October 26, 2021

designer in spotlight: merci house

By Helen Siwak
designer in spotlight: merci house

Merci, located in the heart of the historic Parisian district of Haut-Marais, is a magical place, launched in 2009, where people can shop for the best of fashion and design while enjoying Parisian hospitality in one of the store’s cozy catering facilities.

To say thanks to all their creative talents, the founders of Merci - Marie-France and Bernard Cohen - offer a platform for young designers, and dedicate a part of the company’s profits to an endowment fund to finance education and development projects in Madagascar.

a unique vision
The Cohen’s wanted to create an extraordinary living place that would offer something more than just another store. A place that would bring together fashion, homewares, and restaurants, in which they would share their sensibilities, perspectives, and questions about the world. The approach also involved engaging with artisans, suppliers, farmers and creators and never giving in to the cult of the ‘numbered’ piece or the latest fashion.

a historical foundation
Merci set up home in a 19th-century building formerly occupied by a firm making furnishing fabrics and wallpapers. Occupying the entire building, this unique store resembles a large house. Cafés fill even the window displays.

a place to call home
Designed to be welcoming rather than intimidating, based around conviviality and pleasure, more than a store, Merci is a haven of warmth and life. It is a consciously chosen destination, a place to go for its unique atmosphere and the pleasurable experience it offers. A surprising concept in an unexpected place and one that is not easily forgotten.

available at lucienne objects
A sensitive and responsible art of living boutique in keeping with the times. lucienne objects is pleased to offer items from this beautiful concept store to the western market.


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