who’s calling the shots?

happy tgif everyone! hope you’re gearing up for a great weekend. i’m enjoying some down time and making an effort to really edit my paris pics. as i was going thru the flea market stuff i started to notice that a lot of the same upholstery trends at the high end trade show were the same as the flea market. kind of makes you wonder which came from where. on the other hand i don’t wonder at all and believe that all trends start at the flea markets of paris!

bright velvets, two tone

contrasting fronts and backs

unfinished pieces

cottony stripes, rough burlap textures and nail heads

classic shapes

attention to detail, two kinds of piping

bright leathers

ticking, stripes and deconstructed cozy casual

box pleat seats and rough linen

stripes and linen

navy linen

hand stitching

more navy linen

bold colors and detailled frames

black and white, floral toile patterns

shiny frames

velvet covered furniture

and greek key trim from the turn of the century. guess everything old really is new again thanks to the creative minds of the paris markets who know just how much to leave on or take off when it comes to showing their wares and chairs. i’m a chair lover and it’s comforting to know that the french understand that ripping all the old fabric off, even if it’s tattered, is an art, creating a sculpture almost, so the new owner will see the history and still be able to put his or her vision on it to make if fresh and mod. well, i’m off, bon weekend!

October 1, 2011. Fleamarkets, Furniture, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Upholstery. 20 comments.

my turn

hi everyone. how’s everything? all’s well here. but i do miss my paris markets.

i’ve been holding back for weeks on posting maison et objet coverage and now i can finally share it! i’m not used to censoring myself and by writing and taking pics for a team of pros like lonny’s made me have to focus and compartmentalize things.

my usual m.o. is to take tons of pics and keep them on external  hard drives and in forgotten folders. but no more! with my trusty newfound organization underway, i can happily say here’s the first installment:

maison et objet, paris 2011: upholstery trends

mixing textures and contrasting fabric on sides and top, herringbone wool fabric, two types of piping

super-soft but durable linen as upholstery, contrasting armrests, cotton rope piping

linen stripes

box mattress seats and  cushions, small graphic prints, moderne furniture

traditional techniques, durable materials like burlap

linen with a hint of metallic, pink ribbon under nailheads

edged in ribbon trim and covered-button nail heads

contrasting covered buttons in velvet

suit fabrics on sofas mixed with piped removable seat covers

cozy is key stripes=cozy

what’s underneath is just as important. traditional french furniture making allows freedom for anyone to design a chair

classic styles offer endless versatility

everything ready to be upholstered, timeless shapes, deco club chair

bright lacquer chair frames

hi gloss edges in bold colors

contrasting edges, fabric on furniture, black and white check


ameythst linen, pink satin ribbon

navy and gray velvet chair. turquoise piping, vibrant velvets, quilting on cushions

a nod to art nouveau. contrast is the last word!

hope you enjoyed it! more tomorrow, bonne nuit!

September 30, 2011. Chairs, Furniture, Maison et Objet, Paris, Upholstery. 17 comments.