Nicky Explores le Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris
Last weekend we travelled to Paris for the bi-annual Paris Design Week. It had been a particularly busy few weeks preparing the talk at Christies, and completing some installations over in the French Alps, so it was time for some re-energizing and exploring.
There’s something about just jumping on a train at St Pancras on a Friday evening that fills you with such excitement. No airport hassle, no mini bottles to fish out of your luggage, just pass through security, walk onto a train, and 2 hours later, bienvenue à Paris!
The following morning we tackled Maison et Objet, but on Sunday morning we raced to the antiques market in Saint-Ouen. The highlight of the weekend. We were more excited to get there it seemed than the dealers at 9am, so it was the perfect opportunity to take a café at the Philippe Starck designed Ma Cocotte. Situated in the middle of rue Rosier, it’s also happens to be the perfect spot to start your exploring, as it’s where all the best dealers are based in this little area of the vast market.
With plenty of projects on the drawing board at NDID, it didn’t take us long before we started spotting some real treasures. We’ll keep our favourite dealers close to our chest for now, but we can assure you, you’ll almost certainly find something you can’t possibly carry home on the Eurostar. Good job they’re all set up with weekly shippers back to the UK.
Ma Cocotte, 106 Rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint Ouen Paris
NDID January 2017