From Joe’s Travel Journal: Paris 2020

The City of Lights was packed with designers from near and far for Paris Design Week. Since I spent several days at Salone del Mobile in Milan to see all of the exciting furniture ready to hit the United States market, I opted to focus on fabric and wall coverings at Déco Off and finally visit one of the world-famous flea markets during this trip to Paris. And I enjoyed every minute of it!  From Pierre Frey to Cowtan and Tout to Arte, Dedar and so many others; the fabrics, wall coverings and trims were fabulous.  Texture and color were noteworthy trends. Jewel tones were also big and I was happy to see so many fabrics and wall coverings in varying shades of green — my favorite being emerald.

Trims are back in a monumental way and the new collections from Samuel and Sons and Holland and Sherry were amazing. I loved the wide tapes that they both introduced — perfect for the hem of a sofa or statement pillow.

I had always wanted to go to a Paris Flea market so that dream came true on one of the last days of my stay in Paris. The selection at the Paul Bert Serpette Antique Market was remarkable, and I felt like I was able to partake in a true Parisian experience. I was able to find inspiration from every direction — from furniture to art, to decorative items.

I was also able to bring a few things home for myself! I found a stunning pair of brass and Murano Glass lamps, in emerald green, and I also picked up two vintage Hermès scarves in the process.

I loved every minute of my design adventure in Paris, and I look forward to returning in the springtime.