French Communist Party headquarters by Oscar Niemeyer
Maison Martin Margiela duvet coat, 1999
I started the october moodboard with very edgy and cold shapes but over the weekend it transformed to something completely different. How fast the mind is influenced. In the resent Mastermind magazine there is a great chapter about anonymity including editorial with Margiela archive pieces and an article about the anonymous man himself. The darker the mornings are getting, the more I’m interested in the idea of fast and functional, straight out of bed -wardrobe and -beauty routines, being offline and taking the focus off from myself.
I visited the recently opened Balenciaga store at Avenue Montaigne and I must say they did a pretty good job with the new store concept including mannequins by Mark Jenkins. The space communicates about the new image of Balenciaga, but it’s also fairly easy to change when all the hype is over.
Galerie Yves Gastou – Facade designed by Ettore Sottsass
I have a love-hate relationship with Louvre. It’s annoyingly crowded every day, full of turists who enter just because it’s a ‘must’. But then, headphones on, I really get fascinated everytime I go there by its size and treasures. I’ve visited so far 7 times and not even close to finish. Last time I discovered this gorgeus marble floor from one of the hallways.
Chair by Pierre Jeanneret
If you are a fan of architects like Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, when visiting Paris you should pay a visit for Galerie Patrick Seguin in Bastille. Not only the gallery space designed by Jean Nouvel is gorgeus, but also every piece of furniture they have on display.
Galerie Patrick Seguin, 5 rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris
St. Vincents concept store, Antwerp
I spent the weekend in Antwerp and as a result my phone is full of pinterest-ready pictures and mind filled with inspiration from well curated concept stores, galleries and – of course – Margiela the Hermès years -exhibition. After Paris, the city felt extremely fresh; modern architecture and interior everywhere, gorgeus stores and really kind people.
Marmoreal stairs, Max Lamb for Maison Kitsuné. 18 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75011 Paris
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.
The Row SS2016
Philip Johnson, Glass House, 1949
The Row AW2015
MONTHLY MOODBOARD – Currently on my mind are all things silky and flowy, kimono shapes and modern architecture. Summer light makes everything prettier.
I’ve noticed how easy it is to become blind for the beauty of your home city. Now when living in Paris, I’m constantly finding places I want to visit in Helsinki and Alvar Aalto’s studio and home were the first on my list.
A Helsinki based Japanese designer asked few days back, what is Finnish design to me. It’s very hard to put in to words something that you grew up with, but I found the answer from Aalto’s studio; purpose-driven and unpretentious. Like the Paimio chair above – it was designed for the tuberculosis patients of Paimio sanatorium. The chair made from bended plywood is light to move around, easy to clean and the shape opens respiratory tract and makes breathing easier.