Through her first book, Bringing Paris Home, Penny Drue Baird established herself as an authority on all things French—interior design, flea market and antiques shopping, Parisian life, and stylish entertaining. In The New French Interior, she moves beyond the traditional historic styles to explore the design elements that make up the fresh, clean look—architectural details adapted from art deco, a monochromatic palette based on creams and ivories highlighted with rich browns and blacks, bold forms in furniture and lighting, and restrained tabletop settings.
To illustrate the style, Baird draws on ten of her own recent projects, apartment and house installations, and presents French precedents and influences through specially commissioned photography of Parisian interiors. Images of cafes, markets, shops, and street scenes add to the magical Parisian ambiance she creates.
"Classic French decor is integral to Penny Drue Baird’s design philosophy, even when her interiors don’t feature a single bergère or fauteuil: Baird’s Manhattan firm, Dessins (which also has a Paris outpost), employs the logic, proportion, and panache associated with French masters of days gone by. Baird is versatile, using these Gallic tenets in a soigné Park Avenue apartment dotted with contemporary art and in a Pennsylvania farmhouse imbued with Provençal swagger." —Architectural Digest, 100 Most Influential Architects & Designers
"Who better to write a book on The New French Interior? . . . . Her interiors are steeped in tradition, charm and warmth combined with European style. The book is a wonderful interpretation for today's interior as told through ten of the designer's most recent apartment and house installations. . . . With The New French Interior, Baird may have given birth to a new design trend." —Array Magazine
"Baird creates atmospheres filled with architectural detail, warmth, and sophisticated charm. . . . Dessins’ work is eclectic in the true sense of the word, blending different styles, mixing a cocktail from a client's dreams and way of life. . . . Whether Traditional French, Casual Chic, or Minimalist, Dessins realizes its clients’ fantasies." —Designers & Books
"Penny Baird's intelligence and "heightened sensibility" are asintegral as her eye to the genius of her work. With characteristic French insistence on beauty even in the everyday Penny shows you how enhancing the look of your home can influence the overall experience of living in it." —Trish McEvoy
"Penny Baird embraces the new French interior with her innate taste, sensitive mastery of detail, and eclectic designpassions." —Gael Greene
"Beautifully photographed book of a younger, modern Parisienne look . . . Perfect for today." —Kenneth Jay Lane
"Penny Baird is the quintessential Parisian New Yorker who composed the perfect mix of tradition and elegance paired with a French sensibility for our time." —Daniel Boulud