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Why Fuigo (And Bradley) Loves Paris Deco Off

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WHAT IS PARIS DECO OFF?

At the start of every new year, I make a point to recharge my creative batteries, reconnect with my peers, and catch up with my favorite vendors and artisans. For me, Paris Deco Off is the perfect setting to immerse myself in pure design industry bliss. The annual, week-long affair, coinciding with Maison & Objet Paris, is the decorating world’s equivalent to Fashion Week. Scattered across the Left and Right Banks of central Paris, an endless array of interior design trade showrooms, pop-ups, and exhibitions fling open their doors to celebrate their newest collections of textiles, carpets, lighting, and furniture.

You may ask yourself, “why travel thousands of miles to see what will soon arrive in our local showrooms and design centers?” The answer is simple: Deco Off is our opportunity to step away from our desks and clients in order to be fully immersed in design inspiration. While I may attend events or product presentations in my home city throughout the year, I find it hard to be fully present with task lists and tomorrow’s meetings occupying my mind. Putting the Atlantic Ocean between my office and myself seems to do the trick. I've returned with many wonderful stories and photos to share, so… off we go!

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Each day of Paris Deco Off is filled with introductions to the makers of new and familiar products, the purveyors of exceptional vintage and antique furnishings, and the magazine editors and writers who celebrate these invaluable resources. Textile presentations are often personally led by familiar names like Andrea and Nicolo Rubelli, Bernie de le Cuona, and Lori Weitzner. Contemporary furniture designers Christophe Delcourt and Bruno Moinard share their philosophies and attention to detail during tours of their namesake showrooms. Artisans such as Perrine Rousseau and Michael Wagner of Maison Charles demonstrate the traditional methods used in crafting their textiles, furniture, and lighting. These connections are personal, and new relationships get forged. Newly discovered resources and products make meaningful impressions. Put simply, the experience of Paris stays with me and inspires my work long after my return home.

 

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Loro Piana invites a handful of designers to enjoy a private tour and an exquisite dinner in the d’Orsay Museum. 

 

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A little rain wasn’t going to stop the fun as Jiun Ho & The Rug Company take designers for a spin through Paris in a convoy of sixteen classic cars before dinner in the glittering Baccarat Museum.

 

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Bernie de le Cuona demonstrates the infinite combinations of her classic collections and newest additions to her line of textiles.

 

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Bruno Moinard and his Paris team give an up close and personal introduction to his ingeniously detailed furniture collection, all available through Avenue Road.

 

For the last three years, Fuigo has helped take the guesswork out of navigating the vast array of destinations and events with our free FUIGO X PARIS DECO OFF itinerary. With the help of our contacts across the industry, we meticulously plan a complimentary daily schedule of Left and Right Bank stops for anyone attending Deco Off. Fuigo guides follow all of the stops along the itinerary to help make sure designers in our group get the absolute most out of their Deco Off experience. Registered designers are also given the opportunity to RSVP for intimate tours, dinners, and signature experiences sponsored by participating vendors.

 

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Traveling with the FUIGO X PARIS DECO OFF itinerary gives you a first class ticket to exclusive events and private presentations.

 

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Meet up with your peers, forge new relationships fellow designers, and get inspired!

 

SHOWROOMS, POP-UPS & EXHIBITIONS

Many brands have established flagship showrooms in Paris, such as De Gournay, Nobilis, Lelievre, Romo, Saint-Louis, and Christian Liaigre. They create elaborate installations to showcase their latest collections alongside their full range of offerings.


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Bold pattern and color with a distinct French accent from Pierre Frey’s newest collection.

 

Pierre Frey is one of the most expansive and comprehensive permanent showroom experiences in Paris, with locations on both the Left and Right Banks. Informed by thoughtful research into historical textile documents and unafraid of taking risks, Pierre Frey’s collections never fail to inspire. The 2018 ‘Arapahos’ collection carries on this tradition, boldly embracing the tribal motifs and bold color palette of the American Southwest with remarkably chic results.

Holland & Sherry opened their Paris showroom ten years ago, building upon their roots in fine suiting fabrics with an increasing array of luxurious textiles, wallcoverings, embroidery, and trim. This year’s offerings carry on the tradition with riffs on geometric deco motifs in supple wool, velvet, and silk.


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Holland & Sherry presents their new Deco-inspired Metropolis collection.

 

Vendors and artisans without permanent addresses in Paris find temporary homes in art galleries and storefronts across Paris. They construct inventive temporary experiences that range from the sophisticated to the outrageous.

Elitis managed to create not one, not two, but three separate extraordinary pop-up experiences that presented a retrospective of thirty years of their envelope-pushing wallpapers, textiles, and accessories. Attendees were given insights into the development of their most unique, influential products in an immersive environment designed by a famous French theatrical set designer.


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The ingenuity and artistry of Elitis was brought to life in their 30th anniversary exhibition pop-up.

 

Fortuny enveloped a modern gallery space on the Left Bank in their signature, timeless textiles, displaying new colorways of existing patterns and an extraordinary new range of printed velvets. They also featured a stunning exhibit of Mariano Fortuny’s classic, meticulously pleated Delphos gown, fresh from its star turn at the Palais Galliera.


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Pictures cannot do justice to these sumptuous Fortuny textiles and the stunning Delphos gown. 

 

Ancien et Moderne, a collaborative pop-up, presented its third curated collection of chic furniture, carpets, textiles, wallcovering, lighting, and accessories inspired by the French seaside, in particular Jean Cocteau’s amazing Villa Santo Sospir. Participants included McKinnon & Harris, Merida, Fromental, Beacon Hill, Atelier Vime, La Tuile a Loup, Scott Nelson, and Czarina.


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The entire Ancien et Moderne salon was fabulous, especially the new Fromental wallpaper design.

 

CoLab, a new collaborative pop-up on the Left Bank, presented the latest offerings of US and UK brands Justin van Breda, Fameed Khalique, Perennials, Southerland, The Rug Company, and Jerry Pair Leather. The adjoining gallery spaces featured expansive displays of product, as well as a series of vignettes by design magazine editors utilizing materials and furnishings by the participating brands.


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Fameed Khalique and Justin Van Breda present during our breakfast at CoLab.

 

ATELIERS & ARCHIVES

One of the top reasons to visit Paris is to interact with the artisans responsible for the products we love to specify. Working ateliers are scattered across Paris—within elegant hotel particulars, tucked behind high walls with discreet wood paneled doors, and filling cathedral-like cast iron and stone warehouses. There is magic in discovering small batch resources that I find particularly inspiring. I layer their rarified textiles, furnishings, lighting, and accessories into my designs to add nuance and soul. Learning the process of fabrication in situ lets me fully appreciate the artistic and economic value of these products and helps me convey this information to our clients.

Perrine Rousseau established her hand-woven textile and rug brand in Paris in 2006, and her luxurious, timeless products are available in New York through ALT for Living. A visit to her atelier in the centuries-old Bastille section of Paris presents a viewpoint that is both modern and rooted in generations of traditional weaving.

 

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A weaver brings Perrine Rousseau’s textile designs to life in the Paris atelier. 

 

Charles Paris has been manufacturing iconic lighting in Paris since 1908 and continues to produce classic pieces from its extensive archives as well as inventive new designs to this day. Charles Paris is also exclusively authorized to reproduce the lighting and furniture of iconic French designer Felix Agostini, working with Agostini’s daughter, Dominique. Michael Wagner, CEO and owner, is dedicated to maintaining the integrity and relevance of both brands for future generations. A visit to the craft shop is an opportunity to see passion for their product in action, as metal and glass components are hand detailed and polished into gleaming works of functional art for the home.


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Maison Charles keeps the traditions of craftsmanship alive and well, creating stunning works like this table lamp in their Paris workshop.

 

Paris is home to some of the most venerable and long-standing textile houses, and it is no surprise that world-class historical archives have been amassed there. One of the most impressive collections, and most accessible to designers visiting Paris, is that of Pierre Frey. If you make an appointment with archivist Sophie Rouart, you will be amazed by her encyclopedic knowledge of the tens of thousands of museum-quality documents from around the world. But more impressive is learning that the archive is in fact a living, working resource. The designs, dating as far back as the 16th Century, continue to inform Pierre Frey’s contemporary collections, and are also made available for research and reproduction to interior designers, historians, and museums.

 

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Viewing some of the historical documents found in Pierre Frey’s incredible archives. 

 

Designers visiting Pierre Frey’s Right Bank flagship on Rue du Mail will find another invaluable living archive located beneath the showroom in a vaulted stone gallery. This archive is readily accessible and contains hundreds of collected historical samples from storied brands such as Le Manach and Braquenié. Designers can scour the endless racks of textiles at will, and they have the ability to order reproductions of the designs with custom specifications for surprisingly small minimum quantities.


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Shopping from racks of stunning archival samples in Pierre Frey’s rue du Mail showroom.

 

Rinck, a 177-year-old French decorative craft studio, is itself another type of living archive. The company fabricates historical and contemporary installations for interior designers and architects around the world. They use their vast expertise to design and execute exquisite furniture, millwork, boiseries, and any other interior details that a designer can dream up. Their in-house design team handles the traditional, artistic development process as well as the technical documentation required to integrate with modern construction methods. With offices and project managers based in both Paris and New York, Rinck is able to collaborate on the most meticulously detailed projects across the pond with precision and efficiency.


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A display of artifacts from Rinck’s long history of extraordinary finishes and fine craftsmanship.

 

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