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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery, a specialist in furniture and antiques at
Christies and Honelon, invites her readers to enter the elegantly luxurious
interiors of some of France's most exclusive abodes. From the classic taste of
the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the creativity of the nineteenth
century, she traces the path to the finesse of the twentieth century, which
combines tradition and modernity.
The interiors portrayed in these nine exquisitely illustrated chapters pay
tribute to the refinement of French taste, a savoir-faire that has been
continually renewed. Classic hôtels particuliers in the heart of Paris and
romantic châteaux, as well as a surprising isba--a traditional rural log house
in the Russian style--are but a few of the examples of the kinds of interiors
that will inspire readers as they marvel over the art of French designers,
including Madeleine Castaing, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Jacques
Grange, François Joseph Graff, and Pierre Bergé.
Unlike most books on French style on the market, this book is not only a
testimony to timeless French elegance, it is an invitation to discover a
synthesis of contemporary and classic décor, in some of France's most exclusive