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It is always amazing to see design objects that look so fresh and inventive now as they did when they were made by a a still today living artist . Maria Pergay is 83 years old and she arrived in France as an émigrée in 1937. She then studied costume and set design at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris and took sculpture classes with Russian-French artist Ossip Zadkine. She makes the most beautiful sculptural furniture out of stainless steel.
Metamorphose- AD Magazine invites 15 interior decorators to transform a 17th Century Parisian Hotel ParticulierLeave a comment
This is what they came up with….
Chahan Minassian‘s Garden below
Above: Pierre Yovanovich‘ Salon de Musique
Above and below : details
Elliot Barnes 1920′s vibe
Below: Bruno Moinard was inspired by Ovid’s Metarmophoses to create mythological sale a manger
Charles Zana‘s sculptural kitchen
La Maison Pierre Frey presents a short film directed by Martial Schmeltz.
A Parisian couple escaped from their daily routine by providing a wild night in baroque and sensual decors dressed by Pierre Frey. On the other side of the curtain, appearances are deceptive….
On the occasion of the renovation of the famous Hotel Costes by Jacques Garcia whose rooms are now fully upholstered with fabrics by Pierre Frey and Braquenié, la Maison Pierre Frey presents with Martial Schmeltz a short film that invites you to discover from the inside many of these high places* from the Parisian night life dressed in his creations. It gives pride to the decors, real actors of the film, whose presence sometimes haunting, sometimes romantic or exotic raises paradoxical feelings in this genuine couple looking for passionate adventure.
So this is how complicated my breakfast looks. It really is a ritual. I would wake up and have glass of lukewarm water with lemon squeezed in it. It is the most alkalising of hot drinks and gets your digestive system moving beautifully. Wait 30 minutes . Have some nettle tea (fennel or thyme tea). Needles to say why this is good for you? Ok let me tell you about nettle tea- it is a rejuvenator. It has a supportive effect on the immune system, the circulation, the urinary tract, nervous system, respiratory tract, digestive system and the endocrine system. After the tea wait a bit. And then have breakfast! Sometimes I would have a juice made of beetroot, carrot, ginger and apple or a chia seed pudding- but about this another time. Right.
For this energising porridge you will need:
Barley oats (soothes digestion and supports the liver function, heals stomach ulcers and lowers cholesterol, GENIUS!)
Finely ground oatemeal and Regular Oatmeal- lowers cholesterol levels, stabilizes blood sugar.
Honey or Malases or Algarve syrup
Almond Milk ( you can also make it urself- soak raw almonds ( 1 cup) for 4 hours then blend them in high speed blender with 1 liter- then pass them through a muslin bag. Store in fridge for up to 2 days only. ) It is very alkaline and contains lots of magnesium. If you are buying it make sure you buy it without sweetener.
Hemp Seed and Flax Seed- zinc, calcium and magnesium high. Full of beneficial fatty acids.
Cinnamon - read that it has anti microbial properties but since we are putting a tiny bit it really does not matter what it does to you!
Himalayan salt- usually you should not put too much salt in your cooking. However, Himalayan salt is mineral rich and balances sodium and does not pose the threat of dehydration. Most commercially available salt is processed stripping most of the essential materials. I am adding a couple of granules for the taste- i think it really balances out the sweetness and makes the taste more interesting.
All our nutritional grains- body fuel- in a bowl! Don’t be put off by the meager look or by my off putting branding “bird food”- remember that you added honey, cinnamon, almond milk and vanilla extract ( along with some salt). It does not taste like shit, au contraire it will get your taste buds tingling! *note to self: it does not taste like maple syrup , butter, bacon and pancakes but you have not signed up for that here!!!
You should all know by now that I am a BIG foodie. Only recently did I think to incorporate this great passion of mine into the blog. I have a large appetite- I eat- but I eat very healthy! More recipes coming soon! I discovered recently this artisan baker called The Free Bakehouse and their brownies are really a delicious treat minus the wheat and gluten. Do you have a sweet tooth? You crave sweets? You can go for this. You can buy it in Wholefoods or order directly online http://www.sugargrain.com
All things Aussie! Aesop in my bathroom. Possibly the best body cream- tangerine freshness with a touch of warm vanillaLeave a comment
Well, not completely OFF the subject. Just hear me out on this one- you are what you eat. Take care of yourself. God gave you only one body. You can’t replace it or buy a new one if something goes wrong. Watch what you put in your body. Eat organic. Eat alkaline food. This should become part of your lifestyle. We are VERY food conscious in our family- partly because we had to deal with cancer (sadly) and I had the wonderful privilege of talking to amazing doctors and professors about fighting disease through what we eat. I would like to share with all of you tips on how to eat healthy and provide your body with the best nutrients. Prevention is better than cure. I am a big believer that we should keep our bodies as Alkaline as possible. In translation- keeping our PH levels alkaline . Studies have shown that acidity in the body produces many serious disbalance and illnesses. I will go into these details in due course. Also it is important to know which foods are beneficial to one’s health, in particular why they are so good for you and to make sure that we are eating plenty of it.
Today I’d like to share my pick up energy smoothie that I make very often. You will need:
Chia Seeds (extremely high content of Omega 3 fatty acids)
Vegan Warrior protein powder ( Vanilla flavour) (Plant based protein-amino acids high in Arginine, Lysine, Leucine, and branched chain amino acids.)
Kale (beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, rich in calcium. Kale is a source of two carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin)
Also you will need a MegaMix blender (or other brand- just make sure that it has high speed otherwise it won’t blend the ingredients well!)
Soak the Chia seeds in a bit of water. Cut the Kale, bananas,pitted dates and put into blender. Add the Chia seeds in gel format. Add almond milk according to what consistency you want and add the Warrior protein powder. I have a very sweet tooth and this is why I am using dates to overpower the taste of kale. The smoothie is delicious and gives the body the right fuel to make it through the day.
Buy it here: Smythson: Smythson
Sis and I chez Ito, the opposite side of the room from above’s picture. You can check out the rest of Ora Ito’s home and interview here http://sarabrajovic.com/2011/03/interview-from-paris-designer-ora-ito/
I popped into Hom le Xuan’s showroom in Gstaad today. This Paris based interior designer, furniture and landscape designer of Vietnamese origins creates incredible furniture sculptural pieces and gives a magic touch Franco-Asian touch to interiors. In his own words he looks for ” artisanal symbiosis instead style fusion”.
Promenade 79, Gstaad from 15th December until March 4th
Matthew’s home reflects his uber colourful collections inspired by India. I just love his house and how he decorated it….gold pineapples, bell jars, birdcages and wheat sheaf tables. I had to take snap shots of it! No wonder that you really connect with some designers! It’s about having similar aesthetics, recognising this and inspiring one another. In the pictures above I am wearing vintage Matthew Williamson. Below is my favourite shot of his first collection in 1997
I remember being obsessed with this dress. Helena Christensen in the famous cobweb dress
Dress: Matthew Williamson
Sienna Miller in the Butterfly crystal dress
Dress: Matthew Williamson
This is quite old but you can still check it out on the following link : http://thecoveteur.com/Sara_Brajovic
1970′s art at its best – the lights pattern is so beautiful – futuristic skyline. YSL tunic and Chanel mousseline trousers, mum’s vintage jewellery with Lapis lazuli bracelet and plenty of other rings. The console I am leaning on is from Katharine Pooley http://www.katharinepooley.com/home/
Why? To look plettttttty…. Still buzzing off the decoration- love it. http://david-mallett.com/
I promised I will be featuring more unisex posts….and here is my answer to that! I will leave men’s fashion to the ones that have the authentic touch and true understanding of that matter! So…Interior design… a new year’s resolution… post more on interior design and home furnishings! To start…Really love the design aesthetics of Paul Evans, an American furniture designer, sculptor and artist who is to me the definition of US Craft Movement of the 1970′s. This table is great…masculine feel but with a twist. Metal is always good in furniture…an industrial feel…Metropolis…here combined with cork so softens it up a bit. More pictures if you read on… Read more
I am so excited to post this interview with the Executive Director Julien Pruvost of Cire Trudon. Cire Trudon is the world’s oldest candle maker established in Paris in 1643 and has supplied to the court at Versailles, through to Napoleon and beyond. It has the most beautiful collection of candles and most importantly heavenly scented candles that I can confirm burn very very long. It’s my favorite thing to buy for the house or give as presents.
How did Cire Trudon develop to what it is now in the 21st Century? Cire Trudon has become a synonym for the finest scented candles. Carrying a strong heritage and genuine expertise, this institution has established itself through the centuries with a careful commitment to quality. Cire Trudon uses a perfect wax formula housed within a beautiful glass vessel and continues to unveil unique candles made with premium quality vegetal wax in respect to the environment. Crafted by glass artisans, each glass is unique and decorated with a gold shield. Traditional know-how, craftsmanship and innovation are values that symbolize Cire Trudon, a French Maison intimately linked to the City of Lights.
Constant adaptation to each period in history and the evolutions of science while keeping in mind what Cire Trudon does best: candles.
Read on for the rest of the interview Read more
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am the eldest grandson and namesake of Pierre FREY, the founder of our 75 year old French fabric house. He created it in the heart of Paris where we are still located today. Since 1972, my father Patrick is running the company, as well as remaining the Creative Director.
From the time I was born, my father has shared his love and appreciation for design, and not always in obvious ways. It was the small details in everyday life, whether while traveling or at home, that he would point out to me. It was the same for him and his father. The company is very much a part of who I am, and who we are. I think every family holiday we have ever taken has resulted in a fabric that is added to our collection. Read more
Love these toys… Andre ‘s association with Japanese Medicom to create a Kubrick figure version of Mr. A , popular figure from his graffitis…. Read more
Flowers…another obsession. Apart from purple orchids I really love anemones and amaryllis flowers. I chose the white anemones to combine with the light green boule de neige for a fresh effect- with a little bit of yellow thrown in. Placed in a shorter vase they are a perfect little bouquet. The red amaryllis will of course keep their long stem and go into a tall see through vase…. Read more
Cement factory for a home? Your private castle , catholic undertones ( cathedral features) and a derelict factory….all in one? MIAUW…purrrrrfect home – nun meets courtesan meets squatter. Would never sleep there alone though. Imagine?!? Boyfriend, family or friends needed as permanent fixtures. Architect Ricardo Boffil’s genius work in Barcelona….office, home and an exhibition space all in one. Love the fact that there is a concert piano there too….imagine the sound you get! Take a look at the rest of the house… Read more
My dear and very old friend Ito was made Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris by the French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand. This is a great honour in France and is given to individuals who significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance. Ito and I met as teenagers in Paris with not a worry in the world and would roam around the city with our crew getting up to no good. When I received the invite in the post for this great occasion I went to support my friend and I was very proud of him. Bravo Ito! We talk about his beginnings in design,his projects, his beautiful home in Paris, more design and fashion….
How did you get into design?
I got into design as a kid. I took on the big luxury brands logo and identities (LV, Apple, etc) with no permission and created models that did not exist. I was the first person to put fake products on the internet which created a huge confusion in the market as journalists would be writing about these products that did not really exist. A young pirate. It all turned out well as my work was recognised by museums and I did not get sued. Read more