Objects Of Desire

Browse The Best Antiques Markets In The World With Local Design Expert, Riad Kneife
Journey To Antiquity

Jacques Garcia ensured that no detail was spared in the 2014 renovation of La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa. Inspired by James Tissot’s 1868 painting Le Cercle de la rue Royale, the hotel interiors now feature Versailles-style parquet floors, antique furnishings reupholstered in 6,000 meters of damask, taffeta and velvet; Louis XV writing desks in the 40 rooms and suites, and one-of-a-kind pieces created by local artisans at SEMA design studio.

Visitors inspired by the hotel’s design, wishing to return home with a memento of Belle Époque Paris will love the opportunity to partake in a guided excursion to the flea markets at Saint-Ouen, one of the best antiques destinations in the world, with local vintage and antiques expert, Riad Kneife.

Riad Kneife, La Réserve’s antiques expert, surrounded by objets d’art at a local gallery.
Riad examines an antique collectible.
Explore 18th, 19th, and 20th century treasures just outside of Paris at one of the best antiques markets in the world.
Riad Kneife will help you unearth rare gems and hidden treasures at one of the best antiques markets in the world.
Treasure Hunting At Saint-Ouen

Riad grew up near the Vanves antiques market on the outskirts of Paris, and developed a passion for aesthetics early on. As an art history and design expert, he has been exposed to priceless pieces spanning centuries and styles: from 18th, 19th, and 20th century furnishings and fixtures, to Impressionist artworks, and mid-century Danish design.

His expertise is invaluable in navigating the hundreds of market stalls at Saint-Ouen, homing in on your aesthetic preferences, bartering with zealous vendors, and verifying the authenticity of the items that appeal to you most. Once you’ve made your purchases, Riad will arrange for everything to be shipped to your home.

To learn more about the La Réserve, or to arrange a flea market excursion, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.

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