On the bucolic greens of Larsson's watercolors,
or the lawn of a park in New York, in Berlin,
we'll picnic all summer long, under the shade
of Chic Cityrats
Carl Larsson, Crayfishing, watercolor, 32 x 43 cm, ca. 1895, Swedish National Museum, Stockholm
Exhibition Swedish Turn-of-the-Century Art: A Summertime Treat, until 17 August 2007
National Museum, Södra Blasieholmshamnen, Stockholm, +46 8-5195 4300
The Swedish National Museum of Arts is rearranging its XIXth-century section to accomodate the taste of the public for turn-of-the-century painting. Hannah Pauli, Anders Zorn, Carl Fredrik Hill, Gustaf Cederström, and many contemporaries will therefore enjoy the spotlight. Among them Carl Larsson stands tall. He has often been introduced as a champion of the affluent middle-class family and its untainted happiness. His biographer, however, described him as "a volcano at boiling point (...) a restless mind (...) desperate sometimes to the point of flinging his palette against the walls, other times enthusiastic, with a wide smile on his face and an air of mischief (...) or, moody and solitary, convinced that inner peace can only be achieved through utter submission to fate." (Georg Nordensvan, quoted by Bo Lindwal in Carl Larsson, Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image). Above, one from the 26 watercolors in his series "A Home".
Beach chair Leaf XXL, Hularo ® fiber, Java color, also available: Seagrass, dim. : l 254 x w 151 x h 42 cm, Dedon, 3 360€
If the urge to settle on a tree is too strong, but you still wish to have lunch in the best possible environment, Dedon offers an elegant solution in the shape of these soft leaves, which look like they just fluttered down from a giant plum tree. It's also fine for lying down and drowse for a while and sip an iced tea.
Pearl grey woollen dress, white Peter Pan collar, pattern of birthday cakes in carmine velvet, Manoush, 240€
Information: +33 1 44 88 97 97 www.manoush.com
Rather original: celebrating one's birthday on a tree. That's apparently what Manoush is doing. On the occasion of their fifth birthday, the brand is editing a dress especially designed to be worn on a tree. Or anywhere else. Never mind. Most important: the apple and its little candle, the veritable acme of the birthday picnic.
Golf chair, Etc Créations, Design Magali Jeambrun
Louis XVI chair, hand-carved beech structure, hand-made, hand-polished plexiglas back and seat, dim. : h 92 x 48 x 54 cm
Price on request
Information: +33 3 81 64 26 96
As a preparation for a picnic on the grass, the city slicker may train on these chairs imagined by Magali Jeambrun, far from ants and wasps. A playful program that doubles as a putt-perfecting course.
1- Fresh Brochette, fresh vegetables, cherry tomatoes, sucrine lettuce, Mozzarella di Buffala, Victoria pineapple, basil, 8€
2- Fresh Tomates, yellow and green tomatoes filled with fresh vegetables and Mozzarella di Buffala dice, olive sauce, 6,50€ each
3- Fresh Salade, sucrine lettuce filled with green tabbouleh, 8,50€
4- Fresh fruit and vegetable juices, 6 flavors: mango-coconut-kiwi, carrot-cucumber-orange, cucumber-kiwi, cucumber-guava-raspberry, lemon liqueur-tomato-mango, apple-vanilla, 5€ each
Fauchon, 24/26, place de la Madeleine Paris 8°, +33 1 70 39 38 00
Fresh, green, sweet, delicious. The very definition of a successful picnic meal, that Fauchon has epitomized with Fresh, its summer collection.
To go along the luxury sandwiches and colorful salads, Fauchon also offers gorgeous and playful juices mixing fresh fruits and vegetables. Ideally, you'll want to carry all 6 flavors along - even if there are only two of you.
Pic Boll, picnic kit for 6 people: 6 glasses, 6 regular plates, 6 glass plates, 6 dessert plates, 2 salad bowls, Guzzini, design Carlo Viglino, 50€
Melamine lunch box, 37€, regular plates and tumblers, 8€ and 15,50€ for 6
Home Autour du Monde, 8, rue des Francs Bourgeois Paris 3°, +33 1 42 77 06 08
For a casual brunch with designer pals, lying on the lawns of the Tiergarten, you'll come equipped with these edgy picnic kits. When closed, one forms a perfect sphere, while the other is a cute multi-storied lunchbox in pastel colors.