Paris Design Week 2019

Paris is always a whirlwind for us. The January Design Week (the second falls in September) is always bitterly cold, but we hit the ground running as soon as we stepped off the Eurostar.

We started our first afternoon exploring Deco Off. Celebrating their 10th year the event is split in two, with hubs on the Rive Droite and Rive Gauche, with a shuttle whisking you from one location to the other. This is an opportunity for all the design showrooms and private ateliers to welcome professional designers to view new collections and take in all that they have to offer. It’s a wonderful way to see Paris and each brands beautiful space.

Above Lelievre and Pierre Frey on rue de Mail in the 2eme Arrondissement

As night fell it was time for cocktail hour at the new fabulous Christian Liaigre showroom on rue de Faubourg Saint Honoré, you may remember we wrote a feature about the opening late last year.

The four floor space is breathtaking, they have a dedicated design studio space where you can view all their samples and materials, every single piece of ironmongery, lighting, wood finish and detail has been custom made and designed by Liaigre. Other floors are laid out in an apartment style, with a dressing room, bathroom, bedroom and living dining spaces. The team from the London showrooms were also there so it was a wonderful opportunity for us to view pieces we’d not seen before.

The showroom is directly in front of Hôtel Le Bristol, so we couldn’t not dip our heads in and marvel at their incredible interiors. Afterwards, a very special dinner at Apicius  in the heart of the 8eme arrondissement.

Day two and it was time for our bi-annual Maison et Objet treasure hunt. Each time we visit the organisers slightly tweak the layout so getting to grips with the orientation is half the battle!

Nevertheless we had a serious mission on this day, we had plenty of FF&E to source for our new projects, especially some exterior pieces for our hotel project in Vejer, Spain.

Nicky is always drawn to beautiful matte finishes, this elegant library or dining room table particularly caught her eye last weekend…

Some more unusual materials here, wooden textiles, very interesting for a feature panel or sculptural piece perhaps?

It wouldn’t be difficult for us to find a home for this beautiful lamp in one of our chalets

So there you have it, some pieces that caught our eye, we’re always on the look out for new brands and designs, M&O is so vast though, you do need to remember to stay focused!

The following morning we made the time to get ourselves to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. Head straight to rue des rosiers and you are spoiled for choice on where to turn. We have our favourite areas but us designers need to keep a few secrets up our sleeves!

The best thing about Les Puces here is if you see anything you can’t quite carry home on the Eurostar, Hedley’s Humpers are set up in the market to deliver anything back to you in London. It makes our sourcing trips all the more tempting!!

Until next time Paris…

Nicky’s World January 2019