French Kiss

New Beacon Hill for Robert Allen Fabrics

The “American Party” at Maison et Objet in Paris this January was held at the Hôtel de Ville, the city hall of the City of Light. It was a treat for so many designers and manufacturers to have the chance to swan through this stunningly beautiful building, which has seen its fair share of executions, fires and scandals over the years. The decor, in the style of the 1880s, features the work of the greatest sculptors and painters of the day. As attendees air-kissed, their eyes looked onward—not to the next person they might meet, but to the elaborately detailed walls and ceilings around them. ■ On the fabric front, there was an embarrassment of riches at Déco Off, the off-site event that runs in tandem with Maison. Astounding embroideries and jacquards from Pierre Frey, Dedar, Rubelli, Robert Allen, Manuel Canovas and Jim Thompson filled the showrooms, while at the fair itself, Missoni Home bowled us over with its amazing booth. Our group, which included Alisa Carroll, the editor in chief of our brand-new sister publication, SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens), enjoyed informative chats with the hugely talented Isabelle de Borchgrave at Fabricut and the lovely U.K.-based Bernie de Le Cuona, rounding out a major fabric high! ■ The perfect way to lift our spirits as we navigate yet another snow storm would be to seek out these and other wonderful fabrics available in our area and re-cover something!


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