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Musée Zadkine is a hidden gem in the left bank of Paris. Sometimes the space is completely empty and together with the artwork it’s a perfect calming escape from tourist-filled Paris. Plus the enterance is free. 100bis rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris

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Mauguio, France

I didn’t even realize how much I needed a vacation until I came back to Paris. A completely relaxing week by the beach gave me some much needed perspective and inspiration.

 

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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

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Since I received couple emails regarding my recommendations for a short trip to Paris (how exciting!) , I decided to create a small guide of all my favourites which will be ready soon. Meanwhile, if I had only one evening, I would spend it at Pompidou’s modern art collection at the 5th floor, which also gives you a great view over Paris.

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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.

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David Hockney – John St Clair Swimming, April 1972

This weekend we are planning to find a swimming pool in Paris and I’m planning to wear nothing else but my best jewellery. Another great way to tackle the heat in Paris is recently opened David Hockney exhibition in Centre Pompidou.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.