Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of the Ambassadors

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A unique glimpse inside a world of luxury, tradition, and splendor. Many historic homes in Paris serve as residences to foreign ambassadors; these historical sites are closed to the general public. From a seventeenth-century hôtel particulier, to a Belle Epoque palace, to a distinctively contemporary setting, each residence rivals the next in its beauty, art collection, and period furniture set against a backdrop of accomplished refinement. Alain Stella invites us over the threshold inside the most prestigious ...
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Overview

A unique glimpse inside a world of luxury, tradition, and splendor. Many historic homes in Paris serve as residences to foreign ambassadors; these historical sites are closed to the general public. From a seventeenth-century hôtel particulier, to a Belle Epoque palace, to a distinctively contemporary setting, each residence rivals the next in its beauty, art collection, and period furniture set against a backdrop of accomplished refinement. Alain Stella invites us over the threshold inside the most prestigious chancelleries and ambassador residences in Paris—from China and Peru to Egypt and Poland. Tapestries inspired by Goya’s drawings grace the lavish salons at the Spanish residence. Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand created a minimalist interior at the Japanese residence that evokes the refined style of a traditional Japanese home. The palace of Eugène de Beauharnais—home to the German ambassadors since 1818—retains its elaborate Empire style, intact since the time of Josephine. Superb photographs, specially commissioned for this book over the course of a year, divulge the secrets of these previously unpublished artistic and architectural treasures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782080301482
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 689,875
  • Product dimensions: 14.24 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Stella is a traveler and writer. He has published numerous books with Flammarion including The Book of Coffee (1997), The Book of Tea (1992/2005), The Little Book of Coffee (2001), French Tea: Mariage Frères—Three Centuries of Savoir-Faire (2009), Distinctive Vintages (2008), and The Book of Spices (2000).

Francis Hammond’s
photographs have been published in French Tea: Mariage Frères and Elegant Entertaining (2009). He regularly works in the fashion and advertising industries, contributes to international magazines, and divides his time between New York and Paris.
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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Something to savor

    Too many "coffee table" books end up being shallow and few are worth reading, let alone re-reading. Here is an exception: great writing and captions accompanied by gorgeous photgraphy of seldom-seen homes. In this era of cheap paperback bindings and on-demand titles, Flammarion (a French publisher) shows that it still knows how to publish beautiful and meaningful books. Do not attempt read this on a Nook.

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