Paris was abuzz with activity this month as design insiders roamed the halls of the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center at Maison & Objet and popped into fabric showrooms in Saint-Germain-des-Prés for Paris Déco Off, seeking inspiration, taking in newness, and digesting trends. Fresh finds filled the booths and the streets, with notable debuts across every imaginable category: a seashell-embellished wall covering, fringed silk seating, endearingly scalloped umbrellas, and so much more. Find AD PRO’s standout moments below.
Provence-based wicker furniture and lighting maker Atelier Vime debuted its new collection in a 1920s stained glass window and metal workshop factory. The installation was a haute bohemian dream between the intricately woven wicker pendant lights, seating daintily displayed within the industrial interiors, and a particularly striking scalloped pelmet from which Braquenié fabric draped a bathtub.
The Invisible Collection teamed up with Mobilier National—the French decorative arts preservation institution—for an installation that blended the best of the new with the best of the old. Standouts included cloud-like floor lamps by Diane de Kergal, an arced chair by Maison Leleu, and a sinuous table by Rodigo Rize. They were all peppered throughout the incredible Féau Boiseries workshop and gallery.
Around the city more installations stole the hearts of the design community, including the beach-chic island fantasy that was de Gournay’s showroom (an impeccable seashell-embellished wall covering included), the modern lighting vignettes at Designheure, and the sculptural and conceptual furniture at Theoreme.
Maison & Objet standouts
We had some note-worthy show newcomers. Guadalajara-based handmade furniture brand Mexa Design’s brightly hued outdoor pieces packed a punch, and Stockholm studio Stamuli opted for a more candy-colored approach to its geometrical tables, chairs, and mirrors. Fellow newbies Themis Z—the endearing Greek tabletop brand—showed its cult-favorite wares, and Amsterdam-bred &Klevering exhibited its pillar drinks tables and the kooky-wavy pieces every Gen Z design aficionado is dreaming of.