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1- Musée Maxim's,
La Collection 1900
A very extensive collection presented with much love for Art Nouveau. Everything is 100% original which is unique in Paris and propels you back in time. It is a pleasant surprise that the tour of the restaurant is included. What we see in Pierre Cardin's collection is beyond any imagination. This is an intimate art experience. . . If you love Art Nouveau it is an absolute must.
3 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris
He is one of the world's leading specialists in antique lighting: his shop is also a repair shop and a museum, which has the largest library of non-electric lamps. If the collection is precious, so is the visit: in the small space of the shop and in the narrower one of the workshop, we wander, we admire, we question, we learn. Mr. Ara speaks and shows with passion. With the help of a wooden pole, he lights the gas lamps suspended from the ceiling, and one is surprised to marvel at the yellow flames. This is the charm of the place, which combines the science of incandescence with the art of decoration, the educational explanations of Mr. Ara to the almost magical beauty of fire that warms. Lumière de l'oeil, 4 Rue Flatters, 75005 Paris
Where we like to go best
Tombées du Camion
This tiny boutique is just up the main Rue Lepic. Crammed with bits and bobs usually "Made in France" - Dolls heads, plastic maps, printers letters, old exercise books, vintage packaging, bottles, salt and pepper pots, watch faces, whistles, badges...We could go on forever...You can get a unique Paris souvenir here - no tourist tat... Also can be found at Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen. Friendly staff, amazing displays!
17 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris
One of our favourite places
Once the door is over, it feels like 60 years back. Specialized in the creation of silk artificial flowers, Maison Legeron is an atelier that works mainly for Parisian fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton.
M Legeron is such a lovely man, answering every question, . If you are lucky, you can watch them creating flowers for a new collection.
20 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris
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