DesignMiami/ lands in Paris

In the setting of the 18th-century Hôtel de Maisons, a cultural hub in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 18 October 2023 marks the debut of Design Miami/ Paris

Jean Prouvé: poltrona “Bridge Directeur”, ca. 1950, Galerie Downtown François Laffanour Paris
Jean Prouvé: poltrona “Bridge Directeur”, ca. 1950, Galerie Downtown François Laffanour Paris

On stage from 18 to 22 October 2023, the first edition of DesignMiami/Paris – under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture – has selected 27 galleries on an international level to present refined objects, limited editions, one-offs, and iconic historical or contemporary furnishings.

“Paris has always played a significant role for our event,” says Jen Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/. “As the capital of collectible design, it contains many of the most famous galleries, partners and brands that have become an integral part of the evolution of this market. The destination of Paris continues the mission of DesignMiami/: to bring together our influential community of creators and gallerists, curators and collectors, to celebrate the culture of design.”

L’hôtel de Maisons, Paris - Photo © Fabrice Gousset
L’hôtel de Maisons – Photo © Fabrice Gousset

“We are enthusiastic about the fact that the most highly acclaimed design galleries will be showing at Design Miami/Paris – says Grela Orihuela, Senior VP of Fairs, Design Miami/ – creating an evocative dialogue between collectible design and the magnificence of an iconic location: the Hôtel de Maisons (51 rue de l’Université, ed.).”

Eight unique chairs, 1961 by Fausto Bontempi at Galleria Rossella Colombari - Photo © courtesy of Galleria Rossella Colombari
Fausto Bontempi: set di otto sedie, 1961, Galleria Rossella Colombari

The voyage in the world of collectibles is paced by a mise en scène divided into incisive themes: Design in Dialogue with L’Hôtel de Maisons/ presents creations that weave a direct dialogue with the impressive space, as in the case of the gallery Ketabi Bourdet Design which recreates an Eighties smoking room with postmodern furnishings and objects by Philippe Starck, Paolo Pallucco & Mireille Rivier, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Rei Kawakubo, Garouste & Bonetti.

Misha Kahn: “Spiritual Pit Stop”, 2022, Friedman Benda - Photo © courtesy of Friedman Benda and Misha Kahn
Misha Kahn: “Spiritual Pit Stop”, 2022, Friedman Benda – Photo © courtesy of Friedman Benda and Misha Kahn

For the first time at DesignMiami/, Galerie Desprez-Breheret presents the seating by Dan Pollock and the creations of Jean Touret, Joseph Savina, Odile Noll and Pierre Paulin, while Salon94 Design is showing the sculptural sofa shaped by Max Lamb. The section Timeless Elegance: The Masters of Historic Design/ narrates the legendary beauty of Paris through icons by historic masters like Jean Royère, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier, presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Galerie Jacques Lacoste.

Quobus 1,3,6 Monochromatic, by Marc Newson at Galerie Kreo - Photo © courtesy of Alexandra de Cossette and Galerie Kreo
Marc Newson: “Quobus 1,3,6 Monochromatic”, Galerie Kreo – Photo © courtesy of Alexandra de Cossette e Galerie Kreo

Past and present mingle inside Contemporary Re-Inventions: New Narratives in Design History/, with limited editions by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby and Jaime Hayon displayed by Galerie Kreo, as well as a unique piece commissioned to Marc Newson for this appointment, made with chromatic metal blocks. Innovation and contemporary experimentation are also the fil rouge of R & Company with the designers Rogan Gregory, Roberto Lugo, Katie Stout, Jeff Zimmerman.

Side table, 2023 by William Coggin at Galerie Scene Ouverte - Photo © courtesy of William Coggin for Galerie Scene Ouverte
William Coggin: tavolo basso, 2023, Galerie Scène Ouverte

The focus of Transcending Material: Exploring Line and Volume/ are works shaped by hand that bring out the best in materials, volumes and forms. The gallery Friedman Benda, for example, brings to Paris the most highly acclaimed designers of Europe and the United States: Samuel Ross, Daniel Arsham, Raphael Navot, Joris Laarman and Andrea Branzi, who just passed away.