Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers

A new book by Pierre Sauvage of Casa Lopez captures the art of entertaining through the perspective of 20 tastemakers around the world
A table for 6 in a Chinese-inspired dining room. The primary color is dusty blue with bright red accents. From the pages of Be My Guest by Pierre Sauvage and Olivia Roland
© BE MY GUEST by Pierre Sauvage and Olivia Roland, Flammarion, 2020. Images © Ambroise Tézenas

In Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers (Flammarion, 2020), Pierre Sauvage of bespoke decorative accessories firm Casa Lopez delivers on three fronts—we step into the interiors of 20 tastemakers, see how they entertain, and learn about their favorite recipes, tried and true and often handed down.

As textile designer Lisa Fine writes in the foreword, “Each chapter is a revelation on how to live and how to entertain. There are no formulas or rules. Pierre provides surprising insights into creating formal dinners without predictable stuffiness and casual outdoor lunches with an original whimsy and charm.”

The international flavor of the book gives it a travel component as well—Catherine and Manuel Canovas in Normandy, Carolina Irving and Christian Louboutin in Portugal, and Sisley’s Christine d’Ornano in London.

While entertaining at home is the norm these days, Pierre provides plenty of inspiration to make the experience more engaging or, as he calls it, the art de vivre—“the conviviality of dining among friends, of sharing the pleasures of the table, of indulging and stimulating the palate and all the other senses.” We agree, these pleasures never age.

yellow flower arrangements, acacia, daffodils
Pierre Sauvage, founder of Casa Lopez and author of BE MY GUEST, adorns his table with bright yellow daffodils and acacia—a late-winter bloomer also known as wattle or mimosa—in Wedgwood Jasperware.

By Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography © Ambroise Tézenas, © Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers by Pierre Sauvage and Olivia Roland, Flammarion, 2020

See an excerpt from the book.

This story originally appeared in the Scene column of Flower magazine’s Nov/Dec 2020 issue. Subscribe to the magazine or sign up for our free e-newsletter.