The Biennale des Antiquaires, now in its 26th year, is a celebration of the best in luxury from around the world and a major highlight of the Parisian fall season. In addition to the classic 17th- and 18th-century antiques one expects, it spotlights a variety of works, including African art, Impressionist paintings, and show-stopping jewelry.
Karl Lagerfeld was commissioned to design the interior of the recently refurbished Grand Palais for the occasion. The brilliant Kaiser transformed the glass-and-steel Art Nouveau masterpiece into an all-white, late 19th-century-style shopping street, complete with wrought-iron lanterns, arches, and lattice windows. A huge, striped hot air balloon hung in the center of the space— the "town square"— while two enormous Lagerfeld watercolors, depicting the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, held court at each end of the street.
"The French know how to do display better than anyone," marveled designer at the chic, black-tie opening gala. And the elaborate designs at many of the booths were just as impressive. Click through the slideshow to see some of the most notable booths, pieces and guests.
tapped to turn its space into a full-on shop, complete with couches, furniture, fixtures and art.
Marino's furniture was also found at , where it was for sale along with an Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor and an Yves Klein painting.
received plenty of attention for its superb Claude Lalanne mirrors and a François-Xavier Lalanne desk in the shape of a donkey.
François Léage mixed boiseries and steel to show off his collection of 18th-century furniture and objects.
, who specializes in 19th Century, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau jewelry and objects, showed a jeweled retrograde-movement clock designed in 1929.
Hong Kong-based jeweler showcased an enormous jade and diamond necklace, priced at a startling 56 million euros.
The Biennale drew a crowd filled with stars of the film, fashion, and design worlds, including Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Karl Lagerfeld, Jacques Grange, Syndicat National des Antiquaires President Christian Deydier, Sophie Marceau, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Eugenie Niarchos, and gala chair Bernadette Chirac.
Round tables were set up throughout the "streets", topped with pistachio-colored tablecloths that echoed the steel green of the building, with floral centerpieces in pink, purple and green. The legendary designed a menu that included truffled potato soup, roast guinea hen, and wild strawberries with vanilla ice cream and herb sorbet.