Photographies : Eve Campestrini – Textes : Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily
From those published by the greatest photographers to collections of children’s fairytales, there is no shortage of illustrated books. They have been raised to the status of objects of desire by a multitude of highly gifted artists and the delicate leaves never cease to surprise us. Who hasn’t heard of Olympia Le-Tan’s retro minaudières or Max Gunawan’s book-shaped lamp ? They are as much part of our lives, nestling in the family bookcase, as they are decorative elements in their own right, enhanced by the fine glass top of a coffee table. Books are infinitely adaptable. Their beautiful bindings can be displayed in piles, or individually, to highlight a colour, a surprising photograph or a detail that we alone judge to be out of the ordinary. They are the discreet onlookers to our often turbulent lives and, like chameleons, they match any style, material or room, sometimes serving as true works of art. From the edge of a marble fireplace to a bit of Hungarian parquet – stand back and let the magic of the unexpected happen. You won’t be disappointed – we’d put money on it!