This week, French flair touched down in New York with the Maison France exhibit—promoting French decorative arts—opening yesterday. I visited the Felissimo Design House to see a showcase of 30 French companies displaying luxury home décor items including lighting, wall coverings, and bath fixtures.
Familiar with only a few of the companies, such as Taillardat , who has appeared in TH pages previously, I was very interested to discover the others. Some of them already have a US presence—at retailer Bergdorf Goodman, for instance—but the remaining brands seek a home here.
18 of the companies carry the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Companies) label, which recognizes them for promoting French industrial and craft heritage. EPV-labeled brands are known for excellence, and those on display here are artisans with mastery of rare traditional or technically advanced skills, and antique machinery and/or archives. The companies present were hand-selected by the French Trade Commission.
A comprehensive catalogue featuring the exhibit’s participants is available as a free iPhone app  (it also works on the iPad and iPod Touch).
The exhibit is open to the public tomorrow, Thursday June 24, from 12-5p, at Felissimo Design House, 10 West 56th Street, NYC.
Check out a few highlights and some of my favorite finds after the jump.
sculptures by Verodalla
A bistro chair from Maison Gatti , made of Indonesian rattan and rilsan, a castor oil plant-derived material.
Another sculpture from Verodalla . I just love the little footprints!
The most gorgeous glasses from Diversion, which is run by two sisters. I can't wait for these to be available in the states.
THG  faucets shown with black Lalique crystal handles. THG also works often with porcelain company Bernardaud.
Profil designed by Jamie Drake for THG, with Lalique crystal inlay - beautiful.
Handmade, gilded wallpapers from Ulgad'or . Gilding is applied with either stencil, screen, or by hand.
A close-up of the gilding work by Ulgad'or. Owner Gabor Ulveczki also creates gilded murals and panels. It was lovely to speak with Gabor for a little while and this was one of my favorites.
A Moissonnier  secretary.The company is known for their classic lines and the color of their patinas.
Silver flatware and decorative items from Lapparra . Their terrines are gorgeous and made with ancient techniques.
Example of Maison Fey 's hand-painted, textured leather wall covering. The repeats aren't even rectangular, but are glued together like a carefully-pieced collage.
A traditional wing chair made modern with mp3 player hookup, by Henryot & Cie .
Hard to photograph, but so interesting in person. These sconces are glass with colored glass or metal blown into them, by Verreries de Brehat