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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“For those of you living in or visiting Paris, a little gem of a book that is worth acquiring is: Paris: Made By Hand…It takes you on a delightful journey through the arrondissements of Paris, calling in at various enticing little shops that house artisans and craftspeople who make their wares entirely by hand. It also touches on vintage and recycling to resurrect bygone crafts and skills; definitely worth a browse.” —Penny Allen, French Property News

"Known for her discerning eye, Australian stylist, blogger and sometime Paris resident Bijkerk divulges the addresses where she shops for her own clients. Organized by arrondissement, this charming guide features some 50 unique boutiques--milliners, stationers, umbrella makers and artisans of all kinds--where things are still made 'the old way'." --France Magazine

"The author...is a stylist with an insider's knowledge of those hidden shops and ateliers that offer 'the chic and unique' - delectable objects, many with an interior-design bias, that are handmade or have the 'handprint' of a talented designer, or that provide the means for us to create things ourselves." --House & Garden (London)

"Stylist pia Jane Bijkerk has divulged the secret contents of her Parisian filofax in a new book entitled Paris: Made by Hand...This exquisite guidebook will make you ache for Paris's handmade delights." --Home Beautiful (Australia)

"This beautifully photographed, handbag-size tome takes readers on a tour of 50 different ateliers across Paris, each of which either sells hand-restored or handmade items....A must for any....shopping forays." --BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine

"The joy of these places goes far beyond the beauty of what's on display. These small businesses are statements: History matters, artistry can't happen on an assembly line, there's a value to tradition... These are artists... they're in it for love, not money. As you can't miss their intent, a visit to these shops is an invitation to fall under their spell—indeed, to fall in love." —HeadButler.com

"pia's book is filled with beautiful photos and a wonderful guide to discovering handmade artisans, shops and specialties in one of my favorite cities, paris. pia's love for handmade work is infectious, and her in-the-know guide to this incredible city is a must-read. whether you're looking for a comprehensive guide to parisian handmade design, or just a few insider tips for great shops, pia's book has you covered." —design*sponge

About the Author

Pia Jane Bijkerk is an Australian stylist specializing in still life, food, interiors, and lifestyle imagery. She has a special interest in forecasting design trends. She lives in Amsterdam and Paris, and works internationally with renowned photographers for magazines and advertising agencies. Clients include Vogue Entertaining & TravelGQ, Real Simple, Marie Claire, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Her work can be seen at piajanebijkerk.com.

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Customer Reviews

You wander a city, skipping the establishments you know well.
Jesse Kornbluth
Her work as a stylist certainly put her in good stead to find cool off the beaten track shops selling interesting artisan, handmade, vintage and unique ware.
liberal sprinkles
They were dark with little or no color, but not black and white either.
Eileen M. Carlson

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Unless you shopped at high-end boutiques and specialty stores in a handful of large American cities, it used to be that you had to go to Paris to buy French goods. Now my wife buys Anne Fontaine blouses at a discount mall --- and these are the top-of-the line items, not a lesser-quality collection made just for the outlets. That's a good thing. Still, it's one less shop to visit if and when we haul ourselves back to France.

Not that I need a reason to go to Paris, but I have a have a new one --- a book written and photographed by Pia Jane Bijkerk, an Australian stylist who works in Paris and Amsterdam. Appropriate that she should do both jobs --- her book celebrates the "fait main", the work of the hand.

You know how it is. You wander a city, skipping the establishments you know well. Soon your eye spots what you've overlooked. One find leads to another. Before you know it, you have a collection of shops that are one-of-a-kind and out-of-time --- restored objects and furniture, fabrics not seen for decades, paper you'd never put in a Hewlett-Packard tray, vintage jewelry and more. And you have a list of workrooms that specialize in unlikely services. Umbrella repair, anyone?

The joy of these places goes far beyond the beauty of what's on display. These small businesses are statements: History matters, artistry can't happen on an assembly line, there's a value to tradition. More, they're statements about Right Livelihood, for their owners cannot possibly hope to expand their enterprises. These are artists. They may charge plenty of euros for some of their work, but they're in it for love, not money. As you can't miss their intent, a visit to these shops is an invitation to fall under their spell --- indeed, to fall in love.

Ms. Bijerk is not a sadist.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eileen M. Carlson on September 13, 2009
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Paris: Made by Hand is a tiny little book that feels very good in your hand, but it is not what I expected. I was disappointed. I thought it would show me THINGS and shops in Paris where I could find things hand made and vintage when if ever I got there. It didn't. It had pictures of off the beaten path shops that the author visits when she goes to Paris. The merchandise was not very interesting to me. I didn't find anything I could decorate or style with or really anything I found particularly chic. The photos were difficult to make out. They were dark with little or no color, but not black and white either. Maybe it was just me. It didn't do anything for me. Take Amazon up on the offer and "look inside" before you buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yukari Sakamoto on December 29, 2009
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This book is a must have for anyone traveling to Paris looking for hidden treasures. I have traveled to Paris several times and most of these shops are brand new to me. As a photographer and stylist, the author obviously has her finger on the pulse of what shops really stand out in the city. As the book is broken into arrondissements it is easy to open up the book no matter where you are in Paris and to explore the area shops. I live in Tokyo and am spoiled with amazing paper shops but this book has highlighted several worth visiting on my next visit including Kanea, Papier Plus, and Melodies Graphiques. The size of the book too is perfect for throwing into your bag.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on August 10, 2010
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When in France do as the French do with the aid of this little book full of chic objets and decorator's items. I would be very surprised if you are not enchanted with the shops and profiles in this book. It probably means you have one foot in the grave already. Pia has an eye and flair for design. She has hunted out the best that Paris has to offer. Ateliers that you might never come across on your own meanderings through the streets of Paris in search of Je ne sais quoi. Take this on your next trip and discover a whole new world within Paris - one that can enhance your life with hand-made items. Find your hoard of unique French style to bring back home. Lots to like and yearn for. Just two little niggles, some of the websites are not working or are incorrect - always a problem with books of this nature. Also the photographs are so dark and dim. Yet this book is worthwhile. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Foster on October 11, 2009
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If only I had this book on my last trip to Paris with my girlfriends! This was the book we were looking for to add to our "Paris shopping" collection, so now we must go again with this lovely introduction to unique and unusual shops focusing on handmade treasures. Don't buy this book if you are looking for an outlet mall or a tourist guide book - its reason for existence to feature one-of-a-kind shops such as Alexandra Sofjer, a custom umbrella maker. Maps might have been helpful, but the pages of this sweet little book are filled instead with stunning photos of the shops and their wares. Organized by arrondissements, it looks quite easy to pick up a good Paris map and search out these shops by neighborhood. The index is a plus, and I like that the author offers a list of her favorites.

One of the charms of Paris is finding unusual shops that don't exist elsewhere, or that are by-products of the haute couture of Paris. Malhia Kent, a workroom that created custom textiles for Chanel and other top couturiers, will be high on my list of "must-see's" on that next shopping trip. And of course I learned about it from Paris:Made by Hand.
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