Paris : 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic and Unique

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There's a new trend among the young designers and decorators of Paris: an embracing of an aesthetic called "fait main." Literally, this means "made by hand," but in this case it includes not only new items fashioned by hand but vintage objects and found objects that are valued as they are, or that may have been reworked. What unites them is the "handprint" of a talented creator. Stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk has discovered more than fifty places-organized into walks-that embody this style. Some are shops owned by professional "chineurs," people who hunt out objects sought after by interior decorators, architects, and stylists. Other places aren't really shops but primarily studios, where, if you stop by, you can purchase something directly from the artist. You'll find a designer who makes glass jewelry; a couturier who sells fabric remainders, a few garments, and handwoven scarves; one boutique set up like a home, where reworked vintage housewares are displayed. Another place offers hand-knit baby clothes, another reworked antique French linens. Also included are nearby cafes, bakeries, cheese shops, and tearooms with artisanal foods that reflect the spirit of "made by hand." This is a book for all lovers of design and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 152 x 20mm | 439.98g
  • Little Bookroom,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Main
  • Colour photographs
  • 1892145707
  • 9781892145703
  • 40,353

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"For those of you living in or visiting Paris, a little gem of a book that is worth acquiring is: "Paris: Made By Hand."..It takes you on a delightful journey through the "arrondissements" of Paris, calling in at various enticing little shops that house artisans and craftspeople who make their wares entirely by hand. It also touches on vintage and recycling to resurrect bygone crafts and skills; definitely worth a browse." --Penny Allen, "French Property News" "Known for her discerning eye, Australian stylist, blogger and sometime Paris resident Bijkerk divulges the addresses where she shops for her own clients. Organized by arrondissement, this charming guide features some 50 unique boutiques--milliners, stationers, umbrella makers and artisans of all kinds--where things are still made 'the old way'." --"France Magazine" "The a stylist with an insider's knowledge of those hidden shops and ateliers that offer 'the chic and unique' - delectable objects, many with an interior-design bias, that are handmade or have the 'handprint' of a talented designer, or that provide the means for us to create things ourselves." --"House & Garden" (London) "Stylist pia Jane Bijkerk has divulged the secret contents of her Parisian filofax in a new book entitled Paris: Made by Hand...This exquisite guidebook will make you ache for Paris's handmade delights." --"Home Beautiful" (Australia) "This beautifully photographed, handbag-size tome takes readers on a tour of 50 different "ateliers "across Paris, each of which either sells hand-restored or handmade items....A must for forays." "--BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine" "The joy of these places goes far beyond the beauty of what's on display. These small businesses are statements: History matters, artistry can't happen on an assembly line, there's a value to tradition... These are artists... they're in it for love, not money. As you can't miss their intent, a visit to these shops is an invitation to fall under their spell--indeed, to fall in love." "pia's book is filled with beautiful photos and a wonderful guide to discovering handmade artisans, shops and specialties in one of my favorite cities, paris. pia's love for handmade work is infectious, and her in-the-know guide to this incredible city is a must-read. whether you're looking for a comprehensive guide to parisian handmade design, or just a few insider tips for great shops, pia's book has you covered." --design*spongeshow more

About Pia Jane Bijkerk

Pia Jane Bijkerk is an Australian stylist specializing in still life, food, interiors, and lifestyle imagery. She has a special interest in forecasting design trends. She lives in Amsterdam and Paris, and works internationally with renowned photographers for magazines and advertising agencies. Clients include "Vogue Entertaining & Travel," "GQ," " Real Simple," "Marie Clair"e, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Her work can be seen at more

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Reading this book was the literary equivalent of wandering around Paris streets with an eye out for the beautiful and quirky. I enjoyed the look, feel and whole experience of reading this aestheticly pleasing more
by Lily Kovac
I lived in Paris 10 years ago and still visit every 2 or 3 years. I would definitely take this book with me the next time I visit. The size is just perfect to carry around and there are a lot of interesting shops featured that are new to me. Pia Jane Bijkerk is a well-known blogger-photographer-stylist. Her work as a stylist certainly put her in good stead to find cool off the beaten track shops selling interesting artisan, handmade, vintage and unique ware. Unfortunately, a lot of them are expensive but I couldn't resist checking them out and rummaging through the treasures inside. The book would probably be of interest to Paris residents or regular visitors but I don't know how attractive it would be to a first-time tourist with limited time in the city unless he/she has a special interest in such shops. The book is nicely structured with the shops listed geographically according to Paris districts, and useful information is provided like the shops' addresses and websites. But a map with the shops marked would have been helpful, especially to new visitors to the city. While I appreciated the information in the book, I found the photography somewhat dark and moody, although that may be popular now with the off-focus /soft focus trend thanks to apps like Hipstamatic (this book is now 2 years old though). I didn't think that style worked well with a book like this, where you want to display the products and not just the shops. As a Paris lover, I like the book. If you don't know the city well, it may not be on your must-have more
by liberal sprinkles
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