So, you’re proud of that retro 1980s armchair you found at Vinnies on the weekend, are you?
Well, as Claudia Strasser proves within the pages of Paris: Flea Market Style
, you haven’t properly thrift-shopped or market-hopped until you’ve been to Paris. Strasser’s book is a fantastic companion to the myriad of flea markets across France's capital, which have become the first place to look for salvageable objects as the city embraces "out with the old, in with the new". Some apartments, in the midst of Twenty First Century renovations, are having their mirrors and furnishings removed for the first time in centuries – and it all flows in to the city’s flea markets for people like Strasser to lovingly carry home.
Old, reclaimed objects have a life and history all of their own – Strasser shows us this as she meanders through streets overflowing with objects from every era, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco to Moderne, all in varying states of neglect. Her photographs capture the delicious delights that wait on the streets of Paris, as well as the thrill of picking up just one small thing. And one glance at it all will make you want to re-decorate your home entirely.
Amongst her many tales of bargain-hunting, for the avid market attendee, Stasser has also included a stylised map of Paris that points out the major flea markets and their specialties. Looking for rustic furniture? Then wander in to Clignancourt. After some food in the side? Marche D’Aligre is where you want to be. And if you love a musty old book, look no further than Georges Brassens Old Book Market. As you feast your eyes on what these places have to offer, you’ll also find hints and tips on redesigning your own home, as well as guides for shipping home items that simply won’t fit in your suitcase.
Now all you need are plane tickets to Paris…
Paris: Flea Market Style features:
- Hardcover, 160 pages.
- A remarkable exploration of Parisian markets.
- A map and resources for your best flea market experience ever.
- Beautiful photographs of Paris' flea markets throughout.
- Decorating hints, tips and ideas that you can still apply at home!
Dimensions: 22.5 x 22.5cm.