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Paris: Made by Hand: 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the…

by Pia Jane Bijkerk

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If I ever get to go to Paris, I will be taking this book with me. It's full of ideas and information on where to find hidden gems....the shops, workshops and studios, scattered all over Paris, the type of places only the locals would know about. ( )
  Fliss88 | Jul 28, 2013 |
The subtitle 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic & Unique gives a decent indication of what this small 6 by 6 inch book has to offer. Bijkerk, who is herself a professional stylist and photographer, shares some of her favourite spots where she likes to source unusual hand-made objects for her shoots. With a wide range of shops and ateliers including jewelry shops, needlework supplies, sculpture and painting, children's clothes, repurposed industrial materials, ceramists, and stationary merchants, among many others, there's something for every taste and every budget here, though the emphasis isn't necessarily on shopping. The book is set up as a sort of walking tour of Paris; divided into sections according to different neighbourhoods, or Parisian arrondissements she encourages the reader discover tiny workshops and holes in the wall that might otherwise pass notice, with frequent encouragements to talk to the various friendly artisans along the way. Short texts accompany atmospheric photos which really made me yearn to stroll around Paris. Published by The Little Bookroom, Bijkerk also published Amsterdam: Made by Hand more recently. ( )
  Smiler69 | Jan 28, 2012 |
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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.… (more)

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