Raami glasses from Iittala, perfumes from Byredo and Loewe, hand soap from Aesop
The final weeks of 2019 for me went pretty much with hunting for an apartment – and finally changing one – and I couldn’t be happier to be done with all that stress and start the new year (and decade!) in a new home.
When it comes to new years, I don’t believe in resolutions but rather in all year long reflecting and consciousness. However, it is still a good moment to stop and look back, think about where you are in life and whether you are going in the right direction. 2019 was pretty good to me, obviously there were many moments of mental blur and clutter as usually in life, but in general I felt stronger than ever in my body, started some interesting projects and enjoyed Paris to the most. All what I wish to take with me to the new decade.
Happy new year.
Not only that autumn is my favorite season weather wise, but also every September takes place my most anticipated weekend of the year; the European Heritage Days (Les Journées du Patrimoine). During these two- or three days most of the monuments, government buildings and cultural sites, even the ones that are usually closed for public, open their doors for free visits.
This time I went to visit the Préfecture des Hauts-de-Seine in Nanterre, which sounds nothing but boring for anyone who lives in Paris. But what an overly 70’s, gorgeous design- and art heaven it was behind closed doors. I especially loved the LC1 chairs by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, which were everywhere down the halls and conference rooms.
I was forced to take a small break as my computer broke in the beginning of December, but now I’m back with full of ideas and a new laptop. I have lots of plans listed down for 2019 and I can’t wait what the year brings along.
But just quickly returning to last year, I wanted to tell about an interview, that I did with BLOOC about our Paris apartment and life in general, you can find it here.
Two snapshots from my favorite city, Antwerp, where my loveliest friends took me for a surprise trip. We stayed in an AirBnb but went for drinks to Hotel Julien, where I’m definitely going to stay next time! As much as I love Paris, weekend getaways do wonders for the mind.
Ettore Sottsass table and Shiro Kuramata chairs at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Paris apartment.
Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio, New Mexico / Cereal Magazine
Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz
Let me introduce my summer muse, a painter with countless gorgeous headscarves and infallible taste on clothing and interior. If you are in New York this summer, I highly recommend to visit Brooklyn Museum’s Georgia O’Keeffe – Living Modern exhibition, focusing on the things mentioned above.
Modern architecture is not the first thing that comes in mind when thinking about Paris and it’s Haussmann buildings. However, there are couple of gems worth visiting.
Maison Louis Carré, designed by Finnish Alvar Aalto is located 45 minutes outside of Paris and open for visitors every weekend. French art dealer Louis Carré was first considering Le Corbusier to design his new home but was not so convinced by his “colder” style such as use of beton.
Maison La Roche, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was designed for a Swiss banker and art collector Raoul La Roche.