Every other year for the past 50 years, a very special event has come to Paris’s Grand Palais, an impressive structure located not far from the Champs-Elysées. It is called the Biennale des Antiquaires, and it is a spectacular antique dealer fair that brings together dealers from across France and the globe as well as world-renowned brands.
In fact, the Biennale does not just invite antique dealers and art collectors, it also invites some of the most well-known decorators, jewellers and bookstore owners. This event is much more than an antiques fair — it is considered to be a tribute to French luxury and artisanship. This year, Karl Lagerfeld is presiding over the preceedings, lending an especially fashionable touch to the events. Moreover, a special presentation of roughly twelve designer jewelers, including Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari, has also been organized.
The Grand Palais provides an immense space to house the stands and pavilions of the various participants, and visitors can easily spend the whole day meandering among the antique dealers, artists and other professionals. For this reason, the organizers have prepared a restaurant with a menu specially for the event. This year, the menus have been designed and are being executed by some of the top chefs in France, hailing from various regions of the country.
Guests staying at the Hotel de la Tour Maubourg can take part in this one-of-a-kind experience from September 14 to September 23, 2012. The Biennale will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on those days, with tickets costing 30 euros per person. Even for those who do not plan on buying anything, the Biennale provides them with the chance to discover France’s rich and storied tradition of luxury.