Last month I pulled together some suggestions for visiting the Saint-Ouen Flea Market (here) and alluded to the fact that I have a few stops I always make when I head there. One of those places is Un Singe en Hiver (read more about it here). But if I was forced to vote on my favorite shop at the flea market, I would have to cast my ballot for Quintessence Playground (website is at http://quintessenceplayground.com but it seems to be down now). This large store actually feels like a playground for lovers of design and art.
The main floor has antiques and found objects cleverly styled to create both small and large-scale arrangements.
The upstairs is a mixture of antiques as well as finds from more recent decades.
I think the staging of the store is what I like the most about it. The owner really does have a signature look of creating large and small vignettes using found objects and antiques.
It didn't surprise me one bit to read here that the owner was tapped by Restoration Hardware for inspiration. I know I walk away from Quintessence Playground inspired. If you have a chance to check out the store, post some photos of it on my Facebook page. I would love to see their latest treasures.