2 Comme des Garcons exhibition poster / @rarebooksparis
5 Sara Flynn at Loewe Prize
The expected news broke yesterday that Phoebe Philo is exiting Céline, and to be honest, I don’t think she will return. We can only cherish the archives that we have from nearly a decade, which in their timelessness will be relevant for many years to come.
Besides Céline, this December I’ve been inspired by the old grandpas of Paris and their way of dressing up and layering. Masculine clothes have always been my weak spot, the men’s Prada coat above with contrast top stitching would be quite a treasure.
I’m also searching for a perfect vase to cheer up our tiny apartment, something sculptural such as the ones designed by Sara Flynn.
Sketch of Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry
Sofa at Prada
Two from the weekend. I visited Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Etre Moderne – MoMa à Paris exhibition, which grew my obsession towards Alexander Calder’s works. I also stopped by Prada store, which grew my obsession towards green.
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.