Journal | 4 February 2020

Paris Deco Off – aka I love Paris in January

Paris Deco Off 2020

Hi All!  I thought I would start the new decade with a new blog and there is no better January topic for me than my annual trip to Paris Deco Off and the Maison et Objet tradeshows.  As I think you will all know I am never happier than when seeking out new talent, new products, and new inspiration.

The annual trade fairs debut artful decorative pieces and collections with collaborations and installations infusing Paris’s unique spaces with colour, texture and inventive display – a feast for the creative mind and a gift to be able to bring back a hoard of ideas and products to work into our projects for the coming year.

I am going to share here with you a few of my favourite finds. 

First up I was thrilled to stumble upon the talent of Dorian Guo.  This self taught painter has developed a style which in his words is “an artistic universe at the crossroads of Chinese and French cultures” putting a fresh perspective on traditional myths and historical documents.   Dorian hand paints the finest detailed designs which are printed as wallpaper.

Dorian Guo

Off the Wall

Luxurious wall finishes were in the spotlight with some stunning collaborations.  Firstly Milanese Marta Sala and British Fromental collaborated to showcase their designs in a series of vignettes in Sala’s Parisian flat to huge acclaim.

Marta Sala Editions with Fromental

Further along the Left Bank India Mahdavi and de Gournay got together to wow us with Abassi in the Sky and Chez Nina.

India Mahdavi for de Gournay


Think pink!  Appearing in upholstery and accessories we spotted pink in every hue.

Paola Paronetto’s signature vessels in every shade.

And when it comes to passmenterie there was just one whisper on everyone’s lips … Michael Aiduss the creator of this Villa Kerylos inspired range of hand embroidered trims and braids for Houlès.

And of course I popped into see the dreamy installation by Atelier Vime in their charming 5th floor apartment.

Kate Aslangul

Founded by Kate Aslangul, Oakley Moore is an award winning London based design practice known for bringing a versatile, client-focused, creative and considered approach to interior design projects in the UK, Europe and Internationally.