I don’t know about you, but I am a bookstore junkie. I just love the opportunity to wander around a good bookstore and walk out with one or two new books to read. That’s not to say I don’t subscribe to reading books on my Kindle or my iPad. But there is something extremely satisfying about
holding a new book in one’s hands and beginning the journey soon to be laid out by the author. I mean, what is a home without REAL books and bookshelves…I just can’t imagine it.
ARCANA specializes in rare and out off print books dealing with 20th Century Art, Architecture, Design, Photography, Fashion, Music and related subjects. And when you walk in there you know this place is the real deal. Interestingly enough, ARCANA functioned out of a quaint , tiny store in Santa Monica for umpteen years until moving to this perfect setting for their books. The new store is done up in a pleasant industrial style, with rows of these precious books perched on black metal labeled shelves.
The founder, Lee Kaplan, calls his 4500 s/f space a “forest of books” and in some ways I have to agree with him, as you definitely get that feeling as you walk through the towering shelves discovering hidden treasures. You also recognize the great amount of respect one has to give to the collection Kaplan has accrued over the years. I was totally fascinated as I read the book titles, and recognized the breadth and depth of the books sitting on the shelves.
EXTRA TIP: MUST STOP: After you have finished strolling through ARACANA and perhaps an art gallery or two, stop in at COOLHAUS , located also on Washington Boulevard, but on the other side of the block, for the best ever cookie ice cream sandwich imaginable! My grandson, Elijah, gobbled his down in a heartbeat!
CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL NEXT TIME!