Still in Paris! So phenomenal! Really. It is!
Went to the Marches aux Puces at the Porte de Clignancourt yesterday - an unbelievable Paris flea market filled with antique and vintage furniture finds. I love Los Angeles but I must say this flea market puts our flea markets to shame. Here there are so many fantastic treasures to find - amazing antiques and collectible pieces! Amazing.
So we were going to try to be adventuresome and take the metro but opted for a nice air conditioned cab instead. The Marches aux Puces is not at all in the center of Paris...it is on the outskirts so it is a bit of ride...and of course we had no idea how we'd get back to the center of town for our 4pm people watching at the famed cafe Les Deux Magots...but we ventured out anyway.
I had my camera out and ready to take photos but when we first arrived, a vintage dress vendor looked at me and waved her finger and then said "Pop, pop, pop"...which was her very French way of saying no photos. I was then a little timid as I walked through the marches snapping photos...but of course my design determination got me over any shyness and I just asked if I could take photos and most vendors said yes.
Anyhoooooo...saw so many great things...these chairs below are just a few. Please review and let me know...do you think these are flea market finds or flea market flops?
I found this first set of chairs buried behind mounds of furniture in a little shop when we first arrived. Loved these caned back Louis style chairs in grey and white with a criss cross trellis pattern painted on the caning on the chair back and seat. The shop owner was not there but his neighbor called him and he quoted us a price of $2300 for the four chairs. Trops cher (too expensive for me) but I loved them none the less. Cute idea though...paint caning on a chair and then add a pattern detail on top of that....hmmm...note to self...
|The narrow but intriguing pathways throughout this endless Paris flea market! (above)|
This second pair of chairs was more affordable - around $650 for the pair - and quite stylish (add about $1100 for shipping of these two chairs and the table). They were these petite barrel side chairs upholstered in a mustard yellow leather like material. I contemplated these chairs for quite a bit. They don't really go with anything I have...but I loved them. The owner of this shop said that they were 17th century antique chairs. Oh dear...should I go back? They are cute. Oh no. Help.
Lastly, a set of 8 cane seat French dining chairs with carved details on the legs. I liked the blue grey paint on these chairs. Didn't find out the price but thought they were quite lovely.
So the question is...would you have shipped any of these chairs home? Do you see potential in any of them? If so, where might you use them in your home? Would be very curious to know.
More flea market finds coming up tomorrow...including an amazing bombay chest!
P.S. Thank you all for watching my quick video DESIGN GUIDE from yesterday. I'll try to do a few more of these video posts while here!
All photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY