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
Fabulous book store for lovers of fonts, graphic art and photography. In the heart of the cool Canal St Martin quarter.
107 Rue de Rivoli
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
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!!
18, rue Antoine Bourdelle
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