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Petites utopies européennes, Fort St Jean

Petites utopies européennes, Fort St Jean

In those troubled times for Europe, it’s nice to see this collaboration between schoolchildren of Croatia, Spain, France Greece and Italy to create those white socialising spaces, symbols of Mediterranean habitat   
Berlin Design

Berlin Design

Baerk (I know, strange name ain’it?) a mini concept store in mitte by Berlin designer Ilov Ilov, a few clever objects available on their website.
Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin - Bauhaus School, Dessau

Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin – Bauhaus School, Dessau

Of course, going to Berlin also means doing a bit of a Bauhaus pilgrimage: it started with the bauhaus archive. The building was finished in 1979 and designed by Walter Gropius. it showcases the classic icons from bauhaus member such as Breuers various studies for the tub chairs, and Mies Van de Rohe furniture as...
Meisenthal Glass factory

Meisenthal Glass factory

Meisenthal, like a few better known villages around as: St Louis, Lalique, Baccarat, were built around a glass or cristal factory. The museum guides explain that the secret of the chemistry for making glass and cristal, was so precious at the time, that it was always set up in very remote valleys were spies could...
ECAL @ Appartement 50, Citée radieuse

ECAL @ Appartement 50, Citée radieuse

Although Jean-Marc Drut and Patrick Blauwart have obsessively restored this flat to its original state (see their website here), and are graciously opening it to the public on appointment; they don’t intend it to become a museum but a living project. Their clever approach to this challenge is to invite a designer to furbish it...
Alexander Mc Queen @ the V&A

Alexander Mc Queen @ the V&A

Although no where close to being a fashionista, and looking a bit out of place amongst the most exuberant fashion crowd at this exhibition… But it was this years must see as I understood it from a friend who had been fascinated at the MET version back in 2011.. and didn’t shy away from seeing...
Salon Cote Sud 2015

Salon Cote Sud 2015

This year’s edition had a strong accept on craftsmanship as witnessed by the main exhibits by the pond: Glassbolwing:   Boqa, the company behind the Acapulco chair revival in France’s terraces Marius Fabre traditional « savon de Marseille » As this year was the 25th birthday of the magazine, there was an extensive collection of limited edition...
Miami Design district

Miami Design district

Another much publicised area, but this time a complete flop as far as I am concerned, as the so called design district is just an outlet of the big brands with very little individuality, and it sounds like an excuse to open up one luxury shop behind the other. Even the Moore building with it’s...
Hubert Le Gall, Design en liberté, Riom

Hubert Le Gall, Design en liberté, Riom

Wasn’t expecting to find Hubert Le Gall’s excentric poetry in the middle of central France, but here it is, and it was well worth the trip!   
Upcycled shelving

Upcycled shelving

If like me, your other half is a wine enthusiast (to put it mildly..), here’s an idea to put those wood crates to good use. A lot cheaper than the ready made ones found on the market, and much more personal:  here is the girly version
Design Tour, Marseille

Design Tour, Marseille

The design Tour that runs through Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Montpellier and finishes here in Marseille late Novembre, is a showcase for young designers and French manufactures and industries outside of Paris, a welcome decentralisation initiative. Many shops related to design open their doors showcasing a particular collection and/or designer. The tour starts with an exhibition...
Residence Secondaire, MAMO Audi talent awards

Residence Secondaire, MAMO Audi talent awards

In a previous post, I presented the MOMA=Marseille Modulor, a design and art gallery nestled in the gymnasium of Le Corbusier’s « Cite Radieuse », courtesy of star designer Ora Ito, see post here.  The MAMO currently showcases the Audi Talents Awards, the work of laureates since 2007 in an exhibition called Residence secondaire. LAUREATS DESIGN: Arnaud Lapierre, laureat 2011,...