The rue de Seine is a prime Paris destination for art, Art Deco furniture and haute design of all stripes. And so it makes sense that it was here, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, that French dealer Francois Laffanour opened his first Galerie Downtown in 1982, dedicating it to the furniture of 20th-century French modernist architects Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, and to the lighting of Serge Mouille.
By 2008, when he expanded into a stunning space across the street, the once-forgotten original designs of the. 20th-century masters had been transformed into highly coveted collectibles, and the works of the contemporary London-based Israeli architect Ron Arad had joined Laffanour’s inventory. Back in 2006, meanwhile, Laffanour opened Downtown Studio — around the corner from these two, on the rue Visconti — to host events including concerts and theatrical productions and to house outsize pieces from Lafannour’s own reserves.
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