Paris Pop Up Invitation

Paris Pop Up Ancien et Moderne

Next week, during Deco Off, please join me for a unique Paris Pop Up! I am thrilled to finally share a very special project I have been quietly collaborating on behind the scenes for the past several months.  Ancien et Moderne represents much of which I write about here – the melding of time-honored craftsmanship with 21st century lifestyle. The brainchild of friend, pr and marketing strategist extraordinaire, Beth Dempsey, the concept space will feature both product and events. If you are in Paris for the shows, consider this your personal invitation!

Paris Pop Up Ancien et Moderneillustration by B. Russell Melzer

Interior designer friend Francine Gardner of Interieurs will be curating the gallery space which sits in the heart of the left bank Deco Off action. With a theme celebrating style that transcends the trends, the Pop Up includes both US and European companies and artists selected for their impeccable quality, style and creativity.

I am excited that many of my favorite companies will be participaing. Fromental will be showing a custom wallpaper design – a taste below.

Fromental Wallpaper in Paris Pop Up

Martina Mondadori and Cabana Magazine are bringing made-to-order dinnerware, select home furnishings and their signature Renzo Mongiardino-inspired wallpaper, produced by Dedar.

Cabana Magazine wallpaper in the Ancien et Moderne Paris Pop Up

Irving and Morrison will have a selection of their chic furniture, fabric and accessories.

Paris Pop Up with Irving and Morrison

Artist Jill Barnes-Dacey will not only be bringing her gorgeous decorative plates, below, but will be demonstrating her inspiring decoupage techniques on Sunday afternoon (full schedule at end). 

Jill Barnes-Dacey in the Ancien et Moderne Paris Pop Up

Renowned photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna who has graced the pages of all the best design publications and become something of an instagram sensation will be at the Paris Pop Up with several of his stunning photographs.

Miguel Flores-Vianna at Paris Pop UpFriend Rebecca Vizard, author of the recent publication Once Upon a Pillow, will be contributing a grouping of her pillows made of rare and beautiful antique textiles, many with unusual and detailed hand embroidery.

B. Viz Design pillows at Paris Pop Up_mini

For a contemporary take on handcrafted design, Los Angeles–based designer Paige Cleveland will be showing her design label Rule of Three‘s latest collection of handmade, marbleized pillows.

Rule of 3 pillows at Ancien et Moderne Paris Pop Up

Textile designer Sophie Escojido will contribute her Sento handprinted textiles from India which includes a bohemian chic collection of fashion and accessories.

Sento collection at the Ancien et Moderne Paris Pop Up

Several years ago I visited the studio of Parisian sculptor Philippe Berry. His work balances timeless techniques with contemporary color and whimsy. Playful and poetic elements of childhood, like balloons and animals often make an appearance in his work and he will be bringing pieces such as the bronze table below

Philippe Berry coffee table

and a version of his les éléphants sculpture to the Paris Pop Up.

Philippe Berry les éléphants

Fabien Barbera will have his stylish candles and accessories from his elegant Parisian collection.

Barbera at Ancien et Moderne Paris Pop Up

And a classic rug from Pierre Frey will be anchoring the space.

Pierre Frey rug

The Paris Pop Up will host several salon-like talks and events of design interest beginning with a press preview on Thursday morning (see full schedule at end).

I am especially excited to be hosting a book signing and talk by Alexandre de Vogüé, co-author of A Day at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. As a fifth generation Chateau resident and manger of the estate with his two brothers, Alexandre’s insights should be fascinating.



If you are in Paris for the shows, do stop by! Here’s the full scoop!!


January 21 – 25 10 AM – 8 PM daily

16, rue Guénégaud Paris 75006


Thursday, January 21
9 AM or by appointment


A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Alexandre de Vogüé
Friday, January 22
4 PM


Living with Antiques in Modern Times
The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines & RubyLUX’s Cathy Whitlock
Moderated by Jake Baer from Newel Antiques
Saturday, January 23
4 pm


Saturday evening, January 23 8 PM – 11 PM


Jill Barnes-Dacey
Sunday, January 24
4 PM

Celebrating the Strength of the South in the World of Design
with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Ralls
Sunday, January 24
6 PM

Beth Dempsey:  203.962.3235


14 thoughts on “Paris Pop Up Invitation

  1. What an amazing collection of unique and inspiring items… it makes me want to hop on a plane, truly. But I can’t so will you please provide a full report?

    I’m a fan of Francine’s, I’d lost track of her, I think she changed the name of her blog. We have Eze in common.

    Have great show!

  2. So sorry I will not be in Paris for your show. So many of my favorite things in one place.
    I know you will be giving us a great report with lots of your stunning photos.

  3. What a thrilling group, full of talent and intrigue. Although I cannot attend, I am sending all my textile/design compatriots to ‘pop-in”. My chapeau is off to you and Beth! Bonne Chance!

  4. What a gorgeous line-up, wish I could pop-up there too!… but look forward to real time pics later on your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to participate as illustrator in yours and Beth’s exciting vision.

  5. Hi I just found your blog via another site and what a GREAT stylish page you have here :) I Will come back for sure and I wish you a lovely new 2016 dear.

    Check out my Swedish decor blog with lots of cute inspiration:)

    LOVE Maria Inredning – it’s Swedish for decor

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