It is one extraordinary week in January, amidst the cold isolated days of winter, that Paris welcomes designers from across the globe to explore the new introductions for interiors. It is a time to gather with colleagues, to view the collections and meet the creative forces behind the beautiful fabrics and furnishings that will shape our personal spaces and our homes away from home in the world of hospitality.

The array of designs is dazzling, the colors are intoxicating, and the range of talent and creative vision is inspiring. Each year these new collections bring a renewed energy – what was familiar becomes reinvented when infused with a fresh thought and the opportunities that technology presents.

The collections of 2018 evoked a modern classicism – timeless designs were enhanced by innovative viewpoints and capabilities – collections landed in a place that felt current and relevant to our present-day lifestyle.

There was a return to elegance, coupled with a spark of playfulness and joy. History was embraced while the presence of technology comfortably mingled beside it. Colors were rich and saturated while pale blush palettes were airy and textural – and beautiful craftsmanship was ever present.

Cheers to design in 2018….enjoy a few highlights from Paris!

The iconic lanterns of DecoOff line the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Pres and offer inspiration inside and out. The elegance of Fortuny….view from their 2nd floor showroom.
Designers gather at Moissonnier for an inspiring chat with renowned interior design Timothy Corrigan.

Textiles inspired by the fine art of painting: 2018 Collections of Karin Sojo, Elena Carozzi and Maison Lévy.

Soothing palette of Sahco’s 2018 collection is in pure harmony with the magnificent ceiling in this spectacular Parisian salon.

Modern classism in shades of red: Brochier, Rubelli and Leliévre,

Creating elegant collections…..functional art and nature as art.

Charles Paris, creators of the finest sculptural lighting in bronze – and a rare tour of their Saint- Denis studio – handmade tools, observing a work in progress, sample of the various applied techniques, a detail of an extraordinary composition….and my lesson in the intricacy of the “tap, tap, tap” a to create a simple pattern! Amazingly difficult. Bravo to the Charles Paris team for preserving this valuable art form!