Every self-respecting collector of blue-chip 20th-century design these days owns at least a piece or two by Jean-Michel Frank. The Parisian elite’s favorite interior designer in the 1920s and ’30s, Frank specialized in what connoisseurs call luxe pauvre—“impoverished luxury.” He’d wrap spindly, minimalist tables or chairs in rarefied materials—goatskin, vellum, glittery mica—to look modern, but not icily clinical. Or he’d update demure traditional forms, fashioning turned legs and flared arms out of peasanty sandblasted oak or iron with upholstery as rough as dishtowels.
This year’s theme “conversations” is an invitation to meet with designers, architects and scholars at Paris top design stores, schools and galleries (B&B, Baccarat, Hermès, Roche Bobois, Ecole Boulle, l’Institut Suédois, Les Arts Décoratifs…)
Check out all the participating locations here and the agenda for special events listings here.
Designer’s Days: From Thursday June 16 to Monday June 20th, 10am to 7pm (Sunday: 11am-6pm)