We escaped to Paris for the weekend to visit our family and wonder on the riverside and the Jardin des Tuileries with the children. We went to see the Typorama exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Our short trip was actually an excuse to come to France to eat a galette des rois...
We then walked to Le Petit Atelier de Paris which I have heard about but never had a chance to visit... Unfortunately it was closed when we got there (it is only open from Thursday to Saturday from 13h until 19h). The window display was so charming with the hanging ceramic house & the dog made of wire, the lighting star and delicate bowls. I will certainly go back but in the meantime you can have a look here to discover more designs.
I don't know why I waited so long to mention the beautiful stationary range from Papier Tigre? I discovered their first collection at Maison et Objet back in January and I have to say their paper collection (notebooks, cards and perpetual calendars) really blew me away.
By looking at the beautiful geometrical patterns and the hand made finish behind their products, you can really tell that the French designers based in the 10th arrondissement in Paris are truly loving what they do. Their paper products are designed and printed in France on 100% recycle paper, the long perpetual calendar is printed in the UK.
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!
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 PaumesBe 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...
Le Marché Saint Pierre (also known as Dreyfus) is the place to visit if you are looking for all sorts of fabric and haberdashery in Paris. It is located in the very touristic area of Montmatre. I've just been today to buy some linen to make cushions and 3 meters of bright pink tulle to make a tutu for Ophelia!
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!
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.
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...
On Sunday morning, we were all awake at 6am, thanks to Ophelia who was so excited to show us the few coins left under the pillow from the tooth fairy. She is now proudly showing her big top front teeth gap.
Our morning was spent at le Grand Palais to see the Buren exhibition Monumenta.
Chatou is a place to the west of Paris where the Impressionists used to come and paint on the charming banks of the river Seine. Twice a year (March and September) a huge flea marketLa Foire à La Brocante et aux Jambons is set on the Ile des Impressionnistes. I recommend to have lunch at the nearby Maison Fournaise (where Renoir painted the famous painting Déjeuner des Canotiers). Sellers comes from all over France with exquisite (and often rather expensive) antique treasures. Mix with all the happy odds and ends you can have a little break at the many stands selling smoked hams and a selection of wine. As Chatou is very near to where we live I always try to go as I love flea markets and this one is quite exceptional. Unfortunately I often leave empty handed as it is so expensive but I feel so happy to have seen so many nice and inspiring things!
Have a nice weekend...
It's been a ritual in Paris over the past 20 years or so, thousands of people all dressed in their best white outfit arrive at the same time to have a posh picnic in a prestigious Parisian location.
You only get invited by friends and the location remains a secret until the last minute (you get told once you are on the coach on the way). This year we were a total of 12000 people: 6000 in the Cour Carrée du Louvre (where we were) and 6000 in front of Notre Dame.
Live band music...
Champagne, foie gras, fresh fruits...all you need for a posh picnic.
My sister was dressed as an Angel. My mum made a fairy light hat!
The Louvre beautifully lit for the evening.
The diner ends with thousands of sparklers. It was very magical.
If you live on the other side of the Atlantic, be ready it's coming to NYC and Montreal soon.
The French Easter school holidays are starting today and we're off to l'Ile de Ré with friends. We cannot wait for a well deserved break (Simon and I have been so busy with work lately- we're exhausted!). I'll still be working few hours a day as I have a show coming up soon but at least the environment will be different and I can't wait to go for long bike rides with the children at the back in the trailer.
For now I leave you with this beautiful story on Paris by writer Amy M. Thomas in the New York Times. Amy is American, she spent 2 years living in Paris and she is now back in NYC writing a book about her time there.
Photo by Julien Goldstein for The New York Times.
Article seen in English Muse.
I wish I did this more often: yesterday I went to Paris to meet my friend Helena for a morning coffee in Merci (it's only 25mn on the train from my home so no excuse!). They had a wonderful selection of mix products in indigo colour: suitcases, bed linen, note books, cushions and more. Then I was off to Bonton (10m away from Merci) and for a nice walk in rue de Bretagne, Rue Vieille du Temple, rue des Archives (stopped on the way to have a hair cut) and then back home to pick up the children from school. The sun was out, the coffee terraces were full of people enjoying the lovely day. I love Paris in Spring time.