Sunday, November 1, 2009

Playing Favorites.

We've been a little crazed the past few weekends either working or traveling. So when we had nothing really planned today, we took full advantage of it and had what we considered to be a perfect lazy Sunday full of favorites. We got up early and watched our favorite show, the always entertaining, informative and never-disappointing CBS Sunday Morning. Then we took our handsome "little" pooch Turbo (the only 100 pound canine we know who still considers himself a lap dog) on a stroll to one of our favorite New York City destinations - the Chelsea Flea Market. Then it was back home where we lit our latest candle obsession, Williams-Sonoma's Spiced Chestnut (perfect for the Fall), poured some hot orange tea and put on music by one of our favorite new artists, Norwegian singer Thomas Dybdahl, whom we first learned about from our friend Newell Turner over at one of our favorite magazines: House Beautiful (listen to some of Dybdahl's music after the post).

It was at this point in the day when we finally settled in and curled up with our newest design book entitled
JACQUES GRANGE: Interiors, written by Pierre Passebon (above photos). We've always been huge admirers of Grange and his work. In fact, we've had our eye on this book for months back when it was only available in the French edition. We reluctantly decided to wait until the English version was published considering our French is only "Comme Ci, Comme Ça," but without a doubt, we can assure you it was well worth the wait.

In his introduction, Passenbon writes, "When it comes to interior decoration, two requirements leap to mind: good taste - a great deal of it - and a certain boldness." Grange obviously has an abundance of both and it's showcased beautifully in this artfully photographed book. Having been in the design industry for over 40 years, Grange has perfected his craft by working on projects for such notable clients as Yves Saint Laurent, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Valentino, and the recently overhauled Mark Hotel here in Manhattan. "All I do is work, work, work," he says, but then continues, "It is one of the great joys of my life. Interior Design is a great chance for me to do what I want, how I want." Clearly that passion is paying off, with Grange recently being recognized with the Legion d'Honneur, the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France. Tasteful, somewhat understated and incredibly stylish, Grange's work is definitely a bit idiosyncratic yet manages to be inspiring beyond measure. We couldn't be more thrilled with our latest book and highly recommend it to all those who consider themselves design enthusiasts. Available wherever fine books are sold, this handsome, oversized volume is definitely one of our new favorites and we look forward to referencing it often as we move ahead in the world of interior design (.... just for fun and until you can get your hands on a copy of this terrific book, click here for a great Q&A with Grange brought to you by another favorite, The Selby).

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TheBlogsmaid said...

Love the subtle bull theme. I want to sit and read a book in that living room while drinking something terribly expensive.


I just got the book last week - I love Jacques Grange work.

Kristina said...

I love "House Beautiful" and I am Norwegian so this post gets two thumbs way up! ;)

lindsey said...

ur playlist has been playing on loop in the HGTV programming dept all day long. thanks for it! xo


Brobert said...

How beautiful and unique! This book will make a great Christmas present for a couple of people on my list...Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Jacques Grange is incredible and I can't wait to buy this book! "Brobert" is right...great gift for the holidays.

Anonymous said...

Since I began my career as a designer, which is going on 15 years! I've been inspired by Jacques Grange. In my book he's the top, the most sophisticated intelligent designer in the world. He still manages to keep the spaces he creates so fresh and timeless. Thanks for this post.

jayne said...

jacques grange is a design god! how does he manage to raise the bar year after year..?? because he is a true genius..he's been an inspiration of mine for years.

Karen said...

What a delightful tease! Although design books are not often the first on my "must get" list, I will definately look for this one on my next bookstore trip. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

Love the book!

2md said...

Thanks for posting this. I have to get the book, I LOVE Grange's work!

Ashley said...

beautiful book! i second the christmas present comment--but i'll have to try out a copy for myself, first! can't wait...thanks, brad!

Anonymous said...

I have just started my gift list ....Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

Soo beautiful! Definitely going to pick this book up.

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