Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. The publisher work with the world’s most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon is headquartered in London, New York City, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Milan and Tokyo.
Phaidon operates a global sales and distribution network, selling in over 100 countries and publishing books in English, French, Spanish, Japanese and German, and with an increasing number of publishing partners in further languages. Phaidon’s beautiful illustrated books are treasured worldwide for their outstanding content and award winning production. Today, Phaidon has over 1,500 titles in print, featuring the finest creative work from leading innovators in all areas of the arts, architecture, design, photography, cinema, travel and food. Each book is designed meticulously and the content carefully curated and edited to showcase creativity and imagination that can inspire us all.
Phaidon has a long and distinguished history as an art book publisher. The company was founded in Vienna in 1923 by Dr Bela Horovitz and Ludwig Goldscheider. Their first titles were not art books, but were on literature, philosophy and history. A German edition of Plato’s works was among their first books. Horovitz took the name of Phaidon, a pupil of Socrates and speaker in Plato’s dialogue on the immortality of the soul, as the name of his company (Phaidon is the German version of the name; in English it is Phaedo). It reflected his love of classical antiquity and culture. From the very beginning, great attention was paid to value and design, two factors that remain key today. Horovitz’s objective was to deliver quality books at an affordable price; Goldscheider’s contribution came in the elegant layout and handsome production. After the war the company launched an innovative programme of scholarly and popular art publishing. This included the monumental critical catalogue of drawings in the royal collection at Windsor Castle, begun in 1942 and continued for the next thirty years, and the elegant ‘pocket’ series of art history texts (now republished as ‘Arts and Letters’) appeared.
In October 2012, Phaidon was bought by Leon and Debra Black and their family with the aim of further growing the company for the long term as the world’s leading publisher of books in the visual arts, food and children’s markets.