2012 Biennale des Antiquaires Officially Announced

Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris 2012

A global group of esteemed guests both from the US and France, gathered at the French Consulate last week to celebrate the official announcement of the Biennale des Antiquaires which is set to take place on September 14th through the 23rd.

Pictured: Juan Carlos, Dominique Levy, and Peter Marino

Fashion Designer and Renaissance Man, Karl Lagerfeld will be the Scenographer this year. Peter Marino, who attended the event with Juan Carlos, will share double billing with another world renowned designer, Jacques Grange, by creating some of the most remarkable and noteworthy booths one will ever find at a furniture fair. Over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair. This year show will also be held at the landmark Grand Palais - Le salon d'honneur which has been closed since 1940. All this is nice to hear, but you may ask yourself why is the Biennale des Antiquaires different, and worth spending time in Paris in the fall?

Christian Deydier
Christian Deydier, Corice Arman, Xavier Samson
Scott Buccheit, Emma Snowdon Jones, Gillian Hearst Simonds
Vyna St Phard, Laura Rothfuss
Milly de Cabrol, Sabine Bourgey
Jonathan Farkas, Somers Farkas
Chip Kidd, Yvonne Bendinger Rothschild
Lauren Remington Platt
Karl Lagerfeld Designed USB Drive

Images courtesy Billy Farrell Agency
The genesis of the fair dates back to the 8th arrondissement on the Avenue Winston Churchill. The Biennale des Antiquaires will expand within the Grand Palais for the first time this fall, and this will re-open the famed Salon d’Honneur wing after years of renovations. Since 1962, the Syndicat National des Antiquaires has hosted the Biennale des Antiquaires, which will welcome the foremost art and antiquities exhibitors. An unprecedented 150 exhibitors are eager to show their works for this grand occasion. From what I gathered, the expanded venue means more first-time exhibitors will be welcomed in the new wing. However, 80% of the booths will represent Parisian galleries, many of whom boast an impressive roster of American clients. The luminous Marlborough Gallery will return to the show, as they did two years ago. Be prepared to be dazzled by fine jewelry houses such as Wallace Chan, Chaumet, Bulgari and Boucheron. Let's not forget Piaget, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, Cartier and Christian Dior. Paris is an international style capital, and this September will surely see an influx of collectors, dealers, curators, designers and art connoisseurs to the city of lights, fashion, unparalleled gastronomy, and of course, art and design. With all that said, see you at Biennale for the fair. But then again, who needs an excuse to visit Paris!

1 comment:

the modern sybarite ™ said...

I guess I should start booking my flight!!! Sounds like an event not to be miseed :-)

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