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On saturday morning Ophelia and I went to the Stedelijk Museum to see the Kazimir Malevich and the Russian avant-garde exhibition.
It was an excuse to have some (quiet) time together to do some drawings.
Ophelia is such an easy going and curious child. She would just sit in front of a painting a draw it carefully without missing to write down the name of the artist and the title of the artwork. She really encouraged me to be less shy to draw in public!
We both love drawing but it is a rare moment as when her little brother is around he hasn't got the patience to sit and look at paintings. Fair enough, he is only 4 and he couldn't care less about an abstract art exhibition! He was very excited to go instead cycling sitting at the back of his daddy's bike.
Ivan Klyun. Suprematist study of color and form. 1917.
We had a beautiful blue sky day yesterday and I took random photos of things I like in my neighborhood. We live in the very nice area of Willemspark near the largest park of Amsterdam ,the Vondelpark.
THINGS I LIKE:
The children have their cute little red and yellow chairs, tables and toys on the pavement to play outside their building. The chairs are left outside overnight and to my surprise no one steal them! This is something you would never see in Paris...
Red brick building and the neon sign of the food store Albert Heijn.
I'm typing this post sitting on the floor of our empty house, with only 10% of battery left on my laptop I have to be brief.
We are moving...to Amsterdam! Big news and so little time to think about it as we had to make the quick decision at the beginning of September to start a new life over there. More on this crazy move in a few days with pictures. The removals guys have just left the house, and on Thursday I'm driving with the children to our new home, next to the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
We are so excited.
It has been a month since we came back from our long Summer break and I am already thinking of the holidays and where we could go next with the children. When we go abroad for a family weekend break or longer holidays we always try to rent an apartment instead of staying in hotels as we like to have the comfort of a home.
The newly launched Kid & Coe is what we have been waiting for since we had children. It says it all 'A vacation holidays rental that simplifies family holiday travel'.
This beautiful website has carefully selected kid-friendly homes around the World to rent for one night or more.
Simon and I have been talking about going to Italy for ages and I think I found the perfect place here...
London, Primrose Hill:
I am so excited to share with you some images of the project I have been working on since last January. I had a fantastic opportunity to work with Outsign architects in Paris to design a unique art piece for the newly refurbish Italie Deux shopping centre in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The commissioned work was to design a permanent three meters diameter map of the South East of Paris to be featured on the floor of the shopping centre.
I started to do a lot of research, to draw landmarks and quirky details of the Parisian landscape. It was a real pleasure to design this map and to work on this scale.
The challenge was to excecute this large map as my papercut map series so we decided to laser cut the design onto a 3 meters diameter circle of polished metal.
The disk had to be sectioned in two parts as it was too big for the machine to cut in one piece. Cutting the design with a powerful laser cut machine took more than 4 weeks. It was filled by hand (with a seringe!) with a heated resin that would become hard when dried. This was the most difficult part of the job as the map had a lot of details!
The map can been seen at Italie Deux, Place d'Italie. It is located on the ground floor entrance near La Fnac.
We are back on the beautiful island of Ré on the French atlantic coast. I have been waiting for this break for so long! The last months have been so grey, cold and wet that it feels like a dream to wake up every morning with the sun shining...Enjoy the holidays wherever you are!
Hello, where are you?!?
This was taken near Blenheim on the South Island of New Zealand...back in the days when we were traveling the World....
I received an email from Sophie Tatlow and Bruce Slorach from Utopia Goods this morning and comletetly fell in love with their patterns and vibrant colours. Every print references an aspect of Australian faune & flora or history. Some patterns are hidding little koalas, kangaroos and cicada which is Australia's loudest bug!
Flowering Gum Feast Cushion.
State of Waratah cushion in Indigo:
I hope you had a fun weekend and ate lots of chocolate!
We decided on saturday morning to go to the seaside for the day. It's about 1h30 to drive to the West coast of Normandy to the charming harbour of Honfleur.
We arrived for lunch to enjoy the famous local dish moule-frite Mussle and French fries. Then we drove on the pretty coastal road to arrive in Deauville for a walk on the beach. Not surprisingly we were only a few motivated people looking for seashells as it was so cold and windy. We ended up eating a large gauffre -pancake- and we drove back home while Lucien slept in the car.
This weekend we visited the annual antique fair on the island of Chatou (West of Paris) called La Foire à la Brocante et aux Jambons. It is one of the largest antique fair in France with more than 800 stalls. I try to go every year as I love the atmosphere there. (see here for last year post).
The fair is also famous for the French terroir food like sausissons, huitres (oisters), barbecued ham, foie gras & cassoulets. Yum!
The children were bored rather quickly, they only wanted to eat chunky French fries and pancakes... I don't blame them, I never liked following my parents to brocantes and flea markets when I was their age!
Ophelia's drawings. Last year calendar by Lollipop is still on the fridge. I like to keep it up just to remind me what we did a year ago.
I should do this more often. Go to London just to party. I had a fantastic weekend with 12 girlfriends and my sisters to celebrate my (male) cousin's engagement. It was a sort of 'stag weekend' with girls!
Sorry I cannot share the photos of the party ;-) instead I'll show you some great photos of street art typo by Ben Eine in East London on Ebor Street and Hackney Rd (FS) and some of my favourite fabric shop The Cloth House on Broadwick Street, Soho.
It was a nice surprise to see so many different products by Dutch designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings at the show (Scholten & Baijings Studio for Design). I am a huge fan of their minimal design with always this selected palette of bright colours and fine details.
For the Danish brand Hay, they designed a new range called Colour Tape, Colour Note, Colour Glasses with gradient colours for water glasses and gold lines for the champagne glasses.
Hay had an impressive stand at the show. The structure was made of natural wooden sticks with a mix of vivid colours from their entire product collection.
This collection from Scholten & Baijings for Japanese company Karimoku New Standard was my favourite. The wood of the dotted table and stool was so soft and details of the lines and colours were so beautiful!
1. Colour Stool.
2. Colour Platter.
3. Mix of different products and Karimoku stand (Photo by Agence Violette)
4. Colour Wood table and cushion.
All products and furnitures by Scholten & Baijings.
Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet founded Colonel in 2010. This was their forst collection at Maison et Objet. This fresh and colourfull collection was inspired by outdoor furniture aesthetics (think beach and camping). It is a contemporary re-reading of this universe mixing colours and patterns.
Brightly coloured geometric shapes were everywhere at the show, from Tom Dixon Eclectic candle packaging (3 - btw, gorgeous smell!), to the foldable cardboard stools for children (2) and the Alpaca wool blackets by Lucky Boy Sunday(3).
And... I had to mentioned the oh-so-famous Missoni geometric patterns. I love the oversized lampshades!
That's it for Maison et Objet. The next time i'll talk about it will be in September...now i'm off to pick up the children from school :-)
Hi! Bonjour! We are back to our cosy studio after 5 days exhibiting our collection at Maison et Objet in the north of Paris. For a lot of people it has been rather difficult to get to the show as the airport closed down for a few hours, flights and trains were delayed due to the heavy snowfall. But despite the bad weather, we had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new people.
This time we had a corner stand (they are highly sought after!) and we were surrounded by fantastic companies such as Engel , Oeuf be Good, Laurette and Anne-Claire Petit.
These are a few snapshots from our stand that I took with my phone so I apologise for the poor quality of the photos!
I made a little display of our beautiful photos styled by Aurelie Lecuyer.
We presented our new mug and tray from the collection Un Dimanche à Paris. The new products will be available on our website next week. Also on display are our new tray and mug from Morning in Manhattan collection and the book from Edition Paumes Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle. Our tea towels and cushions are nicely packed in this new brown card and white triangles packaging.
I made 2 wooden swings with bright neon pink strings to hold our promotional cards. Behind are hanging the colourful paper honeycombs by our Dutch neighbour Engel.
Over the next few days I will pull together photos to show you my favourite brands and products I spotted at the show.
This week we are setting up our stand at Maison et Objet trade show in the north of Paris. We are very excited to go back as exhibitors for the second time around (our first show there was back in September). We have a bigger, corner stand (hurray!) so if you visit the show, come say hello!
Apologies for not posting much while the show is on. I'll be back very soon...
Looking back, 2012 has been an amazing year.
We've launched 2 new collections The Perfomers and Morning in Manhattan, a book, paper cut maps, screen prints and I enjoyed working with Issey Miyake on the World Map collection.
We also had plenty of relaxing holidays in France, Copenhagen and Japan. Ophelia learnt to read and write in Franglais (French & English). Lucien turned from a toddler to a very funny little boy, making us laugh a lot but also making us crazy at times being so cheeky!
I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who've been reading the blog this year. We've had a lot of fun sharing all the things we love with you and look forward to continuing in 2013.
Thank you for supporting us and for spreading the work of Famille Summerbelle. Your lovely encouraging messages really mean a lot to us.
Enjoy the rest of your holidays and see you in 2013!
Julie & Simon xx
*Inspiring colours at Maison & Objet.
*In April I was really loving the colour Yellow.
*Photo shoot at home with the team of Edition Paumes for the preparation of our first book Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle. Ophelia enjoys posing in front of the camera!
*Easter break in Ile de Ré.
*Long weekend with the family in Copenhagen. We loved it and cannot wait to go back.
*First day of school for Lucien (not even 3!)
*Launch of The Performers at Maison & Objet.
*Voyage in Japan for an exhibition of Famille Summerbelle in Tokyo and the book launch Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle at the Galerie Doux Dimanche.
*Launch of Morning in Manhattan.
*I am enjoying time at my mum's ceramic studio to make little stars, houses and xmas trees.
*Prepping for a Christmas photo shoot at home.
*We're all in the mood for Christmas, decorating the tree, making sablés and watching xmas movies...
This is a little selection from my Pinterest Christmas board to wish you all a wonderful, relaxing and joyful time with your loved ones over the Christmas holidays.
This year we are staying in Paris celebrating the French way on Christmas eve with family around a festive table (opening presents at midnight)...and the English way on Christmas day with a yummy breakfast while the children will open more presents followed by a late lunch. For desert we will have the traditional Christmas pudding and the French Bûche de Noël (a chocolate iced cake shaped as a log).
For the rest of the week, we will take it easy!
Images from top left:
Sparkles on reindeer. Carol- Oh yei!
Merry Christmas. The House That Lars Built.
May your days be merry and bright. Jan of Poppytalk.
Antique glass trees. Plenty of colour.