The Balcon collection that French designer Inga Sempé created for Moustache was originally made in beech wood. A white ceramic version of the shelf to screw and the tidy to screw are amongst the few new items that Inga Sempé will present at Maison & Objets Paris 2013. The Balcon series is great to deposit small everyday objects or to hang next to your bath.
top picture: White ceramic Bénétier (a tidy) and Balcon by Inga Sempé
Balcon collection in beech wood for Moustache
Her new Vapeur lamps with coloured patterns will be presented at the same time. Stop by Moustache booth, Hall 8 – Stand B23 to see them.
When I started dating my husband, we used to go to a nice restaurant at Valentine’s Day. Then, one year I suggested that we had a romantic dinner at home. It has been our tradition ever since. Maybe, we will establish a new tradition this year since we are new parents.We did not discuss it yet. But I know is that I would like to start my day where my husband and I chat around a coffee with a warm French croissant and jam. Since our baby wakes up at 11 AM, we would have the time to do it.
When I saw this picture, I was immediately inspired by the set up that reminds me our trip to Japan. I came empty-handed trying to find a store where I could buy Mister T by French designer Antoine Lesur. I simply learned that Mister T is edited by Oxyofor Made in Design. On the bright side, Mister T is an occasional furniture composed of a basket, a tray and two cushions. Therefore, it should easy to recreate the concept at home with cushions that are comfy to sit on, a low table and a tray. We could even sit side by side to be closer to each other.
If you prefer to wait later in the day to start celebrating Valentine’s Day, you can always use the same idea to sip a cocktail.
+ Mister T designed by Antoine Lesur
Isabelle of Accro de la Mode captured the warmth that I felt when I laid my eyes on these French-made sock slippers. They seem so comfy and perfect to keep my feet warm right now. Collégien, the French maker, produces pairs made of cashmere for the colder months. I wish that we could buy here somewhere in North America. Here are some of my favorite patterns.
+ Ireland – Flake Slippers by Collegien $45.99 USD
+ illustration by Accro de la Mode
The Bouroullec brothers have designed an art installation that democratizes a visit to the museum. For the London Design Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum invited them to intervene in any space we wanted within the Museum. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec decided to create a huge textile platform on which you can sit or lay down in any way you want. The idea is to bring comfort and to not feel intimidated by the art pieces displayed at the museum.
Made in collaboration with Kvadrat, Textile Field is an installation 30 meters long and 8 meters wide which takes over 240m sq of the floor of the famous Raphael Cartoons Gallery. Their design would translate well in a cosy couch for a home theater room or become a mat for playroom.
The installation will be on show during the London Design Festival, from September 15th to September 25th 2011.
Victoria & Albert Museum
London SW7 2RL
Opening hours: daily from 10am to 17.45pm and on Friday from 10am to 22.00pm
+ Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
It is funny that I found in a South African magazine one of the most inspiring pictures that capture the spirit of french alfresco dining. The French are not afraid to mix formal, classic pieces with rustic elements. That dining table is the perfect example with Napoleon III bronze candelabra being used for casual outdoor dining.
This kitchen illustrates one of the most important elements of stylish, stress-free entertaining: do not neglect the preparation. Create a butler station by putting on a surface the glassware, the water bottles or pitchers, the wines and the bread that you will need for the night. This way, it is easy to delegate this task during the party, if you want to. Even if you do it yourself, you will see that this technique simplifies your life.
+ photos by Elsa Young for House and Leisure – August 2011 issue
If you are looking for new ways to infuse a sense of unexpected to your tabletop, let me suggest that you use placemats with artistic patterns that slightly vary from one placemat to the next. You can draw the patterns or look for the French design placemats.
48 heures is a collection of trompe-l’oeil illustrations that suggest a finished meal where they was good food and lots of wine. These will certainly grab the attention of your guests. I suspect that it will probably be a conversation starter.
Tailored to Each Guest
Another example is the Bella Maniera series. The idea to steal here is to design a placemat that fits the personality of each guest. Mr. & Mr played with the theme of Leonardo da Vinci’s The last Supper for their Bella Maniera collection. They design 13 placemats; each one corresponds to Jesus Christ and his apostles.
+ 48 heures placemats 16 €
+ Bella Maniera series 16.50 € each at Grain de couleur
+ via Moco Loco
Now, you can dress your living room and bedroom with furniture featuring stunning fabrics designed by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. I wish I was rich so I could afford this limited edition collection.
I was already fond of Roche Bobois’ classic Mah Jong couch. But now, Jean-Paul Gaultier brought it a sublime level. I like the effect of the various patterns put together.
His iconic blue striped pattern is available on Mah Jong sofas and a rug. A smaller indulgence would be to buy a few cushions. You could try to replicate the look by upholstering your sofa with a blue and white striped fabric on which you put a couple of Jean-Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois’ cushions.
In the Bedroom
The collection proposes a bed, a paravent and a wardrobe on wheels. You get the sensuality that Jean-Paul Gaultier used on Madonna in the 1990s. The wardrobe has mirror doors when it is closed.
If you are interested, the collection will arrive at Roche Bobois stores in fall 2010.
+ photos: Roche Bobois
The French design brother duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created for Alessi a new tableware collection suitable for any time of the day. Ovale definitely has rustic and traditional roots; it is visible especially through the usage of each piece. But, at the same time, the asymmetric shapes reminded me of Scandinavian tableware.
The Ovale collection marries white stoneware with stainless steel in an exquisite way. The dishes, serving ware, covered containers and buckets are reasonably priced for designer pieces. It is scheduled to be shipped in Fall 2010.
If you live in Montreal, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco or Los Angeles, you could check out the collection at Alessi flagship stores.
+ Ovale dinnerware by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi $14 to $62 USD at Unica
+ Ovale serving bowls, containers and ice buckets by Alessi $14 to $275
+ Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Camille of Style Notes proposed a delicious, light picnic menu that would be perfect to rest on a park or if you are going on a bike ride. It is very French with a sophisticated cheese platter and tartines (open-faced sandwiches with a fancy spread).
You can never go wrong with Brie with almonds and honey. I would add rosemary roasted almonds for snacks. I eat a small batch of almonds everyday. I love their taste and heath benefits. Almonds provide a good source of vitamin E (antioxidant), potassium and zinc. Researches have shown that nuts can help lower your “bad” cholesterol level.
You will probably want to follow Camille’s blog. I added her to my Daily Fab Reads.
+ Get the recipes on Style Notes
The Fermob catalogue sells a wonderful lifestyle. It is based on joie de vivre and accessibility with a modern version of classic pieces. The stylist does that but at the same time, they capture the garden furniture details. The brand cultivates a romantic view of the French lifestyle that is hard to resist.
You get a sense of well-being by looking at the pictures. It gives my ideas for planning a kids party or how to style my table for a weekend lunch by the lake. It is about taking time to relax with a good board game and enjoy a refreshing cocktails. So even if you do not need new outdoor furniture, you will get something out of flipping their online catalogue.
I like the perforated chairs. There is Bagatelle, a folding chair with a cute perforated back rest. If you prefer an armchair, consider Louvre which comes with a perforated seat and is stackable.
Several of their garden chairs and tables are either foldable or stackable. It comes handy if you wish to bring furniture at a picnic, for storage and to keep extra chairs or tables for when you host larger dinner parties.
The furniture made of steel, iron or aluminium is available in the 24 Fermob colors. All the colors are sublime but I have a thing for the verbena and aniseed green. New colors that work well together are fjork blue and paprika. Above, they mixed turquoise and orange.
Retailers across the U.S. and Alphaplantes in Montreal sell Fermob garden furniture.
+ Fermob USA
Fiona Richards is known for her unique style. I love what she does. Therefore, I am happy to introduce the new collection of Cartolina greeting cards and notebooks. I only selected a few. So make sure to check out her entire collection because it is exquisite.
This time, Fiona was definitely inspired by the fashion history of France. Her variation on Baroque fashion is splendid. It allows her to display burst of colors in a refined way. It is one of the rare occasions where I will suggest that you buy a kit.
More Florals and Nature Themes
If you wish to give a little something to a girl friend, you can match your card with a notebook. You could mix the White Swan notebook and the Blue Lotus notebook to create an ensemble.
It’s OK to think outside the box when you select a greeting card. For example,the Lucky You card could be used to wish Happy Birthday! to a kid or for a Baby Shower.
In case you did not know, Cartolina produces environmentally reponsible paper products. Their recycled paper cards are printed with vegetable based inks. Their printer was named Most Environmentally Progresive Printer in Canada for the last 5 years at the Environmental Printing Awards.
+ Cartolina Notebook $5.98 USD, Card $3.49 at Modern Paper Goods
+ Store Locator for Cartolina Cards