Last month, while on a trip to Europe I had the amazing opportunity to take in the Biennale Des Antiquaires 2012. Located in the beautiful Grand Palais right in the heart of Paris, this was an antique show like no other. Luxury design & jewelry houses such as Chanel, Dior & Bulgari sat side by side displaying the most sought after antiques in the world. It was an experience of a lifetime - here is a little peek into what we saw.
The market hall was designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Inspired by the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe was at one end and the Egyptian Obelisk at the other. These major landmarks were reproduced in metal and reduced to three dimensional graphic elements. Even the traditional lantern light fixtures were reduced to copper frames –beautiful in their simplicity.
The Dior shop was stunning and a beehive of activity. The pieces were displayed in these miniature room vignettes. What designer, I mean, little girl wouldn't love to furnish a doll house with accessories like these?
There were many galleries represented, with art & artifacts ranging from ancient Egypt right up to Andy Warhol.
Dior had some private collection pieces on display as well as new and antique pieces available. The colours and designs were incredible. This piece was inspired by a rose garden, and is made of platinum, yellow gold, diamonds, black opal, garnets, rubies, spinels, and tanzanites. Might cause a bit of scene at the school car pool pick up!
The range of antique pieces available was amazing. With so many dealers in one place you could see items from 18th century to 1920’s art deco. It was very inspiring to see these incredible examples of craftsmanship available and so well preserved. Good design and beautifully crafted materials are truly timeless.