From timeless antique shops to cutting-edge showrooms, in Paris, one can find inspiring design. Few places juxtapose the old and new quite like the french capital, where storied 18th-century structures share real estate with their contemporary counterparts in a seamless cultural marriage. Today, Paris Design Agenda gives you the top picks on interior design and decoration stores in Paris. These are all deserving of a visit!
Roche Bobois is a French retailer of top end furniture. He works in collaboration with a number of designers and architects from all over the world to create its collections.
Astier de Villatte
It is impossible not to stop into this shop when you pass by on the fancy rue Saint Honoré. Handmade pottery, made out of black terracotta clay, and the scented candles are worldwide known.
Caravane Chambre 19
Since 2001, this store has been inspiring homemakers and professional interior designers alike to create the bedrooms of their dreams. From beds and divans, soft blankets and bedcovers, to cushions and curtains in a myriad of colors and styles, we will find everything inside Caravane Chambre 19.
Galerie du Passage
Located in an atmospheric retail arcade built in 1826, Pierre Passebon’s Galerie du Passage is a top stop for connoisseurs (including auction house chairman Simon de Pury and Princess Caroline of Monaco) of rare 20th-century furnishings and objets d’art. The two-story space is the place to find quirky antiques with personality, from midcentury ceramics to the animal-inspired furnishings of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne.
Georges Le Manach
Georges Le Manach has made its fabrics in the same Touraine factory since 1829. Two picks: the Concini pattern, which re-creates a Louis XIII print and has been in the inventory for more than 50 years, and the custom-made Les Blasons, which takes its design from a client’s coat of arms (and is available in 50-plus colors!).
The eclectic furnishings on display at India Mahdavi’s 7th arrondissement showroom and neighboring boutique inspire wanderlust at every turn-fitting given the Iranian-born interior designer’s peripatetic background. Colorful cane-backed folding chairs, pattern-woven baskets, and tessellated cement tiles make ideal souvenirs for those who can’t carry away the Murano-glass lamps and accent tables.
Les Années Lumières
Les années lumières is a huge store of luminaires right into the Raspail Boulevard who dedicate a permanent personal space to the English designer “the Tom Dixon room” who works essentially in this collection with copper and brass and the emblematic Wingback couch. Find floor and suspension lamps which are the success of this partisan.
Walk into this store and the hardest decision you make will be what to bring home with you! From classy ‘60s kitchen units up to modern day, chic table stereo systems, this is the place if you seek the ultimate item to give character to a room.
At Sentou, owner Pierre Romanet always has new discoveries and commissions: furniture, lighting, textiles, and tableware by established names and emerging designers. It’s an ideal shop not only to find the unexpected gift – for example, convex mirrors in different shapes and colors – but also icons like Isamu Noguchi paper lantern lamps, Jean Prouvé chairs, and Alvar Aalto vases. A shop that will wow you with color and curves. Very MoCo Loco.
The designer Veronese is renowned for its whimsically colorful glass chandeliers which are made using traditional techniques in Murano, Italy. Here you can find a beautiful and elegant collection of lighting fixtures.