LOVE / lip shaped sofa by MISSANA

30.12.15




Spanish based design company MISSANA produces retro-inspired furniture in a timeless, modern fashion.  This cosmetic pink sofa reminds me of a pair of lips puckering up for a quiet evening watching old movies.

MISSANA SHOWROOM & OFFICE
Creu Roja 1, Bloque A, Planta 1
Office & Showroom 24
46014, Xirivella, Valencia, Spain
+34 606 926 335
missana.es 

NEED / white & matte gold CUTLERY SET

26.12.15




A luxury 24 piece cutlery set with sleek resin handles.  Produced in Portugal, this set contains six knives, six forks, six spoons & six tea spoons that are made from stainless steel with a chic matte white gold finish.

GOLD 24 PIECE CUTLERY SET
$590
thecoolhunter.net 

NYC / Chelsea Loft

22.12.15




With soaring 12" ceilings and over 20 windows, this eclectic 2,000+ sqft loft in New York's Chelsea is an affordable way for 6 people to stay comfortably and in style.  Situated centrally near Madison Square Park and Penn Station and just a few blocks from Herald Square, it's also just a few blocks from the hip Nomad 'hood where you can pop by at the Ace for a coffee, the Breslin for some great food or head for a walk through Eataly. 

$950+ / night
Sleeps 6
airbnb.ca 






 

MOMENT OF / gold boogey woogey

PARIS / Cinque Stelle Apart

17.12.15





This bright apartment in the heart of the Marais, just off of rue des Archives, feels more like a spacious Manhattan abode with all of the bells and whistles.  With more than 100 m² (that's about 1,100 sqft), the Cineque Stelle comfortably accommodates 4 people with two very private bedrooms and their en suites.

CINQUE STELLE
504€ / night
parisautrement.com






MOMENT OF / Paris Sous Water

WANT / Alphabet Cups

14.12.15



Smooth crystal tumblers inlaid with a gold vinyl letter or symbol, backed with one of eight different coloured lacquers and a topcoat of glossy varnish. 

10.5cm x 8cm
$65
shop.thecoolhunter.net 

VINTAGE / Bin Laden on Vacation, 1970

11.12.15





Here is Osama bin Laden on vacation with his family, Sweden, 1970. 

That year 23 members of the wealthy Bin Laden family visited Falun while one of the elder brothers conducted business with Volvo. Osama is remembered from the occasion as a quiet and reserved boy who at 16 didn't really stand out from the crowd.

I guess even terrorists need to take a break now and then.

PINNED / La Vie En Rose

XMAS TREE Alternative

LONDON / Clapton Warehouse Loft

7.12.15



Authentic lofts are had to come by these days, especially in Toronto.  However in London there still appears to be an inventory of old warehouses aching to be transformed. The architects of Sadie Snelson Architects recently overhauled an old warehouse in East London into an warm yet modern live-work space for photographers by removing nearly all of the original walls and installing new critall style windows to allow the sun to poor in.

ssarchitects.co.uk







 

PARIS / Brasserie Barbès

4.12.15




When I think of the Barbès area in the top of the 18th arrondissement of Paris, images of a scruffy neighbourhood with a lot of dark nooks & crannies, a very 'low'-street selection of discount stores such as Tatti et. al., and subway station that inspires you to carry mase -- these are what first come to my mind.  But now with the opening of a light, airy brasserie donning the district's name, Brasserie Barbès is the new it-spot with a lineup and trendy staff to boot. 

In the location of the former Vano discount shop and just across the street from the Louxor cinema, an Art Deco masterpiece, the new venue also comes with its own Art Deco swing, glam brass lighting fixtures, and 4 floors -- one of which is an open-ceiling terrace style sun room.

Brasserie Barbès
2 Boulevard Barbès
Paris 75018
brasseriebarbes.com 







LOVE / star necklace by ARGENTON

2.12.15



If you are going to have star power, may as well make it double.  This sterling silver and 9ct rose gold double star pendants hang on a sterling silver cable chain, designed by ARGENTON from Australia.

$139
Available on etsy.com


MOMENT OF / Glitter Beards

MOMENT OF / couleur

SEASAME STREET moment with DANIEL ARISTIZABEL

26.11.15



A short while ago I wrote about the talented Mr Daniel Aristizabel and his cosmic eggs in La Monda.  Now it seems that Aristizabel is having a Sesame Street moment with a collection of commercial products that very creatively and surreptitiously illustrate a letter of the alphabet.  For a more than reasonable price range of $19 - $32, you can purchase an Aristizabel original expression of your favorite letter. When art and eduction make a perfect match, one must celebrate.

Mugs - Pillows - Totes by  DANIEL ARISTIZABEL
$19 - $32
Available at fab.com






 

MOMENT OF / messy bun

PARIS / afforable lobster at LES PINCES

24.11.15






A group of restaurateurs have opened an affordable lobster joint in the Marais.  Combining the decadence of  Parisian seafood with more familial lobster restaurants from the Northeast, USA, friends Damien Borjesson, Remy Bougenaux, Vivien Mathieu, and Louis Kerveillant opened Les Pinces, a place where you can find sumptuous, fresh lobster served by a bilingual staff.  The concept is simple: for 25 Euros, you have the choice of three plats -- 1) a one-pound broiled lobster, 2) a lobster roll, or 3) a steak. Each dish comes accompanied with a house salad, homemade fries, and creamy herb mayonnaise.  Pinch me, please.

Les Pinces
29 Rue du Bourg Tibourg
Paris 75004
+33 (0)9 83 56 47 93
lespinces.com