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The Selby is in Your Place

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The Selby Is in Your Place was conceived when fashion and interiors photographer Todd Selby began taking portraits of dynamic and creative people—authors, musicians, artists, and designers—in their home environments and posting them on his web site. Nosy by nature, he wanted to see how personal style was reflected in private spaces. Lucky for us, he found his answer in the ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2010)
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Oh boy, what to think of this one?

The introduction to this utterly weird work was enlightening in getting me to see the point of it all - mentions of "It's not love or compassion that links together New Yorkers, it's envy" were made, and from that I reckon that a lot of people will miss the point, protest at it "What a bunch of indie douchebags!" and throw it against the wall.

From what I understand, the book attempts to convey envy by making you look at affluent and presumably successful artist'
A quote from the intro explains this book pretty well: "...envy and competition keep someone like me tuned into The Selby, fascinated with how the rest of the world enjoys their totally awesome lives (because everyone's place is totally better than mine, duh)..."

It just didn't do a lot for me. It was cool to see inside the homes of real, artsy people (Karl Lagerfeld has an INSANE book collection), but most of it seemed posed, cluttered, and too heavy on the taxidermy. I'm proud that I can have a
sara frances
this book could also be titled "Gorgeous Artsy People who Decorate with Really Weird, Creepy Shit"
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: house-porn
Sometimes I like to read about how the other half lives. By which I mean hipsters. And for that, this book is amazing.

Two roughly dressed men stand in front of a wall of VHS tapes throwing papers in to an honest to god indoor trash can fire. They are also wearing hats and sunglasses indoors. Two entirely different men sit, posed, in all white clothing in an all white apartment. Everything is white, down to the fucking cat.

This book is almost too much. You think, "No one actually lives like thi
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is kind of the point of coffee table books - jumping in anywhere is beautiful and interesting and inspiring. Sure, it was annoying that a couple subjects had bogus claims to creative fame, like "muse," but whatever, they had cool spaces and that's the whole point. One criticism - what's up with all the taxidermy?? Sometimes I felt like all the people were "creative" with their spaces in exactly the same trendy, hipstery ways. All the vintage toy collections? Enough! That's one of the o ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing is a gold mine of visual resource and lifestyle-copping. Slightly joking on the latter, but it is incredibly tempting to copy the interiors and fixings found in the homes of some really interesting, often creative, forces out there.

Extrapolating on what can only be guessed as lucky connections, Todd Selby went/goes into the homes of working/not working famous figures and photographs their awesome homes, weird collections, insanely expensive taste in furniture and lighting fixtures,
Ari Eris
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Todd Shelby's blog was one of my favorite online discoveries of last year. I'm so glad that I finally got my paws on this! His photography is great and I love the eclectic collection of homes and studios he's put together in this book. My favorite spaces are the small, busy, colorful, knick-knack filled apartments. The Modern/Minimalist spaces do the least for me, but damn I wish I could have a library like Karl Lagerfeld has a library (and I want my own Green Money Leather Sofa). I've gotten a ...more
Luis Diazdecossio
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so amazing, I'd never heard of Todd Selby before, but now I'm a great fan of his work.
If you liked this book you really have to visit, you can find a lot of more pictures besides the ones that appear in the book. At first I thought it would only be a book about hipster people hanging at their house, but the pictures are really great, the stuff they own is amazing and you actually feel that you know that people. This is the perfect book to have in your living room table.
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked looking into these people's homes. The photography was interesting and the book came with stickers!
But overall, it did not do much for me. It is just a showcase of hipster bourgeoisie "individuality" and their overly expensive and trendy homes. But I guess that's the reason of the book; to see how the other half lives. I did like the Karl Lagerfeld photos.
Mara Gr
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not my type of book but i totally love it. Love the introduction and the clever answers. This book introduce you into a world you don't know and it feels good to see it from another perspective.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is original, inspirational and so beautiful. Love it!! I loved looking inside peoples places. Karl Lagerfeld's library rocks!!
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So much more than an artsy, coffee table book! I first picked this book up at a book store because I loved the funky cover. I kept putting it down, then going back to it. Finally, after thumbing through it and finding Ms. Woods' amazing canal boat in London, I plunked down full price for it, gladly. (I flashed back to reading Anais Nin's diaries from when she was living on a barge in Paris on the Seine). I've spent hours perusing and peeking into the lives of these artistic, creative, successful ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel as if I have been to forty dinner parties with Todd at the homes of his very likeable friends. Insightful Todd, come over to our place!
Danie P.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
For those of you not familiar with the Selby's website, this book is exactly the same thing but more of a compilation of favorites. I always like seeing the quirky insides of people's homes and reading the short unusal survey's Todd (creator of the Selby) creats for his subjects to fill out. A lot of time I feel that the realllllyyy weird ones are just weird for weird's sake.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes odd
Shelves: shelter-books
What a crazy idea for an odd little book. This is packed full of very unusual people with quite different interiors. It's good for the voyeur in you. And, it might just surprise you and be inspiriring as well.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another fun Selby book to pore through with its lavish and overwhelming layouts and content focus. Not quite as captivating as 'Edible Selby' but still an enjoyable look into the interior dwellings of creative, hipster types around the world.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who enjoy photography/interior design
I got this as a gift from a friend and I absolutely love this book! A photographer goes to people's houses and photographs their life. Amazing pictures and inspiring people. What I would give to live in the houses these people have! Fun book.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
not my style
Ju Ribeiro
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Seeing Elisa Nalin's place, first in The Selby's website, now printed, was better than therapy. I showed it to my mom: "see? I'm normal".

Loved this book.
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
stealing some interior space design ideas.
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a touch of fabulous in their life.
This isn't so much a book you read, but one you can look at over and over again. Love this book and the idea behind this book.
Justin McDonald
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book made me realize my life needs a concept as well as a purpose.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anti-Dwellers
Shelves: art-design
so many ideas. Artists have the best fucking home interiors.
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
If I was going to own only one "coffee table" book, this would be it. Quirky, captivating, filled with interesting images.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Quirky and fun, didn't love it, didn't hate it.
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Love the pictures but it repeats the blog.
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book but my preference would be the website over the book.
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Goodness, I loved this book. So much inspiration inside these pages. Love the author, the layout, the photography, the interviewees, etc etc etc.
Michael Gossett
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A combination of's interviews and photographs of beautifully decorated homes makes for a perfect (and my only) coffee-table book.
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