Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Cultivated Life

For months I had schemed to get a shelter magazine to profile my apartment, but the morning they finally came was, unfortunately, the day after a rather successful dinner party.

I have loved the work of the French artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme since I first saw his advertisements for Barneys and now I am in love with his new book The Cultivated Life! It is witty compilation of "satiric musings" on artistic, literary and decorating dramas and the first published in English! C'est magnifique!

We love entertaining in our dressing room. It's a real conversation piece...even our art world friends are delighted!

Just think of this as the Eames chair of the eighteenth century!

In my apartment a definite aesthetic discipline reigns; the unwritten rules of which don't prevent, unfortunately, a certain common type from loitering here.

Of course it's gorgeous! But I know there's a compulsive minimalist inside of me that could burst out any minute.

The more I progress in the field of design, the more I realize how little I actually know - it's a continual lesson in humility!

26 comments:

Laurie Reynolds said...

i love this! this might be a very promising purchase in my future....

the sweet life with olives said...

HILARIOUS!

jakubowski said...

I pulled a poster for a gallery show for this guy from the window of my Paris laundromat in 1989, any idea what US gallery he is represented by?

Habitually Chic said...

Laurie - it is the perfect book for anyone in the design, art or literary world! I know you will enjoy it!

Habitually Chic said...

The Sweet Life with Olives - I was laughing out loud when I was reading it!

Habitually Chic said...

Jakubowski - I don't know who represents him but he has a website, http://www.jphdelhomme.com/. Maybe you can contact him there.

Anonymous said...

These are terrific. He does illustrations for the New Yorker as well, no?

David
Westside Rentals

Scribbler said...

I am waiting for my compulsive minimalist to break through at any moment! I must have this book!

Scribbler
(Ellen)

Ivy Lane said...

This is great! :)

Anonymous said...

this is a fun book for a real depressing time!

the illustration of the would be minimalist has an even funnier book at his feet called "Mies van der Roe", which seems a bit "fishy" . No relation to Mr Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe?. best regards.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Just pre-ordered it from Amazon after reading this. I have loved his work for years; I used to collect tear sheets from editorial stuff he did...now I can own the book!
Nice scoop, Heather!! xxxx

fromtherightbank said...

I ADORE him! He did one of a NY rooftop apartment that looked so much like my old apartment, I kept the clipping taped to my wall for years. I can't wait for the book!

Alice Olive said...

Wonderful and tres amusing!

Suzy said...

How cute they are!

Colour Me Happy said...

These are really great! Thanks for posting them.

B said...

This is great! I must get this book!

annechovie said...

Heather, thank you for giving us the heads up on this new book - I am a huge fan of Delhomme's. Love his website, too.

Susan's Snippets said...

HC -

Certainly someone that I will do some investigating about.

I LOVE the sketches...they are so whimsical.

and magical

Lauren Jade said...

so funny, great post!

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Heather - I;m going to buy this in bulk for all my friends - thank you! EEE

ivie said...

great post! now i want this book

Homeworks said...

How clever! Love the drawings. Thanks for introducing me to him.

Octavine Illustration said...

i love these! just marvelous. i've admired his work as well but did not know about the book! thank you for the wonderful recommendation!~

pve design said...

c'est parfait.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Hysterical.

maison21 said...

cuteness.

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