A native Austrian, Margit J. Mayer started her journalism career in 1983 at WIENER magazine in Vienna. Focusing early on style and contemporary culture, she wrote and edited for major German magazines like MännerVogue, Vogue, GQ, ELLE, and Stern. As editor in chief of AD Architectural Digest Germany from 2000 to 2011, Mayer and her team chronicled the rise of “New Berlin” with its close ties to the art scene. After establishing TASCHEN‘s Berlin office in 2011, she contributed to TASCHEN Magazine and, until summer 2013, headed the publishing house’s Style & Travel section.
Ian Phillips was born in Middlesbrough, Englandthe birthplace of Captain Cookand studied modern languages at Cambridge. Having lived in Paris for more than 20 years, his current apartment on the Left Bank is in a building once inhabited by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‛s wife. He has been editor-at-large for the German edition of AD Architectural Digest for many years and is a regular contributor to Interior Design, Architectural Digest US, and Elle Decor.