“It's hard to get one's feet back on the ground after a week of art, architecture and interior design in Paris—not to mention the nearly intoxicating streetscape, dining, fragrances and shopping,” said Steve Nobel, who organized a “Design Trust” trip of 16 designers to tour Paris for pure inspiration and profound information recently.
According to Nobel, the real theme of the mission is best summarized as “discovery, culture and entrepreneurship” in terms of designers' businesses.
“We were inspired just by the nature of Paris, and enjoyed access to information and insight from the likes of Patrick Frey and Jacques Grange; and by the culture of the city in terms of the culture of their businesses and their relationships with their clients," said Nobel. "And we had, as we always do with our group, an intimate exchange of sometimes moving reflections on the future of their businesses—all entrepreneurial enterprises.”
Nobel has produced five “Design Trust” experiences over the past six years, all in New York City. Almost 50 designers have participated in the programs. They most recently discussed options for new sources of design inspiration and selected Paris.
“I take them places and introduce them to people they would not have access to on their own, and the real benefit is the people—peers with a unique opportunity to share profound insights into their professional and even their personal lives,” said Nobel.
In Paris, designers got a taste of the antique market, Maison & Objet,Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, dinner with the Frey family in their private home, a visit to the studio of Jacques Grange, and a trip to the ADDesigner Showhouse to see the real differences between American and Parisian decoration.
“I have never been to Paris and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to attend Maison d'Ojet, the markets of Parisand Villa Vaux Le Vicomte with peers who appreciate design as much as I do,” said Lisa Mende, who attended the trip. ”It isn't everyday that one gets to have dinner with Pierre Frey and his brothers in Vincent Frey's apartment, or be shown a sneak peek of what's coming by Patrick Frey himself. The trip was magical for me!”
Biddle+Barton Interiors said, "Thank you Steve! Just read book1, twice! Very informative, love how simplified and to the point. I am always mulling over the best approach and which tools are really the most effect. I feel you have set this out for me and given me an action master plan. Love it and looking forward to the next one."