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LIVING IN STYLE PARIS, EDITED BY CAROLINE SARKOZY, PUBLISHED BY TENEUES, $115.
Of all the tourists who pass through Paris, few get to discover what lies behind its residents’ quaint shutters and romantic balconies, but you’ll be able to count yourself among the lucky ones if you pick up this book, which provides an entrée into 22 of the city’s most divine dwellings. Poke your nose into pieds-àterre, family homes and bachelor pads in some of the poshest arrondissements, including the Louis XIII-era guard tower owned by fashion designer Marcel Marongiu; architect Joseph Dirand’s tribute to minimalism on the second floor of a 17th-century mansion; and the exquisitely ornate heritage interior of the home of ready-to-wear label Zadig & Voltaire founder and CEO Thierry Gillier, a breathtakingly incongruous backdrop to his collection of modern art. It’s a rarefied world inhabited by people who relish living in style, Paris-style; prepare to yearn to join them in it.
TOP Works of art forge a connection with the furniture and materials in Belgian architect Olivier Dwek’s three-storey apartment. ABOVE LEFT At the home of Christian Astuguevieille, furniture designer, artist and creative director of Comme des Garçons fragrances. ABOVE RIGHT A sculpted mineral basin in New York-based interior designer Juan Montoya’s creamy-toned Paris bolthole.