House in the clouds


For this story called The House in the Clouds, Karin Nussbaumer teamed with Frank Visser, a Dutch talented Art Director and Prop Designer. I particularly enjoy the subtle religious symbols in the first picture, the Boticelli hairstyle in the second, and the Van Gogh flavor in the third one. Photo Karin Nussbaumer, Story and Art Direction Frank Visser, Representative Agent Julie Seguinier.


Les filles

Joshua Williams has over 8 years experience as a creative director, stylist and producer, a strong director’s eye and a great sense of business. Fashion Consort, his marketing/PR and advertising company bridges entertainment and fashion, and plays skillfully with cross-media and cross-cultural collaboration, bringing together diverse artists from varied backgrounds to produce outstanding events, editorials and ad campaigns. Joshua  asked his daughter Maddie, 11 years old, to be the creative director for this fashion story called “Les filles”. She hired her sister Maja, 8 years old and friends of the family, photographer Kah Poon + wife and illustrator Annie Poon to produce these very unique images. Bravo Maddie for your unique sense of style.

Gold is in the air…

Lots of news on Atsuyo et Akiko‘s e-store, including these mysterious bags, with their golden masks.
Matching letters tees, just so chic!

Quotables by KicoKids

Kicokids, the brand that never lacks innovative ideas, is doing this “quotables” project for Spring/Summer 2011.  Interactive and fun, isn’t it? You can participate, sending your little one’s cutest quotes (in any languages, yes!) to 
Thanks for helping spreading the words!

TV must see show

If you have a chance to be in the US this week, don’t miss 9 By Design on Bravo TV (Tuesday May 11 at 10pm).  This new show about Design just started a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that it’s really worth watching it for both the new way of approaching the subject, and for the peep into the incredible Novogratz family. Robert and Cortney Novogratz are one of a kind couple, funny, full of energy, and also parents of 7 children, the youngest being just a over 1 year. The family lives in the heart of Manhattan, and the parents successfully run their own design company. The coming episode will feature the re-design of a client’s office and promises to be once again very unique and much fun.

Pour le the, chez Petit Aime

Notting Hill children’s store Petit Aime is a real shopping destination in London. Most of the collections in display come from France : Bonton, Zef, CdeC, Luco, Bensimon, April Showers, Spring court, Finger in the nose, Apolline. The store also carries Belgium brands Maan and Gold, Holly’s from Danemark and Dandy Star from the UK. This month, Molly-Meg and vintage children’s clothing collector Shona Paterson have teamed up to create a Spring tea party style display in the store. The selected vintage treasures will be available for purchase in-store. Tous a Notting Hill!

Petit aimé, 34 Ledbury Road London, W11 2AB  +44 0207 221 31 23

That blue color

In the English language, blue often represents the human emotion of sadness. In German, on the other hand, to be “blue” (blau sein) is to be drunk. Conversely blue, a very popular color can represent happiness and optimism as days with clearer, blue skies tend to be considered times where these emotions are more easily expressed. (Wikipedia). 
Photos Milan “Fuori saloni” – Venini

Books obsession

There were still lots of birds and cages all over Milan, but the real stars of the design week were books. Books as display, books as furniture, books as shelves, books as flooring, books were simply at every corner. Sign of the times, designers remind us that virtuality will soon replace paper. 

Photos Capellini, Maison Martin Margiela, Boffi, Aspesi.

In situ

Back in January, after visiting the show Maison & Objet in Paris, I featured the embroidered animals by Frederique Morrel on Pirouette. Beautifully made out of vintage materials,  crossover between handmade tapestry and taxidermy, the animal had a lot success. It was a great surprise to come across them again in Milan, wonderfully displayed in the garden of Rossana Orlandi, among wine leaves and other amazing pieces of design from all over the world. 

Spring in Paris

Flower festival for Bonpoint Rue de Tournon, Paris.

Happy spring London windows

Explosion of colors : Brazilian carnival, merry go round at Mulberry and Liberty
Dreamlike pompons and surrealist manifesto at Liberty

Paper dolls at Hermes

Tower of owls

Lisa Grue’s solo show “Owls have more fun” opened last Thursday at Gallery Hanahou in New York. The gallery transformed into a graphic woodland of oversize proportion with an owl tower over visitors on the wall and spread out on a large rug. A must see if you are in New York as Lisa’s handprinted porcelain plates, both functional and beautiful, are one of a kind, perfect to admire with kids! Until March 26th. Gallery Hanahou, 611 Broadway, Suite 730 NYC 10012.
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