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Countdown to Design Miami/Paris
A preview of what’s to come at next month’s inaugural Parisian fair
“Paris is not just a city, it’s a state of mind.” —unknown
We’re just one month away from the debut of Design Miami/ Paris, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our first-ever Parisian fair takes place October 18-22, with a preview day on October 17, at l’hôtel de Maisons, an exquisite, 18th-century residence set within Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Over twenty-five of the world’s leading design galleries will present museum-quality, collectible works spanning the early 20th century to today, reflecting Paris’s global outlook with a dynamic program that celebrates the best of international design.
As we put the finishing touches on next month’s event, here’s a sneak peek of some of the wonderful content planned by our incredible gallery exhibitors.
Design in Dialogue with l’hôtel de Maisons
A number of exhibitors will offer presentations conceived as conversations with the historic surroundings of l’hôtel de Maisons. Ketabi Bourdet Design (Paris) will recreate a 1980s smoking room, featuring a selection of minimal 1980s designs by Philippe Starck, Paolo Pallucco & Mireille Rivier, Ronald Cecil Sportes, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Rei Kawakubo, Christian Duc and Garouste & Bonetti.
First time Design Miami/ exhibitor Galerie Desprez-Breheret (Paris), meanwhile, has envisioned a Parisian hôtel re-designed in the 1970s by a great decorator, furnished with elegantly raw seating by designer Dan Pollock, carved from eco-responsible, dead wood collected in the Californian desert. Pollock’s works will appear alongside pieces by Jean Touret, Joseph Savina, Odile Noll, and Pierre Paulin. And Salon94 Design (New York) reinterprets the setting through handmade soft sofa sculptures by British designer Max Lamb, featuring upholstery fabric that respond to the mansion’s gilded details— accompanied by additional designer pieces.
Historic Design Icons
In tandem with the city of lights’ historic beauty, the fair will feature a selection of timeless works by legendary designers. Four world-class, Parisian galleries will focus specifically on iconic historical works.: Galerie Patrick Seguin will exhibit pieces by several design masters, including Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Jean Royère. Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, meanwhile, will present exquisite objects by Line Vautrin, such as the innovatively, intricately produced Boudoir mirror; a pair of Royère’s Oeuf armchairs and a Tour Eiffel console; and ceramics by Georges Jouve and André Borderie. Galerie Jacques Lacoste will showcase works by the likes of Royère, Perriand, Alexandre Noll, and Diego Giacometti. And last but certainly not least, Galerie Mitterand will present one of the most noteworthy 20th century pieces planned for the entire fair: Lalanne’s exceptional 1989 Ane Attelé (grand), which was previously included in the Versailles retrospective of Lalanne in 2021, at the entrance of the castle.
Paris’s Galerie kreo has always defined itself as a “research laboratory” dedicated to producing unique and limited-edition contemporary pieces. Its offering includes designs by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Jaime Hayon, and Marc Newson—including a new work specially commissioned for Design Miami/ Paris. Newson’s Quobus 1,3,6 Monochromatic is a modular invention that can be arranged as a variety of furniture pieces—from a console to a bookcase—via blocks of colored enameled steel with gold brass screws which can be rethought and rearranged countless times.
Elsewhere, Galerie SCENE OUVERTE (Paris) will showcase poetic objects that reimagine three centuries-old materials: marble, ceramics and tapestry, featuring works by Anna Pesonen, William Coggin, Abel Carcamo, Saraï Delfendahl, Vincent Dubourg, Julien Cedolin, Hervé Langlais, KRJST Studio, and Léa Mestres. And R & Company (New York)’s presentation will spotlight innovative contemporary creations by some of today’s most exciting contemporary design voices, including Rogan Gregory, Roberto Lugo, Katie Stout, and Jeff Zimmerman, among others—alongside rare, historical works by Wendell Castle and Joaquim Tenreiro.
Contemporary craftsmanship and material exploration will be on full display as well. Friedman Benda (New York) presents an ensemble of forward-thinking works by famed European and American design voices. The presentation includes works in a range of media from designers like Raphael Navot, Daniel Arsham, Samuel Ross, Joris Laarman (a 3D printed chandelier is on the menu), and Faye Toogood (the British designer will present Plot II, a hand-carved oak low table from her recent Assemblage 7 collection.) The presentation will also include the European debut of pioneering Italian maestro Andrea Branzi’s newest body of work, Roots, featuring sticks and driftwood pieces, suspended in undulating metal cages, framed as “noble memories that we protect in cages.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Myerscough (London) will offer a survey of contemporary British and European fine furniture and crafted objects, with emphasis on innovative wooden pieces that champion sustainable and restorative practices. Highlights include John Makepeace OBE’s exquisite hand carved dresser, scorched to a dramatic black; Christopher Kurtz’s anthropomorphic, spindle-legged, cabinets; Marc Fish’s signature sinuous furniture formed from Mokume-Gane Bronze and 3,000 year old Bog Oak; and a new series of experimental, 3D printed Sand Vessels from Gareth Neal.
Global Design Encounters
Inspiring cross-cultural design dialogues are also planned: Gokelaere & Robinson (Paris) will present a selection of iconic Scandinavian and Brazilian design of the 20th century, including rare furniture by Joaquim Tenreiro, the founding father of the Brazilian modernist movement, illuminated by an exceptional chandelier by celebrated Finnish designer Paavo Tynell. Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia), meanwhile, will platform some of the finest works from the American Studio Movement in Paris. Highlights include important furniture and lighting by George Nakashima made between 1936 and 1990—such as Kent Hall Floor Lamp (1965), Conoid Side Table (1970), And Amoeba Nesting Tables (1962). And finally Pierre Marie Giraud (Brussels) will showcase a carefully curated selection of decorative objects from the US, Japan, and Europe, including works by Martin Szekely and Jos Devriendt, framed in part as a testament to the universal language of design and its power to bridge geographical boundaries.
Special thanks to all our wonderful exhibitors, who’ve worked tirelessly to bring this project to life, and to our dedicated partners, including Design Miami/ Paris Show Partner Sèvres - Manufacture et Musée nationaux; our Official Automotive Partner, Audi; Official Food & Beverage Partner Cova Paris; and Shipping Partner Crozier Fine Arts!
We’re grateful as well to our official champagne supplier, Maison Ruinart, as well as our friendly neighbors at Librairie 7L!
Stay tuned for even more to come! And see you in Paris!
Design Miami/ Paris Visitor Information/
51 Rue de l’Université
75007 Paris, France
Schedule of Events/
Preview Day/ By Invitation Only/ Tuesday, October 17/
Show Days/ Wednesday, October 18 - Sunday, October 22/
*Additional details here.
Design Miami/ Paris 2023 Galleries
Paulin Paulin Paulin/Mobilier National/ Paris