although operating in the upper echelons, concept store merci sets itself apart in the parisian retail scene with a vision that's meaningful, and very often articulated through themed events with a whimsical note. the store's newest in-store presentation is no different. entitled slow life, it zooms in on our daily routines and all the things we literally can't do without, but it does so with a catching fun approach. as always, merci has curated a collection of beautifully designed goods from aross the planet that, to put it mildly, no contemporary home can do without. slow life tickles the senses head on, but allows shoppers to take it all in one sub theme at a time. the slow light section is all about – yes indeed – lighting, but obviously merci comes up with a number of nifty yet decorative options that'll be really hard to pass by.
arguably the most tempting offer is the low-tech, energy-saving concoction by 5.5 designstudio which comes in a limited edition of only 100 pieces that's exclusive to merci. let's move on to the slow movement section, shall we? here, it's all about domestic convenience, old school that is. you'll find small clever tools, such as can openers and vegetable peelers, but also the filtered coffee trend as interpreted by japanese brand hario, a cool selection of vintage and techno-style turntables, and a d.i.y. computer by kano. and last, but certainly not least, there's slow sign which pinpoints the necessity and joy of owning beautiful design. among the retailer's pickings are beautiful japanese ceramics by sfera, and no less than 365 paper vase designs that nadia gallardo especially made for the store, all inspired by the inevitable transience of time [on through sep 22]. location: 111 boulevard beaumarchais [marais].