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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810984865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810984868
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Todd Selby is an interiors, fashion, and portrait photographer and painter. His photographs can be regularly seen in British Vogue, Vogue Hommes International, Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, Nylon, New York Magazine, and the London Sunday Times.
Lesley Arfin is the New York-based author of Dear Diary and the former editor of Missbehave magazine.

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Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, and fashion photographer and illustrator. His project The Selby offers an insider's view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist's eye for detail. The Selby began in June 2008 as a website, www.theselby.com, where Todd posted photo shoots he did of his friends in their homes. Requests quickly began coming in daily from viewers all over the world who wanted their homes to be featured on the site. The Selby's website became so influential --with up to 100,000 unique visitors daily--that within months, top companies from around the world began asking to collaborate.

These joint projects have included a large ad campaign and web project with Nike, collaborations with Louis Vuitton and Hennessy, a solo show at colette, international ad campaigns, work for Casa Brutus, The New York Times T Magazine, Le Monde M Magazine and the London Observer. Todd's first book, The Selby is In Your Place (April 2010) focuses on creative people such as authors, musicians, artists and designers in their homes and the second called Edible Selby (October 2012) focuses on the kitchens, gardens, homes and restaurants of the most dynamic figures in the culinary world. The third book in the 'Selby' series, Fashionable Selby, will be released in March 2014 and will explore the kaleidoscopic world of fashion, featuring profiles of today's most interesting designers, stylists, haberdashers, models, shoemakers, and more.

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It's a perfect coffee table book with a point of difference.
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I felt so much better about my own overflowing rooms after seeing how the experts do it - how they curate all those flea-market finds to reveal a signature style!
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The book is just the right size, card stock and the picture and layout is near perfection.
Ilija Atanasovski

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Julia Oscari on April 11, 2010
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After being an avid reader of the selby blog i was reluctant whether to purchase the book or not after having seem most of the photos. i must say, its beautifully presented with clear and colourful images and very inspiring. This is a well priced addition to my collection.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mccausland on June 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ever tag along with a friend who tells you that this guy he knows is having a party? Then when you get there you sit transfixed at all the cool "stuff" this friend of a friend has in his space, cuz it turns out this person is incredibly creative? Thats what this book feels like. Todd Selby is taking you along and dropping in a few of his friends and you stand transfixed.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ilija Atanasovski on June 4, 2010
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I recently flipped throught the book at a local BN and I was amazed. The book is just the right size, card stock and the picture and layout is near perfection. I got insipred w every page and I could not put it down. As soon as I got home I ordered it (much cheaper at amazon. than local retailer)! Congrats Selby. Fantasic job. I just hope you continue and I look for.ward to a second book.
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40 of 56 people found the following review helpful By aareed on January 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the kind of book you would find in Anthropologie on a coffee table stacked with pink shirts. I suppose it is the perfect Ironic Coffee Table Book; it's about fashion and decoration choices of people who mock traditional fashion and decorating. For example, the poetic description of the clever girl who put bookshelves above her kitchen sink, to maximize space in her tiny New York City apartment reads like she's being nominated for the Academy Award for Cleverness. Or the hero-worshiping description of the disheveled hipster man... who drives a Bentley. You're probably thinking to yourself, "Wow, I thought he was a homeless college drop-out, but he's actually a Yuppie Hipster! I wasn't expecting that."

This book is more like self-worship-for-hipsters than a guide to decorating. Apparently a blogger (Selby) has some fans and now wants to see himself worshiped. Oh wait, isn't that selling out?

The style of this book is a cross between a catalog of blog posts and a Susan Branch cookbook. Each "section" is simply a 2-to-3 page discussion about some hipster's apartment, sprinkled with hand-drawn illustrations in the margins. The graphic layout looks a lot like scrapbooking. The author's writing attempts to showcase how each person has been clever with their dwelling and decorating. It comes off as a menagerie of pretentious artists with swelled heads. All in all: This is the perfect book for a hipster with ADD. It's poorly organized and full of colorful pictures.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dev3ine19 on July 12, 2010
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I had heard about the website ([...]) and the photographer and was waiting to see this book. What I saw was far better than I could imagine. The detail and attention to the little things make this a real page turner. I highly suggest adding this to your coffee table.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L from Denver on June 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love The Selby and have followed Todd Selby's work for a while now. This book has some of the things that I've seen of his before, which is why it is only getting a 4 star review... That being said I have found a lot of inspiration in this book and it's a fun book to flip though when you're looking to fill some time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Mclaughlin on July 27, 2013
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Love the book for inspiration and always great to see your favorite brands and the people behind them, and how creative minds live and work as well as co-exist with others. The idea behind the book is to showcase how some of he most private but yet public figures in the arts and leisure world lives, work, and play. Great photography and an intimate look at how family, friends, and peace is desired more now than ever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2011
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5 Stars for Selby's photography. It truly IS a beautiful book. And, I enjoy flipping through my copy often.
0 Stars for the Introduction by "Leslie."

I'm disappointed in myself for not noticing this the first time I read the intro. Leslie claims (and Selby allows) in the book's first line of text that "If there's one thing that unites us in New York City, it's not love." Whoa! I'm not sure this is a place I'd like to hang out. She goes on to say, "In this city, we're always looking over each others' shoulders. There's always a hotter person we could be going out with. There's a cooler job just around the corner. Of course, someone else's apartment is always better than our own. The grass is always greener...We're a greedy bunch...A materialistic bunch too...Basically we all just want cool stuff. And we want it now."

Uhm, please speak for yourself. When I get past that self-centered introduction I find the book is full of beautiful photos of interesting people with whom I'd enjoy hanging out. Some of them even seem to care about others - even those who may be hotter, cooler, have better jobs, and lawns full of technicolor turf.

Suggestion: treat yourself to a copy of The Selby is in Your Place. Rip out page 7/8. Then glue page 6 to page 9.
Suddenly, you have an awesome book full of interesting people whose homes you get to peek inside.

It's now a taste of vanity without the bad attitude.
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