A N T I Q U E . M A R K E T . S O U T H . O F . F R A N C E
Every year we take a trip to the Antiques markets In the South of France, it’s my favourite time of the year and one that I always look forward to. It’s always a real mix and you have to really keep your eyes peeled to catch a diamond in the rough. My advice is to go with an open mind, don’t expect anything spectacular and you will always find that piece you have been dreaming of. Brush up on your haggling skills and learn the basics in French, they respect you more and it makes for a fun haggle. The 3 day event covers Avignon, Béziers and Montpellier. The fairs have become a must see event for professionals in fle markets and antiques to stock up on quality while encountering diversity.
Getting to the market so early in the morning allows us a little time to explore the local areas which are always a buzz full of antique shops and beautiful restaurants.
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W A L K I N G . T H R O U G H . B A R C E L O N A
After a week in the South of Spain soaking up the sun and relaxing by the pool, we ventured to Barcelona for the days to round off the holiday. Working for Soho House we were naturally drawn straight to the House to begin our day with brunch. I have never been to Soho House Barcelona before but had always heard great things, the house is beautifully designed and detailed throughout taking Inspiration from classic Catalan design and influenced by Gothic architecture with double height vaulted ceilings. With Mediterranean colors and traditional Spanish patterned textiles it creates a fresh and cosy environment. After brunch we only had a few hours before we had to catch our flight so we quickly walked around the city trying to take in all the beautiful monuments Barcelona has to offer. We walked through the Gothic area making our way towards the Jewish district called “El Call”. Today narrow streets lined with 14th and 16th century buildings punctuate the tiny ancient neighborhood.
I plan on taking a trip to Barcelona in the new year where I look forward to exploring more as I feel I only really scraped the surface.
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T H O M A S ‘ S . C A F E . B U R B E R R Y . L O N D O N
Brunch, the staple Sunday activity.
Last Sunday was all about Thomas’s Café located on Regents Street at Burberry trying out their new autumnal menu. We chose our top picks of half a lobster accompanied by chips and seasonal salad, 6 oysters, secret smokehouse salmon and my favorite …the lobster Benedict, English muffin spinach and chips. Left with full bellies we couldn’t help ourselves and had to order puddings. Not only being the most beautiful puddings I have ever seen, the flavors were fresh and vibrant. Of course, Thomas’s don’t just serve any produce: Thomas's offer the finest seasonal ingredients from small farmers and artisan suppliers across the UK.
I would highly recommend Thomas’s Café as one of London’s brunch spots, add it to the list!
5 Vigo St
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W A L K I N G . T H R O U G H . V E N I C E
The first weekend of September my colleagues and I ventured to Venice for La Biennale di Venezia. The weather was absolutely perfect and with great company we explored the city and everything the Biennale had to offer. Venice is such a beautiful city, every corner you turn brings another beautiful street and canal. The food is INCREDIBLE and I couldn’t help but stuff my suitcase with pasta and Venetian goodies on my way home. After only spending a few days there I cant wait to return, I feel like there is so much more to explore. Its a really romantic city and if you love history and culture then this is the perfect city. Try not to get lost in the winding streets, it only gets harder after a few glasses of Italian wine.
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C A R L O . S C A R P A . B R I O N . C E M E T E R Y
Walking into Brion Cemetery I instantly got goose pimples. Not so far from Treviso and about an hour from the city center of Venice, in San Vito d’Altivole, you can find the masterpiece of Carlo Scarpa: the Brion Tomb and Sanctuary. Carlo Scarpa (June 2, 1906 – November 28, 1978) is one of the most controversial and underappreciated architects of the 20th century. He is best known for his instinctive approach to materials, combining time-honored crafts with modern manufacturing processes.
The cemetery stands at more than 2,000 square meters: a L-shaped land along two sides of the cemetery of San Vito d’Altivole. The monument has two entrances, one facing directly onto the street, the other located inside the cemetery; both through a walkway decorated with symbolic meanings, you reach the place of actual burials, the tombs of Brion spouses. The symbolism recalls the concepts related to conjugal love and indissolubility of loving bond.
We spent the majority of our day here, it was quiet and peaceful and a place specifically used to meditate. It was incredible to see a building I have been looking at on sites like Pinterest for years, seeing it in the flesh was such a humble experience.
As mentioned before, it take roughly an hour from Venice by car and takes around half a day to explore, but its totally worth it.
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M U S E U M . O N S' . L I E V E . H E E R . O P . S O L D E R . A M S T E R D A M
This is most definitely my top museum choice for Amsterdam. The building stands as a Catholic church dating from 1663. While it was prohibited to celebrate mass, the authorities turned a blind eye. Indeed, the church symbolises the characteristic (religious) tolerance of the Netherlands, established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century under Willem of Orange. Freedom of religion and of conscience are central themes at the museum today. It makes Our Lord in the Attic far more than a museum its a form of inspiration and one which was key in our design for Soho House Amsterdam.
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38
1012 GD Amsterdam
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A I R B N B . D E . P I J P . A M S T E R D A M
I first began my Amsterdam adventure living in this beautiful Airbnb in De Pijp. When I first moved here I had absolutely no idea where the best areas were to live in or where would be best to commute from. I quickly realised that Amsterdam is very small and you could practically live anywhere and the commute will be no longer than 15 minutes by bike .. Perfect!!
I arrived with bags in hand ready to settle in. I was Greeted by El who is the owner and absolutely lovely! She welcomed me with a big smile and full of recommendations for the local area. The flat is small but perfectly formed, large windows perfect for the summer evenings where I sat with a glass of wine whilst people watching and working away on my laptop. I would highly recommend staying and not just Els beautiful Airbnb but in DePijp, it’s a great area to explore and full of great restaurant and bars to get a drink and sit outside.
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O O D E . A M S T E R D A M
"Where young design and orphaned art come together"
I LOVE this shop, I want to buy absolutely everything and fill all the walls of my tiny apartment in London. On their website they explain the idea behind the shop:
"OODE brings the work of young Dutch designers together with orphaned art – art from closed museums and art institutions. Marleen Kurvers about the concept: ” We wanted to create an awareness about our own Dutch inheritance, not only within the range of product design. As we were looking for one of a kind products, we fell in love with ‘orphaned art’. Beautiful and interesting art pieces that are left in storage to be forgotten because of closure of museums or art centers. We give them a new life at OODE. We want to generate public and governmental awareness about the consequences that heavy budget cuts have on sectors such as cultural heritage. As supporting the young product designer is also very important to us, we wanted to bring these two worlds together, creating OODE."
You can also order online so go check it out!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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R E M B R A N D T . H O U S E . A M S T E R D A M
Last weekend was spent being a culture vulture and checking out all the museums I had missed since being in Amsterdam. There are rather a few I still haven’t been to but I started with Rembrandt House. I always find visiting these stunning canal houses fills me with inspiration and inspires me to photograph and design.
Rembrant House Museum is a historic house and art museum formly occupied by painter Rembrandt who lived and worked in the house between 1639 and 1656. The interior dates back to the 17th century and showcases some of his collections of objects and artworks (mainly etchings).
If you look carefully you can see aspects in which we were inspired by at Soho House Amsterdam. When designing for such a prominent building in Amsterdam its important to pay tribute to the local history and design, which is why I am constantly on the hunt and never stop working…its more of a passion than a job, I always feel sorry for whom ever joins me on my adventures, 3 hours in a museum is sometimes too much for some people!
Pop this one on the map, its worth taking a look. However, try and go during a quieter period as there a lot of tourists!
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D A Y . O F F . I N . A M S T E R D A M
So as some of you may know, I recently moved to Amsterdam to finish a project I have been working on for a while with Soho House, which really has been a dream. I have absolutely loved every minute and really wouldn’t change it for the world. The days are long and the nights of moving furniture and gluing down table tops are hard, but in the end it’s worth it. However, I never forget to wind down and explore the city. Last weekend I took a day off where I found myself settling into the city, just like a local. How I start my perfect day off ....
Grabbing an iced coffee from CAFFÈ IL MOMENTO, you will need the energy!
Pop over the road to OADE, a really beautiful abandoned art shop, amazing prices and some real steals! I find art very therapeutic and keep dreaming of the art wall I will eventually hang at home in London.
Next I meander down the river and head to the Jordaan district where I wonder through the weekend market, I usually grab myself a tasty treat and set off on the hunt for the perfect lunch spot and admire all the beautiful facades and boat houses, always stopping for a photo opportunity.
My next stop is HINATA, some seriously good ramen, i am very picky when it comes to ramen but this is one of my top for Amsterdam.
follow my journey and enjoy all my top picks, hopefully it can be of some help if you ever decide to take a trip to Amsterdam. And if you do … you obviously have to stay at Soho House (not that I am bias)!!
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G R U N D T V I G S . C H U R C H
I have visited a lot of churches in my time, but walking into Grundtvigs church my breath was instantly taken away. Located in the Bispedjerg district of Copenhagen, Grundtvigs church is is a rare example of expressionist church architecture. Due to its unusual appearance, it is one of the best known churches in the city. Its a bit of a journey out of the city center but catch the bus and its only 20 minutes away.
The interior, inspired by Gothic architecture and comparable in size to Copenhagen cathedral, fits a congregation of 1,440. Some five million yellow bricks, a typical Danish building material, were used for the edifice. In its floor plan, the interior resembles that of a typical Gothic church with a nave, two lateral aisles and a small transept. Its proportions are also Gothic: a long, narrow nave, an extremely high ceiling, the columns which rise up to pointed arches and the ribbed groin vaults above the nave and aisles. But it is the yellow brick and the lack of ornamentation which contribute to the Gothic verticality while adhering to the minimalist modern aesthetic. Its worth reading up about the church before you go. Truly magical.
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R U N D E T A A R N . C O P E N H A G E N
17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn, or the round tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.
To get to the top you need to walk up the spiral walk, which is 268,5 meters long at the outer wall and only 85,5 meters long close to the core of the building. This means that you walk around 209 meters to get to top even though the tower is only 36 meters tall. From the top you you get magnificent views of the old part of Copenhagen so its totally worth it!
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WALKING . THROUGH . COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen, fast approaching Amsterdam as being one of my favorite cities. I love everything about this city and anyone who knows me, knows I jump at the chance to recommend great places to visit.
One of my favorite films " The Danish Girl " was set in the city and really captured its beauty .. Take a walk around Copenhagen and enjoy all the scenes where this stunning film was set.
Nyhavn is the oldest part of Copenhagen harbor and many of the houses were built in the 17th century.
Copenhagen Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is located in the center of Copenhagen. The garden covers an area of 10 hectares and is particularly noted for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses dating from 1874. The garden is open for the public so free entry! Grab a coffee in the sun from the little van parked on the green, the perfect spot for relaxing after a busy day walking and exploring.
Snaregade and Magstræde
Walk down Snaregade and Magstræde, two of Copenhagen’s oldest streets, which like the neighboring streets have preserved the cobblestones and old buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Soak up the atmosphere and take a break at one of the many cafés in the area. A great photo opportunity!
The locals love it and so did I! Essentially an open-faced sandwich usually featuring rye sourdough bread, smorrebrod present different combinations of seafood, meat, vegetables and condiments, and are typically enjoyed with a cold local beer or snaps.
In the next posts I will share some of my all time favorites and must do's when in Copenhagen.
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W A L K I N G . T H R O U G H . S T O C K H O L M
A couple of weeks back I took a week out of my busy schedule to for a long awaited trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen. I have always loved Scandinavian design, blonde wood and clean minimalist design mixed with quirkiness, bold patterns and colours, much like its city.
Stockholm is a large city with much to explore if you love design, good food and art. We visited early April so the weather was fresh and sunny, but still rather chilly. I have heard so many great things about Stockholm, we were only there for a few days and wanted to make the most it so we drank a lot, ate a lot and walked....a lot!!
Things to do and places to see:
the world’s largest photography museum, a perfect way to spend an afternoon. After wondering around the exhibition, head up to the top floor where they have a beautiful bar overlooking the water. Have a glass of wine or simply relax with a coffee. They also have a restaurant but sadly we didn’t get a chance to taste the menu.
A district and island in central Stockholm, head over to SoFo where you will find trendy vintage clothing boutiques, cool independent galleries and snug little bars and coffee shops lining the streets. I spent an afternoon here before heading over to Fotografiska which wasn't too far away. I managed to find myself a beautiful vintage Burberry coat for an absolute bargain in one of the charity shops so i highly recommend exploring and having a rummage!
Visit: Moderna Museet
Stockholm’s Museum of modern Art, located on the island of Skeppsholmen. The building designed by Rafael Moneo is a beautiful yet low lying boxy construction, holding some of the world’s finest collections of 20th and 21st century art. It’s a really beautiful walk from the city center and has a great collection of Picasso sculptures in the gardens.
Stay At: Ett Hem
See my blog post below ... The most beautiful and relaxing space in Stockholm. Its a MUST if your looking for a cosy, homely atmosphere during your visit.
Visit: Stockholm Public Library
Designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, the public library is well worth a visit for thos who love architecture and design.
Eat at: Sturehof
On the south side of Stureplan, Sturehof is a bustling meeting place – a stage that is intensively alive from mid-morning to late at night, my boyfriend LOVES seafood so this was a real treat for us both. We were not disappointed, the food was excellent and I would highly recommend. The interiors are charming and reflects true Swedish design with original accents with smart details.
Visit: Gamla Stan
One of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Stockholm, head to Gamla Stan Consisting of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture, grab a Kanelbullar find a spot of sun and take in the views!
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E T T H E M . S T O C K H O L M
The 12 bedroom luxury hotel Ett Hem is top of my list of places to visit on my trip to Sweden. Tucked away in the quiet leafy street of Stockholm this beautiful red brick house, formally a private residence built in 1910 is owned by Jeanette Mix and designed by Ilse Crawford. Crawfords approach to this design was to preserve original features and character of the heart of the house, such as the decorative ceilings and wood panelling complemented with mid-century and contemporary furniture, along with some of her own collection.
The next couple of months I shall be planning my trip for Stockholm and Copenhagen ready for April, please drop me an email if you have any suggestions of places to visit!
S E R I E S .
1 S T D I B S . C U R R E N T . O B S E S S I O N S . 26.12.17
1. A rare portrait plate by the French potter Robert Picault (1919-2000). A compelling ceramic work signed and dated 1950. An important addition to a collection of Mid-Century Modern French pottery.
2. A rare ceramic plate of a female nude by the French potter Robert Picault (1919-2000). Signed and dated by the artist. A compelling and significant addition to a collection of Mid-Century Modern French pottery.
In an excellent, recently published book by Sylvia Vautier, Picasso/Picault A Magical Moment in Vallauris 1948-1953, she notes that "Picault's most personal creations consisted of portraits of women and nudes painted in green or black on white enamel" and adds that the artist often used the decorators in his studio as his models. Vautier also examines the personal and professional friendship between Picault and Picasso when both were working in Vallauris.
3. Pablo Picasso ceramic plate black face - Plate J. White earthenware clay, knife engraved underglaze and engobes decoration. Executed in an edition of 100 copies. Stamped and marked 'R/Madoura Plein Feu/D'Apres Picasso'. Conceived in 1948. Literature: Alain Ramié Picasso, Catalogue of the edited ceramic words 1947-1971, Galerie Madoura, 1988, N45.