Paris: Made by Hand: 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic & Unique (Paperback)

Paris: Made by Hand: 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic & Unique By Pia Jane Bijkerk Cover Image

Paris: Made by Hand: 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic & Unique (Paperback)


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There’s a new trend among the young designers and decorators of Paris: an embracing of an aesthetic called fait main. Literally, this means “made by hand,” but in this case it includes not only new items fashioned by hand but vintage objects and found objects that are valued as they are, or that may have been reworked. What unites them is the “handprint” of a talented creator.
Stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk has discovered more than fifty places–organized into walks–that embody this style. Some are shops owned by professional chineurs, people who hunt out objects sought after by interior decorators, architects, and stylists. Other places aren’t really shops but primarily studios, where, if you stop by, you can purchase something directly from the artist. You’ll find a designer who makes glass jewelry; a couturier who sells fabric remainders, a few garments, and handwoven scarves; one boutique set up like a home, where reworked vintage housewares are displayed. Another place offers hand-knit baby clothes, another reworked antique French linens.

Also included are nearby cafés, bakeries, cheese shops, and tearooms with artisanal foods that reflect the spirit of “made by hand.” This is a book for all lovers of design and decorating.
Pia Jane Bijkerk is an Australian stylist specializing in still life, food, interiors, and lifestyle imagery. She has a special interest in forecasting design trends. She lives in Amsterdam and Paris, and works internationally with renowned photographers for magazines and advertising agencies. Clients include Vogue Entertaining & TravelGQ, Real Simple, Marie Claire, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Her work can be seen at
Product Details ISBN: 9781892145703
ISBN-10: 1892145707
Publisher: Little Bookroom
Publication Date: April 28th, 2009
Pages: 216
Language: English
“For those of you living in or visiting Paris, a little gem of a book that is worth acquiring is: Paris: Made By Hand…It takes you on a delightful journey through the arrondissements of Paris, calling in at various enticing little shops that house artisans and craftspeople who make their wares entirely by hand. It also touches on vintage and recycling to resurrect bygone crafts and skills; definitely worth a browse.” —Penny Allen, French Property News

"Known for her discerning eye, Australian stylist, blogger and sometime Paris resident Bijkerk divulges the addresses where she shops for her own clients. Organized by arrondissement, this charming guide features some 50 unique boutiques--milliners, stationers, umbrella makers and artisans of all kinds--where things are still made 'the old way'." --France Magazine

"The a stylist with an insider's knowledge of those hidden shops and ateliers that offer 'the chic and unique' - delectable objects, many with an interior-design bias, that are handmade or have the 'handprint' of a talented designer, or that provide the means for us to create things ourselves." --House & Garden (London)

"Stylist pia Jane Bijkerk has divulged the secret contents of her Parisian filofax in a new book entitled Paris: Made by Hand...This exquisite guidebook will make you ache for Paris's handmade delights." --Home Beautiful (Australia)

"This beautifully photographed, handbag-size tome takes readers on a tour of 50 different ateliers across Paris, each of which either sells hand-restored or handmade items....A must for forays." --BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine

"The joy of these places goes far beyond the beauty of what's on display. These small businesses are statements: History matters, artistry can't happen on an assembly line, there's a value to tradition... These are artists... they're in it for love, not money. As you can't miss their intent, a visit to these shops is an invitation to fall under their spell—indeed, to fall in love." —

"pia's book is filled with beautiful photos and a wonderful guide to discovering handmade artisans, shops and specialties in one of my favorite cities, paris. pia's love for handmade work is infectious, and her in-the-know guide to this incredible city is a must-read. whether you're looking for a comprehensive guide to parisian handmade design, or just a few insider tips for great shops, pia's book has you covered." —design*sponge