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I love scouring various flea markets in Paris. There is nothing quite like a flea market in Paris, especially when it comes to vintage artwork. I found some truly special paintings on this trip that I just added to Kneeland Mercado. One collection is from a French artist by the name of Marie Louise Arnol. These psychedelic beauties were painted in 1978 and I was in complete awe when I discovered them at the booth of one of my suppliers. I also found some Art Nouveau Ornament designs as well as this delightful gouache painting of birds against a black background. It is so hard to part with these!
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article for the NYT about a new beauty brand that just launched in Paris and I was so happy to see it in the Sunday Styles section. Dream come true! The brand, Buly, was re-launched by former Cire Trudon co-owner Ramdane Touhami. With the launch came a new store on the left bank, right around the corner from my favorite store in the world, Dries Van Noten. It’s safe to say that Buly now sits at the top of my list of favorite stores around the globe (think turquoise terra cotta tile, marble encased candles, apothecary style furnishings, and literally the most divine rose perfume I have ever smelled). I had read about Buly opening soon, and the funny thing is that I was actually the very first customer on opening day, right before I hopped on a flight back to LA. I went on and on about it to an editor at T Magazine and ended up writing the piece, and I couldn’t be happier. You can also read it online at T Magazine here.
These photos of broken porcelain in a palace in Vienna have been on my inspiration board for the past couple of months. They’re from a past issue of World of Interiors and I found it fitting as a post since there is so much Wedgwood and Chinese porcelain popping up in magazines and on websites these days. Unfortunately I couldn’t seem to find the byline from this story, but it goes like this: “Schloss Loosdorf, tucked away in the hilly wine country north of Vienna, had been renowned for its porcelain collection, which was predominantly 18th-century Japanese Imari and Chinese porcelain, late 18th-century and early 19th-century Vienna, Meissen, Berlin and Davenport, along with some Wedgwood and majolica. The collection was all sealed up in a cellar room when the owners, the counts of Piatti, were forced to flee in the late spring of 1945 (the final days of WWII). During their absence, Soviet soldiers took up quarters there and tossed out its rare books, hacked at furniture, and located the hidden porcelain collection and destroyed it in a rage. When Count Ferdinand Piatti again took possession of his ruined palace in June 1945, he had the porcelain and other remains of objects arranged in piles by manufacturer in an attempt to salvage at least something. More than 60 years on, the damage, in all its wantonness, is still debilitating to view, though the monumental nature of the installation Piatti created both assesses and addresses the damage in a solemn, thoughtful way.”
Last week I was invited to attend the preview of Design in Time, an installation by Heath Ceramics celebrating ten years of design and making. Eight artists were chosen to create one-of-a-kind clocks to be featured in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Heath locations, and all of them are available for purchase including a few of my favorites below by Roger Herman, Adam Silverman (Studio Director of Heath Ceramics LA), Commune and Geoff McFetridge. I had never visited the actual Heath studio in LA, and it was really inspiring to take a peek behind-the-scenes. I love a good inspiration board, and Adam’s was no joke. I especially loved the black & white ballet photos as well as the “I heart Texas” sticker, which is where I grew up. If you live in LA or SF, you should definitely stop by Heath to check out Design in Time.
From L to R: Roger Herman, Roger Herman, Adam Silverman, Commune
I’ve always admired the style of Amanda Brooks. To me, she seems like a woman who really understands style way beyond fashion and trends and can get down with Kate Moss as much as she can get down with Jackie O. There’s a simplicity to her way of dressing, but with a hint of bohemian mixed with classic that’s always incredibly chic. While browsing the internet this long weekend I came across a feature of her home in Oxfordshire shot by The Selby for The Guardian and I was instantly charmed by all of it including the artwork, the outdoor area overflowing in greenery, the tree house/art studio, the mix of textiles, the adorable animals, and most of all the pure happiness and love that’s being exuded by her family. I called Darryl over and we flipped through the photos while drinking our morning tea as it rained outside, and we seriously fantasized about moving to a farm and raising animals and kiddos. It was very much a stop and pause moment and it felt good. I love it when someone or something makes you daydream. Naturally, I admire Amanda Brooks even more now.