As with anything very hip, I tend to have a bit of an ambivalent attitude to this utterly trendy design store. It is tempting to feel like you’re “above the trends”, but in the same time I cannot resist peeking into Merci whenever I’m in the neighborhood, as it always provides me with fresh inspiration for the decoration of my miniature-size Parisian apartment.
Merci sells home decoration, ready-to-wear, stationary and furniture, and also has a coffee- and lunchroom attached to it. Never withstanding the numerous stylish decoration stores located in the Marais – on which Merci borders – it has succeeded in becoming a style reference very quickly, competing with established names like BHV and Le Bon Marché.
Its advantage compared to the older interior stores is that it isn’t obliged to meet the old classic Parisian taste (which is admirable, too) and therefore it is all the more refreshing. If you’re curious about what’s going on in French designland today, this is where you can get an idea the quickest.
Although this is not place to be where you will get the best deals, many accessories are still rather accessible. And although their second hand furniture is not the cheapest, I still have no regrets on the impulsive acquisition of a vintage chair, which I am a happy owner of ever since. If you think of taking something back home, there are enough salt and pepper sets and other tiny things to fit into your suitcase.