American Design in Paris

For the first time, Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture in Paris opens its doors from May 19 to 25 to showcase “American Design“, an exhibition overviewing the current American creation.

Both young independent designers (Bec Brittain, Anna Karlin, Fort Standard, Matt Gagnon …) as established companies or promising young ones (Emeco, Knoll, Juniper, Neal Feay, Roll & Hill’s …) will be shown. The initiative has emerged to promote awareness of the major players in contemporary American design.

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 6.50.40 PMRegime light by    Bec Brittain

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Salver by David Weeks

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 7.00.41 PMNew Bird Cage by Felicia Ferrone

In the US,  WantedDesign, an  international exchange program, showcases dynamic contemporary creations in the United States. In France, the Parisian showroom Triode has given visibility to young American designers over the last several years.

For the very first time, young independent designers, new publishing companies as well as other established names will be reunited. One will also be able to see recent works from Fort Standard, Bec Brittain, Lindsey Adelman, Paul Loebach, Jason Miller, David Weeks, François Chambard, Matt Gagnon, Frederick McSwain, Dror Benchetrit, Michael Boyd, among others, as well as established compaines like Bernhardt design, Emeco or younger such as  Juniper, Roll&Hill, Neal Feay, BlankBlank or Council

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Merci, Paris new concept store

When I was in Paris this summer, taking a walk in my former Bastille neighborhood, I discovered this amazing new concept store recently opened by Marie-France Cohen, the former owner of french kids top brand Bonpoint. The 16.000 sq ft charity store, offers a large selection of home products and clothing chosen for their design and function – an interesting combination of precious and ordinary objects. The store also hosts a series of little boutiques: Christian Tortue flower shop greets you as you come into the space and Anny Goutal Laboratory of fragrance is there for you to create your own perfume.The styling is also quite different than the one found in a regular shop – a mix of lifestyle and “mises and scènes” like the one you can find here in the kid corner…