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 Italian brand lighting Let’s go (which can be seen at 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 the online second-hand market. The good corner (an Offer Up type platform for France).
Maisonneve also built things by hand. Tropical leaves that she found on a second-hand market, for example, transformed into a hand-painted object, DIY fan-shaped headboard for Emily’s bed, a design inspired by Thonet mahogany beds of the 20th 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 hotel owned by Francis Ford Coppola Margherita Palace in the town of Bernalda, which is full of historic furniture and light fixtures by French interior designer Jacques Grange).
Her favorite places to source French furniture include Maison Soubrier Antiques and Decorationwhich Home & Garden called the “best kept secret” of antique dealers 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 The Company of Fireflies 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 that she befriended a Parisian antique dealer Bernard Steinitz, which 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.)