Design Flavors in Paris

Paris, as we all know has its effect on aspects like education, art, science, fashion, media, entertainment, etc on the entire world, and the reason why it is referred to as one of the largest “Global Cities”. Here comes the city of multi-talents with another remarkable impact on the art and design areas of consideration. It took off with the Maison and Object Trade Fair on September 7 and through the Paris Design Week, which started on September 10, the city buffed its way to glory with all the lighting, seating and bedding. More than 100 artists displayed their creative minds in the form of presentations, designs, exhibitions, etc.

Paris Design Week

But this is not new to Paris. It has been experiencing such designer reconstructions many times in the past. As the history repeated itself, this time, it was all evident in the Grand Palais where the opening of the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires was prevalent. “Re-imagining”, as they called it, was what Karl Lagerfeld was invited over for the layout of the Grand Palais. Everyone was looking forward to something extraordinary from the artistic minds.

What came out of this “Re-imagining” was something that certainly did not meet the expectations of many who thought it would be extravagant. The outcome was actually more simple and sober. You might want to say that the idea brought forward a picture of the city which has been re-painted in white and had a touch of Biedermeier proportions to it.

There was more to the design restructuring in Paris observed recently which included paintings, fine china, 18th century ladies’ revolver, medieval armor and unique furniture. You could find an amazing 1680 desk for sale at Didier Aaron & Cie which was made by Pierre Gole, Louis XIV’s cabinet-maker.

The makers of Haute Joaillerie could be found in abundance such as Boucheron, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Dior, Harry Winston, Piaget, and Van Cleef & Arpels. But Bulgari topped them all with a long queue of people waiting to take a look at Elizabeth Taylor’s mesmerizing gems. The bronze and leather cabinets displayed by L&M Arts along with the pieces of art by Wendell Castle, Ingrid Donat and Marc Newson were outstanding.

A private Montmartre house that Charlotte Perriand had decorated between 1959 and 1970 was recreated by Galerie Downtown François Laffanour. Vallois introduced some amazing pieces by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean Michel Frank and Eileen Gray. The auction house Artcurial was worth being visited with the interiors so lively.

Two non-French designers, Dimore Studio from Milan and Rafael de Cárdenas from America, startled the viewers with their pieces of art La Dolce Vita and Derniers Jours respectively. These were amongst the masterpieces of all, at least as the viewers reacted to it. The lovers of art and design could witness one of the largest collections of extraordinary pieces and ideas at one place. It was nothing less than a historical mark in the history of the design reconstruction.

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Tania Arcot

Tania Arcot is a freelance writer & entrepreneur living in Chandigarh, India. She was born with a writing flare and has been doing it for self-satisfaction ever since. She has secured degree in Textile Design from quite popular Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT). Check her out and read some of her other write-ups as facebook notes here. Snippet from Tania's writings - "There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures."

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