Paris Design Week September 2012: What I Saw

Paris Design Week


With the whole of the design industry descending on Paris at the beginning of September for Europe’s largest homeware exhibition, Maison et Objet – the city is rendered more magical than ever. As well as the main trade show [Maison et Objet] which displays aisles and aisles of new launches and covetable homewares from the industry’s key players – Paris’s galleries, boutiques and magnificent buildings become a playground for glittering events, cocktail parties and innovative art installations

Here are my highlights…

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At the Fair: Graceful candlesticks and candelabra’s made of golden sandblasted gunmetal – a new collaboration from British furniture brand SCP and Brooklyn Studio Fort Standard.

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At the Fair: Also by Fort Standard are these elegant wooden turned magnets made from either solid oak or walnut and feature very strong rare-earth magnets.

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At the Fair: I’m loving the addictive pattern trend for polka dots, seeds and pips… and I love this combination of monochrome and pale pastel prints in Marimekko’s new collection of textiles.

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At the Fair: A sure fire future classic – Ferm Living launched this new collection of pastel and neon print pillows  – polka dots, triangles and chevrons made all the better in flouro orange.


Merci: The design world’s favourite haunt during design week – the beautiful concept store Merci located at the lyrically titled address – 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais – was brimming with inspiration as ever. Upon entrance the central ceiling was strung with a shower of Urbanear’s headphones in an array of carefully curated colours…

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Merci: The light filled top floor was styled as usual with the most beautiful table displays…

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Merci: And shelves brimming with glittering glassware…

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and stacks of covetable tableware…


Merci: Brass tags at the perfume counter…

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Merci: Paola Navone’s new monochrome tableware collection.

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Merci: Neon stationary…

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Merci: Famous bedlinen in an array of covetable colours – especially the coral pink – and I am aspiring to make my bed look like the cosy one on display!



Merci: The store has two cafes, one themed like a dark and cosy library and one in the light filled basement [yes in Paris even the basements are flooded with natural light from tall windows] which are the perfect retreats for the trade show fatigued. The food served here is fresh and homemade, abundant salads, tarts, organic cakes and bittersweet lemonades.



Next door to Merci is a store that can only be described as THE children’s store. Almost trumping Merci with its fabulousness Bon Ton is hands down one of the most magical stores I have ever set foot in – and it is devoted to kids! Set over three floors the boutique is a mini empire of chic fashion, furniture, homeware and giftware for children. The  space features a cafe, a beauty salon [!], a book shop, a confiserie, and an old-fashioned photo booth.

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Bon Ton: Super cute bow print holdall’s for general kids stuff!

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Bon Ton: Adorable and amusing Party bags – [see image in corner image to see how it looks when tied!]

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Bon Ton: Glittering stars suspended in nostalgic transparent jelly balls

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Bon Ton: Double cherry lollipop

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Bon Ton: Starry stairs…a simple and magical wall treatment for kid’s rooms.


My food highlight was two trips to the famous La Relais d’Entrecote where the choices are steak or steak – and an unending supply of golden fries! The dessert options however are endless and the restaurant serves an array of nostalgic sweet delights – I shared [!] a mountain of profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce and ice-cream centres.

A perfect end to an inspiring trip to the city of lights.



Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

2 Comments on Paris Design Week September 2012: What I Saw

  1. UK Home interiours - Coving
    Thursday, September 20th, 2012 11:27 at 11:27 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks for posting this article, I really enjoyed looking through your photographs of paris. it’s such a beautiful and elegant city!

  2. Founterior
    Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 17:45 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

    French is french. I like their avantgarde style 🙂

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