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  • Published: 1 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9781892145703
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $42.99

Paris

Made By Hand


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50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic & Unique

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.

Published by The Little Bookroom.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9781892145703
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $42.99

About the Author

Pia Jane Bijkerk

Pia Jane Bijkerk has been a stylist her whole life—it just took her a little while to realize it. As a young girl growing up in Australia, she spent days rearranging her bedroom, shaping entire tableware sets out of backyard clay, and clicking away at the world with a secondhand camera she got as an 8th birthday present. In 1998 she graduated college with a degree in photography and film and opened a boutique filled with global treasures—from organic sheets and soaps, to beautifully crafted teak furniture from Indonesia. She sold the shop in 2003 and spent some time contemplating her life’s true calling. Film? Photography? More retail? Until one fateful day, while enjoying a picnic by the ocean, her friend turned to her and said, “You should be a stylist.” To which Pia replied: “What’s that?” The rest, as they say, is history. Using her unparalleled eye for innovative design, art and all things handmade, Pia quickly made a name for herself, styling internationally for everyone from Vogue Entertaining + Travel and Real Simple to Saatchi and Saatchi, Tommy Hilfiger and Philips. Today, the internationally acclaimed stylist and photographer continues to use her home as her workshop and her travels as inspiration. She delights in stepping off the beaten path and discovering the unexpected for her clients and herself. Pia currently divides her time working and living between Sydney, Paris and a houseboat in Amsterdam.

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