This week we took a stroll through the beautiful streets in the 6th arrondissement just near St Germain to see the annual Paris Deco Off fabric lanterns hung high the sky. It’s the perfect place to wander the streets and be inspired by the gorgeous fabrics swaying in the breeze.
Each year the fabric retailers and workshops in the area draw designers and admirers alike to their little quartier to celebrate all their new collections and see their beautiful window displays. It’s always a welcomed retreat from the crazy days spent at Maison & Objet.
One of the things we love about the lanterns hanging between the old buildings is that your gaze inevitably wanders skyward and you’re encouraged to stop and appreciate the beautiful architecture that can sometimes pass you by.
The area around rue du Furstenberg is exceptionally beautiful throughout the whole year, but during Paris Deco Off the textile retailers and ateliers go for broke and fill the streets with tiny chic universes in their windows.
As the sun sets, the lanterns light up and fill the streets with softly coloured light, perfect for illuminating the crowds that gather for the Saturday evening celebrations where champagne flows in each store. Sadly, we were indisposed for the party this year but we certainly had a glass of champagne elsewhere.
If you’re in Paris, it’s always worth heading over to this little quartier behind the St Germain church to see the gorgeous fabric stores and treat yourself to a few custard-filled chou pastries at La Maison du Chou at the charming round-a-bout on rue du Furtenberg.
Aside from all the textiles, there’s also plenty of small art galleries and boutique fashion labels dotted around the area. Make sure not to forget Ladurée just around the corner on rue Jacob to reward all your walking with a cup of tea and something sweet for afternoon tea.