Dynamo @ Grand Palais Paris
Today I'm not sharing an exhibition you should visit too, because actually you can't. The Dynamo exhibition in the Grand Palais closed its doors last week. Before I visited, I read that you can devide the Parisians in 2 groups: the ones that had seen Dynamo and the ones that didn't. So I had to see it ;)
With an overdose of mirrors, (self) reflections, virtual illusions, it's obvious why the exhibition was such a huge success, in this era of instagram, tumblr and twitter. It was impressive to see that many visitors were overly enthusiastic about taking selfies (I'm a little guilty too...) and watched the exhibition through the lens of their phone. I agree with certain critics: the Dynamo exhibition was a bit Disneyland-ish, but there were many wonderful artworks to be admired and experienced as well. My favorites included work by Ann Veronica Janssens and Anish Kapoor.
This projection room, Slow Arc Inside a Cube (2009) by Conrad Shawcross, particularly turned my stomac upside down:
The RGB room was really awesome: Chromosaturation (1965) by Carloz Cruz Diez:
The lines and reflections of this artwork were static, but once you walked by they started swirling:
A detail of Transformation Instable Juxtaposition Superposition (1963-2011) by Francisco Sobrino:
I really enjoyed staring at this pattern, 4 Double Trames (1958) by François Morellet, it looks like dripping water in a puddle:
After well over 2 hours of color, light and movement in an amazing venue, the Grand Palais, it was time for ice cream. And some rest for the eyes!
Don't judge a book by its cover. Ever so often I'm disappointed when flipping through children's books at Fnac. Why make an attractive cover with a boring inside? Why? This book called Malmok is a nice exception: the blue foil letters and pelican illustration make the cover look pretty, but the illustrations inside are even better. The book was written by Sjoerd Kuyper for 7-8 year olds and tells the story of a bird called Malmok. It's very cute, but the visually-minded-me prefers looking at the penstrokes, colors and paper scraps by Dutch illustrator Annemarie van Haeringen. I simply love mixed media, strong colors and her very personal style.
Do you have a favorite illustrator?
Summer Flowers for Countlan mag
In stead of showing you some garden roses for this month's #2flowergirls challenge, I'll present you some summer flowers I recently photographed for Countlan magazine.
The idea was to show the vision of summer through floral arrangements by different florists from around the globe.
Upon recommendation of Elodie I visited florist Loïc from Argevil in the city center of Compiègne, not far from our place. He told me how his grandparents used to have sweet peas in their garden in Brittany when he grew up. They are still his favorite summer flowers and their elegant shape reminds him of butterflies. For his flower arrangement he added blackcurrant leaves and blackberries for the delicacy of summer and the alchemilla for some extra freshness. Looks very summer-y to me, right?
I also approached Bloemenatelier Rob Martin in my Dutch hometown, to show their version of a summer bouquet. Rob proposed a colorful arrangement with a large variety of summer flowers like hydrangea, rhododendron, roses, oleander, jasmin, tulips and iron ferns. Even though in Holland florists have access to all kinds of flowers throughout the year, Rob prefers to work with fresh seasonal flowers to create something sparkling and as natural as possible.
My friend Sonja from Florence, Italy also contributed a floral composition to Countlan. She's a florist and wedding designer and also makes the most delicate paper flowers. Many of her clients want to get married outside with the Tuscan hills as a backdrop during the ceremony. And as very few flowers can handle the high temperatures and direct sunlight, she proposes them handmade paper flowers, which can even be re-used on the dining tables or for the photobooth later on the big day. Pretty clever, isn't it? Check out Sonja's work on Funkybird.
Countlan magazine is all about entertaining at home. You can read the summer issue here!
All I need is less
Lately my motto seems the be All I need is less. I've been decluttering, throwing and giving stuff away and cleaning out my dressing. The few things that I bought include a running outfit, magazines, train & plane tickets and a few gifts. Pure necessities ;)
Today is my birthday and even though I don't really need anything, I still love beautiful things. So I wouldn't mind getting or buying any of these beauties!
1 Knot & Bow starburst stickers 2 Plant stand by Kekkila and vintage Arabia Finland planters photo by Weekday Carnival 3 PVC vase by Mauk Studio 4 Scissors by Karim Rachid for Slice 5 Clutch Soi by Jack Gomme 6 Succulent silk square by milleneufcentvingtquatre 7 Wilder quarterly magazine 8 City quilt Paris by Haptic Lab 9 Normannn Copenhagen familia mug
The Typography of Travel 19
Beautiful typography spotted on my recent trip to Berlin:
Alexander Technik center - Berlin, Germany
Frohen Yogurt (German pun: frohen means happy) - Berlin, Germany
Fräulein Frost (frozen yogurt) - Berlin, Germany
Fadeninsel (wool store) - Berlin, Germany
EG (Planet Modulor) - Berlin, Germany
Wostel (event and co-working space) - Berlin, Germany
Eat Burger - Berlin, Germany
► To see all previous editions of The Typography of Travel, click here. Also, if you'd like to contribute beautiful type from your travels to this series, drop me a line!
Ever since my trip to Berlin in May, I dream of frozen yogurt. Somehow Berlin has this froyo culture which we don't quite have in France. So I decided to make some myself. And it turns out, it's super easy! As I'm not very fond of toppings and like the pure taste of frozen yogurt, I only used 4 ingredients.
► you'll need:
750g yogurt (I used 0% but you can also use a richer kind like Greek yogurt)
100g sugar (for me this was too much, next time I'll use 25-50gr)
3 tbs honey
► Mix the yogurt + cream + sugar. Stir until it's mixed and add the honey. Taste it! Adjust if needed. If you like it: freeze in the ice machine for about 45 minutes or place the bowl in the freezer and stir every 30 minutes until creamy & frozen. Serve & enjoy! Bon appétit!
More ice cream recipes: frozen honeydew • frozen fraises • frozen cantaloupes
After a festive weekend, my husband and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary today! We were married in the South of France in the year 2000... seems so long ago, right? I was very young, 19, but very much in love and happy... and I still am, although a bit older and no longer have red hair. My husband is still the loveliest, sweetest and most caring. He had only a few grey hairs back then, today I can almost call him a silver fox ;)
Our wedding was not very traditional (as you can read here). However I did wear a white dress. And a skirt and a top, in satin and linen. Very different from what I'd choose if I were to marry today.
And ever since, I dress in white on the 15th of July, as a little tradition. Sometimes I wear a piece from my wedding outfit which means I still get some wear out of it. My dress is not in perfect shape anymore as you can see in the pictures, but who cares?
If you are married, do you ever wear your wedding dress? Does it still fit? And in case you're not married: do you dream of THE dress?
A playful week
When Tina and I were playing around with Google doodles for her Vive la Différence series, she mentioned that both our homes are full of toys even though we don't have kids. I guess we both have a playful spirit!
This week I stretched the limits of my playfulness by going on a little tour through the park on a miniature steam train. The Friends of Steam, organized an afternoon of free rides for everyone, which turned out to be a great dose of unexpected fun! I loved it!
And later this week I was invited to the oldest theme park in France: La Mer de Sable. Fifty years ago it started as a playground near a natural dune in the forest, where retired circus camels enjoyed a calmer lifestyle. Many Isariens visited the park during their colonies de vacances, but recently it was completely updated.
For younger children (4-12) it's a great alternative to bigger parks like Asterix and Disney: hardly any lines, it's very clean, spacious, well decorated and I never heard so many laughing kids in other parks. The stunt show with Cowboys and Indiens was also a highlight. And a big plus: no It's A Small World tunes on repeat the entire day ;) La Mer de Sable is located at 45 mins from Paris. More info here.
The palm trees at La Mer de Sable made me dream of summer holidays in the sun, chilled drinks and the sound of cicadas...
Probably I won't hear any cicadas during this upcoming Bank Holiday weekend, but it will be a festive weekend, that's for sure! Hope your weekend will be sunny & festive too!
By now you probably know that I have been discovering plenty of new things in my neighborhood during my runs. A few weeks ago, I ran across these amazing flower beds full of the most bright and colorful flowers. So rich & diverse that I couldn't stop taking pictures with my phone. Of course I had to come back with a proper camera. Only to find that the flowers were starting to fade. That's why I allowed myself to pick a little bouquet:
The person responsible for these flowers deserves kudos. I counted over twenty colors & varieties of cornflowers, daisies, poppies and gerberas! Also, I'd love to know where he/she got this flower mix: it would be so awesome to fill our entire garden with these beauties next summer! And create a true bee nirvana!
What are the rules for picking flowers in public spaces? Do you ever pick flowers outside your own home or garden? Do you feel guilty?
The other day when I was in Chantilly for a cocktail déjeunatoire, we also had the opportunity to visit the André Le Nôtre exhibition at the Salle du Jeu de Paume. Right along the Auberge du Jeu de Paume where we stayed this winter.
André Le Nôtre (1613-1700) was a landscape architect and gardener who created some of the most famous gardens in France. For example he designed the gardens of Versailles, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, les Tuileries and also Chantilly. He was particularly proud of the jardin à la française in Chantilly because his client, le Grand Condé, gave him carte blanche. I think he had more fun in Chantilly, and it shows. The exhibition ends this weekend and is really nice: it includes beautiful sketches of seesaws & swings and a giant 11m2 scale model of the entire domain. Very impressive!
As formal garden style gardens are all about symmetry & perspective, I played around with a kaleidoscope:
Below is one of my favorite spots of the Domaine de Chantilly: right there in the back; behind that statue, in the forest. From there you have a beautiful view on the castle and on the spectacular fireworks festival that is held every few years:
Wish you all a great weekend! What are you up to? Here in the Oise it will be warm and sunny, so I hope to spend lots of time outside... maybe even in Chantilly.
Today I'm celebrating my first month as a runner! I never thought I would enjoy it so much, but I guess I'm addicted to the runner's high. And the things I discover on my runs are worth to keep going: I saw an agility dog show, was cheered on by fishermen, spotted these pretty tiles and saw & smelled a lot of pretty flowers. If you like you can follow my runs on Instagram.
I've also been running around the web a little bit. Yesterday I was a guest at One Bunting Away and shared a nice fabric store in Berlin with Giova's readers. And last week Jocelyn wrote about our home and how it reflects us, on The Little Room of Style. I hope you'll check out both their blogs!
Better than a Bounty
I know, there is a lot of neon pink going on in this recipe. Simply to make up for the lack of complexity of this pie, because four ingredients is all you need! No baking talent is required either, which is perfect since I'm no bakerella.
It started with a pack of shredded coconut. I didn't know what to do with it, until I found this super easy recipe. You'll need:
► 450gr of shredded coconut
► 60gr butter
► 225gr dark chocolat
► 300ml cream
Mix the butter and coconut flakes:
Press the coconut mixture in a low pie dish, I used 2 mini pizza plates. Preheat the oven at 175°C and bake the pie(s) for about 15 minutes until the crust starts to brown. Let it cool down.
Start making the filling. You can use excellent dark chocolate or some simple kitchen chocolate:
Boil the cream in a small saucepan and add the chocolate squares. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
Pour the melted chocolate into the crust. Let it cool down and place the pie in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
And tadaaaaa: the perfect mini farewell pie for Rose! Five months flew by so we needed something sweet to ease the adieu. And believe me, it tasted better than a Bounty!
► For more recipes, check out my sister's site Chez Djeenie. She's a true bakerella and makes the most delicious treats! (simply use Google Translate for translation)
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