Paris Design Week

I was lucky to be able to head over to Paris last week for Paris Design Week, staying with my good friend and design collaborator, Hayley Alter. We went exploring some of the fantastic design exhibitions across the French capital, taking in some well-known tourist attractions along the way (amazingly, this was my very first visit to Paris!).

 Paris Design Week signage on the Champs Elysees (oh la la!)

Paris Design Week signage on the Champs Elysees (oh la la!)

I arrived into Paris into the Austerlitz Station via train from Limoges, so our very first PDW experience was “Hybridations” by Alexis Tricoire, an installation in the hothouses of Jardin Les Plantes. I loved the way the man-made objects blended so well into the plants, becoming part of the flora. The lighting was fantastic too, which made photography that bit easier!

 

 

We found an excellent exhibition of furniture and homeware in a gorgeous sunlit gallery (Galerie Joseph Turenne) in the Marais district. My favourite pieces were a beautiful curved wooden desk, chair upholstered with knitted green fabric and a series of weavings depicting the four seasons in Wiltshire:

I was struck by the high build quality and finish of the pieces on display. The exhibition was beautifully laid out, with plenty of space to let the objects breathe and benefitted from the large windows, tall ceilings and ceiling lights that made all the spaces feel light and airy.

 

And here's an obligatory tourist photo at the Eiffel Tower!

 So cool... Actually, the Eiffel Tower was very cool. And surprisingly big - I mean, I knew it was very tall but the base is absolutely huge. Each foot has a building under / around it!

So cool... Actually, the Eiffel Tower was very cool. And surprisingly big - I mean, I knew it was very tall but the base is absolutely huge. Each foot has a building under / around it!