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Paris: Made By Hand: 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic and Unique [Paperback]

Pia Jane Bijkerk
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28 May 2009
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.

Also included are nearby cafés, bakeries, cheese shops, and tearooms with artisanal foods that reflect the spirit of "made by hand."

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very cute indeed. (Bookseller)

Parisian style isn't limited to the sartorial variety, there is a lot to covet when it comes to homewares too. Whether it's old fashioned chic you're after with a unique antique or the careful workmanship of a contemporary artisan, there is plenty on offer in the French capital. Two new titles from New York publishing house The Little Bookroom showcase this perfectly. Paris: Made by Hand embraces the fait main aesthetic among the new designers and decorators in the capital city - not only does it include new items created by artists, but it also lists where to find the best found objects in the city. (Living France)

This beautifully photographed, handbag-size tome takes readers on a tour of 50 different ateliers across Paris … A must for any cross-Channel shopping forays. (BBC Homes & Antiques)

Great for shopaholics planning a trip to Paris… Where are my credit cards… (Destination France)

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. (French Property News)

About the Author

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 Claire, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small is beautiful 25 Jun 2009
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Beautiful, inspiring book full of charm character and curiosities. Well documented with precise locations, times of openings and amazing photography - my only initial surprise was that it was so small however in thinking about it it would fit neatly in your handbag while searching for these gems. Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for unique shopping in Paris 26 April 2010
By K. Gill
I was excited to see this book when it came out, and coincidentally purchased a copy in Amsterdam at a book-signing with Pia. When I travel, I like to bring home something that is a unique expression of the artisans of the place I have visited, or just something that is not so mainstream. While many of the resources in Pia's guide are fashion related and I didn't visit them, I found the home accessories / tabletop to be great. A friend of mine who lives in Paris flipped through the book and verified that it is indeed an excellent selection of high quality shops worthy of visiting. Many of the shops, as you may have already guessed, are quite expensive.

The small size is a plus because it fits into your bag very well. The images are also nice although I would -not- consider this to be a photobook or 'inspiration' book as it appears other reviewers thought it would be. It is a guide to shops which offer hand made and/or custom-made accessories (clothing, fabrics, tabletop) in Paris, and a very very good one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escape to Paris 9 Sep 2010
Love the atmospheric photos and evocative text. Initially I was a little disappointed at the size of the book but then realised this made it perfect for taking on your travels. Made me really want to visit the city.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars resourceful Pia 10 Aug 2010
When in France do as the French do with the aid of this little book full of chic objets and decorator's items. I would be very surprised if you are not enchanted with the shops and profiles in this book. It probably means you have one foot in the grave already. Pia has an eye and flair for design. She has hunted out the best that Paris has to offer. Ateliers that you might never come across on your own meanderings through the streets of Paris in search of Je ne sais quoi. Take this on your next trip and discover a whole new world within Paris - one that can enhance your life with hand-made items. Find your hoard of unique French style to bring back home. Lots to like and yearn for. Just two little niggles, some of the websites are not working or are incorrect - always a problem with books of this nature. Also the photographs are so dark and dim. Yet this book is worthwhile. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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