Acclaimed as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris is home to celebrated designer fashion houses, including Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton. However, while fashion takes centre stage, it is not the only aspect of life to be given the luxury treatment. Paris is also home to French and international homeware brands that offer some of the finest furniture, linens, silverware and interior décor in the world, bringing the feeling of luxury into the home
D Porthault is one of the finest linen companies in France. It grew out of a lingerie boutique founded by Parisian Daniel Porthault at the turn of the 20th century, before he made the switch to household linens in 1920. At a time where traditional white sheets were the norm, Porthault introduced Paris to printed and coloured bedlinens – taking inspiration from impressionist artists – which became an instant success.
In Paris, even the humble spoon can become a luxury item
Today the brand is still one of the most successful French linen companies, with stores worldwide, including on Paris’s rue du Boccador. This season sees the introduction of the new Haute Couture Linen collection, which stays true to the founder’s initial influences. Linens feature impressionist-inspired floral scenes, art deco patterns, bold graphic motifs and intricate embroidery detail, all made to the impeccable standards for which the brand is known.
Frette – founded in Grenoble in 1860 before relocating to Italy five years later – is another leading linen specialist. The brand’s skilled artisans, based in northern Italy, produce all of its linens from the finest fibres.
Discover its latest collection at the Frette boutique on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: the Golden Deco range is inspired by the artistic spirit of the first half of the 20th century, the time of the Great Gatsby and the opulence of the art deco era. With textures and embellishments reminiscent of art deco architecture, geometric shapes and abstract graphics, as well as touches of floral motifs and embroidered pearl, the collection recalls the spirit and glamour of the 1920s, bringing the indulgent luxury of the era into the modern bedroom.
Paris is home to brands and craftspeople who offer products that can transform even the most everyday objects into the luxurious. French glassware brand Lalique was founded by jeweller and glassmaker René Lalique in 1887. After several years of focusing solely on fine jewellery, Lalique began experimenting with glassware, and soon became one of the leading glassmakers in Europe.
The brand currently has three boutiques in Paris, and this year sees the launch of a new collaboration with interior designer and architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The result is Signature, a collection of furniture that marries Lalique’s glasswear traditions with Rochon’s unique take on contemporary luxury. ‘I have always admired René Lalique’s creativity and talent,’ comments Rochon. ‘With subtlety and excellence, he managed to perfectly marry the purity of glass with the precision of metal.’
It’s the combination of glass and metal that is the signature of this new collection. As Rochon explains, ‘I wanted to write a new story in which metal sublimates the transparency, purity and brilliance of crystal.’ Consisting of a crystal and gold leaf dresser, a crystal and white glass mirrored table, a marble and crystal vanity and wall lights in crystal and bright nickel, the collection beautifully encapsulates Lalique’s impeccable attention to detail in glass decoration with Rochon’s modern interpretation of the art deco style.
Christofle was founded by jeweller Charles Christofle in 1830, and soon expanded its range to include electroplated home décor pieces. By 1900, when its art nouveau masterpieces were one of the hits of that year’s World Fair in Paris, it was definitely a name to know. Nowadays, Christofle’s collections of cutlery, table and glassware and silver decorative items – found in its five standalone Paris boutiques – are some of the finest in the world. The most recent addition to the brand’s range is Mood, a 24-piece cutlery set housed in a elegant egg case, itself a lavish addition to the dinner table. Available in silver, rose gold and yellow gold, it proves that in Paris, even the humble spoon can become a luxury item.