Want to know more about the creators of the lifestyle objects or finery upon which Paris’ reputation is built? Our special reports will tell you all about these fascinating subjects. This month, for shopping sprees right on target, “Paris Design”, “Paris: Wild about jewels” and “Art at work in Paris”.
To talk about the 11th and 12th “arrondissements” of Paris, between the place de la Bastille, the Gare de Lyon and Nation, is to conjure up the traditional world of master craftsmen. For generations, cabinetmakers (ébénistes) and other players in the craft industry have passed on their skills in secluded workshops on the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, tucked away in courtyards and alleyways. In contrast, those beneath the archways of the Viaduc des Arts can express their art for all to see, allowing us to reap the benefit of their ancestral techniques and their gifted imagination.