Paris Design Week September 2012: What I Saw

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 mail@rohiniwahi.com

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 (5 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 (5 years ago)

    French is french. I like their avantgarde style 🙂

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