Attention all design and interior décor gurus! This weekend there will be no respite for the aesthetically minded. After a week devoted to decorating the flesh, it’s time to think about the home. October 8-11, two not-to-be-missed events are competing for weekend shoppers – the Puces du Design and the Mondial de l’Antiquité – and turning the outer-limits of Paris into a playground for decorators and amateurs alike.
Emmanuel Pierrot, Lefigaro.fr
The Mondial de l’Antiquité, taking place in the famed St. Ouen flea market, will gather 1700 world-renowned dealers and their goods for a 3-day celebration of all things antique. The event, sponsored by the designers Marithé + François Girbaud, brings gastronomy to the (vintage) table with a challenge to 26 chefs: turning sophisticated recipes into finger food for shoppers. With results like a foie gras hamburger and chocolate-saffron macarons, we don’t doubt the event will draw as many foodies as decor gurus.
For those who prefer retro to gild, the Puces du Design should be the weekend’s highlight. With over 80 stands featuring vintage furniture, art and fashion from the 1950s through the 80s, cult pieces (like Eames’ rocking chair, Jean Prouvé’s chair or Jacobsen’s Egg chair) will be there as eye candy and for purchase, alongside the director’s pet project, Nuova Italia – an exhibit of Italy’s latest and greatest in Design and Décor.