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John Derian's home goods empire reaches for and wide-in addition to the four John Derian stores he owns in New York and Massachussetts, his products are sold by more than 600 retailers worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, ABC, and Gumps in the United States; Conrans and Selfridges in the UK; and Astier de Villatte in Paris. It all started with his now-iconic collectible plates decoupaged with 19th-century artwork sourced from old and rare books, a process that credited him with elevating the decoupage technique into fine art. Over the past 25 years, the brand has expanded greatly to include home and general design gifts and products. From intensely coloured flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself, that brilliantly walks the line between commerce and art, and that is destined to become the gift book of the season.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"Thick, satisfying . . . gloriously oversize. . . . A treasure trove of inspiration, the artist's first book is an object to covet."
--The Wall Street Journal "Big lush pages."
--The New York Times
"A feast for the eyes. . . . The book brims with untold stories."
"Joyfully nostalgic. . . . An eye-popping tour of [Derian's] archives."
"Destined to become a collector's item."
--Better Homes & Gardens
"The quality of paper and ink used in making the book makes you feel like you're flipping through a collection of prints."
--The Houston Chronicle
"This simple, beautiful book filled with nearly 300 images from the 18th and 19th centuries, defies categorization. . . . All of the oversize pages are frame-worthy."
--The Los Angeles Times
"If you could bring yourself to rip out the pages and frame them, you would be able to decorate an entire apartment with this book. But having all the exotic and vintage illustrations in one place--fantastic creatures (mostly dogs), seafaring vessels (and men), far-flung gardens (and the things that grow in them)--is a warm comfort on a cold winter day."
--T: The New York Times Style Magazine
"John Derian's ultimate paperweight."
"A picture book for adults: John Derian's dreamlike world fascinates. . . . We bet we'll see framed pages from this book on many walls."
--The Boston Globe
"No words. Doesn't need 'em."
--New York Magazine
"An enchanting miscellany of marvels."
--Harper's Bazaar (U.K.)
"Set to triumph in this season's top coffee table book competition. . . . John Derian Picture Book contains beguiling images drawn from old prints and lithographs. . . . We suspect that some people may buy two copies, one to display and another to cut up for pictures and to decorate the walls."
--The Times (London)
"Truly a must-read."
"If there's one coffee-table book that's the must-have gift book of the season, this one is it. . . . Arresting, odd, and lovely images."