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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1ST edition (April 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452105944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452105949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The iconic landmarks for which Paris is known the world over rarely feature in the photography of Nichole Robertson - which is precisely what makes her imagery so compelling, irresistible and refreshingly different." - Nicola Williams, Art of the Weekend  

"She seeks out culture high and low, bits of nature thriving in the city and moments of human interaction. Neutral grays and browns are featured prominently in her work; bouncing against each other, like shades, they feel lively. Robertson's color-seeking approach is surprising, given the uniformly neutral shade that prevails in so much of Paris." - CNN Travel 

"A feast of color-coordinated vignettes." -- LuckyMag.com

"This is a must-have in your design library as a color reference and for photographic inspiration." -- Design Muse

"From Nichole Robertson, cofounder of the blog and design studio Little Brown Pen, comes Paris in Color, a book that presents the City of Light in all its enchanting hues. Including more than 150 pages of vivid photographs, this volume showcases Parisian design and architecture, its iconic monuments as well as its moments of quiet, accidental splendor. Robertson's work offers readers a color-coordinated tour of her favorite city, lovingly lingering on such staggering details as its scarlet Metro entrances and Wallis-blue doors." -- Lonny magazine

From the Author

I'm consistently drawn to the way color contrasts Paris' neutral facades, the way layers of paint erode into a form of abstract art, and to the details that are often overshadowed by iconic landmarks. The photos offer candid glimpses of the thoughtful craftsmanship, pedestrian pleasures and gracefully worn textures that cumulatively capture the unmistakable charm of Paris. - Nichole Robertson

More About the Author

Nichole Robertson is the author of Amazon #1 bestsellers PARIS IN COLOR and THE PARIS JOURNAL series. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Instyle Magazine, Elle, The Huffington Post, Real Simple and HGTV. She's the co-founder of Obvious State--a New York and Paris-based indie press.

MAIL: hello @ obviousstate.com
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Customer Reviews

It is the perfect coffee table book!
Michelle
I cannot wait to take a trip to Paris and see what Nichole Robertson has seen.
Tiffiny Hargrave
The colors are gorgeous and black and white pictures are perfect.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Gottlieb on April 25, 2012
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This is a beautiful book. My wife and I last visited Paris 7 years ago. While we visited & enjoyed all of the typical tourist stops, it was our meandering detours through Paris' residential neighborhoods that made our trip so special. We tripped over cafe's, crepe stands, street fairs, parks and many hidden yet wonderful architectural designs. It was also on this trip we discovered my wife was pregnant with our 1st child! Of course while that made our trip extra special - that was our last European vacation alone. So I bought Paris In Color on Amazon (after spying it in an Anthropologie store) as an anniversary gift to my wife. These subtly gorgeous pictures (cleverly divided up by color segments) brought our Paris adventure back to life along with all of the wonderful emotions that we associated with that trip. It made for a very special gift and has inspired us to revisit Paris next year! Bien joué
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rachel W on April 25, 2012
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Paris in Color presents a beautiful and well curated view into every day Paris. There are no cliche images of the Eiffel Tower to be found here. Instead photos of crisp looking baguettes, piles of cheese, flowers from the market, chairs awaiting patrons amongst other everyday French imagery are artfully sectioned off by color. There is a marked absence of people present in these photos which allow the viewer a quiet snapshot of French life. This book is a colorful, visual delight!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fleurishing on April 25, 2012
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As a devout francophile, this book excited me before it was even released! Nichole captures the spirit of Paris in a way that no one has before. BRAVO!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neville Samuels on April 26, 2012
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Paris is such a beautiful, and big city, you really do need to take your time exploring it. And slowly, like a turtle.

According to Nichole Robertson, the author of 'Paris in Color', walking with a pet turtle sets a slow pace in which to enjoy this beautiful city, and it was a fashionable thing to do in the 1800's.

Armchair travellers will love this photo book for it captures those slices of Paris that most people would just pass by or take for granted.

Unlike other travel books, Nichole has created one of "the Paris you see when you step out of the shadows of monuments." And this is what makes 'Paris in Color' unique.

Even more intriguing is the back story behind the book.

Nichole and her husband decided on a whim to move to Paris from New York. After moving to Paris, she says "everything was a challenge in the best possible way."

Being out of her comfort zone was good for her, it turned out. She was able to slow down from the fast-paced New York creative scene, and carried her camera everywhere with her. Snapping photos "of everything that caught my eye."

Ms. Robertson created a beautiful photo-blog titled 'Little Brown Pen', which features the most remarkable photographs of every-day Paris. The café's, scooters, signage, menu boards and snapshots of people, doing everyday things.

San Francisco publisher, Chronicle Books, discovered her blog and asked if she'd like to create a book around one of her themes - the colors of Paris.

Lucky for us, Nichole and her husband didn't over-think their impulsive decision to relocate to Paris. If not for a decision made over a few glasses of wine, 'Paris in Color' wouldn't exist. She says, "I guess good things happen when you follow your bliss."
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kcuccia on July 25, 2012
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This is a pretty little book that groups photographs of Paris by color. The photos get a little repetetive, for example, there are bistro chairs and vespas in every color. Some of the photos would stand alone, but most wouldn't add up to much outside of the color collection. I enjoyed looking through it over a cup of coffee one morning because I do love Paris, but it's nothing groundbreaking. I'll keep it on my coffee table for design inspiration (the colors are beautiful), but it's not the kind of photography that changes how we view Paris or how we think about beauty. Other than the introduction, there is no text accompanying the photos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CC on June 8, 2012
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Nichole has a fantastic eye for isolating the essential detail, and for pairing unlikely subjects with near-matching colour-ways.

Having followed the blog for a good time I just had to buy the book. I once lived in Paris and my first visit was at the age of 10 months in 1945!

If have a criticism it is the paper: I have spent my working life in printing an publishing and a tad of coating [no a gloss-art paper] would have given the images jut the extra lift they need [as it does her sets of postcards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James D. Rodgers on April 25, 2012
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It is the Paris you will see if you look very closely - the nuances and crevices that make Paris, well, make it Paris. This book of extraordinary photographs along with a great cup of coffee and "pain du chocolat" will magically transport you to the streets and scenes of the real Paris. Buy this book and share it with all of those who long for a few magical moments in the one and only Paris. Better yet, buy them their own copy and they might just share their baguette and salted butter with you. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My Union Jack on May 11, 2012
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With all the art, travel and design books that have been written on Paris, one would think there couldn't possibly be anything left to say on the topic, nor any Parisian imagery left unseen. As a collector of many of such books, I found Nichole Robertson's "Paris in Color" to be hugely delightful and whimsical, offering a fresh take on many classic Parisian images, as well as introducing a whole new way of looking at and enjoying Paris.

"Paris in Color" inspires on many levels. Very few of us who have been part of the non-stop rat race at some point in their life would not relate to the dream of chucking it all in and moving abroad to somewhere romantic and unknown to see what else life has to offer. Nichole and her husband actually did, and with such wonderful life changing results that it may just be the kick many of us need to take the leap and do the same. For those people not quite ready to book that one-way flight, "Paris in Color" will give you a wonderful fix of this amazing city and leave you feeling inspired in many other ways: to travel, to appreciate the beautiful little details in our own lives and cities and to see things from a fresh perspective.

If you are familiar with Nichole's blog "Little Brown Pen," you will love this book which is based on the same imagery concept, but wrapped up in a gorgeous little package. This is a wonderful book that belongs on every Francophile and armchair traveler's bookshelf or coffee table.
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