Margit J. Mayer studied art history, theatre studies and stage design in Vienna. Having worked for Vogue and GQ, she was editor-in-chief of the German edition of AD Architectural Digest from the year 2000 for over a decade. She has been responsible for TASCHEN’s Lifestyle and Travel books since September 2011. She lives in Berlin with her pug, Arthur.
Ian Phillips was born in Middlesbrough, England—the birthplace of Captain Cook—and 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.