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.
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