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Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain Paris

261 Boulevard Raspail

The Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, or simply Fondation Cartier to locals, is a contemporary art museum dedicated to both established and up-and-coming works.

Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris design guide

Housed in a glass building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Novel, and set among the tranquil woodland garden landscapes created by Lothar Baumgarten, this invaluable space organizes multiple exhibitions and events a year; often focusing on the connection between “contemporary expression” and the performing arts.

La Gaîté Lyrique

3bis Rue Papin

La Gaîté Lyrique is a unique space that focuses on Paris’ exploding digital arts scene.

In addition to a video station that could excite any gaming enthusiast, it also contains an interactive library, café, and rotating exhibitions hall, all housed in its meticulously curated downstairs.

Here, you can also explore contemporary digital expression in mediums, ranging from cinema to web design, to visual arts and electronic music.

La Gaîté Lyrique is a unique space that focuses on Paris’ exploding digital arts scene.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

5/7 Rue de Fourcy

Located in an ex-hotel in Paris’ historic 4th quarter Le Marais, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie focuses on contemporary photography with a flare for fashion.

Paris Design Guide | Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Wander through its collection of over 20,000 works, as well as a rotating block that features everything from traditional portraiture to optical illusions. Some of their most popular exhibitions have included a rare documentation of a full season spent behind-the-scenes at French fashion house Lanvin, or the architectural photographs of Caio Reisewitz. In addition to the gallery, it also hosts an auditorium, library, and video facility with frequent workshops. 


Suzanne Tarasieve

7 Rue Pastourelle

This exciting, and relatively new (at least by Parisienne standards) gallery has built up a reputation for supporting young and established international artists — with a popular exhibition program that frequently collaborates with international museums and art centers.

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2010 Mixed media, 245 × 76 × 76 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Suzanne Tarasieve Paris, France ©James Prinz UNTITLED, FROM THE SERIES SUPERIMPOSITIONS, 1968–75  © Boris Mikhailov

Opened in May 2011, this popular gallerist's Marais outpost has become a “stronghold for the most powerful representatives of the Parisian art market,” attracting diverse talents like Nick Cave, whose ‘Soundsuits’ were a hit with Parisiennes, and photographer Boris Mikhailov — known as the Harmony Korine of Eastern Europe.

Palais de Tokyo

13 Avenue du Président Wilson

A self-proclaimed “rebellious wasteland with the air of a Palace,” this influential hybrid space is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and is the largest center of its kind in Europe.

Palais de Tokyo, Design guide to Paris, France

Established in 2002, Palais de Tokyo also provides an artist residency, the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, which is a veritable laboratory of artistic creation. This is all in addition to events (especially legendary Paris Fashion Week parties), a bookstore, several restaurants, and a club located within this massive space.

Bugada & Cargnel

7 Rue de l’Équerre

Formerly known as Cosmic Galerie, Bugada & Cargnel has become the celebrated hub of artistic life in the Belleville neighborhood.

Exposition - Couleurs - Bugada & Cargnel Paris - Vues de l'exposition

Inside this gorgeous, 500 square meter showroom — formerly an industrial garage from the 1930s — creatives flocked to exhibit, with past participants including Parisian multimedia artist Cyprien Gaillard and up-and-coming British photographer Mat Collishaw.

Galerie du Passage

20 Galerie Véro-Dodat

Located in a retail arcade built in the 1800s, Pierre Passebon’s Galerie du Passage is a favorite haunt for collectors of rare 20th-century furnishings and objects d’art, with past patrons including auction-house chairman Simon de Pury and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Galerie de Passage Paris, France - image by Vee Speers

Inside this two-story space, peruse quirky antiques alongside midcentury ceramics and fine home furnishings.

Galerie du Jour Agnès b

44 rue Quincampoix

Step into the clean, white lines of this chic gallery, created by the French fashion powerhouse Agnès b, and mingle with some of today’s most exciting artists and their works - including Lucien Hervé, Kenneth Anger, Mike Lash, and Martin Parr (just to name a few).

Galerie du Jour Agnès b, Paris Fashion House, France Design Guide

Meanwhile, a second, more spacious gallery space is located across the courtyard. In 2009, the gallery also added its own library to house a “paper palace of press cuttings, reviews, books, objets d’art” and publish their own in-house periodical, Pointe d’ironie, created by Agnès B. and legendary art critic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Musee des Arts Décoratifs

107 Rue de Rivoli

Located just next to the Louvre along Rue du Rivoli, the Les Arts Décoratifs has a storied history of keeping alive the French "culture of the arts which seek to make useful things beautiful.”

Musee des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Design Guide to Paris, France Vase, Saint-Cloud, vers 1700 Inv. 9042 © Les Arts Décoratifs Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

Originated in 1882, when a group of collectors came together to help promote the applied arts and develope links between industry and culture, design and production, for years it was known as the Union centrale des Arts décoratifs (UCAD). In December 2004, it changed names and refined its purpose, preserving collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design.




5 Rue de Picardie

Marais’ newest craft concept store, Empreintes is a four floor, 600 square meter paean to design, set inside the architectural work of Carreau du Temple and the Marché des Enfants Rouges.

Here, tableware, ornaments, jewelry, furniture, lighting, and artwork created by some of France’s most talented artisans sit side by side with a lively café, library, projection room, and exhibition space.


14 rue Debelleyme

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Established in 2012, and with a satellite store in New York, Études is both a fine art collective and a haute-streetwear menswear brand specializing in minimalist clothing, footwear, and even rare-edition publishing and art books.

Astier de Villatte

173 Rue Saint Honoré

Located a stone’s throw from Musée d’Orsay, the Astier de Villatte’s minimalist showroom holds a fantastic assortment of ceramics produced in the traditional 18th-century-style.

Astier de Villatte Paris, ceramics, pottery, contemporary in white, A Desgin Guide to Paris, France


2 Rue de la Mare

On of our favorite bookstores in Paris, peruse a fantastic selection of illustrated books and editions among a hybrid, triple-purpose space — complete with a curio shop and gallery. 

LE MONTE-EN-L’AIR - Famous Paris bookshop, antiquities, rare books

Centre Commercial

2 Rue de Marseille

This concept shop tucked away near the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th was recently opened by the designers behind French eco-conscious sneaker label Veja — beloved by French celebrities and the socially-minded.

Freitag @ Centre Commercial

In addition to Veja’s sleek shoes, check out a range of slow fashion pieces from the likes of Valentine Gauthier, Christine Phung, F-ABRIC by Freitag and more, all inside this gorgeous white-washed space. 

Comptoir de l'Image

44 Rue de Sévigné

Love vintage French fashion magazine? How about rare European photography books?

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Inside Le Comptoir de l’Image, owner Michel Fink, a former protege of Richard Avedon, has created a visual celebration of all things aesthetic and French. This includes rare monographs, signed editions, and imported art books from a range of unique global sources.

L’Eclaireur Hérold

10 rue Hérold

LECLAIREUR shop Heróld, Paris

This iconic french boutique is credited with first introducing the Antwerp 6 design collective to Paris, and today is still one of the best places to scout out the best in up-and-coming haute fashion.  


213 Rue Saint-Honoré

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One of the most exciting stores in Paris, Colette melds design, style, and art, and features everything from women’s clothing, to counterculture book and records, to a "water bar" that serves more than 100 brands of bottled water. 

Chez Moi

25 Rue Hérold

Chez Moi is more than just a concept shop — it’s also a performance piece created to look like a real Apartment, only everything is available for purchase. Inside, peruse David Hockney art books, clothing by Cornaërt, home decor by Pulpo, and rare art magazines and accessories.

Chez Moi Paris - Vues Choisies / Los Angeles

It’s no accident this space is a cozy hideaway from the Paris hubub — it’s also the “home” of designer Jean-Baptiste Charpenay-Limon. Created by Freek architects, it’s the perfect place to start dreaming of your ideal Parisienne pied a terre.




13 bis, rue Henry Monnier

A local coffee shop that doubles as a design boutique, this 9th arrondissement shop is filled with design and home goods curios, in addition to a coffee counter where Benoît Touche creates espresso, chai lattes, and filtered coffee using beans from local roaster Coutume.

LE ROCKETSHIP coffee shop with design in Paris

La Pâtisserie des Rêves

93 Rue Bac
Musée d'Orsay, 7ème

La Pâtisserie des Rêves Paris,

A modern and playful pastry shop from Philippe Conticini, experience innovative takes on local pastry classics, set among a museum-like shop with an exquisite presentation.




A free annual dusk ’til dawn arts festival - 7pm to 7am on the first Saturday in October

Translates to “white night”, each year the first Saturday in October sees the city transform into a glowing mecca of all night art/lighting installations. 


Inspired by St Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, which tends to extend through the entire summer, Paris’ more restrained version creates 24 hours of fantastic art and design — one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, and inspiring dozens of copycats.

Paris Design Week

September 8-16, 2017

Each year, and for eight staggering days, this popular design event culls the best in French and international design professionals to convene for a rousing series of discussions, displays, and presentations. 

You can expect to see many of the stars of this festival later pop up in the chicest international retailers, galleries, showrooms, hotels and restaurants.


September 8-12, 2017

MAISON&OBJET, timed to coincide with Paris Design Week, is THE major event for design professionals. 

Creation studio teamLab / チームラボ exposes Maison&Objet, Paris 2017

Bringing together an eclectic range of artisans and producers working in decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances and tableware (among other mediums) experience this inventive show that combines business and creativity.




142 Rue Montmartre

Who says great design can only be found in galleries? Created in 2011 by film auteur David Lynch, Silencio is a member’s club on steroids, providing an exhilarating chance for the global creative community to mingle, collaborate, and coalesce.

Silencio in Paris, A Design Guide to Culture | Golden Interiors | Mulholland Drive Movie Silencio in Paris, A Design Guide to Culture, theatre, Cinema, Films

Named after the cult venue in Lynch’s 2001 movie Mulholland Drive, and set underneath the Social Club — the hangout for Paris’s music lovers — it exists as a surrealist world of gold-leaf walls, neo-1950s style furniture, and unique lighting; all providing the perfect backdrop for concerts by up-and-coming bands, film premières, club nights and prestigious guests.

Where to stay in design style when in Paris?  that's easy. 

Luxurious and dedicated to all things style, La Réserve Hotel and Spa Paris, or the La Réserve Paris Apartments are the perfect base to go and explore the City of Lights.

For more design edits of style, we have some major cities tucked under our oh-so designer belts: STOCKHOLM, VIENNA, ZURICH, NYC, BARCELONA.

IMAGES © Louvre, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, La Gaîté Lyrique, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Suzanne Tarasieve, Palais de Tokyo, Bugada & Cargnel, Galerie du Jour Agnès b, Vee Speers, Musee des Arts Décoratifs, Astier de Villatte, LE MONTE-EN-L’AIR, Études, Comptoir de l'Image, Blk. Water, Vis Vitalis water, L’Eclaireur, Empreintes, Chez Moi, Centre Commercial, LE ROCKETSHIP, Patisserie des Reves, Maison&Objet, Silencio, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication



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