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.


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


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.


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.


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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