Rue de Lille, Paris!

First Published 27 November 2015

Archizoom.-Poltronova.- Pair of fauteuils by Archizoom for Poltronova c1969, Galerie Arcanes, 11 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris                                Image courtesy of Galerie Arcanes

On the Right bank in Paris just off the Quai Voltaire and the Seine is the Carré Rive Gauche, an area rich in galleries  ranging from the fine and decorative arts to even a cane specialist (Galerie Jantzen) !  They organize an annual evenement for the area every Spring in which many of the galleries participate. Throughout the year, one of the streets we often frequent is the rue de Lille. Here are just a few of our favorite stops!
Garouste & Bonetti sofa
‘Koala Meridienne’ pink velvet sofa, c1990 Garouste & Bonetti, Galerie Alain Fradin & Robert Labrosse
Image courtesy of Galerie Fradin Labrosse
Grand Lustre
Large Italian suspension light, Stilnovo, 1950. Galerie Fradin Labrosse
Image courtesy of Galerie Fradin Labrosse
Fradin Labrosse gallery specializes in 20th century furniture, lighting and objects. The sofa above by Garouste and Bonetti is spectacular – and very pink! Very glamorous for a boudoir or a room with a touch of flamboyance. They have wonderful lightings pieces too. Well worth a visit.
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Chairs and lighting by Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Galerie 16 rue de Lille always has wonderful pieces by renowned Italian designer Luigi Caccia Dominioni (who’s still active and working at the age of 102!). Having graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1936, Dominioni went on to design a series of radios with Livio and Pier Castiglioni for which they won first prize at the VII Triennial in Milan. In the 1950s he set up Azucena which is a collection of the furniture and objects he designed. Supremely stylish and sleek, the chairs, lights and sofas are masterfully designed. Italian CHIC!
Filigree glass hanging lights
 Filigree glass hanging lights by Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, Galerie Carole Decombe
Image courtesy of Galerie Carole Decombe
Guéridon « Polka », Isabelle Sicart, Emmanuel Levet Stenne, 2014
Guéridon « Polka », Isabelle Sicart, Emmanuel Levet Stenne, 2014
Image courtesy of Galerie Carol Decombe
Lustre, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Lustre by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 1970s
Image courtesy of Galerie Carole Decombe
Galerie Carol Decombe had a spectacular exhibition earlier this year of the work of master glassmaker Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert. Click here to see our earlier post. His hand blown hanging lights and vases are absolutely breathtaking. The delicate filigree glasswork demands an very high level of technical expertise and combined with his creative vision, these are true masterpieces. Also on view are wonderful works by Isabelle Sicart and Emmanuel Levet Stenne (see above) along with great Scandinavian design.
Borsani-Fontana buffet
Rare buffet Borsani (1911-1985) and Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Image courtesy of HG Galerie
Ingrand lightsPair of suspension lights ‘Gouttes’ c1958-60 by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte
Image courtesy of HG Galerie
American table set 195-1960
Set of three low tables, American 1950-1960.
Image courtesy of HG Galerie 
HG Design, run by Hugo Greiner of the Martel-Greiner family of dealers is another favorite. Charming and very helpful, Hugo exhibits beautiful mid century furniture and lighting
Joseph André Motte
(Above) Canapé ‘770’ by Joseph André Motte, 1958
Image courtesy of Galerie Luc Allemand
Pair of bookshelves, ‘clé de soi’ model, Mathieu Mategot, 1954
Image courtesy of Galerie Luc Allemand
‘La Vallée Blanche’ chaise longue, c1962 by Pierre Guariche 
Image courtesy of Galerie Luc Allemand
Galerie Luc Allemand specialises in furniture and lighting from the 1950s-1970s. There’s always a lot to see here!
This is just a selection of a few of our favorites to give you some inspiration. Enjoy!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

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