mid-century maison

The last few weeks have been dedicated to decorating our new home, “Project Nest” as I call it. Growing up with an interior designer mother has certainly influenced this passion, which I consider one of the most fulfilling forms of self-expression. My journey in creating our new living space, which my Italian is leaving mostly up to me, began on France’s renowned site for virtually anything, leboncoin.fr. (Incidentally, also where I found our apartment.)

As someone with an affinity for Mid-Century Modern design, that is where my search commenced. Et voilà! It began with finding my perfect desk and ended with the discovery of my now favorite Scandinavian design shop, Maison Nordik, a new addition to the ever-evolving 18ème.


As soon as the doors opened, I arrived to admire, and quickly purchase my desk. It was love at first sight, with the desk, as with the store. I met the owners Gregory (French), and Louise (Danish), and quickly discovered their passion for design and their love for beautiful objects, each hand selected.


There is a new supply of 50’s and 60’s furniture, designer lamps and beautiful ceramics arriving to the store every few weeks, mostly from Denmark. They also now sell Square Modern pillows, an ideal showcase for these minimalist chic coussins. Soon after my desk acquisition (and the rosewood chair to accompany it) Gregory and Louise found us a gorgeous teak dining table, perfect for our soon to be planned dinner parties! Now they are on the hunt for a TV console as I struggle from creating our apartment into a Mid-Century Modern showroom. Would that really be so bad?


For the fellow Mid-Century Modern aficionados, Maison Nordik is located at 159 rue Marcadet and open from Thursday – Sunday 12:30-7:30 (Monday – Wednesday by appointment). They share a space with a made-to-measure industrial design company and next door lies one of the best laboratory cafés in Paris, Café Lomi. Reasons enough to venture to upper Montmartre!

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  1. Oh how much fun! I am in such a nesting mode lately too.

  2. Susan February 8, 2013

    So much fun…and I hope my daughter enjoys having an interior designer mother as much as you did/do. 😉

    • Kasia February 14, 2013

      I’m sure she will, Susan. Lucky daughter you have!

  3. Sweet Freak February 10, 2013

    So fun and fabulous! I LOVE your new desk and hope I make it to one of your dinner parties this summer. I hope you’re having a wonderful time creating your new home, mon amie. Document every moment and inch! xo

    • Kasia February 14, 2013

      Can’t wait to have you over Amy! Much champagne and chocolate to celebrate! Bisous all the way to NYC!

  4. Mary Fox February 13, 2013

    I just listened to your podcast on Katia’s site (“The French Project”). Seriously excellent and inspiring. I’m in the process of moving to Paris to be with my prince charmant…and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I’m going to do once I arrive. This gives me a bit of hope that plenty of people move to Paris and simply figure it out. Thanks for doing the interview!

    I’ll share your link here in case anyone wants to listen: http://www.thefranceproject.com/archives/7-inspiration-part-2/

    • Kasia February 14, 2013

      Hello Mary! Nice to hear from you, glad you found my interview insightful. Good luck on your transition to Paris, and remember to continue to follow your heart, life will reveal itself in time. Keep in touch!

  5. Daisy de Plume February 27, 2013

    Love seeing where you guys went, indeed! Hope you’ll post your gorgeous desk in its working order, at some point!
    Sending you lots of love,

  6. Andi March 6, 2013

    Oh, love! Gorgeous pieces, I love getting into a new place and making it feel like home – I am just not that talented at it, luckily Mr. Misadventures is!

  7. Sharon April 16, 2013

    Hello! I came across you blog as I was searching for Mid Century Modern Danish desks. Love the photos of this shop and the desk featured here. I shall be visiting Paris end May. Are there any other well stocked Mid Century Modern shops worth visiting apart from this one? Will also try to check out your other recommendations listed on Lonely Planet, featured on this blog. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kasia April 21, 2013

      Hi Sharon! Great to ‘meet’ another Mid Century Modern fan! Other than this shop, I really like Nordik Market in the Marais (13 rue Charlot) and there’s also Coin Canal (1 rue de Marseille). You will also love my friend’s pillows: http://www.squaremodern.com

      Have a fabulous time in Paris!

      • Sharon April 30, 2013

        Thank you very much for the leads, very kind of you, Kasia. Will certainly check them out, provided I can find my way there. Am looking forward to sight-seeing, shopping and dining in Paris, first visit, excited!

  8. Hello, I log on to your new stuff on a regular basis.
    Your story-telling style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!


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