Item description for Paris Interiors/Interieurs Parisiens (Midsize) by Angelika Muthesius Lisa Lovatt-Smith...
Private Paris homes only open their doors to the few. This book shows us around 50 imaginatively conceived apartments and houses, the homes of prominent people such as Isabella Adjani, Helena Christensen and Christian and Francoise Lacroix. How we live is who we are. These interiors are "mirrors of the soul," showing the true personalities of those who live in them. From baroque opulence to cool understatement to colourful exoticism, their style is unforced - these are homes that people live in, not museum pieces. They also document Parisian vogues - for the Frech Thirties and Forties, for the furniture of Jean-Michel Frank and Jean Royere, for Diego Giacometti's stucco work, or the design features of the Vienna Secession. This book documents a particularly energetic and fertile moment in one of the world's most beautiful cities. Paris Interiors brings together a selection of extraordinary apartments in the French capital, chosen purely for their individuality. From wicked fun to timeless classicism, everything in this unique book will be an inspiration.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.3" Width: 7.78" Height: 0.92" Weight: 2.65 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2004
ISBN 3822834416 ISBN13 9783822834411
Reviews - What do customers think about Paris Interiors/Interieurs Parisiens (Midsize)?
a disappointment Jul 24, 2008
I am disappointed by this book; primarily because the home featured on the cover (the reason I bought the book) is NOT featured in the book itself. What a rip-off and misrepresentation. There are too many masculine and minimalist spaces, in my opinion. Additionally, it is obvious that most, if not all, of the homeowners featured decorated their homes themselves. Many are extremely cluttered or eccentric. I plan on returning this book.
Who are these people, and why do they ahve such gorgeous homes? May 20, 2008
(This is the same review I gave New Paris Interiors; I got both books and it applies equally to both, though all the homes and homeowners are different.)
I'm going to love poring over this book over and over again. It's impossible to look through it all at once, anyway, it's so big and the visual onslaught is overwhelming. Being a middle-class, Great Plains middle-aged person, I will never see these apartments and rooms myself, but it's fun to see how world-class artists, musicians, actors, directors, designers and financiers like to decorate their homes. Some of them, I swear, are compulsive collectors - stuff *everywhere*! Most are beautiful rooms, lending lots of ideas or at least daydreams for one's own home.
The photographs are lovely, often pieces of art in themselves. My only complaint is how huge the book is; it's not a lap-book, that's for sure. It is definitely worth the money, in my opinion.
Not what I thought Apr 26, 2008
The first disappointment was it is written in French, which I don't read and many of the pictures are of dark rooms and decorating. I guess I expected French interior decor with yellows, reds, greens and blues. It has some nice rooms, but many are too different. It isn't for anyone looking for French decorating pictures and ideas.
LOVE this book! Apr 23, 2008
I just got this book in today and I haven't been able to stop looking at the photos! The book shows the homes of models, artists and fashion designers so there are quite a number of interior design styles represented. It's wonderful getting a glimpse into the apartments, mansions (and even a barge) of those who live in Paris.
Paris Interiors 25th addition Jan 26, 2008
I was dismayed when my copy of Paris Interiors arrived. It is the very same Paris Interiors published in the late 90's. What a major misrepresentation!!! In the discription of the book it should have been noted that the new Paris Interiors was a reprise. Very disapointing! However, I gave it 5 stars because it is a beautiful inspiring book. The earlier version is prettier with metalic gold pages.