Paris Design Week 2020 – Our Guide

Happy New Year all! Apologies for the silence on our blog these past few weeks. We’ve finally ironed out some technical glitches. We’re hoping for our all new look blog in the coming few months so watch this space!

Nicky is heading to Paris next week for another round of Paris Design Week (January 16th 21st January), and we wanted to share one of the most lovely events of the week, Paris Deco Off. From the 16th – 20th January on both the Rive Gauche and Rive Droite, many public but also private showrooms and salons open their doors to professional and public visitors. It’s the perfect see a bit of Paris/get lots of research done day out!

Place Saint Germain-des-Prés and Place des Petits-Pères are the two locations that are best to start from, You won’t miss the strip of fabric covered lanterns hanging in the streets. These 2 addresses are also the locations for the free shuttle buses to take you from either side of the river. There are some 76 spaces to explore on the Rive Gauche, the Saint Germain side, including Zuber, Zimmer and Rhode, Pierre Frey, Moissonnier, Lizzo, Holland & Sherry (our favourite) Dedar, Elitis, C&C Milano and Alhambra. Perhaps if you’ve time the Ralph Lauren HQ is an absolute must see on Boulevard Saint Germain, the restaurant is divine.

Along rue du Mail on the Rive Droite, there are 25 or so places to explore from Romo, Sacho, Jab, Etro, Houlès and Lelièvre. From rue de Mail you can stroll along down to Galerie Vivienne one of the iconic covered passages in the 2eme arrondissment, or up to Place des Victoires and onto Le Marais for example.

From there you could visit Emprientes off rue de Bretagnes, 3 floors of craft, pottery, furniture and handmade jewellery, it’s difficult for us to leave empty handed.  We’ve two polar opposite favourite restaurants in the area if it’s lunchtime, Carbon (a firm evening favourite spot) on rue Charlot, beautiful food in a beautifully designed restaurant, and Chez Nenesse, a classic French bistro with a simple daily set lunch menu to suit everyone’s tastes. Save the names for another time if you can’t visit next week.

Take a stroll through the food and fresh produce market Marches des Rouge Enfants and along up to Boulevard Beaumarchais, Maison Plisson is Paris’ Daylesford, and a few doors down you have the iconic 3 story Merci concept store. Again, impossible to leave here empty handed.

Galerie Armel Soyer is also in the 3eme, and well worth an appointment if you’ve time. Le Monde Sauvage is a fab store if you spot one, there are 2 or 3 in and around the Marais, selling tapestries, upholsteries, textiles, furniture and furnishings.

Caravanne on rue Pavee in le Marais is also a favourite (above), there are 6 stores in Paris so look them up if you’ve time. Think deep generous sofas, elegant accessories and furniture you’ve surely recognised before.

We’ll be continuing our Paris round up next weekend following our visit on our Instagram (click here to be redirected).

Nicky’s World 2020