I've been daydreaming lately about Paris, one of my favorite places on the planet. Daydreaming leads to planning, and planning leads to fruition -- soon, I hope! I like to time my travel dates with the January Maison & Objet gift show, which is truly a sight to see, and I love to find out what's going on in the paper stores in the city while I'm there. Here are some stores that are must-sees if you're a paper lover, like me.
Elements in this collage (ty001, red circle flower thanks) were created from papers I found at Calligrane (www.calligrane.fr) and Melodies Graphiques (http://bit.ly/1tT2D4j). You may have seen Melodies Graphiques featured awhile ago in a credit card commercial (http://vimeo.com/28325720).
(bd006, purple butterfly)
Melodies Graphiques has a more traditionally Parisian flavor; there's a nice interview here with Eric de Tugny, owner of the shop: http://bit.ly/1tT3odz
I went crazy over the marbelized paper, created by a French paper artist.
Calligrane is my favorite store in Paris. The owners stock papers from all over the world in its serene, streamlined space, including those made from vegetables and fruits pressed down to make ready-to-frame sheets.
I was drawn to their exquisite Japanese papers -- I'd never seen anything quite like them -- and delicate tissue papers like the red circles featured in the first collaged card.
Both of these lovely shops are located in the Marais on the same lovely street near the Seine, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe. There are two other stationery stores on the street informally known as "rue du Papier" to Parisians, and I visited other must-see papeteries, bookstores and gift shops that I'll list below. I would love to find even more beautiful paper products the next time I visit -- are there Parisian stationery stores that you love? Please send me a tweet @papertraveler if you can give me some great tips!
Calligrane: 6 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe (4th arrondissement)
Melodies Graphiques: 10 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe (4th)
Intaglio (www.intaglio.fr): 87 rue Lemercier (17th)
Delfonics (www. delfonics.fr): 99 rue de Rivoli (1st) (yes, this store was named for the R&B group!)
L'Appartement (http://bit.ly/1rY3EaS): 99 rue de Rivoli (1st)
L'Ecritoire (www.ecritoire.fr): 61 rue Saint Martin (4th)
I Love My Blender (www.ilovemyblender.fr): 36 Rue du Temple (4th) (this shop reminded me of PULP and made me feel at home.) :-))
Flammarion Bookshop at Centre Pompidou (http://www.centrepompidou-metz.com/en/book-and-gift-shop): Place Georges-Pompidou (4th)