Bonjour Paris! Maison & Objet with our Friend Cara WoodhouseVasilis Stergiou
Photo by Paul Dufour
Strolling along quaint cobblestone streets surrounded by Haussmann architecture and the smell of croissants wafting in the air, Paris welcomed us with warm open arms. After wrapping up a successful Milan Design Week, we jetted off for Paris Design Week and attended Maison & Objet. The show was robust and brands were clever and creative with their experiential displays created to exhibit their product lines. The je ne sais quoi of the city made the inspired discoveries even more enchanting. Take a peek at some of our favorite discoveries made with the help of our friend and design maven Cara Woodhouse.
MAISON SARAH LAVOINE
No trip to Paris is ever complete without a drop-in to Maison Sarah Lavoine for some dreamy interior inspiration. The brand boasts a few showrooms around the city, but we prefer to pop into the one on Place des Victoires and indulge in a delicious lunch post-shopping. This year the arbiter of style expanded her lighting collection with clever, candy-colored lighting and killer statement-making sconces along with an array of jewel-hued decorative accents.
Bravo to all of the brands who came together for this return of design! Earthy decor from 101 Copenhagen. Light, airy and modern planters from Bujnie. Glass necklaces and architectural pearl rings by Marthe Cresson. Handmade vessels in alluring color palettes by Minimaist. Hand-printed linens and artisanal textiles made in France by Pays Superbe. Terrazzo candlestick holders and fresh tabletop decor by Puik.
O O U M M
On display at Maison & Objet, these modern marble masterpieces have been stopping us in our tracks for years! Ooumm’s original designs combined with complementary materials are the perfect accoutrements to any space. During the show, the chic brand debuted their latest signature scents—including Cara’s favorite fragrance Erakis—that are simply divine!
LAURA GONZALEZ X
Located in the heart of the Rive Gauche on Rue de Beaune is the treasure trove Galerie Vauclair, where the walls are flecked with custom Fromental wallcoverings and each furnishing tells a richly steeped story of artistry and craft. And, during Paris Design Week, the enchanting showroom enlisted famed interior architect and designer Laura Gonzalez on a special exhibition, Lucky Fish. “We mix all the Vauclair treasures with our pieces,” she says. “Here the iconic madras armchair was painted by hand by Atelier Roma Paris, flirting with the most sexy fish screen upholstered with a vintage Turkish carpet.” Below are a few other stellar pieces from the collaboration.
Stepping past the threshold and into France’s Art de Vivre, Emblem ateliers is a space that celebrates and revives time-honored French craftsmanship. Founded by Martin Pietri, an entrepreneur who has always been passionate about traditional French design, Emblem plays host to many traditional French brands including Maison Taillardat, manufacturer of high-end traditional furniture designed and once commissioned by Sofia Coppola to create pieces for her film Marie Antoinette. Maison Craman-Lagarde, a marquetry specialist and master cabinetmaker of superb-quality pieces in the French classic, Art Deco, as well as contemporary styles; Manufacture Des Emaux de Longwy, the oldest ceramic factory in France; and Maison Vernaz & Filles, specialist in custom gold-leaf work and historic restoration.