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  • Palais de Tokyo (13 Avenue du President Wilson): “There are so many museums in Paris but one they should not be missed is Palais de Tokyo, which is dedicated to contemporary art. I saw the exhibition of David Altmejd, a Canadian sculptor, and it was amazing! A plus is that there are fewer people here compared to the Louvre.”
  • Les Vinaigriers (42 Rue des Vinaigriers): "There is a small restaurant called Les Vinaigriers at Rue des Vinaigriers. I think it's the best place to grab a bite."
  • Palais Royal (8 Rue de Montpensier): "I always go to Palais Royal at the first arrondissement of Paris. It's usually my first stop when I arrive. The inner courtyard garden is beautiful. Depending on the season you visit, it is magical. I like staying somewhere near Gare de l’ Est for easy access to the local transportation."

08/18/15 Footnotes on Paris by Furniture Designer Ito Kish

Words by Margarita Buenaventura

With visitors squeezing themselves into selfies with the Eiffel or elbowing their way toward the Mona Lisa, it’s hard not to think of Paris as one big tourist trap. If there’s anyone who’s found cushy comfort away from the crowds, however, it’s furniture designer Ito Kish. While based in Manila, the designer considers Paris a home away from home.

The award-winning Kish happens to be one of the biggest names in Philippine design today; he is also the “Chief Visual Storyteller” of the eponymous KISH, his home store in Makati. He began his career two decades ago as a visual merchandiser and design consultant for retail brands in Southeast Asia, and has done work for multinational names such as the Amanpulo Resort in Palawan, Globe Telecom, and Ayala Land. It was only three years ago that he launched his first furniture collection at Manila Fame, where his Gregoria two-seater won Best Product Design for Furniture. Such an award didn’t even exist before then.

Kish’s furniture may be inspired by colonial Filipino architecture, but he sees inspiration everywhere—Paris, especially. Of course, it takes a good design eye to see past the tourist hubbub and into the beauty this city has to offer. “I just walk around and get lost in the many little streets,” says Kish, who provides NOUS his must-visit spots in a city we continue to love.