This magnificent book gives unparalleled insight into the private homes at the heart of French wine.
Each major wine business is rooted in an estate that has been occupied for generations. Until now, though, we have had little idea of the lives and sumptuous lifestyles behind some of the world's best-known wine labels. These beautiful photographs reveal both grand formality and the distinctive domesticity of the time-honoured estates.
Here are all the great domains of France, from the Taittinger champagne cellars housed in 4th-century Roman chalk caves in Reims, to Château de Pennautier, the 'Versailles of Languedoc'.
Florence Brutton's informed texts bring the unique character of each estate to life, explaining the idea of terroir (the conditions that distinguish each area) and the importance of local wine-related customs. She also offers many personal insights and anecdotes from the wine makers themselves.
With details on the wines produced by each estate and information for the visitors, this book will appeal to wine lovers, travellers and anyone in search of lovely interiors, sanctified by lifestyles that have passed the test of time.
Sophisticated and enchanting, artful and eclectic, Paris is a city filled with high-class glamour and old-world charm, combining to create a unique style of interiors.
From a heritage rich in the decorative arts, Parisians have an acute appreciation of objets and the ways in which they can enrich life. They have also a fondness for nostalgic items, from personal treasures discovered in the famous Paris flea markets, to pricey curios found in local antiquaires.
For Herbert Ypma's investigation of contemporary decorative trends in Paris, René and Barbara Stoeltie have photographed some of its most remarkable and sumptuous interiors, from their own home with its plaster reliefs and objects modelled on Pompeiian originals, to the catacomb beneath the Palais Royal occupied by Denise Orsoni, who has almost single-handedly revived a taste for 1940s Parisian objects and designs.
The author identifies the historical fashions that continue to affect French decor today, and the challenge to Parisian grandeur by the witty use of found objects.