Do you remember the well-dressed coffee table? I do.
The well-dressed coffee table was always adorned with a stack of big, beautiful books that, once opened, spilled over your lap as you turned from page to page delighting in one gorgeous, glossy image after another.
Coffee table books are a silent testament to the interests and aspirations of the owner of the coffee table.
Today, you have an entire library available to you at the touch of a button and displayed on a screen that fits in the palm of your hand. How long will it be before the feel, the smell and the weight of beautiful, leather-bound books become part of les plaisirs démodés (old-fashioned pleasures)?
If, like me, you are a dévotée of the well-dressed coffee table, here’s a little something that might add just the right French Touch to your coffee table this Christmas.
The work of renowned portrait photographer Baudoin has graced the pages of many a glossy fashion magazine.
But in his new book, 75 Parisiennes, he pays homage to the women of Paris in a series of offbeat and inspired photographs.
The photographer as silent observer allows each woman to speak for herself without saying a word.
From an array of over 300 photos shot in 6x6 square format with his Hasselblad camera, he chose 75 to represent each of the 75 départements of the City of Lights.
Identified by first name only, each photograph is a snapshot of the Parisienne in her natural habitat surrounded by the things she loves.
And speaking of things to love…..wouldn’t you just kill to have that view?
Not all of the 75 parisiennes are actually parisiennes d’origine. Some are transplanted from other regions and other countries.
But, all are parisiennes de cœur, which means that they are Parisian by choice and conviction.
And like so much of what makes life worth living at any age, it’s all in the attitude
Time to sit back, put your feet up and enjoy a big, beautiful book.