Paris flea markets abound with chairs, books, vintage clothing, ceramics and textiles. Flea chairs are a tad difficult to carry on the metro, let alone back to a guest couch, so if travelling light you will sadly need to forgo such purchases. In any case Puce de Vanves will furnish any manner of smaller, suit-case-worthy items that one can scurry away home with. The trick is to only buy as much as you can carry, and to take spare hands, and bubble wrap to ensure your finds survive Le Metro. Suffice it to say: I shall be back.
It’s easy to look back at the past and think that all other eras knew their own minds and with purist zeal were able to create entirely new work, for and of the time, without reference to their predecessors. Not so at all, which is one reason why I love scouting around the decorative arts in museums so much. Perhaps they validate my penchant for re-appropriation. Influence, or inspiration?; magical words that treat us to new ideas and open an old way to a new frame of vision.
Currently admiring the work of René Fumeron, a French designer whose work with both Gobelin and Pinton Frères factory in Aubusson is a shining testament to the 50s and 60s.