From 4 to 8 September 2009, Jacques Garcia will be celebrating the Paris-Saint-Ouen Flea Market on a stand at Scènes d’Intérieur. The array will project the fabulous diversity of the Paul Bert & Serpette markets, and the exceptional selection promises to kill certain clichés about the ‘Garcia spirit’: ‘I prefer hands down expressing good and bad taste – a risk we take at the Flea Market every weekend – to saying nothing at all’. Range, choice, styles and prices will be a first-ever in the scenographic production of the famous decorator, who will present a resolutely modern approach to art objects for French and international novices and connoisseurs, without focusing on what is just contemporary. In other words – design meant to last.
Jacques Garcia shows the Paul Bert/Serpette markets
Maison & Objet salon – Scènes d’intérieur
From 4 to 8 September 2009
Stand G50 – Aisle 5B
A complete photo report of the Jacques Garcia – Paul Bert/Serpette markets selection is available from
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Jacques Garcia, decorator. From 18th c. pieces to modern works, Jacques Garcia has a passion for art objects and for arranging them in permanent or ephemeral décors. His projects in luxury hotels have earned world-wide acclaim, not to mention his work as a scenographer, such as his exhibition in tandem with light artist John Armleder (Swiss Cultural Centre 2009) or ‘Alexander and Louis XIV: Tapestries of glory’ at the Gobelins Moblier National gallery. His first interior decorating jobs in the 80s were for private clientele. By the early 90s he made his public début with a set of projects for the Lucien Barrière de luxe hotels group. In creations that drew on incredibly diverse inspiration, from the Hôtel Royal at Deauville to the Majestic in Cannes, Jacques Garcia became the group’s bench-mark decorator. In 1996, Jean-Louis Costes hired him to lay out a palatial hotel on rue Saint Honoré in Paris. At a time when minimalism was riding high, Garcia’s decor was an instant success: the Costes hotel charmed all Paris and the world with its elegant yet cosy atmosphere. The Saint Honoré marked the beginning of a long collaboration between the decorator and the Costes family. The Garcia style is now in evidence from Paris (Café Ruc, l’Esplanade, Ladurée, La Grande Armée, Hôtel des Beaux-Arts…) to Beirut and New York. Besides hotels, casinos, museums and boutiques, he has done over thirty restaurants – places for eating out in which he creates magic sets using objects picked up all around the world. But Jacques Garcia is not a designer of exclusive addresses removed from the living world – if his proposals have charmed so many people, it is because he knows how to create congenial atmospheres that take them to places where they’ve never been before.
Paul bert & Serpette flea markets. Every Saturday, Sunday and Monday prestige antiques and modern curios of every shape and kind are sold by some 400 dealers at the Paul Bert and Serpette markets, who specialize in art, design, fashion, furniture and objects. Their unique selection is the pride of the Saint-Ouen flea market. Whether you are memory-lane or avant-garde, collector, stylist or just a plain buyer, these open air markets are a fantastic reservoir for pleasure shopping in search of the chance surprise or the rare piece. There is always something happening at the Flea Market, and it is never the same: historic sidetracking, new/vintage, fine expertise – the sharp eyes of in-the-know dealers keep people coming back, far from the boring standards of ordinary sales outlets.