Constance Guisset's 5 favourite places to find inspiration Paris
A must-visit in Paris is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs: there's always an interesting exhibition for anyone who's interested in design. A while ago there was a particulary interesting retrospective offering an overview of the career of 10 years of French designer and scenographer Constance Guisset. She is known and praised for her poetic, playful and dreamlike creations. This exhibition presented her work as a stage designer for shows, many of the joyful objects she created for houses (including her famous lamp 'Vertigo'), and also gave insight into her creative process. Constance Guisset lives and works in Paris; here she shares five of her favourite addresses in the capital.
Musée des Arts décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli
+33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
"I have a very special relationship with the Musée des Arts décoratifs which started more than 10 years ago - I often say that I'm one of its children. My very first projects were here: first I did a video, then a small scenograpy, then a big one. And now the museum is hosting my solo show. I know its every corner and there is so much to see. The collections are impressive, with something for everyone. Furniture, jewellery, fashion, graphic design... Even toys, one of my favorite spaces."
Jardin des Plantes
57 rue Cuvier
+33 (0)1 40 79 56 01
"Strolling in the gardens, visiting the greenhouses, watching the live animals at 'la ménagerie' or the extinct ones at 'la galerie de l’évolution'... This is a place where I could spend a whole day."
Le Palais des mirages
AT: Musée Grévin
10 boulevard Montmartre
+33 (0)1 47 70 85 05
"To the people who think the Musée Grévin must be one of the least surprising places in Paris, I say: think again. You can forget the wax statues and go directly to the Palais des mirages, which is a giant kaleidscope. It was created for the Exposition Universelle in 1900 and ever since then it has been exhibited at the Musée. It will surely add some magic to your trip."
46 rue du Bac
+33 (0)1 42 22 30 07
"Some of the most beautiful gifts I've received come from Deyrolles. In my office, I have a horseshoe crab that never stops fascinating me. I can spend hours in their shop, looking at animals I've never seen before, or just staring, mesmerized by the colors of some feathers."
18 rue Antoine Bourdelle
+33 (0)1 49 54 73 73
"This museum is a very special place to me, very welcoming and warm. One part is the former atelier of the sculptor Bourdelle, the other part is a contemporary aisle where I've seen some of the most beautiful exhibitions. Over the years, I've experienced several aesthetic shocks here. I make sure to visit the museum several times a year, and it always moves me."