It is refreshing, therefore, to visit Le Bon Marché, grande department store dame of Paris’s left bank, and find something different. In place of a food hall or homewares, much of this low-ceilinged basement has been devoted to a 50th anniversary celebration of Danish designer Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair.
Many will be familiar with the shape but the sight of 50, brightly upholstered and set in a white space, is striking. Copenhagen-based Israeli artist Tal R is behind the exhibition and, while it may appear a pretty profligate waste of selling space, people were heading down to look.
It has always been part of a department store’s remit to create an experience and that’s what the exhibition at Le Bon Marché is all about. Sadly, the show ends tomorrow – but tickets are still available if you jump on the next Eurostar.