Myrlene and I recently went to Paris. While our main purpose was to go to Maison&Objet, we also had some time to walk around and take in the Parisian culture. Nice perk! There is always something new to discover and we did make some great new discoveries.
But first, Maison&Objet. If you have never been, Maison&Objet is a big show that encompasses 8 buildings. There is a lot to look at and get inspired by. Colours and patterns were definitely very much in vogue at this show. We saw beautiful lighting, amazing modern furniture and some absolutely gorgeous textiles on that furniture. We came away from the show very inspired. We have to say that we were really a little bit obsessed with the 3 cute vehicles that we saw – the food truck in the Fatboy booth, one that is a Cafe and the Pink van where you can get your nails done – see pics below. For more of our trip see after the pics from the show below.
Just one of the buildings at Maison&Objet
Breathtaking light exhibit
Cool exercise bike
Beauty on the Go by Le Boudoir des Cocettes
Great mix of colours and patterns
Loved this food truck from Fatboy
Tom Dixon Lighting – of course!
Buying Nail Polish from the Nailmatic vending machine – I chose Lexy (Purple)
Illuminating pass-through between buildings
Beautiful light installation
Gorgeous bowls and vases
Alto Cafe mini truck
We decided that we would take advantage of the day with the best weather to walk around Paris. We decided we would go to the Centre Pompidou and the nearby Marais district. The day was sunny and it ended up being the warmest day there. It was a great day to stroll and soak up the parisian atmosphere. We saw a lot of great stores and do we even to talk about the patisseries. There are a lot of patisseries in the Marais district. We walked by a store that we thought was a jewellery store but it was an amazing patisserie – Les Fees Patissieres. As you can see from the pic below, their displays are amazing! More of our trip after the pics below.
Beautiful sculpture outside the Pompidou
Les Fees Patissieres
Myrlene and I both love cheese – I mean you are in Paris after all, you have to try the cheese – and more than just once! We also took in some other sights as we strolled around – Notre Dame, the “Love Lock” Bridge and the Eiffel Tower (from afar). All beautiful and amazing to see in person. We went to Carre d’artistes Gallery rue St André des Arts. We loved the artwork and their great range of artists. One store that was recommended that we go see was Merci. They have a nice courtyard with a red car in it. They also have 3 cafes to choose from, we ate in the Used Book Cafe. Nice atmosphere and the food was good. Merci is a combination of fashion, designed goods and household products. We have not seen a store before that brings all of these elements together. We enjoyed our time in Paris and look forward to the next time. A bientot.
Me in Paris
Notre Dame at night
“Love Lock” Bridge
Carre d’artistes Gallery
Courtyard of Merci
Used Book Cafe in Merci
We realized just a few days before we were headed to NYC for the NY Now show that the Superbowl was going to there at the same time. We were interested to see how “Superbowl Fever” would affect the Big Apple. Finding a hotel room was tricky. Times Square was closed down for a lot of events. Bars and pubs were filled with fans. It was a lot of fun to see all of the excitement.
While we were in the Porter Lounge waiting for our flight to NYC, we had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Laurence Fishburne. Really nice guy. We took that as a good omen for the rest of our trip.
We saw a lot of great design at NY Now and met some interesting people. We were impressed with the smaller independent companies that come up with some fabulous products, some of which you will see on the shelves at Urban Mode over the next few weeks and months.
Best Toffee Ever at NY Now
Cookware by Karim Rashid at NY Now
Terrariums by Roost at NY Now
Gorgeous Watches by Tokyo Bay at NY Now
More gorgeous watched by Tokyo Bay at NY Now
Sweet animal ottomans at NY Now
As the show had staggered opening times we found ourselves with Saturday afternoon free. So we headed to the West Village and took a browse through Flight 001. We noticed, sadly, that Mxyplyzyk, one of our favourites, that was across the street had closed. We found out later that it has moved to New Jersey. We decided to take a stroll along Bleecker Street. We found some great new stores that we hadn’t seen before. Chocolate and candy stores are always fun to go into. We found 2 that we liked: Chocolate Bar and Curious Candy by Cynthia Rowley. We liked both stores and bought ourselves some treats. Yummy. We went into a store called Bookmarc, which is a combination of books and interesting gifts. We walked by a crowd of people on the street eating grilled cheese sandwiches and enjoying them so much. Murray’s Cheese Shop does a booming business and was busy. They offer a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches. We will definitely go back to try one out next time we are in NYC.
Our biggest discovery was the Samsung Experience Store in Soho. This pop up experience was supposed to only be open until November but was such a huge hit that they have kept it open. Experience is definitely the word to describe it. There were bar tables with stools where you could sit and try out all of their products. It has a beautiful lounge that was made to look like a really cool living room. The oval bar in the center serves juice and pastries, all ordered through their tablets and phones. The design bar where you could design products online was just hopping with about 30 people crowded around it, all designing a new football. They even had a photo area were you could get your photo taken with footballs and helmets taken in front of a football field image. It was definitely themed out for the Superbowl. We hammed it up and had our picture taken. The coolest part about this store is that you can interact with all of their products in different ways. You can also place orders for the products and pick them up at the nearest store.
Samsung Experience Store in Soho
Lots of people at the Design Studio in the Samsung Experience Store
The lounge at the Samsung Experience Store
Myrlene and I hamming it up at the Photo area in the Samsung Experience Store
Only in Soho!
Our last day In New York it snowed. New York City is beautiful in the snow. What a tragedy … we almost got snowed in and didn’t get to leave!
Snow in NYC