Events and Trade Shows

Paris Home Show (Foire de Paris) – Ideas, Food and Inventions

LOGO FDP 2014 - DATE - LIEU - PleinTwo Paris icons were born in 1889, the Eiffel Tower and the Foire de Paris. Decorate with Eiffel Towers, but for true decorating ideas, the Foire de Paris is THE icon for the home show. Over 600,000 visitors are expected in 2014 for 3,500 exhibitors. In 1889 when the first Foire de Paris opened, over thirty million visitors passed through the pavilion of 500 exhibitors.  With a showing like that, it took another ten years to organize an official event instead of holding it only during the world fairs. The Foire de Paris developed from a World’s Fair event to an annual Paris happening in 1904. The Big Show continues April 30 until the 11th of May.

Looking for ideas to remodel your home à la Française? Discover all the possibilities. Share ideas with an expected 600,000 visitors at the Parc des Exposition Porte de Versailles (since 1924) in the south of Paris. The Approximately 3,500 exhibitors are housed within the 281,000 square feet of space. Don’t want to get lost or use the map, download the official Foire de Paris application for your device.

The trade show is split up into six sections: Home and design decoration trends, home interior make overs, furniture, and leisure activity (visit fifty countries and their cultures under one roof), beauty and well being,.And what else is Paris and French regions known for? Find out in the gastronomy and wine pavilion. New sections at the Foire this year are in design and vintage where old becomes the new. The grand prize for innovations in housewares is in its ninth year.

undated image from Direct Matin of the Foire de Paris under the nave of the Grand Palais. The name is in a flora design.
Foire de Paris under the nave of the Grand Palais – Source: Direct Matin

The Foire de Paris Website is in French, the ideas presented speak in universal tongues. The interactive Paris home show map  shows how to find three themes: Home, decorations and food; outdoors ideas and products and food from the tropics and other cultures.

Ideas and Food
How will the locals spend on average $800 during their visit to the Foire de Paris? If you can’t buy that refrigerator, you may come away with foie gras, regional cuisine, wine or kitchen utensils! Visit the 220 regional exhibitors in Pavilion 5.2  Visit fifty countries in Pavilion 4 and you may come away with a collapsable table! We needed storage space and bought our bed frame made with drawers on three sides. We work looking for a vintage style couch and chair with a 1930s look and found it with a special trade show price.

If you think a Paris hotel room is small, imagine a Paris apartment: Small. The ads in decorating magazines are deceptive. The world seems to own a large home or apartment. In reality, kitchens and living areas of Paris apartments are small! Find out at the home show, how to squeeze the necessities into small spaces: furniture, hidden drawers, hideaway beds, or squeeze your stove top, oven and dishwasher into one appliance. Bachelors! Do you want a urinal in the house? You can probably find versions of shells, flowers, venus fly traps, lips, etc. in the Salle des bains section of Pavilion 7.3.

Inventions for the Future
Trivia response: In 1901 by the Police Commissioner, Louis Lépine began the competition: Le Concours Lépine. In 1910 the coffee grinder received the Lépine award. The steam iron was honored in 1921 and the food grinder? 1931.

On an historical note, Lépine introduced the competition for inventors of small toy and hardware manufacturers. Otherwise, Lépine is known for introducing the white stick for directing traffic. He established the river-boat brigade, police bicycle units, and installed police and fire warning boxes. He originated the Musée de la Préfecture de Police in Paris, dealt with the 1910 Paris flood and the theft of Mona Lisa, captured and killed the anarchist, Jules Bonnot.

La Foire de Paris
Where: Porte de Versailles (15th arrondissment)
Transportation: Line 12 (Porte de Versailles), Tramway T3
Open: Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday May 1 and May 8: 10 am to 9 pm
Friday, May 9 until 11 p.m. – nighttime festivities beginning at 8 p.m.
Admission: 12 euros (children under 7 free), Group of 15 or more: 10 euros, Two-day pass: 18 euros

How to get in cheaply or free:

  1. The television magazine “Télé 7 Jours” (the French TV guide). One week before the show opening, take the pull off sheet attached to the magazine cover to the Foire cashier.
  2. Visit the Foire de Paris Web site and sign up for the newsletter. They send out a couple of notices in advance for reduced fare offers.
  3. Visit one of the gastronomy exhibitors, buy something and sign their register to receive free invitations for the following year.

Lost and Found
To find lost things on the Porte de Versailles exhibition grounds go back to where you lost your item and ask or pay a visit to the Lost and Found (Objets trouvés). Lost and Found (objet perdu or objets trouvé)
Go to the  Poste Général Sécurité (Porte A – phone: 01 72 72 16 80) or to the Bureau des objets trouvés at Parc Porte de Versailles (Porte H – phone: 01 57 25 22 58).

My luck was to find my item back where I had purchased two purse hooks. Each evening security collects all of the lost objects and brings them to this office, unless the people are waiting, as in my case, for the owner to return to the stand.