Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe
The Barcelona Pavilion was the first thing I wanted to see at Barcelona. As everyone maybe knows, I’m a huge fan of Mies van der Rohe and it’s always a dream come true to get to experience beautiful architecture on the spot. I wish I could’ve been able to capture the light as it was inside, reflecting from the light marble and transforming through the blue glass windows. So beautiful.
I recently spent a long weekend in Barcelona. It was my second time in the city , although might say the first, since the last time was over 10 years ago. I didn’t have high expectations, as I never particularly dreamed about travelling there and especially while living in Paris, I rather travel to less touristic places. But I’m very positively surprised. By avoiding the most common attractions and with a bit of a research Barcelona has a lot to give.
My favorite day was one spent at the Montjuïc hill, visiting Miró Foundation and obviously Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion which was nearby, and getting lost from time to time and ending up to the most beautiful small gardens.
There is a small, but very intriguing Ellsworth Kelly -exhibition ongoing at Centre Pompidou definitely worth visiting. It gathers for the first time all Kelly’s window studies together along with photography, which brings so much depth into his works.
Galerie Patrick Seguin
The Row AW2019 / voguerunway.com
Alexander Calder at the Picasso Museum
Gemma Ward shot by Alexandra Nataf and styled by Ilona Hamer for Unconditional Magazine 7
I’ve tried to build a spring moodboard for couple of weeks now, but I’ve felt so disconnected with my thoughts lately. In a good way I mean. I’ve constantly had new ideas for projects I want to start and things I want to create, into the extent that I wasn’t sure anymore where to focus on.
To get my mind together, I took a day off just to visit some of my favorite places in Paris; Galerie Patrick Seguin and the Picasso Museum (The Calder-Picasso -exhibition I wrote about earlier). Over the years I’ve understood the importance of aesthetically satisfying environment to my creativity. I can’t stand mess and clutter, and whenever I feel disconnected, I need to get myself to an environment that calms me.
The same goes for clothes. I might wear the same outfit for a week and I don’t mind. I like to dress up from time to time end get creative with my wardrobe, where I love every single piece I have, but I’m intrigued by the idea of not to start my mornings with a decision of what to wear. Only depending on the weather I might change from all black to all white. Or something in between.
On a side note, do you also think those The Row shoes are a definition of freedom?
After a quiet period, there are finally some interesting exhibitions and events happening in Paris. I heard about the Calder-Picasso exhibition about a year ago and I’ve been waiting for it ever since, so obviously I went to visit the opening day. It was perfect.
I can’t say I know that much about art, but can definitely tell if an exhibition is well organized or not. I get easily bored with too much text to read or too many videos to watch, and very often the curation just feels weird and makes it hard to stay focused. But in the Calder-Picasso one, I could have stayed for hours. The Picasso museum itself is such a beautiful building, and the placement of each Calder piece was extremely well thought to fit in, how it brings out the details of the ceiling and how the natural light hits them. And most importantly, I loved how they matched the artwork from Picasso and Calder together.
Finally I took some time off to visit Villa Savoye near Paris in Poissy. It is a house Le Corbusier designed for the Savoye family in the 30’s and one of the most significant buildings in the modern architecture.
I visited on a weekday and was lucky enough to discover the house all by myself. On a sunny day the sun rays were flooding in and revealed the gorgeous shapes and details. My favorite part of the house is the round entrance with windows from ground to ceiling. I just wished there were some furniture, as everyone knows I’m a huge fan of Le Corbusier’s chairs!
Reformation Pilates, 75003 Paris
I’m usually taking my day-offs on Thursdays and Fridays and having weekend in the middle of the week has been truly life-changing. I’m able to get so many things done and rest on the same time. Not working when everyone else does keeps me away from all the distractions and forces me to focus on myself. Plus weekends in Paris are mostly just stressful as there are way too many people everywhere. Not even mentioning my pilates studio, where the classes are fully booked on weekends already many weeks in advance.
As I mentioned few times earlier, past winter I’ve been paying extra much attention to my daily routines to fight the winter tiredness, and as it happens I developed a bullet proof weekend routine that keeps my energy levels high throughout the weeks. When I was younger, I used to party a lot, but nowadays late nights and one too many glasses of wine puts me so out of focus for way too many days that now I prefer to start my weekends with pampering myself with a face mask, turmeric tea and sleeping early. The first “day-off” I usually dedicate for working from home and finishing up my to-do list for the week ( and preparing a new one for the next week, I’m a sucker for lists..). The second day I’m trying to stay out as much as possible, going to reformer pilates, meeting friends for a matcha latte and going to exhibitions. So simple yet so efficient.
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