Paris yet not Paris: Maison + Objet 2013

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

The vast halls at the Parc des Expositions near Charles De Gaulle airport are hung with lengths of plastic which shimmer like chandeliers. I think they actually serve to insulate the cliff-height walls from the snowy wastes without.

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Queuing for a ticket could be for some sort of mega-night-club; glam and noir, with a hint of citrus neon.

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M+O132Then pick up a lanyard for your access ticket. Mine says “Specifier”, which sounds important. Really I am here to ‘assist’ the indomitable Barbara Colvin; to shadow an expert who has walked these avenues many times before.

M+O135In between ordering fabric/garden furniture/lamps/sofas/cushions/cabinets and discussing worldwide freight, she points out what works, what’s new. And asks questions. Demands an opinion. Every few hours there is a pit stop for re-hydration and review. Each day we cover less than one exhibition space. It is magnificent and overwhelming. I learn a lot.

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Can you see me, reflected in the mirror?

On the last night we eat at Alcazar, which has big brass letters as door handles and very fine food.

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This was fitting, as Barbara and I met in London, at Few and Far, where an exhibition about the lady who created the A-Z map adorned the walls….

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