Whilst travelling today you are most likely to refer to phone app for details about the destination you are at or about to visit.
Perhaps then resorting back to the printed word and images would seem to be a backward step or is it?
If it has quality information and creative images plus small enough to pop into any travel bag or purse then it’s really worth considering.
This new concept brought to print by travel writer Veronika Blomgren and photographer Nikola Kostic who have started to produce a collection of classy and compact guide and information books, which buck the app trend!
A random meeting on the road with these two in Bali kicked off this print project, which now runs to 11 destinations with more to come.
They founded Define Fine publishing house in 2015 – an enterprise that allows them to perfectly combine their lust for travel with their love of books plus their passion for all things beautiful.So far the books are about Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Stockholm, Moscow, St. Petersburg and further afield Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Buenos Aires, Sydney and lastly Melbourne.
Veronika moved to Bali from Moscow in 2008 where she had been working as a designer and in the Far East she met travel and food photographer Nikola. Bali became a catalyst for their creativity.
Their travel experiences and design styles came together as they toured Indonesia and later the world ticking off some very exciting and interesting cities as they went.
These beautifully produced books are filled with great images as Nikola wanted to point out. He says, “In our journeys, we are looking for the soul of the cities we visit. We listen to the drums of each city’s heartbeat, to the flutes of it’s streets and we hear the symphony that each city is playing. The places we choose are essential instruments in this orchestra.”
Veronika added, “We believe in the inspiration of individuality, the bright light of diversity, the magic in endless possibilities from the seed of a great idea and want to share this with the world.”
The soft, black leather bound books are perfect companions for when travelling. Ideal also, for leaving for others to enjoy around your coffee table when back at home, they cost around £20 each.
The books can also grow into a luxury travel compendium for those who appreciate those old fashioned values of print. But also who love the art, the design and efforts of these current contemporary travellers.
Veronika and Nikola have chosen to record their journey’s jottings in something as tradition and tactile as the printed book.
The book lives…long live the book!