I was going through some of my Paris photos the other day, and I realised there were still (a few) about a million gems I never got to tell you about. So I decided to bundle them all together in a post which is mostly related to , but also the awesomeness of Paris in general (as a couple of the things I am sharing with you here are not related to the design week at all). Due to a huge amount of images which I always have such a hard time culling, I will bring you a couple of other posts focussing on different areas and topics. So here goes…


View through to Tokyo Eats café at  Palais de Tokyo. Image © yellowtrace.

Christian Marclay’s ‘Seven Windows’ –  sound effects depicted as comic books and stained glass. Image © yellowtrace.

Palais de Tokyo. Image © yellowtrace.

Palais de Tokyo. Image © yellowtrace.

Palais de Tokyo. Image © yellowtrace.

Palais de Tokyo bookshop. Image © yellowtrace.

Cloud installation in process. I just love this. Image © yellowtrace.

And again… Image © yellowtrace.

Stunning interactive piece by Ulla Von Brandenberg (no skateboard allowed). Image © yellowtrace.

Entry to Palais de Tokyo. Image © yellowtrace.


 has had a number of uses during its 75-year history. Before the Centre Pompidou opened in 1977, it was the home of France’s national collection of modern art, and in the 1980s it presented photography, films, and objects and decor of the cinema. Eventually it even closed it’s doors to the public for three decades. It finally reopened earlier this year after an overhaul by architects . It is now known as “the biggest non-collecting contemporary art museum in Europe”.

Address: 13 Avenue Prés Wilson, 75116 Paris.

Opening Hours: 12 noon – 12 midnight everyday, except Tuesdays.


“The Electricity Fairy” by Raoul Duffy (1937). Oil on plywood, 250 panels. This spectacular piece is from the museum’s permanent collection, located in the Duffy Gallery. Image © yellowtrace.

This room played host to a design exhibition which celebrated French Elle Décoration’s 25th anniversary. Image © yellowtrace.

Foyer of the Musée d’Art Moderne. Image © yellowtrace.

Musée d’Art Moderne entry. Image © yellowtrace.


 is located in the eastern wing of Palais de Tokyo – it is a major municipal museum dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century. During the Design Week, the gallery hosted  ‘Generation Design’ exhibition curated by Gérard Laizé, general director of the nonprofit association VIA (Valorization of Innovation in Furnishing), to celebrate French Elle Décoration’s 25th anniversary. The exhibition took place in front of Raoul Dufy’s mesmerising “La fee electricite” (1937) – this painting covers an entire oval-egg-shaped room, it’s literally a painting you walk into (top images). Extraordinary!

Address: 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.

Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday. Late opening on Thursdays until 10pm (exhibitions only).


Le Bon Marché department store. Image © yellowtrace, via .


Situated in a 1852 beautiful ornate building conceived by Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower),  is world’s first department store. Iconic French designer  reconfigured its trademark escalators shown here – the vast inner atrium is best viewed from the 2nd floor balcony, and is itself worth the trip! Here you will find superb edit of high-end fashion for men, women and children, and also furniture, home-wares and gifts. The gourmet food market, La Grande Epicerie, stocks tens of thousands of hard-to-find products from around the world. It’s incredibly beautiful and you simply must go there. And if my dodgy photo isn’t convincing you of it’s beauty, then perhaps  might give you a better idea.

Address : 22 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris.

Opening hours : Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat -8pm. Closed on Sundays.


Hermès store on Rue de Sèvres. Image © yellowtrace, via .

Hermès store on Rue de Sèvres. Image © yellowtrace, via .

Random monkey in the window of Hermès store on Rue de Sèvres. So good. Image © yellowtrace, via .


Oh baby…  store on Rue de Sèvres was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. And that’s saying something! Housed in a former swimming pool, which in the 1930’s served as one of Paris’ oldest swimming clubs, the interior was redesigned by architect Denis Montel of studio , the firm responsible for all Hermès’ stores globally. The architect respectfully maintained the original tiled columns and floors, and ironwork on the upper balconies, while inserting a series of sensual sweeping timber structures reminiscent of oversized water drops which house the collection. See more (and much better) images , although I really must warn you – this store is so, so, sooooo much more amazing in person than any photo ever managed to capture it. This I promise you.

Address : 22 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris.

Opening hours : Monday-Saturday 10.30am-7pm. Closed on Sundays.


Louis Vuitton flagship. Image © yellowtrace, via .

Galeries Lafayette department store. Image © yellowtrace, via .

Le Palais Garnier (Opera) ceiling. Image © yellowtrace, via .


As you know, I have a bit of a thing for shit-hot ceilings (see previous posts on said topic here and here), and these amazing ceilings were just some of the super awesome examples spotted in Paris.

Louis Vuitton’s Champs-Élysées Maison has an absolutely incredible crystal glass and mirrored ceiling designed by . Looking up always makes me feel excited, perplexed, dizzy and dazzled all at once.

In the meantime,  (another iconic department store) has a fantastic domed ceiling which sits on top of the 10-story central atrium in the women’s building. The store’s founder, Théophile Bader, commissioned Georges Chedanne and then his student Ferdinand Chanut to design this incredible building. The glass and steel dome was built in 1912.

The auditorium at  is the home of the stunning ceiling painted by Belorussian-born artist Marc Chagall. This incredible brightly coloured piece is lit by a spectacular crystal chandelier, embellishing a horseshoe-shaped auditorium with 1,900 red velvet seats. Oh yes, it’s pretty spesh.


Colette concept store window during Paris Design Week. Image © yellowtrace, via .

Colette concept store window during Paris Design Week. Image © yellowtrace, via .


Ok, back to Design Week stuff now. Paris cult store  is the home to an impressive selection of everything that’s so-hot-right-now and hard to find. If you’ve been to Paris, the chances are you’ve already been to this store. Anyway, during Paris Design Week, Colette windows displayed (must have!) children’s designer chairs from Knoll, and also a very cool cardboard installation by and . Check out more images .

Address : 213 Rue Saint-Honoré,  75001 Paris.

Opening hours : Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm. Closed on Sundays.


Merci concept store. Image © yellowtrace.


The fabulous Marais concept store Merci featured a colourful headphones installation in the large central void. Merci is far too cool for a quick mention like this one, so stay tuned for a separate post on this not-to-be-missed Paris store.

Address: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris.

Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.


Cassina showroom in Staint-Germain. Image © yellowtrace.


. Well, what can I say. This undeniable master of refined iconic design pieces has a beautiful showroom in Saint Germain. No real surprises there.

Address:  236 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris.


Cappellini showroom in Staint-Germain. Image © yellowtrace.


As in all the other showrooms throughout the world, one colour dominates the whole area – i.e. red in New York, blue in Los Angeles, yellow in Milan… and pink in Paris.

Address:  242 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris.


Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Image courtesy of Paris Design Week.


, on the edge of the Marais, opened last year by young French art entrepreneurs Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard, who returned from London after opening their cutting-edge design/art gallery under the same name.

Swarm lighting installation, designed by rAndom International (previously), composed of over 3000 individual circuits organised into three rectangular forms. The light traveled like a swarm of bees across the three forms in response to surrounding noise.

Address: 54 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris.


A Glass House installation. Image courtesy of Paris Design Week.


A Glass House by  – a micro-architecture of Christian Biecher and two mirrors by Mathilda Bretillot.


Gallerie Wilmotte.  Image courtesy of Paris Design Week.


launched a collection of modern furniture and lighting at Gallerie Wilmotte.

[Images © yellowtrace/ , and Paris Design Week.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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