You won’t find many places in Paris like this. The city’s first artists’ guildconcept store Empreintes has set up shop in the Haut Marais just a stone’s throw away from the Marché des Enfants Rouges (LINK). It’s massive, a 600 m2space spread over four floors and housing a selection of cutlery and crockery, jewellery, furniture and general homeware. Founded by the ‘Ateliers d’art de France’, Empreintes has nearly 1000 pieces on display, ranging from €24 for porcelain salad spoons by Albedo ceramics to €9990 for Beatrice Loth’s iron and copper wire lobster sculpture..
Empreintes also aims to boost the profile of their artists and craftsmen: in the basement, a projection room screens films about their worlds and professional lives, while on the ground and first floor you’ll find exhibitions featuring their work, plus a 100-title-strong library on the second.
After you’ve given your bank manager a fright by buying that magnificent cloud-shaped lamp (essential), make your way to their café – Season – for a spot of Insta-perfect avocado toast.
TRANSLATION: LEONIE CATER