I’m sure anyone who’s been following me knows how much I’m into good old print media and hunting rare pieces of fashion magazines. I might have mentioned this before but my go-to place for second-hand magazines and fashion- and art books is definitely Comptoir de l’Image in Le Marais. The grumpy (but very lovely) old french man owning the store has been collecting the pieces for over 40 years and knows quite impressive people within the industry. He’s not very eager to share his stories and might be even a bit offended if you decide to buy one of his treasures, but from time to time he gets in the mood to share his incredible memories.
Paris snapshots. Spotted at Galerie Patrick Seguin.
Snapshot from the terrace of the Broken Arm in Paris one early, crispy cold morning. I love waking up early when there’s no one on the streets
I finally got to visit the Basquiat and Schiele exhibitions at Fondation Louis Vuitton. I was really looking forward to see Schiele’s works, but unfortunately I got very disappointed by the setting; very dim lighting and weirdly dark walls which made it very difficult to enjoy. The Basquiat part on the other hand was not bad at all. I wasn’t in the mood to study all the political aspects in the paintings but even with a quick browsing I was very aesthetically pleased.
Snapshots from Helsinki, where I spent the last days of 2018. The gorgeous stairs of Artek store and Alvar Aalto Paimio-chair at Artek 2nd Cycle, which is – as the name tells – a store dedicated to 2nd hand Artek furniture.
I found my new favorite gallery! I was profiting an evening off and walking around few days ago and accidentally saw the most interesting gallery; L’Atelier 55. The three floors are FULL of antique furniture, art, candles and small decoration pieces, everything from Ettore Sottsass to Pierre Jeanneret and Murano glass objects. As an opposite from usual galleries, which tend to be very distant and a bit scary to enter, L’Atelier 55 has more a boutique-like atmosphere with even prices put on everything. I might have to go back for the Murano glass ashtrays seen above. L’Atelier 55, 8 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris
Couple weeks ago we took few days off with my boyfriend and spent two nights in a spa in the South-Bretagne. I realized how I should always try to travel in the middle of the week, as most of the time it’s a lot cheaper and there’s less people everywhere.
The spa where we stayed is called La Gree des Landes, and is located in the middle of forests and fields. I missed nature so much so I couldn’t have wished for a better getaway. Two days with face masks on, excercising and going to hammam really did some magic for my body and mind.
I can’t recommend The Broken Arm enough. It’s my favorite concept store and cafe in Paris with such an original and simple atmosphere. It has kind of taken the crown from Colette, which closed it’s doors last December, and it’s definitely the best spot for people watching over a coffee or wine.
Last week I decided to have a complete day-off and went to visit the recently updated permanent collection of Musée d’Arts Decoratifs. I strolled around alone for three hours, it was so calming and definitely one of those great museum visits when you get inspired about everything you see. The permanent collection highlights furniture and everyday-objects from Middle-Ages to Art Nouveau to 21st century and obviously my favorite floor was the one dedicated to chairs. Plus the view from the museum to Jardin des Tuileries is breathtaking.
The photo above I snapped from the window of Lemaire boutique in Le Marais. It’s one of my favorite destinations if I’m lacking inspiration. I love visiting stores, not to buy, but just to feel the fabrics, study details and try on things. I think it’s important when working in fashion, because you are missing out a lot if you only look at the collections from the computer screen. Also, I always get inspired by the store decorations. The ceramics at the Lemaire store are made by French artist Emile Degorce-Dumas.
This is part of the new things I wrote for Flounce.fi this month. I’m happy to provide more translations if anyone is interested.