Summer break is over, and urbanites typically draft a mile long wishlist of things to do/places to see for the Fall. September and October are fun months to explore European capitals and Paris is no exception.
Here are a few of my favorite picks:
Sept 12/18 : Paris Design Week. The very first Paris Design Week celebrates innovations city-wide. Personally, I spotted: Sentou Edition – a new showroom opening in a loft for this design hotspot. 14 rue Moreau (75012) ; La Maison Champs Elysées – La Table du 8 special cocktail in the heart of this townhouse partly reinvented by Maison Martin Margiela. 8, rue Jean Goujon (75008) ; Swedish glassware Orrefors by Karl Lagerfeld @ Colette. 213 rue St Honoré (75001); “Italian Design” exhibit @ NOLITA in the Fiat Motorvillage. 2, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées (75008). Busy week ahead!
Design your own personal wishlist in the areas of fashion, art, gastronomy or design: www.parisdesignweek.fr
Sept 17/18 : Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (Heritage Days). More than 15,000 monuments, heritage sites, museums and government buildings open their doors to the public for a visit. This year’s theme is travel. www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr
Sept 13 – Nov 11: Photo Quai. 400 photos, 46 artists, 29 countries take to the Seine’s left river banks alongside the Musée Branly and its gardens. This third annual invitation to discover lesser known talents is orchestrated by contemporary designer Patrick Jouin. 37 quai Branly 75007. www.photoquai.fr
Sept 13 – Jan 15: “Beauté, morale et volupté dans l’Angleterre d’Oscar Wilde” (Musée d’Orsay). Freshly arrived from the V&A in London, this exhibit on the aesthetic movement in pursuit of a new ideal in art and beauty led by Oscar Wilde during the Victorian era should be a delight if you too are a fan. An opportunity to take a break at the newly redecorated Café de L’Horloge by the Campana Brothers, to open in October: www.musee-orsay.fr
Oct 1/2 : Nuit Blanche (White Night). For 24hrs, contemporary artists invest and light up Paris, this year on the theme of time. From the Marais (75004) to Batignolles (75017) nearly 30 artists from around the world are participating. Visit www.paris.fr
Oct 20/23 : FIAC (Int’l Fair of Contemporary Art). The 8th annual rendezvous of artists and designers wakes up Paris. From the Jardin des Plantes, through the Tuilleries, and up to the Grand Palais where 27 of them are on exhibit. www.fiac.com
Oct 21 – Feb 11 : “Sempé, un peu de Paris… et ailleurs” (Sempé, a bit of Paris… and elsewhere). A retrospective of the brilliant French illustrator’s works comprising nearly 300 original texts and drawings, including his New Yorker covers. Hôtel de Ville / Town Hall. 5 rue Lobau 75004. Free access. www.paris.fr
Oct 20 – Dec 3 : Paris’ bobo 10th arrdt is hosting its 4th photo rendezvous. Nearly 100 photographers, professional or amateur, invest the town hall and 60 other venues in the area. This year’s patron is Kimiko Yoshida, a contemporary japanese artist renowned for her self portraits. A perfect excuse to (re)visit this vibrant neighborhood, stroll its Canal St Martin, and have lunch at one of my favorite delis in town, Epicerie Jeanne A (42, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011). For more details: www.rencontresphoto10.com