Nicky Travels // Paris Design Week January 2018 ~ Part One

Every January we make sure we block out a few days to hit Paris for their biannual Design Week. There is always SO much to explore, but this year we were thrilled to join Interior Design Tours (click here for their website) for a long weekend of showroom visits, private apartment tours, fabulous evening events at the American Embassy and Le Crillon Hotel, and ending up on Sunday at our much loved Le Marché aux puces de Saint Ouen. 

 In our blog this week we’re sharing two post features to share the sights we saw along the way. 

We arrived in Paris bright and early on the Friday and headed straight to Maison et Objet for a full day of sourcing for our new projects in London, South Africa and The Alps.

Our South Africa family home project has given us the opportunity to source some new interesting outdoor furniture by Cinna, Expormim and Exteta, and some new upholstery materials by Missoni, Frato and Munna particularly caught our eye. 

We also spent a good amount of time researching some contemporary bathroom fittings and fixtures, particularly for our new city project. Maison Valentina, Sopha Industries SAS, Alape, EX.T and Dornbracht all caught our eye.

The Munna/Ginger & Jagger stand catches our eye each season, a design brand confident with their playful shapes and bold colours. You may remember we were particularly fond of their lighting at last show in September.

This Softline Armchair Moai, by Philip Bro won the German Design Award this year, and caught Nicky’s eye for a possible specification in one of our current London projects.


As the day drew to an end we hop footed it back to our beautiful hotel in St Germain before heading out to the Gala 18 champagne reception hosted by Justin Van Breda in partnership with ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Centre) at the Hôtel de Talleyrand, the US Embassy State Apartment.

Of course we were far too busy taking it all in to be taking photographs that night so we must show you this beautiful photograph and share a little on the recent renovations.

This was a nine-year $5 million project, the U.S. State Department restored the State Apartment known today as the George C. Marshall Centre which was funded by private foundations and individuals from both sides of the Atlantic. Ten rooms were restored, creating a setting for high level international conferences, meetings and receptions. Three of the rooms house permanent exhibitions.

As our evening came to a close at the Embassy we walked over to the fabulous Hotel de Crillon on Place de la Concorde. The hotel re-opened last year after an extensive renovation.

Of course the bar was filled with designer and decorator friends from London, looks like we all had the same idea to end our evening in style before our another action packed day the following day…

Thank you again to Justin Van Breda , Grant Pierrus from Interior Style Hunter and all the team at the Invisible Collection for opening a new window into Paris that day. In our next post  (click here for the fast link!) we’ll be sharing our visits to a fabulous private apartment, visiting Deco-Off, Pierre Frey & the famous antiques market in Saint Ouen…

January 2018 – Nicky’s World