Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Designer's Flea Market (Le Puces du Design)


If you think Flea Markets are nothing but a huge garage sale you would have been surprised to visit the latest edition of Les Puces du Design (the designer's flea market) that took place last week-end in the Montorgueil quarter (2nd arrondissement). Among other stuff my eyes got mainly caught by the furniture of the 70s : the "Lounge Chair" designed by Eames, the "Ant Chair" designed by Jacobsen, and, of course, the "Tulip" tables and chairs signed by Saarinen! But in the end I chose to photograph this unforgettable "shoe screen" (see another view here) and this fish bowl.

42 comments:

  1. The colors are so vibrant and spring like - wonderful photo!

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  2. Oh, boy, it's a good thing I'm not in Paris yet. Never can resist a flea market! Very cool and original shot!

    The fun part about coming to this blog is that you never know what to expect!

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  3. >Vintage. Gee I get this question very ofeten but I never know what to answer - especially because I never have the problem of finding a hotel in Paris, I live there!!

    Can some of the PDP visitors help Vintage Stangs? (A budget range would helps Vintage, by the way...)

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  4. I love the photo...I think we call them "lasts" in American English (the shoe form thingies.)

    Vintage...just look online. Hotels.com comes to mind. You'll figure it out. Or type "Paris budget hotels" into any search engine.

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  5. Les souliers et le bocal colorés charment !

    Ujima
    www.ujimatoday.blogspot.com
    Please visit my new blog.

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  6. Eric,
    What a fun screen idea. The colors make me feel happy.

    Vintage, figure out what sites you will visit in the city, then pick a neighborhood that is most convenient or central to the places you will be seeing. Any good city guide book should be able to give you a few recommendations for your budget limitations and the kind of room you think you need. There are also private apartment rentals that can save you a lot of money if you will be staying a week or more, and these can be viewed at sites on line. Good luck with your arrangements.
    -Kim

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  7. vintage: www.eurocheapo.com

    These shoes look like lasts. I'm not sure this is a successful piece. But a nice photo! Sorry.

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  8. Is this a regular flea market ... I hope so, I will be there soon!!

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  9. Awww, I would have lovd to see the 70's furnature! The shoe screen is cool, though.

    vintage, you should stay with eric! I only charge a small fee for renting him out. (Not that I'm trying to make money off of you from 1/2 way around the world, eric...although if anyone is making money off of you I'm sure it should probably be your wife!)

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  10. I love the colours although I'd never buy it.

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  11. Salut et ca va? This photo is really fun (with all the shoes). I love the fish bowl too - very pretty!

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  12. Ahh beautiful colorful photo!

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  13. Eric, this is a great photo and I think you chose the better of them to publish on PDP. When you see it from far away it doesn't give the same impression. Your perspective was excellent. As for fish bowls, I'd rather have a huge aquarium to stare at than this stupid american television we have over here. Commercials, commercials, commercials! Maybe you should make a PDP commercial!

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  14. I guarantee you that none of these shoe molds are big enough for my feet!

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  15. Oh quelle barbe ces "Puces du design" ! making a total mess just in front of my office almost one week long. Just fine for those trendy Bo-bos not knowing what to do with their empty week-ends !!!…

    Well this is not exactly what I think, but, sorry, I couldn't resist playing the UNFRIENDLY PARISIAN (yes it does exist too) !

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  16. A "show screen"!! beautiful and one of those "only in Paris" thing!

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  17. Nasty, ah oui, râler un peu en bon Parigot!

    Actually I have very friendly and kind Parisian friends who love to moan, whinge and grumble - it is a Parisian sport.

    Lovely colours! Perhaps the bloggers have seen that there is a Montréal photoblog now, and that our weather has been cool and grey... Nicer today though.

    Vintage, as for accomodations, the second one is certainly not cheap, but we'd need an idea of your actual budget, cheap does not mean the same for everyone. Lonely Planet and Le Routard (in French) both have good boards where the subject of cheap accomodation in Paris is a popular subject.

    It would also be important to give us an idea of the arrondissement or type of neighbourhood you like to be based in.

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  18. Here's a good hotel recommendation:
    http://www.eurocheapo.com/paris/hotel/grand-hotel-du-loiret

    This hotel has a FABULOUS location just off the Rue de Rivoli. Rooms on the 3rd/4th floors are dead cheap because there's no elevator (lift, if you're English).

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  19. I never knew they were called "lasts" in english, but now I do--thanks to the comments. My grandfather was a shoe maker. He had a lot of these butt they were just plain wood color.

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  20. I've stayed at grand-hotel-du-loiret! Great location. Pretty noisy, but bring earplugs.

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  21. That sounds like such a fun event. I know a woman who's looking to launch some big events in Vancouver, Canada, and I told her about it!

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  22. I love these screen...it's so 60s and very 'groovy'.

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  23. I like both photos of the shoe screen (as well as the idea of spinning the individual lasts around and fiddling with the 'feet').

    I can also recommend apartment rental via the internet. I've done it several times from different sites and each time the apartment was well represented. You can cook at 'home' yourself to save money on meals if necessary.

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  24. Great shoes! I wonder if you can actually wear them?

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  25. Isn't that flea market in the "Passage du Cerf"? I love it!
    Another very good hotel regarding price/ quality ratio is the "Hotel de Senlis", just close to the Panthéon and the Jardin du Luxembourg.
    A "double" is 85 Euros (with elevator...lol). Check if you would love that style:

    http://www.hoteldesenlis.fr/

    People of the hotel are very professional, it is a great location base for tourism.
    It is a secret, don't tell anybody ;-)
    After trying several hotels around Paris, friends from Switzerland come now automatically in that hotel twice a year since 3 years.

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  26. "..but, all I have left are...the cruel shoes." (For Nasty, from an old Steve Martin comedy routine. I thought it reflects the feeling, oui?" The fish bowl is lovely. S'il vous plait, Nasty, vous n'aimez pas les poissons? Join the party and I'll buy you a glass, also.

    Tomate Farcie et Eric: Where and when should we meet? Let me know, we'll be there.

    And Michael: Are you in? (Yes, you can have the spare verre du vin.)

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  27. Jeff, sorry I didn't get back to you right away. I can probably meet you Thursday (6/8?) if you want. I propose to do a specific blog post about that some place so people can join in if they want? If Eric doesn't have the time, I'll gladly host it on my blog, but the only problem with me doing it is that I may not have much connectivity once I get to France I travel and will not be able to "moderate" the comments (and by that, I really only mean answer questions, give directions, check in, etc.)

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  28. By the way, it goes without saying that Nasty GG should join the party! :-D

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  29. So Vintage, what do you say?! I think you had the most comprehensive hotel feeback you could ever dream of!! Keep us posted please.

    As far as a PDP meeting IN Paris is concerned I would be most happy to organize it - I understand Friday June 9 would be a good date (except for Nicola and Sam I think whom I will see earlier in the week). So do we agree on Friday 9?

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  30. I love this photo. Great use of color.

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  31. "As far as a PDP meeting IN Paris is concerned I would be most happy to organize it - I understand Friday June 9 would be a good date (except for Nicola and Sam I think whom I will see earlier in the week). So do we agree on Friday 9? "

    Works for me, but I suggest you do a post to that effect some place else because people don't always check the commenting section of the days prior. I'm sure you can illustrate the picture with a plate of food or something kind of fun :)

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  32. "As far as a PDP meeting IN Paris is concerned I would be most happy to organize it - I understand Friday June 9 would be a good date (except for Nicola and Sam I think whom I will see earlier in the week). So do we agree on Friday 9? "

    Works for me, but I suggest you do a post to that effect some place else because people don't always check the commenting section of the days prior. I'm sure you can illustrate the picture with a plate of food or something kind of fun :)

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  33. go from lebanon
    en liban on dit(chi helou kitir)

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