Soon I’ll be heading to the south of France with a group of students. So Living in Provence-Vivre en Provence (vivruh ehn provahnse), by Barbara and René Stoeltie, caught my eye. The husband (photographer) and wife (writer) team have been collaborating on interior design publications since 1984. Their work has been featured in dozens of glossy magazines. The tri-lingual volume (English, French, and German) is published by Taschen, the German art-book company. What a great way to work on vocabulary while simultaneously reveling in 200 pages of beautiful design!
The photographs are gorgeous: lavender fields, ochre stucco walls, blue shutters, and gorgeous views of the sea. The book features the homes, châteaux, inns and more of authors, actors, and ordinary folks in sun-drenched towns such as St. Remy, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence. The commonality among the disparate dwellings is respect for natural textures and materials. Even the restored château has a restrained simplicity that is welcoming and appealing. One of the most unusual homes is a troglodyte house with a traditional looking façade that opens into a cave in the side of a hill that would be wonderfully cool in the southern summer heat. Artist Paul Cézanne’s atelier in his hometown of Aix, now a museum, is also featured. This book will make you wish you lived in Provence, too.
- The geometry of remembering (theresakishkan.com)