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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom; Main edition (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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jesse Kornbluth on May 11, 2009
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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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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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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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By Honey West on September 3, 2015
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I'd seen this book in a store so I knew what it would be when I ordered it. I use it for inspiration which sounds a bit daft but I get inspired by people making/using items in creative ways and that there are these very specific shops making a living (hopefully) by supplying unusual and beautiful things. I'm not using this as a guidebook for my next trip to Paris although I might look up a few shops, sure. But just knowing these places exist in the Age of Walmart is wonderful.
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It is a great LOOKING book. It is heavy with great paper and imagery, but not much to read. it is interesting to see the things that can be found still in specialty shops in Paris, but some of the things are price-y and i wondered how often someone other than stylists like the author would be looking for these things. i would like to be able to chance encounter a shop or two like those in the book!That would really make any one's trip to Paris memorable! When you get to Paris, unless you are working, you kick back and wander. Maybe I'll look for a couple of the shops in the book! Next time!
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When I looked at the reviews for this book, it quickly became obvious that the positive ones were largely from folks who have been to Paris, while the negative ones were the opposite. To the uninitiated, knowing the metro stop and the arrondissement of any address is Paris is exactly how we navigate, supplemented by our handy dandy Paris par Arrondissement pocket guide to fill in the particulars. For the reviewer worried that many of these places might not be in business forever, ce la vie.....you will still find other interesting shops along the way. For instance, when I was last in the 12th Arrondissement, Viaduc des Arts, one of the ateliers was owned by a woman who ironed the linens of the well to do with lavender water, and could be seen hard at work in her atelier. Another repaired priceless tapestries, examples of which were easily seen through the large arched window. On my way there from the Bastille metro stop, I ran into an enormous tented antique & bricolage fair, which is a yearly event; so large, it exhausted me before I exhausted it.
A lovely aspect of this book is it takes you away from the familiar souvenir stores that populate major street all tourists navigate to smaller streets, more characteristic of the Paris where natives live, to search for unique and lovely items still made by hand. On the way, you will probably find your own treasures.
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