"...Paris is a huge treasure trove, and if you follow the instructions we have mapped out for you, you might discover almost anything...Paris still contains many mysterious secrets and magical places, which you'll discover, to your wonderment, as you explore its many secondhand stores, brimming with all sorts of decorative curiosities...the addresses which follow will provide you with a cornucopia of delights both tiny and huge, at a variety of prices, and invariably with charm..." -from the Introduction. Fifty-eight eclectic shops-as well as the Porte de Vanves and Saint-Ouen flea markets-are profiled and photographed in this invaluable guide to shopping for that perfect decorative object. Whether you're searching for garden ornaments, mid-century Scandinavian vases, Grand Tour luggage, monogrammed linen sheets, a train-station clock, Indian textiles, child-sized Thonet furniture, etched glassware, old postcards, or Art Deco lighting, you'll find clues to their whereabouts in these pages.
About the Author
Edith Pauly is the author of a book for children, Gigi, la grenouille qui voulait voire la mer, and the French correspondent to Interni, a design magazine from Milan, Italy. Sandrine Alouf is a French photographer whose photographs appear in Paris Chic & Trendy and Boutique and Chic Hotels in Paris (both The Little Bookroom). Her installation of photographs of clouds along the platform of the RER Luxemboug station in Paris was called "A ciel ouvert" ("Open to the sky").
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. Best Vintage, Antique and Collectible Shops in Paris lists 58 eclectic shops perfect for discovering one-of-a-kind marvels. There's everything in here from stuffed tigers through to antique hardware fillings - brilliant if you want to make sure your sense of style is as individual as you are. The photography is superb and gives a fantastic sense of atmosphere. Living France The array of shops Pauly has unearthed is broad and bizarre. Or should that be bazaar? The hotchpotch of rich photography is perfect. If you ever need an excuse to visit Paris, this is it. Image Interiors Great for shopaholics planning a trip to Paris... Where are my credit cards... Destination France
A great guide for the inveterate browser. Think something between the upscale Louvres des Antiquaires and the junkiest Parisian flea markets and you'll get the sense of what this well-researched and very nicely illustrated shopping guide is focusing on. Author Edith Pauly is into stuff that is antique or vintage or maybe new or newish, but always cool, funky, decorative, useful and/or off-beat. It all looks pretty interesting as laid out in this 238 page, six inch square book. Not small (what reviewer thought that?), but portable if you're on an all day shopping crawl.
Store/market names and addresses are provided along with hours, websites and Metro stops. Index provided at the back of the book. The only thing missing is price range, but you can assume that most of the stores listed are relatively downscale compared to the afore-mentioned Louvres des Antiquaires and old-line Left Bank antique shops. Just about every neighborhood in Paris is represented in these listings. "The Best Vintage..." was published in 2008, so it would be a good idea to check out the websites given to be sure that stores are still in business before making the trip there.
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