Located in Le Marais – Paris, Lieu Commun is a wonderful place for design lovers. Visiting last week, I discovered a great series of books by Marti Guixé, edited by Corraini. 18€ each.
Martí Guixé was born in 1964 in Barcelona. He studied Interior design in Barcelona and Industrial design at the Politecnico in Milan. He lives and works “on living matter” between Barcelona and Berlin, dedicating himself to the invention of “bright and simple ideas made of a curious seriousness”; he considers himself an “ex-designer” and works for firms such as Camper, Chupa-Chups, Desigual, Droog Design, Saporiti and Watx. He has exhibited at the MoMA in New York, the Design Museum in London, the MACBA in Barcelona and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.”
BLANK BOOK : “Blank Book is an “empty book” that offers unlimited possible solutions to be “filled in”; it’s not a “book-to-be-read”, but a “book-to-be-created”.
FOOD BOOK : “After Blank Book and Tattoo Book, let’s draw fragrant pastas, delicious meats and succulent desserts in Martí Guixé’s new book: Food Book!
Each page is a tasty graphical suggestion to be “filled in” by each fellow dinner, from the starters to the coffee, satisfying the desires of the very moment or conceiving an elaborate menu.
No matter if you love traditional or exotic cuisine, Food Book is a banquet on paper with your favourite courses, and also the right way to improvise in cooking without any risk…
Food Book is a big size book, both for adults and children, funny and ironic thanks to its simplicity and lightness.
Not a “book-to-be-read” but a “book-to-be-created”, task of the one who flicks through the pages is to prepare each time a different menu by filling dishes and glasses with colours and shapes, just following the rules of his personal originality.
TATOO BOOK : “Therapeutic, religious, ritual, punitive, challenging, erotic, fashioned, magic, aesthetic, ornamental, symbolic, ambiguous, hidden, evident…
A purse to hide your lipstick and your sweet notes (27 €), a cushion cover to learn more about mustache styles (39 €) or a kitchen towel with flamenco shoes (14 €)…it’s all on www.lacerisesurlegateau.fr
Photo: Coco Amardeil – Styling: Sandrine Place
Material: Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Length: 168 cm
Height: 185 cm
Width: 40 cm
Weight: 600 kg
Available in black, blue, green, orange, red, violet, white and yellow
All dino lovers will be thrilled with the new e-glue wall stickers, available in giant sizes. There are nine other designs available in that range, including a princess castle (yes, pink!). The XL size is also an option for those who have smaller rooms…Merci e-glue!
Hugo the Wild Boar
A collaboration between Areaware and Monocle
Designed by David Weeks Studio
A limited edition of 100 pieces, available online and at Monocle shops
Sustainably harvested Beech wood, elastic band
11 x 4 x 5.5 inches
One of Pirouette’s favorites, Zoe de las Cases has recently opened her own e-store. Stickers, cushions, magnets, stationary, posters, bags…lots of goodies with that very unique nostalgic-modern touch.
Kicokids, the brand that never lacks innovative ideas, is doing its “smarty quotes” programme again for the FW11 collection.
Send a sweet, cute, fun quote from your child and if it’s selected, it gets illustrated by Japanese artist Ritsuko Hirai and
printed on a tee-shirt.
Smart idea, isn’t it? To participate, submit your quote to firstname.lastname@example.org before November 15th.
Below, a quote from little Iris, Kicokid S/S 2010 collection
Lots of new products at Donna Wilson, a good occasion to ask one of Pirouette’s favorite designer to tell us more about her X-mas plans.
Where will you spend X-mas this year? At home in Scotland with my family, my sister had just had a baby, so I’m an aunt for the first time. I still call Scotland ‘home’ even though I’ve lived in London for 11 years!
What is your most wonderful memory of X-mas as a child? Decorating my Grandma’s Christmas tree with old fashioned coloured lights, and very old decorations, and eating the occasional chocolate decoration while doing it!
What have you ordered to Santa?I would like some nice moisturisers and hair products from Kiehls please.
The item from your collection that you would recommend particularly for a child’s X-mas gift? For a creative child I would recommend our make your own monster kit (picture below). It encourages kids to use their imagination in creating a unique monster instead of following the rules!
Make your own monster kit – www.donnawilson.com
“Space – Neat people and the spaces they grace” is a captivating website featuring the creative forces that make up Portland, Oregon and places where they work. Photographs Leah Verwey.
Thanks to Heather Frazier for introducing me to Space
All the above pictures are from the working space of Grid/plane & Instrument, a talented bunch of graphic and website designers.
Looking for great X-mas toys?
Plantoys has wonderful wooden options. This shopping cart can be adjusted to the child’s height. Children can pretend to be at the supermarket, and they can also have some support while walking. Dim 39 x 44 x 49 cm. 3 years + . Price 60 – 70€
Rodeo horse toy, very comfortable, simple and secure. Great to help the children experiencing balance. Dim 36,5 x 65,5 x 52 cm. 2 years +. Price 100 – 130€
Available at Le Bon Marché Paris, www.allwoodtoys.com. For wholesale inquiries www.plantoys.com
Mother of three children, Alessandra Ianniello is an interior photographer, apart of the studiopep family. Her stories have been published in Elle Decoration worldwide, Case da abitare, Marie Claire Maison and many others. The images above are from the house of Emanuela Ravelli and Verter Turroni, an incredible artists couple. Have a look at their website www.imperfettolab.com.
Thanks to Petra Barkhof – studiopep