Design Miami/ Paris Concludes a Successful Inaugural Edition at L’hôtel de Maisons 

October 30, 2023


Design Miami/ Paris has wrapped up its debut edition, marking a triumphant milestone for the design and lifestyle world. From October 18 to 22, in the enchanting setting of L’hôtel de Maisons, an 18th-century mansion nestled in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this new Parisian fair offered a breathtaking showcase of collectible design galleries that captured the essence of art and innovation.

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Gallery Highlights:


Throughout the week, 27 of the world's most esteemed collectible design galleries transformed L’hôtel de Maisons into a collector's dream. Visitors were treated to a visual symphony that bridged the gap between 20th-century design classics and groundbreaking contemporary creations. Each presentation added a unique layer to the historical tapestry of the venue, making it an unforgettable experience.


Award Winners:


On October 16, Design Miami/ unveiled its Best of Show award winners, and they did not disappoint. The prestigious Best of Show award rightfully went to Lebreton, based in Monaco, for their presentation titled "Sculptors with Clay: A Tribute to 20th-Century Ceramic Masters." This remarkable showcase celebrated the beauty and artistry of ceramics, featuring renowned creators like Ruth Duckworth, Jean Derval, Suzanne Ramié, André Borderie, and more. It demonstrated the versatility and enduring impact of clay as a medium.

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The Best Design at Large was bestowed upon François-Xavier Lalanne's iconic work, Âne Attelé (grand), 1989, presented by Galerie Mitterrand (Paris). This bronze masterpiece, a harnessed donkey pulling a cart, made a striking entrance in the courtyard, and its historical significance left a lasting impression.

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The Best Contemporary Work went to The Long Stripe Chair, 2021, by Full Grown, presented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery (London). A testament to innovation, this chair was organically grown, showcasing the fusion of art, science, and craftsmanship.

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The award for Best Historic Work was claimed by the Polar bear sofa suite by Jean Royère, circa 1958, presented by Galerie Jacques Lacoste (Paris). This suite, steeped in history, reflected the elegance and holistic vision that defined Royère's career.

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Design at Large Highlights:


The fair showcased a captivating Design at Large program, enriching the connection between the exhibited creations and the timeless charm of L'hôtel de Maisons, spanning the courtyard and gardens. This innovative feature brought a fresh perspective to the event, seamlessly blending contemporary design with the historical ambiance of the venue.


A standout exhibit featured Jakob Jørgensen's "Totem," presented by Hostler Burrows in New York. Jørgensen's artistry revolves around manipulating low carbon steel, exploring its potential through heat and pressure. "Totem" showcases his transformation of an everyday steel pipe into a monumental column, inviting viewers to reimagine the medium and connect with nature-inspired inspiration.


In Paris, Ketabi Bourdet unveiled Pavilion X, an extraordinary creation by architect Marc Leschelier. This demountable structure blurs the lines between sculpture and architecture, offering a multifunctional design. Pavilion X's unique appeal lies in its construction, featuring robust aluminum frames covered in a distinctive cement textile. The water-altered textile forms a striking and individualistic facade on each panel, adding a captivating contrast to the angular aluminum framework.


Galerie Patrick Seguin in Paris showcased a remarkable 6x6 Demountable House, an ingenious creation by the visionary architect Jean Prouvé in 1944. This innovative design was conceived as a short-term housing solution for the displaced individuals affected by the aftermath of World War II in France.


Key Sales:


Design Miami/ Paris was not just a visual feast but also a bustling marketplace. Galerie Mitterrand (Paris) secured a remarkable sale, with François-Xavier Lalanne's Âne Attelé (grand) fetching over 4 million euros. Galerie Patrick Seguin impressed with the sale of the 6x6 Demountable House by Jean Prouvé. 


Thomas FRITSCH - ARTRIUM (Paris) achieved notable success, selling key pieces to collectors worldwide, including those from Korea, Japan, and Singapore. Galerie Downtown François Laffanour (Paris) also reported substantial sales, showcasing the international appeal of this event.

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Paulin, Paulin, Paulin teamed up with Mobilier National to present a unique furniture collection by Pierre Paulin for President François Mitterrand. This limited edition is now available through Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, and Design Miami/ is proud to partner with Mobilier National in celebrating this prestigious institution.


Future Fair Dates:


As the excitement settles from the inaugural edition in Paris, design enthusiasts and collectors have more to look forward to. The 19th edition of Design Miami/ is just around the corner, set to run from December 6 to 10, 2023, with a Preview Day on December 5. It's a continuation of the rich legacy of design excellence, and the anticipation is building for what promises to be another extraordinary event.

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In conclusion, Design Miami/ Paris' first edition at L’hôtel de Maisons has left an indelible mark on the world of design and collectible art. With accolades, exceptional sales, and a bright future, this fair is set to redefine the boundaries of creativity and craftsmanship in the design world. Design aficionados eagerly await the next chapter, and December 2023 is sure to be another momentous occasion in the design calendar.

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