Conductor’s Parisian home hits the right note

Conductor Mr Minkowski’s bookcases are crammed with musical scores as well as books and he also has a displayed collection of old conducting batons

Catherine Synave on the inspiration for her new book, which explores a diverse selection of Parisians’ homes, including a conductor’s residence near Palais Garnier

The twenty-five Parisians featured in this book come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they are all united in their love of Paris – of its architecture, the harmony of its eighteenth-century façades, the elegance of its squares, in how much it means to them, how happy they are to come back after being away, and in how much they love and admire the city of light.

For them, it is the only place to be, synonymous with the worlds of fashion and culture, where they find inexhaustible inspiration.

They can take sustenance from its great museums and art galleries and can indulge their tastes and passions in its private galleries, antique stores, and flea markets – as the reader will see from their highly individual and distinctive living spaces, where past and present come together in collections of every variety, and where a ...

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