Change changes and so does good design. We were invited by Decology to take over their social media and bring you the juiciest design picks and interior inspiration direct from Paris Design Week.
After an early start at 5am, we caught the Eurostar to Paris for a design dash, courtesy of the lovely team at Deocolgy. Excitedly, with luggage and tiny metro tickets in hand, we made our way straight over to the main show, Maison et Objet. With a touch of Brexit in the air the first thing that caught our eye is an ivy clad neon circle beautifully announcing that 'Change Changes'. In a luxuriously appointed room set by star brand Ginger and Jagger this gave a great vibe to start our trip.
As we moved through the halls, showcasing design from around the world, we saw some powerful themes appearing. Inquisitive use of materials, exuberant decoration making a comeback, a playfulness with colour and a desire to improve the function of our lives with good design.
A standout star for us, combining some of the main themes from this years show, was Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo, with his recycled glass made gorgeous as sexy side tables. They looked like natural stone and not only are they elegantly function but good for the environment too. And that is good for the soul.
Petite Fritture also won our hearts with beautiful colours and a whimsical use of sculptural forms in their lighting, furniture and tablescapes. This brand is going from strength to strength and we always love seeing what they do next - definitely ones to watch.
New to us, fresh brand Nomess gave us 'A Beautiful Mess'. This collection of storage solutions and home accessories smacked us around the face with a healthy dose of colour and texture designed to clean up the mess of our day-to-day lives. We are sold and could happily have kitted out our office space there and then. Our studio could certainly qualify as 'a beautiful mess'. Their approach to functional but fun storage was perfect for us and indeed anyone in need of some order in their home.
Launching a gorgeous new collection, one of our favourite Danish design brands, Norman Copenhagen had an impressive stand that was all about rich blues and deep burgundy with interesting new aluminium shelves and storage bowls that had a clean futuristic vibe. Their Ace chair collection is fast becoming a new classic and it was great to bump into 'Ace' designer, the lovely Hans Hornemann to talk to him about his new designs. He wasn't giving much away about what's next for him, but safe to say it's worth keeping an eye on this bright young thing. He's definitely one of our design crushes.
On the lighting front, brands went big, with some wow factor installations, spectacular LED fabric and Artemide making major impact. We love to go big on scale with lighting in our home interior projects, so this was right up our street. Star pieces came in the form of the aptly named Phenomena Lights by Czech brand Bomma. These large scale blown glass beauties in fading pastel colours were the must haves of the show. Pricey but definitely worth structuring into your interior budget as star items to elevate your space.
After a full day of design we were ready for some downtime and the hotel Decology had chosen for us is the perfect place for a moment of calm, decorated entirely in baby blue and white. Le Lapin Blanc had a playful feel with its pleated sheer curtains dividing the room, diagonally laid blue tiles and rabbits tail motifs on the walls. There was a play on form and pastel colour and the huge bed and giant bath in the bedroom gave it a soft luxury whilst still remaining elegant as a whole.
When in Paris another interior has to be visited with a dinner at Le Dome du Marais, our favourite haunt for the past ten years. It's interior has changed a lot over the years and lost some of its rough charm with a very lux redesign, but it still has that wonderful intimate dining room with its spectacular dome. The atmosphere can't be beaten and that is something very hard to create in an interior.
Day 2 and there is time to take in some hidden interior gems on the streets of Paris as we check out the Village Saint Paul - full vintage markets and shops. So much to see and so much inspiration here as always, especially from the bold shop front of our new favourites Bien Fait. Print designers extraordinaire giving major impact with their graphic designs used in unexpected ways – so chic.
Paris this year had a tentative feel - unsurprisingly with the current state of affairs in Europe - but the design scene is as strong and vibrant as ever, leaving us with so many ideas for our interior projects. We hope you can take some of these ideas into your own homes too.
Love Russell and Jordan x