Monday, April 19, 2010

Paris 2010: Favorites

Several  friends  and  family  are  headed  to  Paris  so I thought I'd post my favorite spots from this last trip...hoping you'll enjoy them too!

handmade  white  china  and  ceramic  pieces
" Blink and you’ll miss this small shop.   It’s one of the most special spaces in France.  It sells a look and a way of being and a mishmash of objects displayed to thrill your heart.  The business revolves around hand-thrown whitewear/dishes and other objets d’art. "     -  Suzy Gershman
These  items  are  classic,  special  and  hand-made.
I am normally wary of über-chic spots such as this, but found these pieces to be charming, quirky and fun.  The shopkeepers were not snotty (at either location) and that was a plus.  I love the pieces I purchased and know I'll always use them, and recall my time in Paris when I see them.  Astier de Villatte is also known for their scented candles and they sell John Derian découpage as well.
173,  rue  Saint - Honoré   75001   Metro :   Palais  Royale
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11AM –7:30PM, and    
4,  rue  de  bourbon  le  château  75006  Metro : Saint-Germain-des-Prés)

and    Le  BONHEUR  des  DAMES
If  you  embroider,  knit,  cross - stitch  or 
do needlepoint, don't miss these shops...I hadn't done any for years, 
but visits to each of these prompted me to begin again!
Entrée des Fournisseurs ("Suppliers' Entrance") You will love this shop because it's full of specialized fabrics, trims, specialized buttons, kits, books, etc.    8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois 75003  Metro: Saint-Paul, (take rue Sevigné to rue F-B)  Hours: Monday: 2:00-7:00 pm, Tues-Sat: 10:30 am-7:00 pm

Le Bonheur des Dames ("Ladies' Happiness") specializes in embroidery kits, samplers, and associated accessories.  It is located in the charming and historic 19th-century Passage  Verdeau (which leads to Passage  Jouffroy), and also has shops carrying antique cameras, comic books, and engravings.  In visiting here, you'll experience two of Paris' Passages...charming though lesser-known spots...and you'll not be disappointed!
8, Passage Verdeau 75009  Métro : Grands Boulevards or Richelieu Drouot  Hours:  Monday 11:30 - 2:00 and 2:30 - 7:00; Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm, and 2:30 - 7:00pm

Bakelite,  Lucite...chic,  fun  vintage  jewelry
" French and American vintage jewelry from the 1920s to the 1970s "  New York Magazine calls Tiany Chambard  " a  jewel  box  of  a  store.... filled  with  Lucite  and  Bakelite  jewelry  from  the  forties  through  the  eighties "   It's located behind the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés,  steps  away  from  Café  de  Flore,   Ladurée,  and  Place  Furstenberg  (areas you won't want to miss!)
The shop is run by Tiany's son, Jean-Pierre;  an  English - speaking  gentleman 
who happily shows any piece of interest.
32,   rue   Jacob
75006    Metro:  Saint-Germain-des-Prés 
Hours: Monday - Saturday 2:00 - 8:00 pm

4.     La   TUILE   à   LOUP
handpainted  crockery  and  charming  stoneware 

I could not get over this fantastic shop!  It lived up to everything I'd heard about it...." hand - painted  crockery  and  charming  stoneware  from  such  traditional  manufacturers  as  Quimper  and  Malicorne  and  from  small - scale  producers  in  the  Savoie  Alps  and  Alsace "   -   Frommer's.

They specialize in the
most  beautiful,  creative  pieces  from  all  over  France...
You'll  wish  you   could  bring  the  entire  store  home  with  you!
"It has a slightly out of the way location, but you can easily wander into the 6th from here. If it’s a market day, Wednesday or Friday, stop by place Monge too." - Suzy Gershman from Fodors' "Do You Have a Favorite Splurge Purchase?"  One look at their website and you will be on your way!
35,  rue  Daubenton   75005
Metro :   Censier - Daubenton
Hours: Monday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 1:30/ 2:30 -7:00 p.m.

A  museum  of  decorative  arts  and  interior  design

Following   a   $46  million,   decade - long   renovation,
the   Musée  des  Arts  Décoratifs   reopened   in   2006.
"It’s a unique institution in France, in that its vast collection of some 150,000 objects—from medieval prie-dieus to Sèvres porcelain to an entire Art Deco Pullman car—was  built  almost  exclusively  from  private  donations.   The 6,000 pieces currently on view are spread out across 10 floors and arranged in roughly chronological order..."

 Hélène  David - Weill,  the  institution’s  president,
emphasized   the   intimate   nature   of   each   donation :
" People   gave   the   museum,   for   the   most   part,  
what   they   had   lived   with   and   loved."

"Despite the national focus, the museum’s pieces show a history of constant exchange across borders, as Flemish, Chinese, and Italian influences (among others) have been absorbed and tempered by Gallic sensibilities....consider a marvelously delicate writing table that once belonged to Madame de Pompadour, where the royal paramour may have sat writing love notes to King Louis XV. Its lacquered surface, inset with Orientalist scenes, imitates the Japanese, but in a blue that is classically French."

" The  veil  that  the  French  discreetly  draw  over  their  private  lives  is  ever  so  slightly  lifted  in  the  museum’s  newly  reconstructed  period  rooms.   But visitors can marvel at the luxurious bedchamber commissioned in the 1830’s by the Baron William Hope, a Dutch-English banker so wealthy he lent money to King Louis-Philippe."

"The changing whims of fashion are highlighted in the Cabinet des Fables, an elegant 18th-century boudoir intended for the wife of a wealthy tax collector in Paris. The paneling’s pale-green and rose-colored moldings, which surround illustrations of scenes from La Fontaine’s Fables—monkeys negotiating with foxes and the like—were covered in gold, and the entire ladylike confection rendered at once bolder and more vulgar. 
(Restorers have left evidence of both stages.)"

Lanvin   private   apartments
"Time   stands   still   in   the   private   apartments
of   couturier   Jeanne   Lanvin  :
a bedchamber, boudoir, and bathroom created between 1922 and 1925, with the designer Armand Albert Rateau, as a cloistered refuge where this consummate artist and businesswoman could retire in private or with intimate friends and relations. The silk wall coverings in her signature shade of blue have been re-embroidered by Jean-François Lesage (son of the celebrated couture embroiderer); the perfect geometries of her bathroom, with its sculpted deer above a marble tub and its black-and-cream tiles, gleam once more."   -  Travel  +  Leisure   Magazine,    May  2007

Last but not least,  the  headset - guide  is  included  in  the  ticket  price.
Don't miss the five-stories of furniture
showcasing home styles and furniture from the 1950s - 2000s,  by  floor!
Views  from  the  top  floors  are  worth  the  ticket  price  alone,
and    the   museum   gift  shop,    107   RIVOLI,   is   a  must - see !

TripAdvisor  REVIEWS  of  the  Musée  des  Arts  Décoratifs
107,  rue  de  Rivoli  75001
Metro: Palais Royale    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.


R E L A T E D       P O S T S  :

Paris   Favorites :  2012

Paris   Treasures : 
musée   Nissim   de   Camondo 

Pictures   to   Embrace:  Notre   Dame