The (Re)Generation! of Maison & Objet January 2020: Part I

Bonjour tout le monde, ça va? I hope your holiday was magnifique. I guess we’re all winding down after the chaos that inevitably comes that time of year. Personally I’m ready to move into 2020 with a clear vision and focus on the future while enjoying every present moment!

With The Paris Apartment, I’m slipping into a new phase too. Of course we’ll still be about all things luxe, French, boudoir et belle, but promoting what’s sustainable; natural products that are reusable, recycled, up-cycled, made by hand and creative. Equally exciting is we’ll be meeting the créateurs et créatrices behind the ideas; the innovators who dream up and bring to life new products as well as those who’ve been walking a holistic path for years, paving the way.

The best way to find them all in one place is at the Maison & Objet. It’s the world’s chicest home and accessories trade show. The events are held twice a year at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. It’s an enormous venue with multiple halls, thousands of exhibitors from all over the world, art, installations, conferences, workspaces and interactive events. This year’s dates are January 17-21, 2020 and September 4-8, 2020.

There’s a lot. The map below will definitely help.

As it turns out, Maison et Objet event planners and exhibitors are on the same trajectory as so many of us. Take a look at their theme this month:

2020 Theme: “(RE) GENERATION!” Playing the nostalgia card is out of the question! So, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, MAISON&OBJET is looking to the future and, in its upcoming January and September editions, will set out to analyse the attitudes, desires and expectations of Generation Y and Z’s digital natives. A whole year’s celebrations will be devoted to these committed millennials who, confronted with the many current crises, are looking for a better world, changing the rules and revolutionising consumer behaviour in both the home and lifestyle sectors.

I started digging around the Exhibitor List and got lost in the story of Plantes & Parfums. It’s hard not to charmed by this pure and natural business…

where they work

their instagram!

their philosophy

L’Art du Parfumage

their blog…see what I mean? And that is just the beginning.

Anyway there’s a huge push in the sustainability movement and everyone’s into it, including the designers who received talent awards this year. They’re inventors, designers and progressive thinkers who are rethinking outmoded objects and ideas.

RISING TALENT AWARDS

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The Paris-based duo Natacha Poutoux and Sacha Hourcade is intent of revolutionizing the world of household electrical appliances and to bring design to fields where it is often ignored. The pair both graduated from ENSCI Les Ateliers and then trained with some of contemporary design’s most iillustrious names—the Bouroullec brothers and Stefan Diez for Natacha, India Mahdavi for Sacha. They founded their own firm in 2017.

“Nowadays, technical or electrical objects are generally conceived by engineers, whereas we’d like to approach designing them in the same way as you would a chair. We also want to introduce different savoir-faire and materials. At present, companies tend to make everything out of plastic.
Sacha: For example, we’ve created an air humidifier, in which the water container is made of glass. That brings up new questions about its life cycle. What do you do with it afterwards? And do you place it somewhere visible or do you continue to hide it like most other humidifiers today?”

After studying at ENSCI Les Ateliers in Paris and the University of Arts in Berlin, Adrien Garcia worked for five years for an interior design practice specialized in wellness and spa projects. He set up his own firm in 2019 and is currently in the process of developing his debut furniture collection.

“All the materials I use are more or less natural. If not, they’re either recycled or repurposed by an artisan. I have a really, really big aversion to plastic. I can’t stand it. Instead, I prefer to use oak and have my own trees in the forest on my property.”

Nominated by the director of the Ecole Camondo, René-Jacques Mayer.
Laureline Galliot trained as a dancer and as a textile colorist before taking a degree in design at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. Using an iPad and virtual reality software initially developed for the animated film industry, she creates objects by sculpting with color. Four of them have already found their way into the French National Design Collection at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris.

“I’m really passionate about the way industry has distorted things, even in the food sector. There’s a standardization of forms, with only shapes that can be easily molded. We’ve ended up producing vegetables in that way. They all have to be perfect geometrical forms. There’s no longer a place for anything misshapen. I want to reeducate people’s eye to things that are less industrial and more organic, where the ultimate goal is no longer a sort of perfect rigor.”

Whew!

Last but not least for today’s deep dive is a list of cool places once you’re outside the fairgrounds and back in the heart of Paris. It’s some of the great restaurants, work and hybrid spaces that are embracing the philosophy of zero waste and conscious living. From the M&O website: THIS IS PARIS!

Connected, veggie, vintage, ethical, collaborative, and activist: the next-gen Parisian lifestyle in fifteen inspired spots.

Though the “(RE) GENERATION!” theme of the fair gives you the keys to understand this new context, Paris is already living in tune with the latest consumer trends. Here’s our ideal tour of the city. (this is an abbreviated list…get the full monte here:

L’Abattoir Végétal

Does a funky take on healthy tempt you? Ava Farhang advocates for the concept of a healthy mind in a fun environment. Yes, you can like healthy seeds and grains and good home cooking, too, and this is just what this new spot on the Left Bank wants to show us. Chef Jenny Boniton cooks up delicious, cross-cultural vegetarian or vegan cuisine by taking inspiration from the many flavors of the world. And here’s some good news: you can dine all day, from noon to midnight, and small bites to share (kaho pad sapparot, baba ganoush, and more) can be savored alongside stunning cocktails such as the Goji-berry and litchi Spritz.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-00:00, 9 rue Guisarde, 6th arrondissement Paris. www.abattoirvegetal.fr

Deskopolitan

Resolutely in the category of all-purpose venues, here’s a place that’s a co-working space, boutique hotel, restaurant, gym, rooftop vegetable garden, speakeasy, and barber shop, all in one! It’s an urban campus that’s one-of-a-kind in Europe, dedicated to work and to personal development. The interior design was a creation of London-based architectural firm MoreySmith, which has, in particular, crafted the design of Primark’s offices.

226 boulevard Voltaire, 11th arrondissement Paris. deskopolitan.com/

Maif social club

A hybrid space for co-working, having a cup of coffee, and getting in some culture, with an innovative, multidisciplinary program of events (exhibitions, shows, debates, workshops, etc.) that raise questions about the new ways we consume, the housing of the future, sustainable development, activism in the era of the social web, or the ecological transition. A 1000-square-meter space at the heart of the Marais that’s free and open to the public…what a dream!

Monday-Friday 10:00-20:30 and Saturdays 10:00-19:00, Le Maif Social Club, 37, rue de Turenne, 3rd arrondissement Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 44 92 50 90. Free access.

Jours à venir

This is THE new eco-friendly boutique in the Abbesses area! Alice and Léa tested their finds online before opening a shop IRL. They’ve selected around fifty brands focused on direct distribution, recycling, and organic products. With, as a bonus, workshops on-site to help you learn to make your own cosmetics and decorative or lifestyle accessories.

Monday through Saturday 10:30-19:30, and Sundays 13:00-18:00, 2, rue Androuet, 18th arrondissement Paris. www.joursavenir.com

La Recyclerie

A social space dedicated to eco-consciousness, La Recyclerie is constantly showing a new face. You might meet up here to have a bite to eat, fix something at René’s workshop, do some gardening at the urban farm set up in the former rail yard of the Gare d’Ornano, or attend a talk. It’s the essential spot to find out more about zero-waste living, recycling, permaculture, or collaborative consumption.

Open Monday-Friday 8:00-00:00, Saturdays 12:00-02:00, and Sundays 11:00-22:00, 83 boulevard Ornano, 18th arrondissement Paris. www.larecyclerie.com

The M&O website is one that takes time to explore. It goes deep…the articles and recommendations and activities are endless. I’ll be sharing what I find as I prep for the show and discover more and more talent. If you’re going or would like to come with me, let me know. A demain!

January 4, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bio, Eco Friendly, France, Going Green, Green, Maison et Objet, Organic, Organics, Paris, Sustainability, Sustainable. 1 comment.

Top 10 French Coffee Table Books for 2020

May I Come In?

Bonjour toute le monde! It’s that time between holidays when there are a few moments of quiet to get lost in the wonderland of the web…and you know what they say, the time we enjoy wasting is not wasted time! That said, it did take a minute to round up this wishlist of books, some of which are written by talented women I’ve admired for years. Each is filled with art, furniture, fabrics and trim, decorated doors and ceilings, chandeliers, outdoor spaces, architecture and style that has stood the test of time. I’d love to have any one of them on my cocktail table. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, check these beauties out for yourself and get lost in a world of imagination. And so, for those who’d rather curl up with a book than a phone…we say, happy reading!

Have more cocktail books to recommend? Please share in the comments below!

French Interiors

At Home in Paris

PEONIES

Paris in Bloom

French House Chic

My Stylish French Girlfriends

Haute Bohemians

Biblio-Style

In the Company of Women

PARIS

ok this last one isn’t really a book, it’s a decorative journal with blank pages but i do love the cover!

Just fyi, please note that some of the links are affiliate. I only recommend products I love because I think you’ll love them too!

December 2, 2019. Tags: , , , , , . Books, France, Interiors, Living, Paris, Paris Apartments, Reading. 1 comment.

10 Chic Boutique Hotels in Paris, 2019

Bonjour et Happy Spring! I hope you’re doing well and coming out of winter hibernation.

This time of year we get lots of requests for hotel recommendations so I put together a list of my personal Parisian favorites. Below is a list of Boutique hotels (I normally stay in apartments but do love a great hotel now and then). Like the image above, most of us would be happy with just a bed by a window…They were chosen based on aesthetics (can’t tolerate bad decor, especially in Paris), price and amenities. (I’m a sucker for a fireplace or pool, good sheets, central location and a view).

If you’d like to add any to the list please let me know. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these even if it’s just an armchair vacay for now! (image via Pinterest)

1. Hôtel Mansart – Esprit de France

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Hôtel Mansart – Esprit de France A colorful Boutique Hotel

Set on the on the corner of the prestigious Place Vendome, this hotel offers refined guest rooms with old world charm that’s traditional but not too serious. It’s got all the modern conveniences we love in good hotel. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV, satellite channels, WIFI and mini-bar. All rooms are decorated with antiques and include tea and coffee makers.

A continental breakfast is served each morning in the elegant dining room. Guests can enjoy a drink in the hotel bar. A 24-hour front desk, newspapers and laundry services are provided.

2. La Maison Favart

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La Maison Favart – A Light-hearted Boutique Hotel

This is a fun hotel that’s done in a playful 18th century design. It’s in the heart of town and is only  a 5 minute walk to the Opéra and the Grands Boulevards. A sauna, gym and pool can be enjoyed for free on site.  Flat-screen TV and  WiFi are provided in the air-conditioned rooms.

The rooms also have a coffee machine as well as a mini bar. A morning buffet is served daily in the breakfast room and the hotel has a 24-hour reception desk. some of the rooms have questionable decor so ask which you’re booking if want a more subtle palette.

3. Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

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Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais – A Charming Boutique Hotel that takes you back in time

This is one of my favorite small hotels in Paris. It’s in the heart of the 4th arrondissement, the perfect location to do absolutely anything including walking around at night. Not far from from the Place des Vosges and Musée Carnavalet, it’s one of the most precious boutique hotels in Paris and was once an entire house. There are 19 rooms in total, each designed to evoke the Paris of the past. Rooms and suites are decorated with French furniture and decor, chandeliers and whimsical details. Breakfast is served each morning in a wonderful original room with exposed stone walls and a working fireplace.

The hotel has all the amenities and comforts including WIFI, USB plugs, minibars and flat screen TVs. There’s an elevator that goes to all floors, air-conditioning and some of the rooms have small balconies. Book early as it fills up quickly and is difficult to secure during high season.

4. Hotel des Grands Boulevards

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Hotel des Grands Boulevards – Very special hotel with exceptional service

This is a lovely boutique hotel with beaucoup style and all the modern trimmings. It’s meticulously run with great pride without being stuffy. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV, WiFi and dimmer switches for soft lighting. There is also a coffee machine with organic coffee in the rooms, as well as a radio and phone.

Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning. The hotel’s restaurant serves a variety of dishes and also offers vegetarian options, and guests can enjoy drinks and dining in the hotel bar. Staff at the 24-hour front desk are very helpful.

5. Hotel Saint-Germain des Prés

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Hotel Esprit St Germain – Welcoming & intimate with a spa & fireplace

This is a fantastic 5 star boutique hotel that has the feeling of being at a private residence. It’s on the Left Bank in a lovely location. It’s been the winner of the numerous awards for being a top hotel worldwide. The design is understated and has been thoughtfully decorated throughout the lobbies and in the 28 rooms and lounges. Guests are greeted with personalized service, and complimentary drinks are offered throughout the stay while sitting by the fire.

For those who love the left bank, this is the perfect location, situated on a small quiet street with shops and restaurants steps away. Hotel Esprit Saint Germain was created to pamper guests with elegance and comfort as well as all the amenities (WiFi, A/C), as well as a gym and sauna. Ask which room you’re booking as some of them are decorated in wild colors of you want a more monochromatic palette.

6. Hôtel Providence

Hôtel Providence – An oasis in the 10e Arrondissement

Located in the neighborhood of Strasbourg-Saint Denis, this boutique hotel is setting trends and raising the bar on boutique hotels. There are only 18 rooms in this little gem but each is decorated in vivid colors like bright ochre and draped in velvets of French blues and deep hues. Every detail has been considered in both decor and hospitality and the hotel also has a bar and restaurant. There are special touches like 27-inch iMacs and cocktail bars in each room. There’s a fireplace on the main floor which keeps the ambiance cozy. This is becoming a very popular neighborhood and the hotel books up quickly so if you’re looking to book, plan as far in advance as possible. Of course it has all the amenities you could ever want including a fantastic restaurant and charm galore!

7. Hôtel Verneuil Saint Germain

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Hôtel Verneuil – Quiet opulence on a petit Parisian street

This lovely hotel is only 26 rooms and is located in a 17th century building on a very quiet street. Just around the corner is all of Paris, gourmet food shops, famous restaurants and all the major landmarks. It’s quite a unique location and famous for being the street where Serge Gainsbourg once lived. The rooms are very small but have everything in place for a perfect stay. Some have beamed ceilings, others have a stone interior. The team is very helpful and will provide museum passes upon request, reserve tables in neighborhood restaurants, and are on site 24 hours. The small size of the hotel is designed for guests to feel at home with a warm lounge and crackling fire. 

8. La Chambre du Marais

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La Chambre du Marais – A jewel in the center of Paris

La Chambre du Marais is located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. It’s well done with updated bathrooms and pretty decor. It’s in the middle of everything and still maintains a gentle, quiet vibe. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, high speed WIFI, air conditioning and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units feature an en suite room. Each room is equipped with bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. 24-hour front desk service.

9. Le Metropolitan, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Paris

Le Metropolitan a Tribute Portfolio Hotel – Elegant and modern with a Parisian spirit

Situated in a 19th-century building at the Place de Mexico, this hotel is the epitome of minimalism to the max. The hotel is an eco-friendly property in the 16th arrondissement, with a direct views over the Eiffel tower and walking distance from the Champs Elysées. This contemporary and sophisticated boutique hotel features stylish guest rooms and suites, all equipped with WiFi, a personal smartphone with internet access and unlimited international calls.

The hotel also features a restaurant that serves innovative cuisine of locally sourced ingredients. The bar area has a fireplace and offers a welcoming place to relax with a drink. After a long day, guests can enjoy the pool and Hammam steam room or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment.

10. The Hoxton, Paris

The Hoxton, Paris – Casual and Comfy

This is a fabulous hotel that’s a little on the masculine side as far as decor and its very luxurious with comfy beds and ultra soft sheets. It’s in a central location and just a few yards from from Grands Boulevards Metro. The hotel has a beautiful restaurant and bar as well as a lounge.

The Hoxton, Paris features standard amenities including WiFi throughout the property as well as A/C, room service and flat screen TVs. But hey, who watches TV in Paris anyway!?

PS This list is my first foray into affiliate partnerships. I personally recommend each of these hotels. Some of the links go to booking.com and they pay a commission on bookings that come through these links. I know this is old news but it’s new to me :)

If you’re interested in finding out more about it let me know, we can all be using this system in our own individual ways.

March 25, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , . Boutique Hotels, France, Hotels, Paris, Paris Hotels, Travel. 3 comments.

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