Chic Parisians

A new book by Ines de la Fressange and Marin Mon­tagut takes you on a sur­pris­ing tour of their’s and their friends’ Parisian abodes.

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Mai­son: Parisian Chic at Home is the some­what tau­tol­o­gous ti­tle of a de­light­ful new book from the in­spi­ra­tional dou­ble-act of Ines de la Fressange, the paragon of Parisian chic, and Marin Mon­tagut, the ac­claimed wa­ter­colourist of the Bon­jour map and city guides. The com­bi­na­tion was sure to please, and they take us on a jour­ney through 15 homes (in­clud­ing their own which adds a good deal of cred­i­bil­ity to their en­deav­our) that evoke a new trend that is de­vel­op­ing in the city. It is al­most a Parisian take on wabi sabi and the re­sults are stylish in their sim­plic­ity. The fo­cus is on the cre­ation of a home’s per­son­al­ity us­ing the old and the new. Each home is seem­ingly de­con­structed by the au­thors, and the ex­ten­sive pho­tog­ra­phy of Claire Co­cano (866 beau­ti­ful pic­tures), to­gether with mood boards and pal­ettes, as well as of course Marin’s paint­ings, al­low us to see how a new style is born and how a home can gain a per­son­al­ity from nowhere. It is an in­spi­ra­tional jour­ney and one that is sure to prompt you to see how you can take some of your trea­sured pieces and use them as the build­ing blocks for a

re­fresh­ing home re­brand. The book makes it clear that such a project does not need to cost the earth, and in­deed part of the plea­sure is pre­cisely in en­sur­ing that your unique finds are not ex­pen­sive, but are rich in his­tory and mem­o­ries. The dif­fer­ence from the Ja­panese ap­proach to this type of de­sign is the un­mis­tak­able ad­di­tional French flair - al­most its je ne sais quoi! that is well cap­tured by the au­thors, whether it be a glo­ri­ous bou­quet of fresh flow­ers, a chan­de­lier, some well placed bois­erie or just a quirky ar­chi­tec­tural piece. It is the jux­ta­po­si­tion of all these con­stituent parts that make the re­sult un­de­ni­ably Parisian.

(left) A broad pal­ette of green tones brings the great out­doors into the in­te­rior of this apartment (above right) Shells, flow­ers and a globe adorn a dis­tressed piece in So­phie Du­ru­flé’s apartment(above mid­dle and be­low) An im­pos­ing sofa and the de­light­ful gar­den of MarieFrance Co­hen’s fash­ion­able house

(above) The colour­ful gar­den of Marie-France Co­hen, co-founder of Bon­point, in her house in the 7th ar­rondis­e­ment; (right) un­der the writ­ing ta­ble, hat­boxes are stored with ca­sual charm (be­low) the kitchen ce­ment tiles were ex­hib­ited for the first time at the 1867 Paris World Fair

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