Must-See Design Shops in Paris

You never know what you’ll find at design shops in Paris… This week is Maison et Objet, the twice-annual design exhibition, as well as Paris Déco Off, which takes place in shops and showrooms around the city. In between walking the aisles of the show and arrondissement hopping, it’s a great time to visit the city’s many outstanding design stores. Plus, it’s also sale season! Here are three of my favorites right now (plus a couple of perennial favorites).

Merci

111, bd Beaumarchais, 75003

A red fiat with the license plate "Merci" sits on stone in front of the Merci design shop in Paris.
Photo courtesy of Merci

Look for the iconic red Fiat inside a slightly hidden courtyard. After browsing the extensive fashions (men, women, children) on the main and basement floors, head upstairs for a huge selection of reasonably priced housewares—including bath and bed linens. They carry a large amount of Serax tableware as well as unique pieces Paola Navone-designed plates with adorable French themes. 

Two photos side by side of the design store shop space at Merci in Paris featuring yellow benches, tiles, and more.
Photos courtesy of Merci
A white plate with red dots around the outside, blue paint around the brim, and French designs in the center.
Photo courtesy of Merci


Empreintes

5, rue de Picardie, 75003

A woman browses shelves of pottery and vases at Empreintes design shop in Paris
Photo courtesy of Empreintes

Spread out in a more than 6,000 square foot, natural-light-bathed space on three floors, Empreintes is dedicated to unique pieces from France-based makers. There’s jewelry, accessories, some furniture, lighting, stationery, and many pieces of handmade and hand-painted ceramics. (It’s a great place to find a perfect gift.) The artists vary, but the work is typically delightful and affordable.

Two photos side by side showing the inside space of Empreintes design shop in Paris, shelves of products line the store.
Photos courtesy of myparisianlife and Empreintes
A display of shelves filled with blue and white items for the kitchen like plates and vases and for the living room like pillows all at Empreintes
Photo courtesy of Empreintes

Moustache

17, rue Beaurepaire 75010

A red chair made of tubing sits in the center of many different green plants in front of a yellow curtain and table at Moustache design shop in Paris
Photo courtesy of Moustache

If you’re looking for something unusual and decidedly modern, head to the 10th and spend some time in Moustache. Its one of those “could be an art gallery” shops, but without the attitude. Pieces from the French design studio Big-Game—striking, saturated-color tubular chairs, benches, and stools—are a highlight. As are the deer-shaped, CNC-milled coffee tables. 

Two photos side by side show the colorful decor available at Moustache in paris like a blue tube chair, red deer, blue blob mirror, and more.
Photos courtesy of Moustache

 

A light blue tube chair sits in the middle of a white room with a balloon tube mirror on the wall and dark blue tube table to the left at Moustache in Paris.
Photo courtesy of Moustache

And don’t miss . . .

India Mahdavi

3, rue las Cases, 75007

39, rue de Bellechasse 75007

The store front window looking into India Mahdavi design shop on the streets of Paris
Photo courtesy of India Mahdavi

The architect and interior designer’s original shop and newer showroom celebrate her stylish, exuberant way with color and form. Her Jetlag sofa is a dream, with soft, feather-filled cushions over plush velvet. 

Two side by side photos of a red, low, spiral table with colorful plant pots and a colorful archway in the background.
Photos courtesy of India Mahdavi

Emery et Cie

18, passage de la Main d’Or, 75011

A black storefront for Emery et Cie sits on the stone streets of Paris as mopeds ride by.
Photo courtesy of Emery et Cie

Started in 1993 by the enigmatic Agnès Emery, the shops (also in Belgium and London) are a hidden gem, sources for very special paint, fabric, ironwork, wallpaper, and wonderful Moroccan Zellige tiles.

Story by Stephen Treffinger

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