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Walton Ford Book Signing at TASCHEN SoHo

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Walton Ford signing his newest edition of Pancha Tantra.  Photo by Jeremiah Wilson.

Walton Ford signing his newest edition of Pancha Tantra. The mural in the background is by artist Beatriz Milhazes. Photo by Jeremiah Wilson.

On Wednesday night, TASCHEN SoHo held a book signing for Walton Ford's popular new edition of Pancha Tantra. One-hundred lucky people gathered at the store on Greene St, where they sipped on wine, browsed TASCHEN's vast collection of books, and had their editions signed with a personal illustration by Ford.

It was a pleasure to get my very own copy signed by the artist himself. As many of you know from a previous post I have always loved TASCHEN's books, but Pancha Tantra is my favorite yet. The book is a complete catalog of Ford's  stunning watercolors, which depict wild animals with human psychological traits (e.g. baboons drinking from champagne flutes). I really admire his work for its naturalist style and complex narratives - it is truly a breath of fresh air and an inspiration. As soon as my apartment is set up, this book will be displayed proudly in the center of my living room for guests to leaf through.

Thanks to Walton and the wonderful TASCHEN offices for hosting such a lovely event!

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The crowd browses TASCHEN’s book collection and drinks wine while they wait to meet the artist. Photo credit: Jeremiah Wilson

1 The crowd browses TASCHEN’s book collection and drinks wine while they wait to meet the artist. Photo credit: Jeremiah Wilson

One hundred books were set aside for one hundred lucky Walton Ford enthusiasts. Look at that stunning gold and silver coffee table - it's by artist Paco Rabanne.

2 One hundred books were set aside for one hundred lucky Walton Ford enthusiasts. Look at that stunning gold and silver coffee table - it's by artist Paco Rabanne.

Here's Walton drawing in my book. The illustration makes it so much more personal!

3 Here's Walton drawing in my book. The illustration makes it so much more personal!

I would love this chair for my apartment - it's an original leather Egg Chair by Danish designer Arne Jacobson from Benedikt Taschen’s personal collection. Reminiscent of baseball glove - fitting for the photos surrounding it.

4 I would love this chair for my apartment - it's an original leather Egg Chair by Danish designer Arne Jacobson from Benedikt Taschen’s personal collection. Reminiscent of baseball glove - fitting for the photos surrounding it.

Here's the finished product.  Thanks, Walton!

5 Here's the finished product. Thanks, Walton!

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Comments (2)

  • love, love the egg chair!

  • Hi Kevin, interesting book and artist. Checked the website and luckily they have a store in London on Kings Road. I will be sure visit the store while in London in November.
    Thank you,
    Wish you a great weekend, please give my regards to Martha!
    God bless

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