Paris is famous for the Marché aux Puces – the giant flea markets in the northern suburbs – but lesser known are the design markets in the charming Bercy Village area. Twice a year furniture ateliers and vintage design stores bring their best wares to the village for a celebration of great design under the sun, although it’s Paris so it’s seldom sunny.
We like to take our time to rummage through the great pieces to find hidden gems and little surprises. We found so many great examples of contemporary and vintage design this time around so we’ve collected our favourite pieces here.
We loved the vibrant felt fabrics used to upholster these chairs from Danish company Kameleon Design. The top pair were designed by WH Gispo for Kembo in 1960 and are upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat.
This vintage Bassa Anni table looked fresh and contemporary with the addition of a bright sky blue surface by Italian company Concept 900. We also loved the addition of the hairpin legs. It’s always nice to see new life breathed into a vintage piece that may have otherwise looked a little tired.
We’re completely in love with this credenza designed in the 60s by the father of industrial design, Raymond Loewy. This piece was in perfect condition and the graduated brown moulded plastic drawers were stunning.
We didn’t mind the painting sitting on top either but do you think it looks a little like Steve Jobs? This stall was by Denis Sutter.
We believe this brass ginkgo leaf floor lamp was designed by Carlo Giorgi in the 70s but even if we’re wrong it’s undeniably beautiful. The way the light caught the details on the leaves and reflected with a soft, gold luminescence was truly special. This piece was exhibited by antique dealers Vintage Domus.
The Relax Factory had quite a few pieces we were taken with but particularly the vintage graphic coffee table and the vintage reupholstered chairs that look to be Italian were our favourites. The take-home trend from the markets were definitely the vibrant Kvadrat fabrics that seemed to be upholstered on every vintage chair. And we’re not complaining, we love the boldness of these colours used on modernist forms.
The suspension lights were from from Idea Paris Design who seem to have found a treasure trove of Jo Hammerborg lamps in every imaginable form. They’re all as contemporary today as they were in the 60s and 70s.
This charming drinks cabinet is hipster heaven. We love the kitsch motifs on the doors and the playful spirit of the piece. Can’t you imagine taking out out a bottle of Campari from this piece after a long day? This little gem is from L’Attrape-Coeur in Biarritz.
As is the trend, here are more vibrantly upholstered vintage chairs from Collection of Design and Vincent Delorme. We just can’t get enough!
A few lights to finish our trip to the design markets. The gorgeous gold wall light was from Galerie 44 while the other assorted lights including the fun balloon lamps were from the Galerie du xxeme Siècle. We can see the balloon lights in a lucky child’s bedroom but the rest we’ll keep for ourselves.
That’s all from us at the Puces du Design, we found the markets very inspiring and think it’s time we got our hands on one of those vintage upholstered chairs before they’re all gone. I can see those plum Gispo chairs fitting in very comfortably at Studio Ombre HQ.