The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge

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One of the most talented and influential couturiers of his time, Yves Saint Laurent began his career as Christian Dior’s protégé and went on to become a legendary arbiter of twentieth-century style. Saint Laurent’s extraordinary taste went well beyond the world of fashion, and in this lavish volume, the eight splendid homes he shared with friend and lifelong business partner Pierre Bergé are presented in immaculate detail. Notoriously shy, the designer and Bergé lived in luxury, surrounded by incomparable ...

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One of the most talented and influential couturiers of his time, Yves Saint Laurent began his career as Christian Dior’s protégé and went on to become a legendary arbiter of twentieth-century style. Saint Laurent’s extraordinary taste went well beyond the world of fashion, and in this lavish volume, the eight splendid homes he shared with friend and lifelong business partner Pierre Bergé are presented in immaculate detail. Notoriously shy, the designer and Bergé lived in luxury, surrounded by incomparable collections of furniture and art. From the serene interiors of their apartment on the Rue Babylone to the incandescent beauty of the Villa Majorelle in Marrakech, Bergé and Saint Laurent’s sensibilities come alive. Taken after Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, Ivan Terestchenko’s photographs capture these exquisite surroundings in full, showcasing nineteenth-century French décor, important paintings by modern and Romantic artists, and masterpieces of furniture, sculpture, and silver ranging from the Renaissance to the Art Deco era. Though the homes presented here are now empty, The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé is a testament to a rare union of passion, elegance, and supreme connoisseurship.
 

“The quintessence of very grand and highly personal French taste.” --Le Figaro
 
“As he did with fashion, Yves seized at one moment in time, a taste that was in the air, only to show his mastery. During the 1970s exoticism and Marrakech were currents in the air and St. Laurent became the authority. He was interested in Art Deco before it became fashionable, even before Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld . . . St Laurent’s and Bergé’s taste is an expression of a culture and is always a story. When they decorated a house it was no longer an ordinary house: it became a story to tell.”--Jacques Grange
 

“Takes readers . . . inside all eight of the couple's spectacular homes, from Paris to Marrakech.”--Elle Decor
 
“Some of the most influential interiors of our time.”--Town & Country
 
“(A) beautiful glimpse into their private world.”--Habitually Chic
 
“A visually stunning book about a richly layered lifestyle built over the course of 40-plus years.”--Home Design with Kevin Sharkey
 
“(An) amazing book.”--Decorati Access Interior Design Magazine
 
“You'll agree that this is a book with which you will be enchanted. And if a little of that YSL flair rubs off on us, all the better.”--The Peak of Chic

 “Terestchenko’s photographs beautifully capture the opulence and eclecticism of their dwellings.”--Clear
 
“In this lavish volume, the eight splendid homes . . . are presented in immaculate detail.”--California Home + Design

“Sumptuously showcase(s) the eight immaculately designed homes (of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé).”--Elle

“A stunning book.” ~ ESFN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865652514
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2009
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 409,238
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Murphy is an antiques dealer specializing in twentieth-century decorative arts and a journalist.  He was formerly Paris correspondent for W and Women’s Wear Daily and his work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Details, the International Herald Tribune, and other major publications. He lives in Paris.
Photographer Ivan Terestchenko is an internationally renowned photographer whose work has appeared in several books and in W, Casa Vogue, World of Interiors, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Lovely Picture Book of Saint-Laurent's Homes

    This s a lovely picture book of Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge's magnificent homes.
    This book is essentially a "coffee table" publication.The sheer loveliness of the rooms and the photography repay repeated perusal. There is some interesting information about the couple's method of collecting and their approach to life but this is incidental.
    My copy unfortunately was very poorly bound and cracked upon first viewing. A replacement copy was supplied immediately upon returning it to a local B$N.
    In addition to the general reader with an interest in interior design and "lifestyles of the rich and famous" this volume may also be of some interest to those in the interior design and antiques trade.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    Tres Magnificent!

    This book is fabulous! The cost of the book is a little steep so I always preview before I purchase. It is simply stunning and it eludes to the lifestyle that can be afforded by someone with unlimited resources. It is great for inspiration and dreams.The photographs are beautiful and the verbage is amazing.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Absolutely stunning book

    This book was purchased as a gift and was definitely a big hit. It is a beautifully photographed and an excellent value at Barnes & Noble's price. I originally found it in a speciality store at full price and could not have purchased it due to the high price. I was very happy to see that Barnes and Noble.com carried this book and am always happy with their service and speed of delivery.

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