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Paris Interiors (Midi) [Paperback]

Lisa Lovatt-Smith , Angelika Muthesius
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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26 Mar 2004 Midi
Now available in flexi cover, a broad cross section of interiors from one of the world's most fashionable cities.

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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (26 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822834416
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822834411
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Paris Interiors is a superbly illustrated book, depicting some of the capital's gloriously imaginative houses and apartments, belonging to actors, artists and designers." Evening Standard Magazine, London" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lisa Lovatt-Smith was born in 1967 in Barcelona of British parents. She has since lived in London, Madrid, and Milan and is now based in Paris. She is also the author of TASCHEN's Morocco Interiors and Provence Interiors. The editor: Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN since 1987, she has published numerous titles on the themes of architecture, photography, design, and contemporary art. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the coffee table and the house... 21 April 2007
By S. Yogendra VINE VOICE
I confess to my liking for some 'picture books', whether they are about the history of handbags or the history of couture. This one caught my eye as I walked by a store window, with an impending relocation on my brain. Paris has always been an intriguing favourite of mine and I have never tired of liking the quirky and unique characters of the various private apartments I have visited, grand hotels I have stayed in, as well as new 'concepts' such as the Louis Vuitton 'gallery' on Champs Elysees (which by the way was opened with an eye to circumventing Parisian retail laws, whereby shops cannot be open on Sundays but art galleries can!).

Back to the book: the book showcases a collection of pictures with a little historical and contextual commentary in English, German and French. The private apartments belong to people as varied from Thierry Mugler to Christian Lacroix to Helena Christensen. Some are tributes to design, some reflective of the owners' temperament and character, some shrines to the travels and life of the owners. The photos limit themselves to some parts of the featured apartments, thus preserving some of the privacy of the owners, a bit like French style itself. I found some truly a riot of colours, some very plain but none devoid of a story. What is interesting is that one can see wrought iron furniture in typically all (but Thierry Mugler's minimalist one) apartments; much furniture featured is inherited or rescued or bought at flea markets thereby reflecting that taste is a matter of individual vision rather than a huge budget..

It is not just a great coffee table book, it is also a great inspiration, a great collection of idiosyncratic, invidual ideas of creativity and style. And for the price, I think it is great value for money too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sally Wilton VINE VOICE
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I bought both New York and French interiors and New York wins for style. This one is interesting but looks dated which is strange since it was published in 2007. Some of the homes, but by no means all, look like Miss Haversham meets the Moulin Rouge. So red and so cluttered, I wondered if some smell of cats.

I think the Parisians hang on to every stick of furniture and bric a brac according to this book, as well a disturbing number of collections of cuddly toys and black dollies (I would have hidden the cuddly toys before the photographer came round). Always great value by Taschen though and there are still plenty of ideas to keep you going here.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted a review in photos and descriptions of what makes Parisian interiors unique yet quintessentially Parisian. This book does just that. I pick it up time and again for inspiration.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 10 Sep 2005
By Kimberly Williams - Published on Amazon.com
I drooled over this book in hardcover and I still regret not buying it. I was thrilled when it was reissued, albeit in papaerback, it is a fabulous read and visually stunning. It is a great homage to french style.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Interiors 25th addition 26 Jan 2008
By Terry Torre - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who are these people, and why do they have such gorgeous homes? 20 May 2008
By T. Hickman - Published on Amazon.com
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(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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book! 23 April 2008
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've never been to Paris this book will take you there 7 Feb 2009
By A. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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Very nice, detailed illustrational history and present of Paris through its interiors. A buy worth its money.
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