Set designers from Emily in Paris and others take a look at the best places to source French furniture | Architectural Summary
For the popular Netflix series, Seibel had to hunt through the titular city for unique and rare pieces to help make the show shine. Having worked on the final two episodes of another location-focused show—sex and the city– she is an expert in bringing a fantastic touch to the sets. Whether it’s lighting from the Italian brand Lodes (which can be seen in Gabriel’s restaurant in Emily in Paris), to cozy antiques for offices or apartment scenes, each piece needed to capture the ethos of the show.
“During the second season, I went to flea markets, antique shops and fairs, private collections through people I know, and more,” says Seibel. “I had to build some of our new sets, like creating the new look for Gabriel’s restaurant, as well as trying to keep looking for unusual things and beautiful places. I also used historical places in Paris for the show,” she said.
Siebel worked closely with show set designer Christelle Maisonneuve for the finishing touches. “We bought furniture and lamps from a variety of sources,” she says, including local flea markets, vintage shops and online second-hand market Le Bon Coin (an Offer Up-like platform for France ).
Maisonneve also built things by hand. Tropical leaves she found at a second-hand market, for example, transformed into a DIY hand-painted fan-shaped headboard for Emily’s bed, a design inspired by the mahogany Thonet beds of the Twentieth century.
“Emily’s world is full of fantasy, sensuality, beauty and is unusual,” says Seibel. “It’s so much fun to do this in such a sad time. It’s an escape to a happier atmosphere.
Véronique Melery, decorator of no time to die
Melery has a long history of working on films that use authentic French furniture, whether it’s Sofia Coppola’s 18th century drama Marie Antoinette or the 20th century setting of Ghost thread.
One of Melery’s recent projects was no time to die, a James Bond movie that features sets filled with French country-style furniture. (The film was partly shot at the Palazzo Margherita hotel, owned by Francis Ford Coppola, in the town of Bernalda, which is filled with historic furniture and lighting by French interior designer Jacques Grange).
His favorite places to source French furniture include Maison Soubrier Antiques and Decor, which Home & Garden called it the “best kept secret” for antiques in Paris. “They have rare iconic French pieces from the 1940s, as well as Napoleon III and Art Deco furniture in pristine condition,” says Melery. Another favorite is La Compagnie des Lucioles in Pommeuse, France, which is a warehouse full of retro furniture. Just outside of Paris, the Jules Vallès Market is also a discreet and neglected flea market.
It helped her to befriend Parisian antique dealer Bernard Steinitz, who gave her access to his collection, which includes “paintings, furniture, objects – a world of wonders”, she says. (Melery once found a tea service there that had belonged to Marie-Antoinette, which she used in Coppola’s film.)