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Summertime Style: Colonel in Paris


Summertime Style: Colonel in Paris

April 12, 2013

We've been following Colonel for some time at Remodelista, so we were thrilled a while back to discover the opening of their first boutique. The shop, located in the 10e arrondissement, displays a mix of Colonel collections (inspired by garden furniture and American beach chairs), classic vintage pieces, and some choice pieces from the cultish Danish design company Hay.

The shop's cool blue exterior opens into the showroom-style floor, where the layout of furniture and lighting evoke a 1960s living room, enlivened with pop culture motifs and neon. Colonel owners and designers Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet started reupholstering and reviving vintage furniture before designing their own furniture collections; the boutique is now a place for them to display pieces from their vintage line.

See more of Gilles and Poncelet's own home at A Parisian Apartment with a Summery Spirit and Steal This Look: Summery Flat in Paris.

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Above: Hay's J104 Dining Chair was originally made for the Danish Consumers' Co-operative Society in 1966 and was re-launched just last year. The chairs are designed by Joergen Baekmark, made from beech wood, and are available in four colors. Draped over the J104 is Hay's Plus 9 Blanket, made using a thick double weave technique in brightly colored fine wool.

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Above: A mix of Colonel lighting, furniture by Hay, vintage tables, and armchairs.

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Above: Baskets from Gilles and Poncelet's trips to Morocco.

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Above: Hay's Plissé Folder: the most thrilling archival folder for paperwork organization.

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Above: The Colonel collection (R to L): Faces Floor Lamps, Caracas Camping Chair, the Suzie Plastic Lantern, and the beechwood Bog Chair.

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Above: A healthy houseplant soaks up the filtered sunlight in the back of the tiny boutique.

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Above: A woven patchwork pillow on a vintage olive-upholstered armchair.

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Above: Colonel is located at 14 Avenue Richerand in Paris.

Looking for more shops to visit in Paris? Map out all our 25 favorite shops from our Paris City Guide.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 26, 2012.

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