Bodie and Fou, chez vous

I you love decor and lifestyle rare finds but don’t know BODIE AND FOU, you have something to discover today! It started as a blog and e-store and it is now a also a mail order catalog. I had fun flipping through the pages
yesterday, comfortably installed on my couch, thinking how much I love touching paper and how little time I spend on the ipad (anyways colonized by my children, full of dirty finger marks)…
Co-founder of Bodie and Fou, Karine Kong comments : “We launched BODIE and FOU in 2005 and the company has grown organically year on year mostly via PR, word of mouth, our VIP Enews and great support and repeat orders from our customers. Launching a mail order catalogue has been on our wishlist for a few years but it is an expensive way to market a company and fairly risky for a small company like us so although we were willing to take the risk, We wanted to make sure we would do it when the time was right and the time was right for us this year for a number of reasons which amongst others including a great community of people who really interact with us on Facebook, Twitter or via the blog and support us.
I’m hoping this will be a success because it was very rewarding to work on it and translate the BODIE and FOU lifestyle and community feel we get from our customers onto a 32 page catalogue.
We’ve printed 50,000 copies which are being sent to our existing customers and to a cold list (i.e. list of people who never heard of BODIE and FOU but hopefully will be seduced by our catalogue).”
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Will the catalog reach UK and French customers or will you send globally?
As this is our first one, we are only shipping the catalogue to UK customers but a digital version is available for Int’l customers here  and we enclose a copy of the catalogue to all int’l orders leaving our warehouse which is about 15% of all our orders.
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Your absolute favourite items in the catalog ?
Tricky, everything we choose is what we would have in our homes and I have actually a lot of BODIE and FOU designs at home but my top 3 are:
Mima Le Chat (to be seen here), my white Urbanears headphones (here) because they’ve changed my morning runs for the better and the Rabbit lamp (here) which was supposed to be for Mila’s bedroom but has find the perfect place in our lounge.
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What are your daughter Mila’s choices?
Besides getting the rabbit lamp in her bedroom, she chose the Friends of Violet poster (here), the Nelly print and Le Chat print (here) for her bedroom. She also has a white ball chair which we use in the garden during the summer (here).
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Your husband’s selection?
Steve is from New-Zealand so the New-Zealand Type map print was high on his list (here), the cognac glasses that he shows off every time we have friends around (here) and the Paulistano chairs we have in our lounge (here).
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Click here to read an interview of Elodie Kong (Karen’s sister and co-founder of Bodie and Fou) with daughter Lily
Click here to subscribe to Bodie and Fou’s newsletter and get a 10% discount on your catalog orders.
 Click here to request your copy of the catalog.
Happy Bodie and Fou Christmas shopping!

KidsroomZOOM Vienna

After Milan and Graz, kidsroomZOOM opened its Vienna last week with more than 20 international designers presenting contemporary art and furniture, as part of the Vienna Design Week.

I am hoping that Paola Noe will bring the event to London soon; London Design week 2012?

Participating to Kidsroom were  az&mut (F), Bybo design (S), Bomb Design (D), breaded escalope (AT), Collect Furniture (DK), Caroline Gomez/mouta (F), Gommini (D), Liliane (NL), green lullaby, Hektik (NL), Johannes Hoffmann (AT), Kalon Studios (USA), KIdsonroof (DK), kubix (AT), Jaell & Tofta (D), jooloomooloo (AT), Junior Living (DK), Lou & dejlig (AT), Move-it product (GB), Nonjetable (F),Nonah (F), Pete Oyler (USA), perludi (AT), Punch’n’Cuddle (GB), Rijada (LV), The Collection (F), Thorsten van Elten (GB), Tukluk (AT).

 

Company profile : Il Gufo

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Country of origin Italy –  Country of production We design and develop our garments at our Italian Headquarters in Asolo, controlling every stage of their production, including: cutting, preparation, dyeing of fabrics, finishing, sewing of details, application of accessories and pressing. Through a team of expert in-house technicians, we coordinate and personally monitor a carefully

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Modular bed aalto + aalto

 

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Aalto + Aalto is a design office focusing on functional, esthetical and emotional product design, with the aim to bring something new to our material world.  (The bed on the picture is a prototype).

Via e-glue

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Royal diary

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Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece has a busy busy life. Mother of 5 children, the Princess also runs her own business, the children’s line Marie-Chantal that she launched 10 years ago.

Specially designed by the Princess, this  diary is the perfect way to keep track of everyone’s busy lives and always stay on top of things.

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The fall stories of La Princesse au petit pois

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Some people are good at summer collections, some better at winter’s. Alexandra Darcissac is good at both. But Alexandra is good at many things : at choosing fabrics that are not too sophisticated nor too rough, at using just the right amount of colour, at keeping things simple while focusing on details, at making girls look feminine but not girly, at doing things that are unique to her, at imposing her own aesthetics

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Monika Elena Kost for Noro

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                            Nordic inspired photos by Monika Elena Kost – Location : Copenhagen- Brand : Noro

Franklin Street, NY

 

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Bu and the Duck, 106 Franklin Street ( btw W. Broadway and Church streets)

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When Susan Lane opened Bu and the Duck in 1997, she created a destination; Franklin Street was empty. It is only a decade later that Steven Allen and other fashion designers joined the Tribeca address.

Today, Franklin street is a must-visit for hip shoppers

Bu and the Duck is very unique, with its charming antique feel and a great selection of clothing (including exclusive pieces by Bouton), knits, shoes, books. 

Don’t miss Patron of the New (151 Franklin Street) – A newly opened fashion heaven with a sharp selection of upcoming brands for men (mainly) and women, as well as a small and fun range for children. Nicolas Andreas Taralis, Benoit Meleard, Ronald Pineau, Meresine.   Another cool store is the one of Gary Graham , with an inspiring ambiance as well as attractive women’s clothes and accessories.

buandtheduck.com

patronofthenew.com

boutonkids.com

garygrahamnyc.com

An invitation to take your time…

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“Y’a pas le feu au lac” means “no need to rush”. The French expression evokes Lake Leman and the slow approach to life of Swiss people. YPLFL is also a design company based in France. Created by designers around the world, YPLFL products are an invitation to take your time, to contemplate your environment and to share with friends.

Inspired by traditional know-how and current technology, these objects primarily use wood as a poetic, aesthetic and functional vector.

My personal invitation to slow down today and to enjoy the last day of August with your children before crazy back-to-school… (Swiss children are already in class!)

http://www.yplfl.com

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Jess Brown launching a women's line

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Known for her one-of-a-kind handmade rag dolls, Jess Brown is introducing a small women’s wear range to her collections, inspired by her love for beautiful textiles. All of the line is shades of grey and natural linen and it’s all done in twice combed cotton.  The basic/essential pieces of a modern wardrobe, Jess’ way.  Irresistible.

Enlighted ponpons

 

 

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Lamp shade  Johan Carpnerwww.johancarpner.se

 

The beautiful artwork of Lea, 4.5 years old – Bengalore, India

 

I am totally in love with children’s drawings so I was enchanted when Unmesh Dasthakhir
wrote me from Bangalore to show me the work of his 4.5 years old daughter Lea.   If you share my passion, visit mypurplesketches to see more of Lea’s beautiful drawings and paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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