Medicis planter, Rice, plastic, light blue and gendarme blue, 20 €
Just for Life 20, rue Houdon Paris 18° +33 1 42 23 07 14
One nice garden planter, not too simple, ancient art in plastic form. You could fill it with earth, sow a few seeds and wait for the rain. Or leave it as it came, and once a pond forms inside it throw pebbles down to watch the sky dancing in the blue waves.
Eau de toilette Splash Rain, 300 ml, 59 €
Marc Jacobs 56-62, galerie de Montpensier Paris 1° +33 1 55 35 02 60
Rain's success last summer leads Marc Jacobs to launch the fragrance again, as soon as now. A splash... and a scented rain pours on the suffocating heat of a tropical jungle; a cloud passes through the high grass and cools down the underwood; in New York, the wind brushes the skyscrapers and shakes the great elms in Central Park.
Soprano trunk, Pinel & Pinel, available in over 50 colors, in smooth leather, crocodile, or galuchat
Equipped with the BeaSound 3000 CD/Audio sound system and two BeoLab3 speakers (2 x 250 W)
From 39 000 € (above 100 000 € for galuchat)
Dim. : closed 71 in. x 57 in. x 17 in., open 61 in. x 28 in. x 21 in.
Available exclusively upon order from the showroom, delivery 8 to 10 weeks
Pinel & Pinel 5, rue Cyrano de Bergerac 18° +33 1 45 23 11 14 (by appointment only)
It's time to pack your suitcase for that trip to the clouds. No way you're leaving without music. This magnificent trunk by Pinel & Pinel allows the harmonics fanatic to carry along a high-end Bang & Olufsen sound system as well as 480 records, nicely arranged in 24 alphabetical drawers. Not only does this trunk address the music fanatic, but also a connoisseur of the beautiful skins, either smooth leather, crocodile, or galuchat, which cover the piece's body. He will also relish the blend of wood and leather inside and the nickel-plated brass hardware. And he would be well-inspired to travel with a large retinue, as the trunk weighs no less than 100 kilograms! Such extraordinary luggage is perfect for an aerial cruise on the Aeroscraft - the flying, Zeppelin-shaped luxury hotel imagined by Igor Pasternak. First boardings around 2010.
Pillow 100 % linen, Paper Cloud, hand-made, 40 cm x 40 cm, $45
Greetings to Paper Cloud and their light, inspired creations. What the two designers and brand co-founders from Ohio cherish above all is the freedom to imagine a new design and, in their words, "run downstairs and print it immediately", without the usual industrial constraints. Pillows, journals, and decorative linen pieces are hand-made upon order, in a vast range of colors.
Open-toe wedges, plongé kid leather, lavender blue and hazel, Michel Perry, 465 €
Spring Summer 07 Collection
Michel Perry 243, rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1°+33 1 42 44 10 07
At Deauville or Saint-Tropez. The sun is setting, the sky is streaked with white and blue. Getting ready to go out in the evening cool. The whole dressing room is upside down, but you're already wearing the most gorgeous of wedges.
1- Net Markers, Japon 2006 Copyright © David Burdeny
2- Eight Piles, Columbia River, WA 2003 Copyright © David Burdeny
3- Vanish, Port Townsend, Washington 2004 Copyright © David Burdeny
Exhibition David Burdeny, "Shorelines", 27 April to 26 May 2007
Young Gallery, avenue Louise 75b, Bruxelles (place Wiltcher's - Hôtel Conrad) +32 2 374 07 04, Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Catalogue "Shorelines" by David Burdeny, text Anthony Collins, 28x28 cm, 48 pages, 50 €
Limited edition pack, 60 ex., includes the book and a numbered, autographed offprint, 18x18 cm
From Japan to Canada, from France to the US, the shorelines of the entire globe mingle in David Burdeny's black and white photographs. For long minutes he lets his camera drink the dark twilight, the milky stillness of unruffled water. On his film a click engraves unmoving landscapes. Burdeny found them set in stone, serene, majestic as statues. A photographic dive into the limbo.
Belts, 170 €
Shoes, 275 à 475 €
Bags, 650 à 4200 € (for a large tote, patent alligator)
Catherine Malandrino 10, rue de Grenelle Paris 6° +33 1 42 22 26 95
Catherine Malandrino is launching her first line of accessories. Bags, shoes, and belts come in the colors of F/W ready-to-wear - magenta, plum, purple, ash and black. They adorn themselves with gorgeous fabrics and materials: metallic or patent leather, velvet, satin and crystal. Architecture informs the collection, which is all about volumes and peculiarly shaped heels (columns, cones, steps...). Totally to the point.
1- Glo-Our Rain Maker, installation view, 2006
Photo Hermann Feldhaus - Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and Pierogi Gallery
2- Glo-Our Rain Maker, Cumulonimbus (Calvus) I, 2006 Photo Hermann Feldhaus - Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and Pierogi Gallery
The Bahamean artist Tavares Strachan likes to build works of art that address environmental issues. After exhibiting a monumental cube of Alaskan ice in the Bahamas on the hottest day of the year, he settled simultaneously in two New York galleries last fall, and turned them into cloud factories. A part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin will undergo the same transformation next August.
Using a computer, some electronics, and the pressure inside glass spheres, he reproduces the formation of clouds from New York's water and silicon dust. These artificial clouds live for only ten to fifteen minutes. Enigmatic photographs, included in the same exhibition space, illustrate different stages of the process. For now these clouds-to-be slumber somewhere between Europe and America, safe in the contorted pipes and stills of Strachan's, a modern alchemist.
1- Signature umbrella, Bella Umbrella, Pagoda
Black with Wisteria handle, $96
2- Bo-Tanica watering cans, polyethylen Design Denis Santachiara, Sabz
White 68 €, silvery metal 73 €
Sabz 22, rue Rottembourg Paris 12°
+33 1 40 21 30 05
But first you'll have to make the rain come. To achieve this, please provide yourself with one of the extraordinary vintage-inspired umbrellas by Bella Umbrella's, an American brand whose founder's initial activity was the rental of her collection of vintage umbrellas for very select weddings. With your other hand take hold of a Bo-tanica watering can - make sure you filled it up beforehand. Its cleanly-drawn lines will enhance your concentration. Now close your eyes and slowy, slowly, spill the contents of the watering can on the umbrella. The heavens are listening.
1- Alberto clotheslines, edited by Casamania, Designer Fabrica, polyethylen
Dim. : 96,5 x 8 x 181 cm From 316 €
2- Bird manger "Self Service", glass container, rubber tray, steel and stainless steel leg, 150 cm, 135 € and "Rain" pluviometer, graduated receptacle, rubber stand, steel and stainless steel leg, 117 cm, 75 €
Design Henrick Holbaek and Claus Jensen for EVA SOLO
Sabz 22, rue Rottembourg Paris 12°, +33 1 40 21 30 05
One rarely spends much time watching clothes drying on their lines. Except with Alberto, which manages to evoke the feeling that you've just put your clothes away on a tree before taking a swim. It's even better once the birds settle on this beautiful fake tree.
Yes, cutie birds are darlings, but they're so spoilt they won't flap a wing for the world anymore. It's high time they grew up a little bit and got a grip on themselves. Out with the pecking in our palm; the birds now have a self-service canteen, with a tray that also collects rainwater.
On overcast days when they won't drop by, we'll just sit in the garden under an umbrella and watch the pluviometer slowly filling up with water from the sky.
Aeroplane Sky Blue wallpaper, Bradbury & Bradbury, 9,15 m² per roll, $74
Stardust Moonlight wallpaper, Bradbury & Bradbury, 9,15 m² per roll, $57
Also available on www.achome.co.uk
Photographs courtesy of Arts & Crafts Home, Banner courtesy of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers
Bradbury & Bradbury print gorgeous wallpapers tinged with sweet nostalgia. Their patterns are taken from the Victorian era, the Arts & Crafts movement, or modern art. This one was imagined in the 30's by architect Raymond McGrath, presumably for the house of an aviator lady who'd christened the place "Rudderbar"... Between two flights, even at home, her head remained in the clouds.
Spring is barely knocking at the door, but already Le Printemps is all over our pages! Raynaud is gardening directly on our hand with these Gazon rings, a small patch of greenery that follows us everywhere and requires even less care than a house plant.
Ron and Jaime, the gifted California designers from Woodson & Rummerfield, offer this lovely wallpaper whence, sometimes, little birds come out (always when your back is turned of course). Their clients, snugly accommodated between Beverly Hills and Hollywood, include Versace as well as PETA, whose Los Angeles headquarters they decorated. And maybe you soon, via Green with Glamour, a new website selling designers' creations, which its founders Deana and Kat label "eco-chic".
Spinach quasi-quenelle, 50 g., 1,30 €
Giraudet 16, rue Mabillon Paris 6° + 33 1 43 25 53 00
Photo Pierre Javelle
Giraudet is adding this strange, soft-green thing to its vast catalog: a spinach quenelle - rather a "quasi"-quenelle, or you'd hurt the purist. Hand-made using only natural ingredients, it will taste delicious fried, on a fresh salad bed...
1- Alma chair, MAGIS at Etat de Siège, Design Javier Mariscal, 34 €
Polypropylene and fiberglass
Dim. : 40 x 40 x 58 cm
2- VIP Chair, MOOOI at Etat de Siège, Design Marcel Wanders, from 1000 €
Steel structure set on wheels hidden by a wool-like cloth covering
Dim. : 62 x 53 x 78 cm
Etat de Siège 1, quai de Conti Paris 6° +33 1 43 29 31 60
A ray of sunshine comes in through the window panes and hits us on the head, and already we picture ourselves sitting on the wheeled VIP chair, rolling down the grassy slope to join the elegant society awaiting us at the garden pavilion, cup of tea in hand. Or, sitting among the trees before the peaceful lake, on the Alma chair whose adorned back lets us blend with the surroundings.
Silkscreen print on paper, hand-made, limited edition, Atelier LZC
15 x 50 cm, 70 € and 50 x 50 cm, 120 €
It's hard to pick only a couple of things from the myriad cool and cute designs from Atelier LZC. Toy trucks, peacocks and ducks, palaces, flowers, trees and birds... They all jostle on stickers, wallpapers, cards or note-books, napkins, cushions, mirrors... These verdant serigraphs, these conversing warblers, are as much art as they are craft.
Derby shoes, celadon calf, 300 €
Paul & Joe 64-66, rue des Saints-Pères Paris 7° +33 1 42 22 47 01
The gentlemen will now slip into their strolling shoes and lead the ladies to the garden. There they'll watch the clouds drift by, until the rain comes.