Nicky Travels // Paris Design Week September 2017

I don’t know why it always comes as such a surprise, but the bi-annual Maison et Objet is enough to floor any well seasoned interior designer. Eight halls the size of a rugby ground are filled to bursting with interior/design/craft related furniture, lighting and accessories.

We always go with a ‘to-do’ list, and we’re always on the hunt. We take the fair as a great opportunity for face-to-face meetings with our suppliers whom we deal with over the phone and email throughout the year, but also as an opportunity to discover updated lighting systems, new ceramics for our chalets, or new colour schemes to inspire us for next year.

Of course we’re not just a design studio concentrating on chalet design, our hotel in Spain this year is calling out for some fabulous ceramics to be sourced, and it’s the perfect design opportunity for us to be a little more creative with our lighting choices, material finishes and textiles.

Below we discovered these beautiful brass and marble wall sconces by Ginger & Jagger

Interni Edition is a very much thumbed catalogue in our design library, a brand never short of furniture that we love to specify.

Below JML presented some beautiful consoles and dining tables with some really beautiful wood finishes. One to remember for our projects next year…

A couple of shots above for us to remember for a project in the pipe line, and what a fabulous table. Imagine transporting this up into a chalet. Our delivery teams would have quite the challenge on their hands!

A break for our feet mid-afternoon came courtesy of Maison et Objet’s Designer of the Year, Parisian based designer Tristan Auer. Designer of the newly opened Crillon Hotel, Le Bain Hotel and a number of Palaces and private residences across the world, we were treated to an insight into how Tristan runs his studio, his design team, and his influences and inspirations.

Tristan’s stand in Hall 8 presented various pieces of his furniture collection, for example this much imitated sofa distributed by Holly Hunt, and below design pieces Tristan designed for his recent hotel projects.

Across the stand we could observe his hand drawings, studio upholstery strike-offs, marble samples, and inspirational photographs.


Back to a bit of sourcing, and we’re always on the look out for new but not overly designed exterior lighting.


Days 1 & 2 of our trip to Paris were filled with our exploration of Maison et Objet, but we can’t let a weekend in Paris go by without visiting Les Puces de Clignancourt in Saint Ouen. An absolute mecca for designers the world over, we had a hugely successful morning purchasing lighting, furniture and accessories for our installs this and next year.

Below are some snaps we took during our early Sunday morning visit…


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Nicky’s World September 2017