Ever since 1887, when then-unknown Cézanne offered founder Gustave Sennelier tips on his “Couleurs du Quai Voltaire” formulations, this house has been known for creating colors and products to artists’ specifications. Degas was one of the first clients for its 700-color range of pastels; a half-century later the house adapted the formula at the request of an artist who needed color that would adhere to any surface (and specifically wanted eight shades of gray). Today, Picasso’s oil pastels are the house’s best sellers, and Lagerfeld custom-orders his sketch albums here. Some of the younger staff members at the tightly packed supply store are also artists, which gives the place a friendly air.
Insider Tip: Come on Mondays, when artists still rendezvous here for a chat with Sennelier’s fourth-generation owners.