15 Fabulous Reasons for Our Recent Visit to Paris

In January PORTE-COCHÈRE jetted off to Paris for Maison & Objet and Paris Déco Off where we attended some fabulous events and found some exquisitely unique and ultra high quality brands!

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The founders of Antoinette Poisson, Julie Stordian, Vincent Farelly and Jean-Baptise Martin, were exhibiting for the first time with their single sheet hand blocked wallpapers and textiles.  This wonderful trio was inspired to revive the art of 18th century painted wallpapers after repeatedly having to create sheets for irreparable ones on their historic restoration projects.

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The collection is full of charming motifs yet with a surprisingly modern feel!

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Another exciting and creative trio were the team of Santo & Jean Ya – a French-Mexican company headquartered in New York City!

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Their beautiful gold leafed Butterfly chairs stood out from the crowd – even in the ultra curated and talent filled Hall 7 – Scènes d’Intérieur!

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We fell in love with Cinabre Gallery – owner and designer Christine Rouviere was delightful and her creations were exquisite! Unfortunately our images of their exhibit inexplicably disappeared – but here are a few beautiful pieces from their site – their use of brass and natural shapes and materials is marvelous!

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The sensational Hall 7 then lead us to three more exciting brands!

Paola Paronetto – amazingly talented Italian artist who was displaying her most recent creations of porcelain, paper clay and “Terre sigillate”.

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Another fabulous Italian brand – Imperfettolab defines “imperfetto” not as imprecision, but rather as something unique and exclusive.  They describe their collection of design objects and furniture as inspired by the imperfections of raw materials, and created with the intention of expressing a synthesis between natural and artificial elements becoming familiar, domestic.  Each piece is made from fiber glass using a mold, which is then sanded, painted and hand-polished resulting in some truly magnificent functional works of art!

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These large, and light enough to easily lift, fiberglass stone like shapes drew us in to their space!

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And then we sat in this gorgeous and amazingly comfortable fiberglass chair!

Maison & Objet was filled with talented Belgians this show including Michaël Verheyden’s fantastic mixed material accessories and accent furniture,

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Authentage’s over 3,000 SKU’s of timeless artisan made, innovative LED, and customizable lighting which was presented to us by lighting guru CEO Peter Van Hal,

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And then there was the family run Sempre!  This Belgian brand had the most amazing booth design we have ever seen at any trade show, EVER!!  We came across them at the end of day 3 and were drawn in by the gorgeous flowers – who we later learned were done by the Belgian flower house Oogenlust – WOW does not even begin to describe how glorious their work was!  Each arrangement beautifully put Sempre’s glass vases to use!

These pictures do not do the booth justice as it was even more magical in real life!

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We were invited in to their whimsical customer lounge tented with yards and yards of Belgian linen and offered the most amazing drinks (much needed after a long day!) featuring their beautiful glasses and filled with delightful treats such as star anise, cinnamon, red pepper corns and an exotic Japanese leaf (an herb which we cannot remember the name of but which was utterly delicious!)

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A few other favorites…

The Parisian brand Hamilton Conte – a high end collection inspired by the 1950s and 70s, the Americas and Scandinavia, and all with a touch of Parisian flair.

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Garbarino Collections – a tailored line of refined casegoods designed by the renowned Monacan interior designer Adriano Garbarino.

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We loved meeting the granddaughter-in-law and great grandson of the famous Carl Rotter, founder of Rotter Glas, the German crystal ware brand known for their brilliant colors and unique cuts.  This brand exudes timeless elegance!

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And one last fun find was the new Transamac outdoor lounger by the French brand Belanka!

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We also had some non-Maison & Objet fun while in Paris!

The 2nd Annual American Party in Paris was a gorgeous gathering in the painting filled Salon des Arcades at the Hôtel de Ville hosted by Webster & Company along with 11 other fabulous showrooms – Ainsworth-NoahDe Sousa HughesGeorge Cameron NashHines & CompanyHolly HuntJerry PairJim ThompsonJohn Brooks, Inc.Kelly Forslund, Inc.Kneedler | Fauchère and Thomas Lavin.

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And last but certainly not least we LOVED our first visit to the Paris Flea Market for Toma Clark Haines, founder of The Antique Diva & Co. European Tours, and Andrew Joseph PR’s champagne breakfast at Un Singe en Hiver!
Toma and The Antique Diva & Co. offers customized antique buying tours in 8 countries and to-the-trade buying services.  These Divas know where to go, how to buy and transport your finds!

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