PARIS / Le Flandrin

27.2.15




Recently refreshed by Joseph Dirand, located in an old railway building in the 16th is Le Flandrin.  The brasserie, still operated by the original Malafosse family who opened this locale in 1932, is now a modernized Art Deco interior of understated opulence, with geometric patterned floors and plush mustard velvet seats.  The lounge, an ode to Czech cubism, features black lacquered wood paneling, a smoky mirrored ceiling and a bar topped with gold and white calacatta marble.  The menu has also received an update from new chef Olivier Deni which includes Vietnamese spring rolls, lobster rolls and mac & cheese.   Le sigh.

Le Flandrin
4 Place Tattegrain
75116 Paris, France
+33 1 45 04 34 69







OBSESSED / roman objets by JEAN-CLAUDE LEBLANC

25.2.15




You never know when you might need protection, even when in the bathroom.  Vancouver-based Jean-Claude LeBlanc masterfully combines marble in sleek, geometric shapes with a passion for metal studs, resulting in a collection of objets that both work together or act as stand alone knock-out pieces.  They can even double-up as fashion accessories... or lethal weapons.

WHITE CARRARA MARBLE, SILVER AND BRASS SPIKES
BOOKEND H 7 x W 4 x L 3.5 IN
CONTAINER H 3.5 x D 5.75 IN
SMALL VASE H 7 x D 4.25 IN
LARGE VASE H 10 x D 5.75 IN

jeanclaudeleblanc.com 





MOMENT OF / weirdness

WEDDING / invitations by BAROOO

20.2.15




Some amazing wedding stationary by new-comer BAROOO.  Sweet & fresh, and so affordable -- all of them are under $40.  Here are some of my favorite picks.  Available on Etsy.com





PARIS / pretty map by JENNI SPARKS

LOS ANGELES / The Fig House

18.2.15




Nestled somewhere between downtown LA and Pasadena, the Fig House is a bespoke event venue catering to private events, weddings, exhibitions and corporate functions.  Mixing mid-century California with modern glamour, the Fig House seamlessly blends indoor with outdoor resulting in a creative space that works for intimate parties of 50 just as well as it does for large cocktail parties of 500.

Fig House
6433 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90042
(323) 254-4103

fighousela.com 







MOROCCO / the Dar Ahlam

16.2.15


This 19th-century Kasbah in the middle of of the Moroccan desert is something out of a fairy tale.  The creation of a Parisian party planner, Dar Ahlam (or 'House of Dreams) is as luxurious as lodgings get.  Traveling down a long, winding dusty road from the Atlas Mountains into the Sahara desert is a good way strike up an appetite, and before you know it suddenly there it appears - as if by magic - a meal for two, beneath a canopy of silk.  You won’t see much of the staff, but the subtlety of their theater says it all.

Dar Ahlam
Douar Oulad Chikh Ali 
Casbah El Madihi, Ouarzazate 45500
mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/dar-ahlam
$1,600 / night and up









LONDON / Atrium Champagne Bar

13.2.15



Having won the 2013 restaurant & Bar Design Award for the Best Bar, the Atrium Champagne Bar, located on the main floor of the ME Hotel, is a cathedral-shaped atrium with a skylight where you can sip champagne while you are checking in.  Or you can enjoy some laser lighting along its 24 meter high walls.



Atrium Champagne Bar at ME Hotel
7pm - midnight
336-337 The Strand
London WC2R 1HA
United Kingdom
+ (44) 207 395 3400melia.com/london  






MOMENT OF / pastel fishies

WANT / exposed bulb lamp by ILLUMINITE

11.2.15





Large exposed light bulb set in a handmade concrete casing by Tel Aviv based ILLUMINITE.  Lit by LED's, the bulb is surprisingly bright.  A bright idea, you might say.

Height : 20 cm = 7.9"
Base width : 6 cm = 2.4"
Cord length: 100 cm = 39.4"

Approx $52
illuminite.me 

BRIDAL INSPO / purple power

ENGLAND / artist's FARMHOUSE

6.2.15




This is not your average farmhouse.  This is because it is more of an art gallery than somewhere that people live and raise chickens.  Designed by Luis Laplace, this centuries old Hauser & Wirth farmhouse sits in the English country-side of Somerset and was completely refurbished with a twist of kitschy good & bad taste.  Floor boards were re-laid and original doors and windows restored.  And if a wall already had character, then more was added to it.


The space is set up to have a revolving selection of exhibitions, and to provide a place for artists to mingle and hang out.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Durslade Farm
Dropping Lane, Bruton
Somerset BA10 0NL

+44 1749 814 060
hauserwirth.com








MOMENT OF / ballerinas on the Eiffal Tower