We landed in Paris early Thursday morning, dropped off our bags, made sure we had on a comfy pair of shoes, and with a bite to eat to fuel us we hit the streets of Paris.  Our goal on this trip was to see Maison Objet, ‘Deco Off’: Rive Gauche & Rive Droite and got a chance to window shop some of the department stores and we also wanted to take in the Cartier exhibit which we had heard was a MUST see…and it was!

Thursday was spent seeing customer show-rooms and taking in their newest launches.  It was exciting to see how crowed the showrooms were; a nice visual acknowledgement that the mood of the show and of the industry in general is moving in a positive direction.  Simultaneously, the product we saw had the same positive upbeat feel.  It resonated through most of the showrooms and retail stores that we shopped.

On Friday we spent our day at the Maison & Objet show.  The show is broken down into 8 different halls, representing all aspects of the home…fabric, furniture, lighting, rugs, kitchen, bath, accessories of all types and a hall with all things quirky, artistic and inventive. A favorite hall of ours was the Ethnic hall which hosted a wide range of handcrafted objects from Rugs to pillows to antique textiles.

Sunday we spent the day at the famous Flea market, where we found a treasure trove of antique documents.

Trends and colors:  to mention a few that caught our eye between both shows.  Opulence is back, we saw a lot of embellishment, beading & embroidery.  Ethnic inspired wovens and prints, animal novelties, folkloric or craft-like inspiration as seen in the modern take on needle point, large scale florals were in a lot of showrooms as were textured stripes with interesting details, plaids, checks and tartans.  We saw coral, fish, sea creatures in all shapes and sizes.

Colors:  Jewel tones – Ruby, Amethyst, citrine mixed with yellows, golds & oranges.  We saw Orange, Red and Berry colors coordinated together a lot.  Indigo was still very strong.  Precious Metals; silver, gold, copper, pewter also still strong.  Trends that have carried over…Fretwork, multi Geos, Frames, Metallics, these are still going strong.

Over all we had a great trip and we managed to have perfect walking weather even though by the end of the trip we had mastered the Metro like true Parisians.

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