Paris For My Favourite Book Designer

Esmeralda Cafe Copyright Carla Coulson

I had the great fortune to work with award winning (and super humble) book designer Sandy Cull, not on one book but two.

Sandy was the genius that came up with the design for Italian Joy and Chasing a Dream and I will be forever thankful for her beautiful eye and incredible experience in the publishing industry. And that she didn’t tell me to ‘take a hike’ after Italian Joy. Merci, merci, merci..

By the way she won Illustrated book of the year for Italian Joy.. Three cheers for Sandy!!

As it happens she will be visiting Paris soon but I will be on the other side of the world doing workshops. So as she has been such a great contributor to my creative path this is a post for her.

So Dear Sandy here are 11 things I recommend for dear friends to do whilst visiting Paris, some are fun and wacky but they are things I truly love and do in Paris. And a couple of extra museums and bookshops just for you..


83, quai de valmy

75010 Paris

Fabulous book store for lovers of fonts, graphic art and photography. In the heart of the cool Canal St Martin quarter.

Arts et Decoratifs

107 Rue de Rivoli

75001 Paris

It’s always fab to head to the Arts et Decoratifs but right now French Touch, an exhibition of graphic art seen through the music of the 70’s might be perfect for you? And of course any excuse to see the Van Cleef and Arpels jewellry exhibition which is on till February.


224 Rue du Rivoli

75001 Paris

Opened in 1801 Galignani would be a perfect Parisian set for Audrey Hepburn in funny face. Divine books, wooden ladders and everything you expect from an elegant Parisian bookstore. Specialists in fashion books!!

Musee Bourdelle Paris

18, rue Antoine Bourdelle

75015 Paris

I love this sculpture museum that has a split personality, in one part it houses Bourdelle’s monumental sculptures and in another his original intact artist’s atelier. It feels as though he has just stepped out for a coffee. I love this museum.

 “A well composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way”. Caroline Gordon

Stay warm and enjoy Paris


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9 Responses to Paris For My Favourite Book Designer

  1. Carla, I have passed on that initial 11 things list more times than I can count. I still think it is the best list I have ever seen for exploring the heart of Paris…Merci!

  2. Lucky Sandy to get to work with you!
    Other bookstores:
    Savvy bookstore, La Hune has moved to off rue Bonaparte at 16 rue de l’Abbaye, with a teriffic design section upstairs.And Assoline is just around the corner.
    I love to browse bookstores at both musee Carnevalet and musee arts Decorativ (already mentioned) sometimes I never make it into the museum they are so good.
    The Louvre has fabulous bookstores and you don’t have to actually enter the museum.

  3. always super cool being able to add to my ever growing list of fun Paris things to do!
    talking about bookshops, the english (run by a Canadian lady) wheelbarrow bookshop in rue st paul is pretty cool
    have you ever visited the Tour de Bable in rue du Roi de Sicile? ( I have not)

  4. Bonjour Carla
    Musée Bourdelle is fabulous as is Musée Zadkine….gorgeous, gorgeous sculpture in intimate surroundings. Sandy might like to take a look at my post on these two musées…Parisian Sculpture….and she’ll see how beautiful they are. All the best for your workshops in Australia Carla. And did you get to Paris Photo….OMG!!!!

  5. jann says:

    Carla–I’ve saved your 11 things to do in Paris on my desktop for the next visit. I also love Canal St Martin & hang out at Chez Prune. (I always stay at a friend’s apt in that area. Love it!) Thank you!

  6. Love this + congratulations to Sandy &

  7. La Contessa says:

    Just bought the first book!The second book CHASING A DREAM is only available in AUSTRALIA?Do you know is it here in AMERICA?Look forward to reading them both……….then I must ask SANTA for PARIS TANGO!

  8. Virginia says:

    Printed the whole thing off. I knew a few, like Merci, but others I’m happy to have in my little rouge livre.

  9. Claudia Lane says:

    I will definitely check them out – if I ever get to Paris that is :) – they all sound inspiring. I hope you are having a great day Carla. Cx

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