Fall Books: Pierre Paulin, Life and Work + A House in the Country


In my last post about the One Room Challenge, some of you design buffs may have noted Pierre Paulin’s Orange Slice chair on my inspiration board. The French designer is a personal hero of mine so I am ecstatic about the publication of Pierre Paulin, Life and Work by Nadine Descendre (Vendome Press/Scriptum Editions, September 2016).

Paulin’s influence on modern design is undeniable; his original style can be discerned in so many of the chicest spaces being designed today. As an architect and a designer, Pierre Paulin designed everything from spaces in the Elysée Palace to everyday objects and of course, furniture.


He was a true innovator and the list of his iconic creations goes on and on. Starting with the aforementioned Orange Slice chair, there is also the Tongue, the Mushroom, the Tulip, the Ribbon, F444, F598…..

In addition to beautiful photographs of his creations, the book includes previously unpublished drawings and photographs that give us a peek into the workings of a brilliant creative mind.


Lastly, the design of the book itself is a work of art. Everything from the sharp cardboard cover to the blue edging of the pages to the proportions, it is one that I will be prominently displaying….. when I’m not devouring its contents. I’m deeming Pierre Paulin an FTRB design library essential.


Almost on the other side of the design spectrum, A House in the Country (Vendome Press, September 2016) takes us into the extraordinary home of architect Peter Pennoyer and his wife, interior designer Katie Ridder.

In A House in the Country, they share every step of the design, building, decorating and landscaping of their Millbrook, New York house along with plans, elevations and even an illustrated pullout of the garden plan with a key to flowers and plants.

It’s fascinating to see everything from initial conception all the way down to the custom wallpaper and hardware. I’ve long been a fan of Ridder’s colorful and layered style and it is showcased beautifully here in her own home. It is also eye opening to see how she carried that approach to the unique garden.

Combining classical architecture with vibrant decor, this talented couple has created a truly remarkable and personal home. A House in the Country is a tremendous resource for anyone fortunate enough to do the same or design aficionados looking for inspiration.

(Photos from Pierre Paulin by Benjamin Chelly; from A House in the Country by Eric Piasecki.)
Review copies provided by the Vendome Press.

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