Monday, September 15, 2014


September in Paris is always a treat. The weather was gorgeous, dinner with Jose Esteves and Monique Duveau- Cote Sud- an amazing culinary experience at their favorite bistro Paul Bert…not to be missed next time you are in Paris.
I cut my visit  to Maisons et Objets down to one day, just enough time to meet with my vendors and be on the look out for new interesting ideas, pieces. The inspirations from Elizabeth Leriche were brilliant…a post to follow.

The highlight of my whirlwind trip to Paris was the AD INTERIEURS 2014 show at the Arts Decoratifs. For the 5th year, AD magazine invited 16 top french designers to create a room based on a piece from The Arts Decoratifs Museum. This show objective is to elevate "l'art De Vivre" to its highest level, reaching out to the most skills artisans and talented architects designers. This is the best representation of French Design.

 The dressing room "Dandy" by Christian Auer is based on Michel Boyer monumental chandelier, 1972

The Reading Room by Architects  Bismut et Bismut was designed around Jacques Adnet's desk and chair, 1950

The Piano Bar by studio Alberto Pinto was inspired by the Museum piece"Gueridon" by Philippe Hiquily, 1960's

Amazing texture and color of the piano

Vincent Darre imagined a living room within a crate, based on Armand Sculpture#1

Noe Duchaufour Lawrence's design room, a twist on the original piece by George de Feure vitrine, 1900

Beautiful details of the fabric draping 

Gilles and Boissier duo desk inspired by an 1860 vitrine "Fleuves"

Jean Francois Graff's inspiration cam from an exquisite Ming Dynastie 14th century vase.

My favorite room by Chahan Minassian, a presidential desk from Cesar,1966

Luis Laplace imagined a latin lover refuge, inspired by a Clement Mere desk, 1923

Isabelle Stanislas room is simply amazing, juxtaposing dorian, marble, glass…modern luxury in its pure form. Her inspiration, a 16th century venetian trunk is housed under glass.

Pierre  Yovanovitch living room is inspired by a Biaritz garden chair from Pierre Dariel, 1926

The amazing Bathroom by Charles Zana incorporates an Ettore Scottsass chandelier, 1957

Hope you are inspired...

A Bientot,


1 comment:

  1. So inspired by this tremendous showing and burst of creativity.
    Thank you Francine. I am still determined to have one of Jose's light fixtures one day!

    The Arts by Karena


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