Last week for a quick layover before heading to the Stockholm for Design Week, I stopped in Paris for a few days, you know just to pick up a few things and of course enjoy everything French, especially design. It had been a few years since I was in the city of love last and coincidentally I write this post on Valentine’s Day which is quite appropriate, Paris deserves nothing less then love and I’ll focus that love on Rue de Seine.
For anyone that loves French Mid-Century design Rue de Seine is a must destination. Of course you can also find great art galleries that focus on classic turn of the century art, contemporary art , collectible books and prints, as well as other amazing design galleries that focus solely on Art Deco, but for purposes of my blog post here and my endless love for everything Mid-Century I’ll highlight 5 top galleries that specialize on the coolest lighting, seating, ceramics and more.
Start your walking tour at Thomas Fritsch who specializes in ceramics, furniture made with ceramics and rare hard to find productions. Ask questions on the pieces! Unlike most art galleries in New York City the wealth of information the French are willing to share is amazing which led me to spend a good hour in this small gallery space.
Cross the street over to Galerie Pascal Cuisinier everything Pierre Guariche was on display, beautiful lighting pieces for your future Parisian flat can be found here!
Cross the street again over to Galerie Jacques Lacoste Art Deco designers pouring into the Mid-Century, designers with a highlight in Modernism, Japanese influenced, and Ceramics to represent the best of French craft.
Walk a block down to the neighboring galleries of Jousse Enterprise and Francois Laffanour’s Galerie Downtown. Both of these galleries host the rock stars of French Mid-Century design: Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier in museum worthy installations.
After an afternoon of galleries walk down to Rue de Buci pick up a some fresh produce in the food market and maybe a bottle of wine at Nicolas Buci they have lots of gems to share.
If you enjoyed this article and would like to know of more great design galleries to visit, check out our map for New York City in 6 Must See Galleries and Showrooms in NYC for Design Lovers.