Doorways of Paris
by Raquel Puig
Doorways of Paris by Rachel Puig
About the Book
With more than three hundred photographs of Parisís most enchanting doorways from Raquel Puig, creator of the popular Instagram account of the same name, Doorways of Paris presents a whole new way to explore the most beautiful city in the world. Organized by arrondissement so residents and visitors alike can seek out the doors as they walk, this book celebrates the glories of the cityís architecture, from Napoleonic majesty to art nouveau whimsy, Haussmannian symmetry to art deco elegance. Doorways of Paris is a portal to Parisian life that will have readers longing to find a doorway to call their own.
About the Author
Raquel Puig is the creator of the Instagram account DoorwaysofParis, which launched in the spring of 2016 and has been gaining new followers at the rate of 30-50% a month. The Barcelona native has lived in several countries, including the US, and speaks four languages, but now calls Parisís fourteenth arrondissement home. When she is not traveling the world as a health-marketing expert for Danone, she walks the streets of Paris, camera in hand, with her French husband.
Amazon Customer Talvi: Doorways of Paris hits a lovely sweet spot for coffee table type books: the photographs are well placed, richly colored, the book isn't over designed, it doesn't have too much text, and it is clearly a labor of love by the author and not a cash grab on a hip trend. Rachel Puig put in her homework and researched many of the doorways/districts, offering various short tidbits and humorous asides.
The book is broken down by districts of Paris (arrondissements). The beginning of the book has a loose map of the city with various cultural monuments and the districts numbered and broken down. Each district has roughly 6 pages, with each page having an average of 4 images of doorways (some full page, a few 6 per page of less graphic doors).
The doorways cover a wide range of styles and eras: from elaborate art nouveau (which most people would expect from a book of this type) to more out-of-the-way rustic back entrances covered in graffiti. From Ango-inspired wood doors to wrought iron intricate security doors, the book is quite interesting. Many of the doors are very unique or distinct to their district or tell a bit of the history there. Building entrances may be for commercial or residential and each has its own charm.
In all, this is a clean and beautiful presentation that lets the doorways shine. It's not fussy, one doesn't have to troll through a lot of pontification, and the author maintains a wonderful personality throughout. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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