always entertaining too.
Nice! Do you have an all-time best find? What’s the story behind it?
Amnesia by Douglas Cooper. It was one of those books that just picks you, you don’t pick it.
We might be asking for the impossible here, but out of this entire collection do you have any favorites?
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Karl Lagerfeld, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, New York for the Aimless by Sam Linder, and A World of Necklaces by Anne Leurquin.
Anndra Neen Oval Open Cage Clutch
Is there a secret key to your organization? Any method to the madness?
It’s arranged mostly visually—big ones to little ones—there has to be a bit of chaos!
Of course, we love a little organized chaos! Did you have any favorite books as a child?
We both loved The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and If You’re Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow by Cooper Edens.
Anndra Neen Choker
Are you reading anything at the moment?
Justine by Lawrence Durrell and The Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham
If you could a meal for any author who would it be?
That’s tough! We’d have to say Marcel Proust, Teresa de la Parra, James Joyce, J.D. Salinger, Somerset Maugham, Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Ayn Rand, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Octavio Paz.
And finally—if you had all the money in the world, what first editions would you buy and why?
Hamlet, Moby Dick or The Divine Comedy and the first edition of The Ten Commandments would be pretty major!
Photography by Eric T. White
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