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Parisian Interiors: Bold, Elegant, Refined Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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"The spectacular Paris mansion belonging to Grammy-winning musician and producer Lenny Kravitz is featured in two luxurious new design books on the best of Parisian décor. Parisian Interiors: Bold, Elegant, Refined by Barbara Stoetie with photos by René Stoetie from Flammarion... They both feature several pages on the rock star's eye-popping private palace." ~justlux.com
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And you'll find a bit of "everything" in these interiors: Lenny Kravitz's lucite grand piano, a hammered silver throne from a palace in India, a cast aluminum cloud ceiling, absinthe green stucco walls embedded with large glass lenses, giant pearled loops hanging from ceilings, empty white rooms with over-size stuffed animals, a "Hello Kitty" Disney workshop dresser, and a Russian dacha occupying a Parisian attic. There are a pair of red Bonetti chairs covered in faux-leopard I adored. Some of the residences may remind one of modern art galleries.
"Bold" is the first adjective used on this book's cover, and you'll quite agree. Of the 18 Parisian residences featured, about 12 have a modern streak, one has Russian and another Swedish tones.
What I enjoyed about the book was the ingenious lay-out--gloriously-colored pages bereft of text to gaze at, followed by a brief summary of what you see with background on the owners and their creative vision. At the end of the book are miniature pictures of highlights of rooms with more detailed captions. The words weren't allowed to clutter the pages--great concept!
If you prefer classic pre-1900's French decor, you'll find this book specializes in a more modern or eclectic mix. While I prefer more traditional and classic 17th-19th century French interiors, if you like bold, sophisticated, innovative Parisian interiors, you should love this book. It's a 5-star plus book if you do. The color, layout, and photography are spectacular. The design found inside will give you something to think about.