Greens at Maison et Objet 2015
After a particularly busy week, I spent an afternoon at Maison et Objet in Paris this weekend. My main goal was to spot greens in interiors and see some of the global trends in interior design (and secretly do some virtual shopping for our own home hihi). Let's start with my biggest green crush... all the way from Italy!
I love this very theatrical terracotta plant pot called The Phytophiller designed by Studio Dossofiorito. This young design duo (Livia Rossi and Gianluca Giabardo) from Verona plays with the idea of enhancing the relationship with your plant. They do so by adding accessories to the plant pots, like mirrors or magnifying glasses to admire the hidden beauty of the leaves. It's the perfect mix of a contemporary planter, a tad cabinet of curiosities and it's also very playful.
Before taking these photos, I observed the people passing by the booth for a while and literally everyone had to take a look through one of the magnifying glasses. It is truly attractive and stimulates curiosity. Love it!
In another hall of the fair, I spotted the brand new plant pot collection by Ferm Living, that we also featured on Urban Jungle Bloggers last week. I'd love to order a few dozen of these planters, their shapes and colors are really nice. Oh and can I also add a few of these very graphic plant walls?
See: they hold your plants with style and let them crawl their way through the powder coated wire:
Another highlight was meeting with designer Doreen Westphal from Mensch Made Design. Her cute little egg and geo shaped plant pots intrigued me, because they reminded me of my Easter styling for UJB from last year, when I filled some real egg shells with small succulents and cacti. After working a lot with concrete to create larger plant pots and vases, Doreen used a 3D printer to create these tiny plant pots, that you can wear around your neck as a bijou.
It turns out she loves designing for plants so much, that she decided she'll only design plant related objects from now on. I can't wait to see what she creates next!
You probably know the Designletters cups and plates with ABC typography by Arne Jacobsen, right? For Maison & Objet they spiced up their booth walls with their new Cup Up, a steel wall mount that expands the use of their letter cups. Perfect if you want to create your own vertical garden with a Scandi touch!
Besides the Cup Up, they also introduced a new plant pot and saucer in porcelain. Now can we just write Urban Jungle Bloggers with their cups & plates?
And only because I loved it so much, another photo of the Phytophiller by Studio Dossofiorito:
You can find last year's green highlights from Maison & Objet, right here. Or check out other favorites from M&O here.
Urban Jungle Bloggers in Paris
Finally! We can finally show you the video that we shot early November with The Joy of Plants in Paris. We were blessed with the warmest November weekend of the century, Paris was in full glory with sunny bright sunshine. Igor and I visited some of our favorite green spots in the city, had coffee, discussed the upcoming projects for Urban Jungle Bloggers and worked together with a great team. Without further ado: have a look, we truly hope you like it!
(if you can't see the video below, click here to watch it!)
Oh and by the way: some of the green locations we visited in the city: The Green Factory and Le Comptoir Général. Definitely worth a visit if you're here. And for good coffee: Craft Café!
And the weekend was topped off with a gorgeous sunset overlooking the Eiffeltower:
Prom'Classic in Nice with Kalenji
I never imagined running a race would actually be FUN! When I teamed up with Kalenji a few months ago to celebrate my 200th run, they challenged me to run 10K in Nice in January. For me running is rather personal, a way to just be outside, clear my head and get sweaty. Not something I imagined sharing with almost 9000 other runners. But I was curious and accepted the challenge. After a particular rough week, with the tragic terrororist attacks in France, I left Paris for Nice "right in the middle of it". The sunshine and beauty of Nizza warmed my heart.
The Prom'Classic is a 10km race along the world famous Promenade des Anglais, along the Mediterranean. You run from the Old town, Vieux Nice, to the Airport and back. The entire time you can see the sea, the many many palm trees along the promenade and pass by the gorgeous Negresco.
Part of the challenge was to run on the new Kalenji Kiprun SD3 running shoes. I've been running on them since December and they are bright neon pink, super light and I honestly like them a lot. Ever since my first visit at Decathlon (where you can buy all kinds of Kalenji running gear), I've been running on their shoes. First a pair for short distances, then a pair for medium distances with a little bit more bounce and firmness. But design-wise they were not the prettiest. Their new 2015 range is definitely more up-to-date!
Now let me tell you about the race. My first race ever! I was ready, the weeks before the Prom'Classic I ran 10km twice. I was also slightly nervous. Because how do you run with so many people around you? Would I need to use my elbows?
Minutes before the race, the mayor of Nice (one of the runners!) reminds us that we all wear the same shirt. That we run to show that we are free, that we are not afraid and that the values of solidarity and sharing will triumph barbarism. Followed by a minute of applause and then the first group of runners, that would run 10km in less than half an hour, are off.
United colors of Charlie
There was something in the air this Sunday. No pun intended, it was not only the airplane from which I took these pictures ;) After last week's tragic events in France, the massive amount of people that joined the unity rallies in Paris and throughout the world, made me hopeful.
I was in Nice this weekend to run 10K along the Promenade des Anglais for the Prom'Classic 2015 with Kalenji. Minutes before the race, the mayor of Nice (also one of the runners!) reminded us that we all wore the same shirt. That we would run to show that we were free, that we were not afraid and that the values of solidarity and sharing will triumph barbarism. Followed by a minute of applause of more than 10.000 people. It made the circumstances of my first race very unique and the unity I felt of all runners, volunteers, supporters and musicians gave me goosebumps and a big smile on my face throughout the day. Just before landing in Paris, the sky looked like in these photos. I'm not particularly superstitious, but I admit this magical view matched my feelings so well... the united colors of Charlie.
Le Tri Postal in Lille
Welcome on the other side, in 2015! So far it's not too shabby, right? We started the New Year in Lille, in the North of France. We strolled through the city center Vieux Lille, ate hot waffles and crêpes, visited the Christmas market (and left as soon as we could, aarrghh it was awful!), walked along the beach near Dunkerque, went to the famous Meert patisserie, visited the Louvre Lens, slept in and... wished we could add a few extra weeks to our little trip ;)
We also hopped by Le Tri Postal, a former mail sorting office that was saved from destruction in 2004, when Lille was the European Capital of Culture. The building was converted into a cultural center: a multifunctional exhibition and festival space. The current exhibition Secret Passions showed contemporary art collected by private collectors from Belgium. Very diverse and eclectic!
I love spaces like these, that are like a blank canvas (with character!) for all kinds of events and exhibitions. And the bookshop had a surprisingly nice selection of art books. I finally got myself Yohji Yamamoto's My Dear Bomb.
Have you ever been to Lille? And visited Le Tri Postal? If you love NEON, this is the place to be ;)
Le Tri Postal /// Avenue Willy Brandt /// 59000 Lille ///
2 min walk from Gare Lille Flandres and Lille Europe
Open wed to fri: 12:00 - 19:00 and sat-sun 11:00 - 19:00
palm tree love!