Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

Paris is always a good idea.

I was lucky enough to get away for a long weekend last week and to return to this beautiful city that I know well. Each time I come to Paris, my breath is taken away by its beauty. The alignment of the streets, the boulevards, the architecture, the monuments, the cafés, the cobbled stoned roads, the fresh flower markets are mesmerizing.

Paris early in the morning when the city is still half asleep, Paris at night with its bright city lights on and the shimmering Eiffel Tower, Paris under the rain, Paris in Autumn, Paris in Spring. The descriptions are endless but the sentiment remains the same.

This time, I took the time to visit the YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM which opened exactly one year ago, fifteen years since the Haute Couture house closed. It is located at   5 Avenue Marceau in the legendary “hotel particulier” where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly thirty years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002.  Within this space, a rotation of retrospective displays and short termed thematic exhibitions will present the Pierre Bergé-Yves St Laurent Foundation’s rich and unique collection.

The current exhibition: Yves Saint Laurent – Dreams of the Orient which takes place from October 2018 to January 2019, brings together approximately fifty haute couture designs inspired by India, China and Japan and is complemented with Asian artworks borrowed from the Musée Guimet and private collectors.

The most touching and to me the most magical moment was entering the “Studio” of Monsieur Saint Laurent, recreating the original atmosphere of the haute couture house. You enter the studio where you find the desk of YSL with his personal belongings – a pair of glasses, piles of art books, drawing pencils, a dog figurine and little things personal bits scattered on his desk, just as though he had momentarily stepped out of the room.

I am in awe of such talent. Truly one of the great names of French Haute Couture.

Definitely a must-see stop to add to your list of things to see in Paris.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent https://museeyslparis.com/en/practical-information

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The iconic Publicis Drugstore has just recently reopened its doors. Over 2000 square meters of restaurants (there are 2) and shops (there are 10), where you can seven days a week till 2.00 am, eat, buy and browse. From books and newspapers to gadgets & toys, a pharmacy, a deli, and a movie theatre, the Parisians can shop once again in the iconic 133 Avenue des Champs Elysées.

Renewing with the Drugstore DNA of the sixties, Maurice Lévy hired two prestigious project managers. Star designer Tom Dixon for the interiors and multi-starred chef Eric Frechon for the restaurants.  Their mission was to re-invent the Drugstore as it was in the sixties.

Publicis Drugstore is back. Why change a winning team ?

https://www.publicisdrugstore.com/

 

 

Time-Capsule of Humanity- The Ethnological Museum of Geneva

There is a little gem of a museum in Geneva, Switzerland that is not very often talked about but really worth mentioning, it’s the MEG – the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève. The new building which was inaugurated in 2014 and designed by Bern based architectural firm Graber Pulver, received the European Museum of the Year award in 2017.

Shaped like a pagoda, the whole concept of the museum is based on public accessibility. With around 80.000 objects and 15.000 pictorial and auditory documents, the collection is one of the largest in Switzerland. Over a thousand objects are exposed in sleek well lit large color-coded glass showcases. In addition, the ethnomusicology department presents musical instruments from different parts of the world and acoustic samples to be listened to by means of headphones.

This amazing time-capsule of humanity is like a 3D encyclopedia inviting the visitor to explore our diversity: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The objects on show are like messages from across the world that convey the world’s cultures.

Curiosities, rarities, ambivalent objects picked up by missionaries, diplomatic gifts, and scientific field research artifacts are all part of the collections.

Once your visit is done,  don’t forget to stop by at the modern, airy café for a coffee or a bite to eat. On sunny days, tables are placed on the esplanade at the entrance of the museum and you find yourself enjoying the charming landscaped green oasis facing you.

A lovely way to take a break and discover something new. You also realize how connected we all are.

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Embracing the past

Archiplan Studio’s mandate was to restore a small apartment in a Renaissance Palazzo in Mantua, Italy. The apartment was filled with fragmented traces of the past including fragments of 16th-century frescoes. Not daunted by the mission, the founders of Archiplan, Diego Cisi and Stefano Gorni Silvestrini, opted to embrace the old and inject in the new. The result is spectacular. Instead of competing, the two styles complement each other in a spectacular way. The contemporary style cohabits happily with the layers of history.

The effect is sleek, restful and refined.

Photography Davide Galli

http://www.archiplanstudio.com

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The Beekman Hotel’s magical Old World Charm

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Majestically restored, The Beekman Hotel is located in lower Manhattan between the East and Hudson rivers. The landmark building dating back to 1880 was restored by architecture firm Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel and decorated by interior designer Martin Brudnizki. The dark color palette, lighting, ironwork and ingenious use of carpets throughout the 287 rooms and atrium give an amazing Victorian Old World atmosphere aligned with the spirit of Manhattan in the 19th century.

But the eye-catcher is undoubtedly the amazing use of Persian rugs on the reception counter which sets the tone.

https://www.thebeekman.com/

source – photography AD, Kenwood Travel, ahotellife.com

The Spanish Touch

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A new dimension was given to the famous design adage « Form Follows Function » when Mercedes and Elena Zubizaretta launched their handbag and travel goods line in 2012.

As experienced travelers, they knew how unpractical carrying bulky handbags or luggage could be. Finding the right sized lightweight bag was not an easy task and finding a nice looking one even harder. So Mercedes seized the opportunity to make herself the very first canvas pouch that she later gifted to her sister Elena. The girls felt there was a niche in the market for lightweight canvas bags, and the Zubi bag was born. Mercedes and Elena have never looked back since.

Born and raised in Madrid the two sisters have combined experiences in Business and in Interior Design. Virtually overnight, they launched Zubi Design which targets the active woman. They keep in mind the woman who travels, who works, who studies or raises a family.

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Learn more about this dynamic duo by clicking on the link :

https://www.yadcheri.com/mercedes-and-elena-zubizaretta

 

Queen of Neoprene

When writing a feature on a Yad Cheri partner, we always ask what in their view, does a hand symbolize? Rosanna Contadini founder of Neò is no exception and her response was spontaneous « the hand symbolizes the work done by Neò ».

A little over 10 years ago Rosanna discovered Neoprene, a lightweight plastic fiber in a hardware store and intrigued by the texture, challenged herself into knitting the yarn which thus produced her first item, a handbag.

Neoprene, commonly used for gaskets or competitive swimming wetsuits, was to become her signature material. Waterproof and corrosion resistant yet velvety, smooth and soft to the touch, Rosanna transforms the yarn into an elegant and contemporary home and women’s accessories collection entirely made in Italy.

Sourcing the best Italian material, Neò produces high-end baskets, handbags, cushions, and jewelry which are knitted, crocheted, woven or plaited.

The Neoprene Queen explains that for her,  the ultimate expression of creativity is the hand.  Her production is handcrafted by a team of women based in Rome. « We have a group of women hand knitters and knotters who turn the yarn into decorative accessories. These women work from their homes. »

Read more https://www.yadcheri.com/rosanna-contadini

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Ergon Mykonos

I came across this divine little shop while staying in Mykonos this summer. Ergon Mykonos offers an elegant and contemporary selection of home accessories, fashion, and art as any concept store should. The selection takes its inspiration from the tales of Greek mythology combined with contemporary aesthetics. Founded 5 years ago by Marietta Karpathiou, Ergon Mykonos showcases a refined selection which spans from kaftans, espadrilles, pillows and beach towels to sculptures and jewelry.  Each item is original and successfully blends Greek heritage and pop style. Don’t miss dropping by this little gem of a shop. It is a feast for the eyes.

http://www.ergonmykonos.com

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Madonna at 60

Whether the NY Times, Vogue or the Coolhunter, Madonna is celebrated today on her birthday. Fearless, defiant, innovative, taboo breaker, singer, dancer, iconic, provocateur, discoqueen, the symbol of empowerment – her contribution is impressive and she remains as cool as ever ! Happy Birthday M.

Gitano

Gitano, NYC – an amazing seasonal Mexican bar & restaurant in a lush greenery setting located in the heart of Soho. They bring the Tulum Jungle to the Concrete Jungle with a back drop of NYC skyline.

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Paradiso, Ibiza

 

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The Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel opened last month on the Balearic island’s northwest coast, not far from the infamous nightlife in the resort of San Antonio.

The Memphis-meets-Miami Modern inspired design, is reminiscent of Miami Beach deco.

Designed by Spanish studio Ilmiodesign, the hotel’s stark white exterior and simple shapes are enhanced by coloured lighting.

Two rectangular swimming pools can be found on either side of the circular bar which is topped with a 1920’s inspired typeface spelling out Paradiso.

Cabanas and loungers are placed around the pool.

source : Dezeen

 

Murano – Venetian handcrafting

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Glass blowing artisans may use modernized tools today, but the essence of working with glass remains an ancient art. The technique can be traced back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). The basic raw materials are sand, sodium carbonate and sodium nitrate which are mixed together then fused in a very hot kiln.

 

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Molten red-hot liquid glass transformed into a lasting artifact is an act that requires a creative mind, dexterous handwork, and stamina. Physically draining, glassblowing is one of the earliest forms of handcrafting.

Throughout history, the basic knowledge and techniques of glass blowing have been highly coveted, and at times, held sacred by only a select few. This information was handed down secretively from glass blower to apprentice for thousands of years.

In the past, glass blowers were literally held hostage for fear of their knowledge being leaked. During the 1st Century A.D., Phoenician glassworkers were forbidden from traveling, although those who escaped spread the art form into present-day Switzerland, France, and Belgium. Similarly, for Venetian glassblowers leaving the island of Murano was a crime, punishable by death.

By the 15th century, Venice was the principle glass producer of Europe with a concentration of 3000 glassblowers in a single location, the island of Murano.

 

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The term Millefiori comes from Italian. It is a combination of the words

Mille (thousand) and Fiori (flowers). The millefiori technique involves the production of glass canes or rods, known as murrine with multicolored patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane. A murine rod is heated in a furnace and pulled until thin while still maintaining the cross section’s design. It is then cut into beads or discs then cooled.

The murrine is then cleaned up and arranged in a desired pattern within a special heat-resistant mold to give the product the necessary shape. The mold containing the murrine pattern is placed into the special furnace. These furnaces are the cornerstone of the glassmaking craft, as the artisans use them to heat up the glass mixture and work it while it’s in a liquid state. Once murrine start bonding with each other inside the furnace, the mold is removed and its contents are pressed upon to create a continuous Millefiori surface with no gaps. The final product is shaped once out of the furnace.

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Coralie Prévert’s silk scarves

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Like her famous namesake, the French poet Jacques Prévert, Coralie shares a love of languages.

Coralie Prévert moves from Paris to Parma in Italy as a student, where she adds Italian to her skills. Her goal at that point was to become a translator. Gradually, her 12-month stay in Italy turns into 12 years. Her goal changes and a new career option surfaces.

After graduating from the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan in Textile Design. Coralie joins Versace and later Roberto Cavalli, Working for major brands was not only a challenging and an enriching experience but was also an opportunity to meet amazing creatives.

But the need to experiment and to express herself without commercial constraints became more and more impelling and she decides to return to Paris and to begin something new.

Once back she designs her own scarves and by 2015 the Coralie Prévertbrand was launched. She has not stopped working since. The following year she adds a selection of beautiful printed kimonos. Just recently, in January 2018, a new wallpaper and fabric collection were introduced to her collection which she launched at the prestigious Maison & Objet Paris fair.

Not wanting to restrict herself to fashion, Coralie Prévert now enjoys exploring the world of home decor and hopes to collaborate in the near future not only with rug companies but also with tiling manufacturers and design home textile creators. The sky is the limit.

Read more about Yad Cheri’s partner of the month on YADCHERI.COM

https://www.yadcheri.com/coralie-prevert

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Azzedine Alaïa’s magic touch

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THE TUNISIAN-BORN COUTURIER AZZEDINE ALAÏA ENJOYED HIS ROLE AS AN OUTSIDER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION.

ALWAYS DRESSED IN A UNIFORM OF BLACK, HE IGNORED THE STRICT FASHION CALENDAR OF SEASONAL COLLECTIONS WHILE TIRELESSLY UPHOLDING THE TRADITIONS OF HAUTE COUTURE. FROM HIS FIRST SHOW IN THE LATE 1970’S TO THE LAST ONE JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 2017, ALAÏA’S WORK HAS ALWAYS GENERATED EXCITEMENT AND RESPECT.

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SENSUOUS, BODY-HUGGING FORMS, DESCRIBED AS « SECOND-SKIN DRESSING », ARE ALAÏA’S ENDURING INFLUENCE. EXPERIMENTING WITH THE LATEST STRETCH MATERIALS AND PRECISELY TAILORED LEATHERS, HE WORKED IN THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT COUTURIERS HE ADMIRED AND STUDIED.

ALAÏA THOUGHT WITH HIS HANDS. HE GAVE HIS IDEAS FORM BY DRAPING, CUTTING AND PINNING FABRIC DIRECTLY ONTO THE STATUESQUE MODELS WITH WHOM HE LOVED TO WORK. HE COMBINED HIS RIGOROUS TECHNICAL SKILLS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WOMEN WANT TO FEEL. HE ONCE REMARKED « I MAKE CLOTHES, WOMEN MAKE FASHION ». AND MANY WOMEN HAVE WORN HIS ELEGANT AND SENSUAL DESIGNS, FROM GRETA GARBO, GRACE JONES AND TINA TURNER TO NAOMI CAMPBELL, LADY GAGA AND RIHANNA.

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CURRENTLY AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM IN LONDON TILL OCTOBER 7TH 2018, A WONDERFUL EXHIBIT IS TAKING PLACE ENTITLED :« AZZEDINE ALAÏA, THE COUTURIER » SHOWCASING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESSES HE CREATED.

HIS WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL AND ONE CAN ADMIRE THE INTRICACIES OF EACH OF THESE HANDCRAFTED WORKS OF ART THAT ARE HIS DRESSES. A LITTLE MAN WITH GIGANTIC TALENT.

HIS PASSING IS A GREAT LOSS TO FASHION.

Source : https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog-yad-cheri/azzedine-alaias-magical-touch

 

Hanging Lawn

In Porto Feliz, a Municipality in the state of Sao Paolo, the brilliant Brazilian Studio MK27 has completed a dwelling that the practice describes a “radical exercice in horizontality”.

The residence is inserted at the plot’s highest point and topped with a green roof that mimics the surrounding lawn.

I may be repeating myself but Studio MK27 and more specifically Marcio Kogan,  is by far my favourite architect today. We see with each project he and his team produce, elegance, originality and wonderful examples of interaction between indoors and outdoors, between nature and man-made constructions.

With this particular house, living rooms can be completely opened or closed by sliding glass doors located at each end of the property. With the doors opened,  the house is transformed into a generously proportioned terrace surrounded by nature.

The architects carefully integrated solar panels and skylights withing the canopy on the green roof mimicking the surrounding lawn.

A new version of the hanging garden of Babylon – simply divine !

Source : designboom

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“I ADMIRE EVERYTHING THAT IS USELESS, FRIVOLOUS AND WHIMSICAL. I HATE FUNCTIONALISM, POST-MODERNISM AND ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE. FOR ME, THE HOUSE AND ITS OBJECTS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOME CRAZY PLACE THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH.” – PEDRO FRIEDEBERG

PIETRO ENRICO HOFFMAN LANDESMAN (AS WAS HIS GIVEN NAME) OR AS HE WAS LATER KNOWN AS PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, WAS BORN IN ITALY IN 1936 TO GERMAN-JEWISH PARENTS. AT THE AGE OF THREE, PIETRO AND HIS RECENTLY DIVORCED MOTHER FLED ITALY AT THE ONSET OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND SETTLED IN MEXICO.

SOON AFTER ARRIVING IN THE NEW COUNTRY, PIETRO’S MOTHER REMARRIED AND WENT TO WORK AS A TRANSLATOR FOR EXPATS — SUCH AS THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY LEON TROTSKY AND GERMAN WRITER ANNA SEGHERS — BOTH OF WHOM HAD FLED THEIR NATIVE COUNTRIES AND SOUGHT ASYLUM IN MEXICO.

AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT IN MEXICO CITY IN THE 50’S, HE INITIALLY STUDIED ARCHITECTURE BUT HIS FANTASTICAL DESIGNS RAN AFOUL OF HIS RATIONALIST, BAUHAUS ORIENTED TEACHERS.

BY CHANCE, HIS DRAWINGS CAME TO THE ATTENTION OF MATHIAS GOERITZ A GERMAN BORN AVANT GARDE PAINTER & SCULPTOR WHO ENCOURAGED FRIEDEBERG AND MADE HIM A PROTÉGÉ. BY 1961 HE STARTED EXHIBITING IN LOCAL GALLERIES AND ABANDONED HIS STUDIES TO FOCUS SOLELY ON HIS ART.

FROM AN EARLY AGE, FRIEDEBERG WAS SURROUNDED BY RADICAL THINKERS AND ARTISTS, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON HIM. MEXICO CITY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS PROVIDED A WEALTH OF INFLUENCES FOR A YOUNG, INQUISITIVE MIND.

HE WAS ALWAYS FASCINATED BY RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE: CATHEDRALS, AZTEC PYRAMIDS, SYNAGOGUES, GURDJIEFFIAN TEMPLES AND AT AN EARLY AGE HE WAS INFLUENCED BY THEOSOPHY, CATHOLICISM, ATHEISM, EASTERN CUSTOMS AND RELIGIONS.

AS A SCULPTOR & PAINTER PEDRO FRIEDEBERG’S WORK IS RICHLY DETAILED, SURREAL & HIS ARTISTIC STYLE BLENDS INFLUENCES FROM NEOCLASSICAL ART, ESHER AND MESOAMERICAN SYMBOLISM.

SPACE AND TIME ARE IMMATERIAL; THE ANCIENT MINGLES WITH THE MODERN; HANDS AND FEET BECOME CHAIRS, ANIMALS DANCE AMONG CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE; IMAGES, SHAPES, AND LETTERS ARE REPEATED AD INFINITUM. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN THE CRAZY WORLD OF PEDRO FRIEDEBERG. HIS IMAGINATION IS LIMITLESS.

HIS FOOT AND HAND CHAIRS, CLOCKS IN THE SHAPE OF HANDS AND TATTOOED MANNEQUINS AMONG OTHER THINGS BRING LEVITY AND WHIMSY TO ANY SPACE IT OCCUPIES.

HE IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS HAND CHAIR, A FUNCTIONAL SCULPTURE THAT IS AN ICON OF DESIGN AS ART, CREATED IN 1961.

WITH A CAREER SPANNING MORE THAN FIVE DECADES, HE HAS DEVELOPED SOMETHING OF A CULT FOLLOWING AMONG COLLECTORS AND DESIGNERS ACROSS THE GLOBE.

https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog/

The Skilled One – designer of the month on Yad Cheri

Meet Ilena & Maria Kokkou :

Siblings share an inextricable, one of a kind bond. They are close yet different, sometimes they can even read each other’s minds. Ilena & Maria Kokkou are the perfect example of this sisterly chemistry.

They took this unique connection a further step, when they joined forces to found their koku concept brand in 2011. Trust, complimentary skills and a shared creative language define this dynamic duo.

Learn more about their work on yadcheri.com

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Gold Fish

Summer Trend – Prepare for summer and decorate your table with these delightful fish themed plates and trays.

Poisson d’or for Jacques Bernardaud

Poisson for Jardin d’Ulysse

Aluminium fish dish by Paola Navone for Serax

Anouk plate fish for &Klevering

Mackerel tray by Emma von Brömissen

Formentara plate for Datcha

Bowie on Broadway

British music legend, David Bowie loved the skylines and subways of New York City. Now Spotify is reflecting that spark through the Broadway-Lafayette Station from April 17 to May 13.

The city that Bowie loved,  is showcasing the icon’s influence on music, fashion & art with this original initiative. Inside the station, visitors will encounter wall sized images and artist’s quotes that speaks to his electric relationship with New York.

Spotify takes the art installation outside the confines of museum walls where it may be appreciated unexpectedly by all. Commuters will have the opportunity to ponder on Bowie’s universe.  Source : designboom

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Pasionaria – Joana Uchôa

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An old used up shirt covered in stains belonging to her father was the spark that lit the fire to Joana Uchôa’s creativity. She went out to buy fabric paint and reveled at customizing the shirt by covering the stains.

Since that moment, joana has spent time browsing through thrift shops searching for the pieces of clothing that inspire her to develop her customized styling and hand patterns.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, 21 year old Joana Uchôa is an artist in every sense of the word. after exploring different mediums such as drawing, painting, embroidery, sculpture & design, joana focuses her attention to fabric painting and the values of « slow fashion ». She believes in quality & longevity and the principles of  fair wages, lower carbon footprints and ideally zero waste.

When we asked Joana what made her create clothes with the hand pattern, her inspiration was very clear.

” I chose the hand as my main symbol because it portrays several things to me :  Firstly, the hand pattern represents the hands of the exploited sweat shop workers (mainly women) who despite their work are invisible to the eyes of society. I think of these workers who with blood, sweat and tears, produce clothing in terrible working conditions. By customizing an dress or shirt with the hand pattern, it is my way of honoring the work of these workers. I transform the piece into something desirable again and give the clothes a new lease of life.  Therefore the hands represent the power of transformation.

We also wanted to know her feelings about living in one of the world’s most vibrant cities and how rio influences her work.

“i believe that my city, rio de janeiro, influences me a lot in my work. not only on the collection i am presently working on which is focused on slow fashion, but on all my creations so far. rio excites me. it is an extremely beautiful place, a city full of life, with an energy that i haven’t seen anywhere else. it’s a city filled with artists. the streets are crowded with people and small bars and tables.  on the sidewalks, crammed with people and the proximity, the physical proximity it creates, allows people to talk to each other easily.  people from all walks of life mingle. this favors exchanges and people who barely know each other chat, communicate and exchange ideas throughout the night. Rio is a place where you wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunny sky, where you head to the beach for a few hours & meet up with people.

Even when you work or go to college, rio is surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush vegetation, the sun shines and the interaction with people is constant. I’m in love with this place ! ”

We were curious to find out what the meaning of Joana Uchôa’s brand name #ousejabrecho : “the hashtag #ousejabrecho means thrift stores.” She explains.  “Its a little joke that I created because I am always talking about how investing in these types of stores would be much more ethical, ecological conscious compared to financing stores that rely on the fast fashion model of consumption and production. On my instagram and youtube channel I’m always talking about these matters ! This is what I fight for!  My focus is slow fashion + feminism where you  promote by investing on thrift.”

How can one not be inspired by the passion, the energy & the charisma of this hand loving designer with a cause.

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The Bread Collection

France is known for many things….notably the crusty baguette.

We love French designer Marie Bouillie aka Maron Bouillie’s latest quirky and charming collection of bread bags. The artist, fashion designer & photographer launched her company in 2003. Inspired by her childhood growing up in the countryside, Marie combines her skills to produce a beautiful refreshing bucolic collection.

Her photography is printed on high quality cotton which is transformed into bags, storage bags, aprons and various accessories. These “images turned into objects” are made in France and Japan with a high quality requirement.

Her past collections’ themes spanned from fruit and vegetable, to retro Paris and the flea market. Each time, the bags are colourful, quaint and refreshing.

This season’s Bread Collection is a feast for the eyes. Mouth watering baguettes and oven baked breads decorate her collection.  As you browse through her site, you feel the need to visit Paris again ! The cafés, the markets, the smell of freshly baked baguette and the sound of the accordeon , aah Paris…..

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Bring the flowers into your home

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Floral patterns are back. So, all you minimalist aficionados cover your eyes and wait for the trend to pass.  From Indian florals to Liberty style, or vintage and large floral patterns, you can your pick from an amazing selection available today. For intense or dramatic effect, a floral wallpaper is effective by covering a focal point, a wall, a niche or maybe just a corner of a room.

Wallpaper is not the only privileged choice for the floral pattern. Fine bone china plates, napkins, paperweights to name a few are some of the items that can be found decorated in this trend.

The styles vary, romantic, arts&crafts, bucolic, bohemian, oriental but the statement is clear: flower power.

 

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Persia wallpaper ELIZABETH HAMILTON

Rose paperweight, Iris plate JOHN DERIAN

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Boho Mood

Just to put you into the swing of things, I’ve put together a little assortment expressing my Boho Mood. Today’s first rays of Spring sunshine have boosted my morale and I long to surround myself with lovely accessories reminding me of summer bliss.

I came across some these brands while in Paris at Maison & Objet or simply browsing the net, so let me share with you these little treasures…..

 

 

 

lesantillaises.com : round 100% cotton beach towels

bazarbizar.be : shell covered cross, shell necklace on stand & rattan baskets with shell border

manasainttropez : daisy hippie basket

etincelles : j’adore woven basket with handle

indochineur.com : buffalo horn necklace

mature-hat.com : japanese paper boxed hat

 

 

Wishing you sunshine in your life !

xx

 

Ooho the drop of water to go

Eat the bottle after drinking the water. This amazing invention turns algae into bottles. The algae can encapsulate any beverage, be it drinking water, soft drinks, spirits and even cosmetics.

The goal of this amazing invention is to eliminate the use of plastic bottles and cups.

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Mr. & Mrs. Perrin

« My motto is to keep it simple and chic ».

Charismatic Artistic Creator and General Manager Sally Perrin sets the tone. Founded in 1893, RigaudyPerrin was France’s premier purveyor of leather gloves for the major couture houses.

In 2009, the family-owned company relaunched as Perrin Paris and extended their expertise into a collection of luxury leather handbags & accessories. at that time, Michel Perrin, the French-born CEO and his American wife sally together with their daughters Chloé & Emma, relocated to southern California from Paris.

The newly launched luxury line of handbags and leather accessories revived the multigenerational family business by combining the finest quality skins with highly conceptual design. brother, Henri, oversaw the Perrin tannery in Vietnam. although Michel’s family history in the leather-glove business extends back generations, Sally & Michel Perrin opted to relaunch the brand by introducing a line of handbags to compliment the glove collection.

Find out more about the prestigious brand and the dynamic duo behind the label on Yad Cheri’s page THE SKILLED ONE on their website http://www.yadcheri.com

 

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Croisière Clutch available on http://www.yadcheri.com

 

 

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Spectacular Tianjin Binhai Library

The library was commissioned by Tianjin Binhai Municipality and is located in the cultural centre of Binhai district in Tianjin, a coastal metropolis outside Beijing, China. The library, located adjacent to a park, is one of a cluster of five cultural buildings designed by an international cadre of architects including Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design and MVRDV. All buildings are connected by a public corridor underneath a glass canopy designed by GMP. Within the GMP
masterplan MVRDV was given a strict volume within which all design was concentrated. Source : Designboom

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Palm Springs Glamour for a Guardhouse

Desert Palisades Guardhouse forms a security checkpoint for a residential area under construction in the Californian desert city. The building’s most prominent feature is a large canopy that extends 34 feet (10 meters) over the space where cars stop on their way into the neighbourhood.

 

The guardhouse includes a sitting area, mailroom and bathroom inside. Connected to the attendant area is a sunlit space with floor-to-ceiling windows, while a break room with a small kitchen and rest area make up the rest of the facilities.

This cantilevered roof designed by Studio AR+D is truly stunning.

Source : Dezeen

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Troels’ magic

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Danish designer Troels Flensted first appeared on the scene of design when he was selected to represent Danish design in 2016 at the prestigious trade fair Maison et Objet in Paris. He was named Talent of the Year and it was the start of a very promising career.

 

His signature collection POURED COLLECTION consists of trays, bowls & plates, is precisely the result of 2 years of experimentation and research. the product itself is a combination of mineral powder, water-based acrylics, and pigments mixed together producing a texture ready to be molded. the different patterns are determined by the quantity of pigment added to the mixture and by the way, the mixture is poured into the mold. the final pattern appears as the different ingredients are combined, which is the hardest part to master.

Troels’ professional journey moves at an impressive speed. He was awarded Talent of the year 2017 at Design Awards in Denmark and his work has been exhibited at some of the most respected design fairs across Europe.

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His Poured Collection is available on http://www.yadcheri.com. He is a new designer to follow and YAD CHERI is following closely.

 

 

 

Palm Springs goes Pink

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We love Kate Ballis’ Infra Realism series photographed in Palm Springs.

Kate is a former media & entertainment lawyer who decided to ditch the corporate life in favour of taking pictures. She loves to play with light and colour and focuses on landscapes. Her fine art is available on kateballis.com

Check out modernismweek.com celebrating the iconic homes of Palm Springs.

 

 

The Walled

Situated close to Yangzhou’s lake, Neri&Hu have designed a 20 room boutique hotel called “The Walled”. The dynamic duo reused several old buildings by giving them new functions while adding new structures to accommodate the needs of the hotel. The final result consists of multiple courtyard enclosures. Source : designboom

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Sublime

Some of the most amazing cakes are made at a Moscow based pastry school called Annushka School. Redefining cake-making with their sleek, contemporary, minimalist look, all the cake creations from the instagram account @tortikannushka are mouth-watering. Whether for weddings, birthdays or any celebration you have planned, check out their incredible selection and be inspired.

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