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

Day 2 and 3 of our Paris Design Week adventure were based in the heart of the city (click here if you missed our first installment). Today we began our morning with Vincent Darré in his private apartment in the 8th Arrondissement.

The team at The Invisible Collection had planned for just a few of us to tour his beautiful home and by appointment showroom on Rue Royale by the designer himself, where everything you see is for sale.

Lamps by Patrice Dangel and Kim Moltzer and a lava-stone console by Eric Schmitt are poised beneath the lounge’s blood-orange ceiling, and a shimmering Manuela Paul‑Cavallier mirror fashioned of burned and gilded wood joins an Osanna Visconti di Modrone table in the blue bedroom below. More of his chair designs can be viewed on Darré’s website here.

The terracotta sconces by Vadim Androusov and André Arbus illuminate the bathroom below, and one of Nicky’s most coveted pieces, notice the Robert Four tapestry clad chair. Spot also the Taher Chemirik occasional tables in the living room below.

By the afternoon we moved on to Montmarte, and to Hubert le Gall’s workshop and studio. Born in 1961 in Lyon, le Gall decided to abandon his career in finance and devote himself to the arts. Designer, sculptor, scenographer and painter, his work is presented in major galleries around the world.

Hubert Le Gall is a respected scenographer, notably at the Jacquemart André Museum, Musée Maillol and at the Musée d’Orsay as well as for luxury brands Hermès and Ruinart.

Pieces from his furniture collection, including this Dumbo Chair below can be purchased via The Invisible Collection website here.

Above de Gall in his Montmarte Studio

An example of some of de Gall’s work above at Avant Scene Gallery in France

On Saturday afternoon we made it to some of the Paris Déco Off locations. Galleries and showrooms across the city opened their doors presenting new collections of furniture, lighting and fabrics.

Paris Déco Off runs side by side to Maison et Objet but offers a more authentic taste of Parisian design by being able to visit their showrooms directly.

The first stop for us was Pouenat, Ironworkers since 1880, the Pouenat workshops are historically established in Moulins, France. The brand are particularly well known for their interior decoration and decorative arrangement in metalwork.

They also manufacture lighting and furniture created by world renowned designers and architects including India Mahdavi and Tristan Auer.

Above the participating Design District of Saint Germain is decorated with these pretty lampshades

Pierre Frey on rue de Furstenburg in the 6th Arrondissement was one of Nicky’s highlights. This French furnishing house creates, edits and manufactures the most beautiful cottons, silks and woven textiles that Nicky continues to specify in so many of her chalet projects.

The last day of Design Week…

Sunday was to be spent at Marché les puces de Saint-Ouen. An absolute favourite spot to source for projects, designers and decorators flock here on a weekend. Whenever you visit Paris, you must always make time to visit this very special market. Here are a few pieces that particularly caught Nicky’s eye…


We can just imagine these fabulous cast sculptures on a console for Nicky’s Val d’Isere chalet project, and this pair of armchairs are just the ticket for the new South Africa house.


We couldn’t be more thankful to Justin Van Breda , Grant Pierrus from Interior Style Hunter, Vincent Darré,  and all the Team at the Invisible Collection for such a wonderful time in Paris.

Our eyes were opened to some of the most wonderful ateliers and designers homes, and we left feeling filled with inspiration ready to continue into this new year ahead… 

Nicky’s World January 2018