Hundreds and hundreds of cadenas d'amour (love locks or wish locks) on the Pont des Arts in Paris.To symbolise their love couples are hanging a padlock with their initials on the barriers of the bridge and then throw the keys in the river Seine!
We are very proud to be part of the first edition of new French magazine Surexposer. Launched by brother and sister Audrey + Matthias Sorge, the magazine highlights the savoir-faire (know-how) of designers and artists around the World: from the enigmatic London based musician and illustrator Keaton Henson to six French sisters Six Soeurs customising handbags to the large scale graffiti Portuguese sculptor Alexandre Farto (Aka Vhils) who scrapes off walls to reveal anonymous faces. Vhils, Lisboa.
"He adored New York City. He idolised it all out of proportion….no, make that: he - he romanticised it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin"
Woody Allen, Manhattan 1979
I seem to always drift back to Woody Allen when I'm thinking about New York City and the start of the movie Manhattan is just about the best tribute to this beautiful city!
Today we launch our new collection Morning in Manhattan, a very own homage to brownstone buildings, wrought iron fire escapes, rooftop water towers, bustling streets and an unforgettable skyline.
Another very autumnal weekend in Paris with grey sky and rain. And yes, it rained all day non stop on saturday. I was quite happy reading magazines and browsing around Pinterest but Ophelia was sitting next to me very bored! She wanted to draw and paint mermaids (she is 6 years old). So I grabbed some paint and large paper from the studio and set her up on the kitchen table. Ophelia drew fishes, mermaids and some interesting sea creatures to make an underwater scene...and I went back on the sofa...
What do you like to do with your children when it's raining outside?
I started my day in Merci meeting up with the lovely Emilie from Lait Fraise chatting about work, children and the difficult task of finding a home in the East side of Paris!
Afterwards I had a little look around Merci, Bonton next door and few shops in the charming rue de Bretagne.
When I was in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to see the exhibition on one of Japan most admired graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) at the 21_21 Design Sight Museum (located in Tokyo Midtown).
The exhibition presents a selection of colourful drawings, paper collages, logos, packaging, bold postwar posters as well as some if his different projects with Issey Miyake and Muji. Ikko Tanaka created a style of graphic design that fused Western modernism principles and aesthetics with the Japanese tradition. As he used to say he was "totally committed to the aesthetics of design".
As we were crossing Le Pont de Arts last weekend, we stopped in this charming little shop Charvin specialised in extra fine oils, acrylic and gouaches. The range of colours is very impressive. The minute I walked in I wanted to start painting again...
We are so happy to show you our latest photos from our new collection The Performers. We have teamed up with the hugely talented stylist/photographer Aurélie Lecuyer from Le dans La. She had carte blanche to shoot our collection. We were blown away by all her images. Merci Aurélie!
Here is my selection of some of my favorite places to shop, visit, see and eat in Tokyo. I wish I had extra days to discover more hidden places as Tokyo is so vast. If you would like to add to the list please leave me a comment!
Magnificent interior design store located on the basement floor of Bell Commons shopping center in Aoyama. Metro: GaienMae on Ginza Line. ACTUS
Few doors down from Cibone. This store has also a very good selection of interior accessories and clothes.
Metro: GaienMae on Ginza Line. QUICO
Cute store with a selection of Scandinavian furniture, accessories and books.
Metro: Omotessando TOKYU HANDS
A must see if you visit Tokyo.The best place to find anything you want!
4 different stores in Tokyo: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ginza. GALERIE DOUX DIMANCHE
For the best of European home accessories and for their famous Edition Paumes book collection. Galerie Doux Dimanche has two stores in Tokyo. One located in Jiyugaoka, a residential area. The other shop and gallery space is in Aoyama.
Metro: Omotessando or GaienMae.
A 800m street with shops only selling kitchenware and plastic food! Just incredible and not to be missed (See my previous post).
Metro: Gaienmae ISSEY MIYAKE
4 stores on the same street: Minami, Aoyama.
Metro: Omotessando TSUMORI CHISATO
Metro: Omotesando GOOD THINGS
Men's fashion store near Tokyu Hands. PAUL SMITH SPACE
Just to see the interior and exterior of the shop!
Jungu Mae. Metro: Omotesando JIKAN
Scarves and hankershief
Just round the corner from Quico shop.
Metro: Omotesando CRAYONHOUSE
Minato Ku, Aoyama.
Great selection of children books + a nice cafe
Not just for kids...It's so much fun!
Metro Omotesando PARK SIDE CAFE
For a nice lunch in Ueno park. Fresh food and a great selection of herbal teas. MUSEUM DESIGN SIGHT 21_21
Founded by Issey Miyake. The building is designed by Tadao Ando. I went to see a beautiful exhibition on Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka.
The images used to write the text are taken from Mina Perhonen 2013 A/W textile collection.
Kappabashi street is a 800 meter long street devoted to kitchenware. You will find anything you need to open a restaurant, from rice cooker, crockery, knives, disposable chopsticks to plastic food (realistic-looking plastic models of dishes that are displayed in many restaurant windows in Japan).
Subway stop: the Ginza Line’s Tawaramachi station.
You are welcome by The Chef and on the right you can see the new Tokyo Sky Tree tower.