Arriving in Paris, one becomes aware that this city is full of unknown urban treasures. A door is opened and it's a magnificent courtyard that appears. A wrong path is taken and it's a wild antiques market that you see. METAL has found five must-see design shops you would dream of discovering by accident.
Not only representing the rich history of Paris in arts and design, these spots also unveil a certain vision of a contemporary entrepreneurship in creating attractive design shops. Some of them have just come out whereas others have been in the Paris landscape for a few years.
Maison M – stands for Maison Magazine – was created only two months ago. As its name suggests, it has been designed magazine-like. Although the concept seems challenging, this shop is a very fine achievement. A huge sticker is affixed on the store front to announce the month's main topic, a set designer is invited to change the window every month and the interior of the shop comes in several headings: living room, kitchen and library.
The Collection was founded in 2003 to show the latest works in European design and interior design. The shop is inspired by a passion for design and craftsmanship, and especially by the fine balance between the two. Various European designers are regularly brought to light, both renowned and young designers. Currently, The Collection is honored to invite color designer Coco Hellin's to present her new collection and collaborations.
Paris-based architect and designer India Mahdavi created her studio in 1999. Her notable collaborations include Café Français in Paris, Coburg Bar at London’s Connaught Hotel, Monte Carlo Beach in Monaco, Rivington Hotel in Manhattan, and Townhouse Hotel in Miami. It made perfect sense when India created her own space in Paris, 'Petits Objets', a place where you can find all her latest crushes.
Hidden in the middle of a huge antiques market located on the outskirts of Paris, Maison Jaune is a charming place created by Elodie and Julien Régnier, specialized in vintage deco. You can find there some outstanding pieces of furniture, lighting and utilitarian forms, all from European design from 1950 to present.
Velvette I Care Design
Velvette I Care is not like your usual design store. Its approach combines ecological furniture and a creative vision of contemporary design. Elissia, the woman who founded the place, selects a wide range of design pieces which point out a unique know-how in the work of raw materials and especially in woodworking.
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