I love Paris in the Winter... And the Spring, Summer and Fall, as Cole Porter has written. So naturally, I felt extraordinarily lucky to attend Paris Déco Off this year. While the Paris of Cole Porter's song only drizzles in the winter, last week, Fortuny traversed the Atlantic to visit a snow-covered Paris for our second year participating in Paris Déco Off
and Maison Objet
Flying into CDG in the early morning--a long-shadowed view of the divvied up French farmland, dusted with snow.
Fortuny's Parisian home is in the Holland & Sherry Showroom
, 13 Rue de l'Échaude. It was my first time visiting, and I was immediately in love with the location. A small, pedestrian-only street in the St. Germaine neighborhood, surrounded by small shops, other fabric houses and historic cafés such as La Palette.
La Palette, an old hangout of Picasso, Cezanne and Braque.
Paris, of course, is home to artists new and old. Directly across the street from the H&S Showroom I spy a Nick Walker
On day one, we had the pleasure of bringing together a large group of friends, colleagues and designers at Hotel Mathis (thank you Malcolm
!). They served a delicious, traditional French meal--lots of steak, cheese and butter! Mickey and I were able to eek a vegetarian dish out of them, too. The night ended with a few drinks and quite a lot of dancing at Le Mathis Bar
across the hall.
The Le Mathis Elysées Hotel and Bar.
On Thursday, we launched and demoed the Rounded Corners
, build your own app website. More information to come, but for now, check out roundedcorners.com, where you can build a custom iPad app for your catalog or portfolio, regardless of your tech or design skills. Watch our video
Friday was jam packed. We began the day at Maison Objet. Check out the beautiful L'Objet pour Fortuny
room at the L'Objet
We also found some beautiful salvaged antiques, that will arrive in the New York and Venice Showrooms this February.
I ducked out early to visit a friend at the Renzo Piano
offices by the Pompidou. If you're ever in the neighborhood, you should walk by their street-facing work shop. This is where they make all of the models for their projects, worldwide. They also have offices for the architects in the back.
The Renzo Piano model work shop.
That night, we had cocktails with the Leaders of Design Council
, hosted by Tim Campbell
at his beautiful apartment. From there, we dashed over to our own party, celebrating the European launch of our book, Fortuny Interiors
, back at the Holland & Sherry Showroom.
On Saturday, Rota & Jorfida Public Relations hosted a party at their super chic offices. Check out the D3CO Disfatto Couch upholstered in Caravaggio Ebony & White.
On Sunday, Paris was struck by another snow storm, canceling many flights
and delaying many more. While half of our party was stuck at the airport, the lucky few who had planned to depart on Monday snuck out to enjoy the snowy weather and have the croque monsieurs at Hôtel Le Bristol Paris
. Without contest, the best croque monsieur I've ever had (sans jambon pour la végétarienne).
The snow truly set a theme for the weekend. There were constant, impromptu snowball fights between 19 year old French imbeciles and respectable, adult New York designers. I'm sorry to admit, there were more than a few slips and falls. And how could I forget our neighbor on Rue de l'Échaude, the snowman:
Till next year, Paris, au revoir.