The famous American photographer David Phelps goes once a year to Paris. His love affair with Paris lasted for more than 10 years. Passionate about art and decoration, the City of Light, continues to fascinate him. He loves the Seine, the museums  and long walks in small Parisian streets. The textures, surfaces and light of Paris are for him a source of unlimited inspiration. We asked him what he thinks of Parisian interiors; a small, pocket Latin Quarter apartment and a prestige apartment of the Golden Triangle..

PhelpsHow is Parisian Apartment Decoration?

Like Paris itself, I find the Decoration to be a wonderful mix of the classic and the contemporary, picture a set of Louis Quatorze Dining Chairs placed around a modern table of metal and glass.  This is a style that juxtaposes the elegant with the functional.

What can you say about the light of Paris?

The light of Paris is extraordinary!  My favorite season in Paris is autumn, the colour of the light is cerulean-grey, which defines and illuminates the city.

What about French Art de Vivre?

The best of everything is there- art, food, music, books, architecture, gardens, theatre, ballet, marionettes and the circus. And you can ride a bicycle to get everywhere!

Wich quartier you prefer and why?

The Latin Quarter.  This was my first neighborhood in Paris, and It feels like home when I am there.  Books and bookstores are a favorite pastime, so the Blvd St. Michel is a magnet.

How many times & first stay?

I have been to Paris 13 times.  My first stay was in a small hotel close to Théâtre de l'Odéon.  It was love at first sight

About table art and service, is there a French signature?

A signature? Yes, refined simplicity, attention to detail, and an amazing Cuisine.



© Pictures: front and inside page David Phelps

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Marion & Nicole - Design

My name is Marion. I fell in love with interior design when I was 18, rummaging through the Flea Market for unusual objects to decorate my apartment. I turned this into my profession, becoming a personal shopper for often foreign, clients looking for the best of what the capital has to offer. As for me, it’s different. I went to a school of design and then opened my own boutique in Paris. A photo-shoot for a decoration magazine led to our intense meeting. Whether the 50’s or Empire, art of the table or floral arts, our tastes and skills are complementary. The result is always incredibly super-Parisian!

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Edizione Italiana

Edita da RIZZOLI, Sophie la Parigina è una guida di stile moderna su PARIGI. Illustrata dai disegni di Alessandra Ceriani, completata da un elenco degli indirizzi preferiti dalla parigina e arricchita di ricette gastronomiche.


English Edition

Published by RIZZOLI New York, Sophie the Parisian'sis a modern life style guide about PARIS. Illustrated with color drawings, complemented by a list of Parisians' favorite locations and enriched with gastronomic recipes.

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