Junko Shimada: Paris is My Atelier<From Croissant Premium, magazineworld.jp> Translation of the article
Antique colors my life
Looking for something shining among odds and ends. A little strange item is also my favorite.
I think my fondness of old things was influenced by my father who was a collector of antiques. I find it interesting something created in a small portion or one of a kind. I enjoy discovering an antique item shining among odds and ends in a flea market or a small shop, rather than luxury goods.
It is an antique shop “Entrez Sans Frapper” in 7 district in Paris where I can hunt a treasure on messy store shelves. You can find refined but a little bit strange items like objets, cups and lamps, imported mainly from Belgium and the Netherlands, at a reasonable price. As a selection of goods is my favorite, I often visit this shop.
I sometimes go to a large auction market where I get unpopular inexpensive items. The console made of a reindeer’s horn at home in Paris suburb was left behind the auction and I accepted to get it (smile). Or I changed the distasteful seat cover of a chair which was also unsold. With your idea, inexpensive furniture can transform into a lovely item.
I can buy antique items at a reasonable price as a result that I have watched many quality items, developing an eye for antiques and adding to my experience. Also I think I can renovate furniture nicely thanks to my profession as a designer to engage in creativity.