The Paris Design Week 2017 Inspiration intake was amazing. See photos of design, art, fashion, interiors, architecture and musical experiences in Paris that inspired me. This trip was a mix of work and family time which was very special. Paris for me gets better every trip as you get to know the city more and more!
First I took the train from Brussels to Paris, which was a joy and so easy to do. I had been in Brussels for a mill trade show. Meeting with suppliers from all over the world. The first night in Paris I stayed out at the airport at Nomad to be near the exhibition Maison Objet the next morning.
Maison & Objet 2017
The Maison & Objet 2017 trend that I was excited to see coming through in home products was a lot of colour, pattern and plants inside and out. The stunning strong greens, coral and reds. These mix beautifully with the greys. I am excited to replan my garden for next summer with oversized pots full of grasses. The Marimekko stand summed up the trend beautifully. Below are a few of my favourite photos to show these interior trends.
Paris Natasha Marshall Stockist visit.
I then headed off in the rain to see a new Natasha Marshall wallpaper stockist Au Fil Des Couleurs. It was beautiful wallpaper shop in the 6th Arr. We are really proud to have our Tandem collection showing there and soon the Fife Yacht collection.
Then I headed off to find our Airbnb in the heart of the fabric and wallpaper district Saint- Germain-des-Pres. It was a tiny, but beautifully Parisian flat, that was to be home for the next few days with my mum and two aunts. It was pouring with rain and we found a superb little restaurant round the corner. Seraphin brasserie & restaurant. They served wonderful food and the service was excellent.
Places to visit & places to eat in Paris:
I am not sure where to start next as we had such a magical tim! So lets start with our walk to the Louvre……
We went to Musee des Arts decoratifs for the Christian Dior 70th anniversary exhibition. This was an incredible show and a must see if you can be in Paris before January. I do hope they bring it to the V&A in London as I would love to see it again. What then made it even more special for me was my aunt Anne worked on the PR for Dior from 1960 for 8 years. It was so special hearing her stories as we went round. She talked about how she never went anywhere without a hat that worked with her outfit. How working there taught her the importance of accessories and that they make an outfit. Plus the stories about the Paris and London scene at the time. A fairytale time in her incredible career.
Followed by a wonderful lunch with my mum, cousin Ed and Anne’s friends from New Orleans Frances and Rodney in LouLou’s. LouLou’s is at Musee des Arts decoratifs, next to the Louvre.
That night we then went to a concert in Eglise Saint Germain des Pres, that mum had noticed a poster for! A violinist David Braccini and friends were playing Vilvaldi four seasons. A truely magical end to a wonderful day.
‘Sorry I am a Lady’ Painting exhibition.
The next morning my cousin Anna’s first solo exhibition in Paris opened at Jardin du Luxembourg. A exhibition of her paintings ‘Sorry I am a Lady’. It was amazing to see the paintings I had seen her working on finished and having such a great reaction. A lovely end to a special weekend with family.
Paris Design Week
Then the week began on the Paris Design week trail with recommendations from Nathalie Cohen at Au fil des Couleurs.
Wow what a start at La Monnaie De Paris, 11 Quai Conti for the Exposition AD Magazine show. They had given interior designers a room to decorate each and these were amazing to explore. Meeting the designer to talk about each room was very special. I have adde a few of my favourites! Plus loved sharing the videos on my Instagram Stories!
We then popped into BVH Marais, Rue De Rivoli as in the Basement Au fil des Coloeurs have a pop up shop which was great to see and across the road in Hotel De Ville there was the Exposition Marie Claire Maison Style De Vie.
Plus visiting the stunning interior showrooms that were all open from Paris Design Week in Saint Germain des press area.
Centre Pompidou – Modern Architecture in Paris.
Then had time to pop into the Centre Pompidou to see the David Hockney exhibition I had missed in London at the RA. It was a excellent show and very inspiring how he used colour and later photos in his early work.
Plus loved the views across Paris as you go up the outside of the building on the escalators and the current collections. One of my favourites this time being the installation Kinetic interior by Yaacov Adam originally designed for the Elysee Palace in 9171!
I have always had a soft spot for the Centre Pompidou building designed by architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Paino and Gianfranco Franchini. The rawness of the building with all the services showing in the outside in fun colours I feel has stayed modern in appearance. Many people feel this building it is out of place in Paris, but for me this is what makes it special.
For our last night we finished the day at another amazing restaurant JaJa’s which was superb and afterwards we were all sad to say goodbye to Paris and our little flat. A special time together that we will treasure forever.
My must do’s in Paris!
My four favourite restaurants in Paris are JaJa, LouLou, Creperie Beaubourg and Seraphin.
Must see places are – Fabric and wallpaper showrooms in the Saint-Germain-des Pres area, Au fil Coleurs wallpaper shop, a concert in a local church to where you are staying, Les Arts Decoratifs, The Pompidou for views across Paris and exhibitions.
Places I have loved visiting on past trips to Paris:
Places on my list to visit on my next trip:
Clignancourt flea market in Paris / Armis de la piscine near Lille concrete church / Eglise Norte-Dame du Raincy / Rue franklin building / Monet Garden in Giverny / Musee du lart et la piscine in Lille – Roubaix
Paris Design Week 2017 Inspiration
My favourite time to be in Paris is January and September, so I can go to Paris Design Week, Maison & Objet and Paris Deco Off. A wonderful place to get inspired about interiors, colour and pattern.