Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of the Ambassadors

Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of the Ambassadors


By (author) Alain Stella, By (author) Francis Hammond

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  • Publisher: FLAMMARION
  • Format: Hardback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 274mm x 354mm x 44mm | 3,561g
  • Publication date: 23 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Paris
  • ISBN 10: 2080301489
  • ISBN 13: 9782080301482
  • Illustrations note: 250 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 110,553

Product description

A unique glimpse inside a world of luxury, tradition, and splendor. Many historic homes in Paris serve as residences to foreign ambassadors; these historical sites are closed to the general public. From a seventeenth-century hotel particulier, to a Belle Epoque palace, to a distinctively contemporary setting, each residence rivals the next in its beauty, art collection, and period furniture set against a backdrop of accomplished refinement. Alain Stella invites us over the threshold inside the most prestigious chancelleries and ambassador residences in Paris--from China and Peru to Egypt and Poland. Tapestries inspired by Goya's drawings grace the lavish salons at the Spanish residence. Jean Prouve and Charlotte Perriand created a minimalist interior at the Japanese residence that evokes the refined style of a traditional Japanese home. The palace of Eugene de Beauharnais--home to the German ambassadors since 1818--retains its elaborate Empire style, intact since the time of Josephine. Superb photographs, specially commissioned for this book over the course of a year, divulge the secrets of these previously unpublished artistic and architectural treasures.

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Author information

Alain Stella is a traveler and writer. He has published numerous books with Flammarion including The Book of Coffee (1997), The Book of Tea (1992/2005), The Little Book of Coffee (2001), French Tea: Mariage Frères—Three Centuries of Savoir-Faire (2009), Distinctive Vintages (2008), and The Book of Spices (2000). Francis Hammond’s photographs have been published in French Tea: Mariage Frères and Elegant Entertaining (2009). He regularly works in the fashion and advertising industries, contributes to international magazines, and divides his time between New York and Paris.