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Steal This Look: A Sunny Ikea Kitchen in the Marais

Lately we’ve been admiring the Instagram feed of Parisian stylist/blogger Lucille Gauthier-Braud. We’re particularly fascinated by her eat-in-kitchen, which, though located in the Marais, looks straight out of the French countryside. Three years ago, Lucille and her husband, Charles overhauled their apartment, knocking down walls to allow for a large open space for cooking and gathering. The addition of a verriére, a skylight, adds lots of natural light. Here are the design elements to create yo...
Tags: Books, Sweden, Etsy, France, Paris, Ikea, West Africa, Charles, French, Nantes, Aesop, Tabletop, Sur La Table, Lucille, Smeg, Schoolhouse Electric




Blue Streak: An Inventive, Postage Stamp-Sized Flat in the Center of Paris

French interior designer Marianne Evennou has a knack for color. Even for those of us on the Remodelista team for whom grey feels like a bold choice, Evennou has a way of making color look effortless: pairing rusts with pale greens, layering rooms in many shades of the same hue, using vibrant blues like others would a neutral. “Colors for me are like musical notes—they’re all good; you just have to adjust them to make a nice melody,” Evennou told Margot in our piece Home at the Office: Designer ...
Tags: Books, Color, Paris, Apartments, French, Blue, Marrakech, Bosch, House Tour, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Marais, Margot, Pied, Home Offices, Small-Space Living, Architecture & Interiors


France Is Getting a New, Algorithmically Designed Keyboard Layout

French and English share the same 26-character alphabet, but additional accents, symbols, and punctuation make it challenging for Francophones to use keyboard layouts designed for English speakers. The solution so far has just been to learn to adapt, but researchers led by Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Keyboards, France, Research, French, Algorithms, Aalto University, Qwerty, Azerty, Aalto University in Helsinki Finland


The Riverside Inn: A Normandy Guesthouse from an Upstart American Restaurateur

Jordan Feilders is the American who introduced California-style artisanal burger and taco trucks to Paris. He was newly arrived from San Francisco in 2012 when he rolled out his mobile catering business, Cantine California, which made such a splash that Anthony Bourdain paid an enthusiastic visit and The New York Times reported: “Food Trucks in Paris? U.S. Cuisine Finds Open Minds, and Mouths.” Cantine California continues, but Feilders and his French wife, Tatiana Dupond, now the parents of two...
Tags: Books, California, France, San Francisco, Normandy, New York Times, Paris, Elton John, Ikea, French, Monet, House Tour, Anthony Bourdain, Penelope, Simon, Giverny


Riverside House: A Normandy Guesthouse from an Upstart American Restaurateur

Jordan Feilders is the American who introduced California-style artisanal burger and taco trucks to Paris. He was newly arrived from San Francisco in 2012 when he rolled out his mobile catering business, Cantine California, which made such a splash that Anthony Bourdain paid an enthusiastic visit and The New York Times reported: “Food Trucks in Paris? U.S. Cuisine Finds Open Minds, and Mouths.” Cantine California continues, but Feilders and his French wife, Tatiana Dupond, the parents of two you...
Tags: Books, California, France, San Francisco, Normandy, New York Times, Paris, Elton John, Ikea, French, Monet, House Tour, Anthony Bourdain, Penelope, Simon, Giverny


Farewell to Pioneering Filmmaker, Agnès Varda

Boundary-breaking French filmmaker Agnès Varda has passed away, one day ahead of her 91st birthday. Radical, feminist, experimental and spirited, her films explored taboo subjects and while they weren’t commercially successful, they remain powerfully influential and rich with wisdom. One of her earlier films, Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) explores existentialism, narcissism and pain through a decidedly feminine lens—Peter Bradshaw writes, the film “is …
Tags: Design, Movies, Films, Culture, Rip, French, Filmmaker, Linkaboutit, Peter Bradshaw, Agnes Varda, New Wave


Expert Advice: How to Set a Table the French Way

A table, like a bed, is one of those things it’s easy to over-style, smoothing linens to perfection and setting flatware just so. But in long, languid summer evenings in particular, we much prefer the undone look mastered by the French, with perfectly imperfect tablecloths; unkempt, not-too-arranged flowers; and plenty of candles. But even tables that look unfussy follow a few guiding principles. For help, we consulted French florist Laetitia Mayor of @flóresie and ceramist Sarah Van Raden of Po...
Tags: Books, France, French, Portland Oregon, Mayor, Entertaining, Expert Advice, Tabletop, Dining Tables, Tablescapes, French Style, Notary Ceramics, Outdoor Entertaining, Laetitia Mayor, Sarah Van Raden, Chikae Howland


Trend Alert: Vintage French Shops You Can Browse from Your Laptop

We’d look for any excuse to book a flight to France, map out a route, and spend a few days scouring flea markets, brocantes, and vides greniers (the French version of a garage sale) for vintage finds. The next best thing? A few small vintage shops, with wares hand-sourced from antiques shops and stalls throughout France, and easily browsable from your couch. Unlike bigger online platforms like eBay and Etsy, these are more curated shops run (and sourced) by individuals and couples, with small se...
Tags: Books, New York, Instagram, Etsy, Ebay, France, Maine, Paris, French, Reims, Bay Area, Justine, Laurie, Sharon, AKI, Brun


Trend Alert: 6 Vintage French Shops You Can Browse from Your Laptop

We’d look for any excuse to book a flight to France, map out a route, and spend a few days scouring flea markets, brocantes, and vides greniers (the French version of a garage sale) for vintage finds. The next best thing? A few small vintage shops, with wares hand-sourced from antiques shops and stalls throughout France, and easily browsable from your couch. Unlike bigger online platforms like eBay and Etsy, these are more curated shops run (and sourced) by individuals and couples, with small se...
Tags: Books, New York, Instagram, Etsy, Ebay, France, Maine, Paris, French, Reims, Bay Area, Justine, Laurie, Sharon, AKI, Brun


The Family Duplex: Paris Architect Camille Hermand’s Newly Combined Apartments

Whenever we ask architects if we can see where they live, the response is invariably: “My place? Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.” Followed by: “You know the expression about the shoemaker having no shoes?” Paris architect Camille Hermand is one of the brave few to open her doors to us. Hermand has a degree from Paris’s École Spéciale d’Architecture and runs her own five-person firm specializing in residential architecture and interior design (a year ago we featured her Grand Apartment Up...
Tags: Books, London, Bellevue, Paris, Ikea, Apartments, French, Honore, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, Architect Visit, Farrow Ball, House Call, French Style, Caravane, Le Monde Sauvage


The Family Duplex: Architect Camille Hermand’s Newly Combined Paris Apartments

Whenever we ask architects if we can see where they live, the response is invariably: “My place? Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.” Followed by: “You know the expression about the shoemaker having no shoes?” Paris architect Camille Hermand is one of the brave few to open her doors to us. Hermand has a degree from Paris’s École Spéciale d’Architecture and runs her own five-person firm specializing in residential architecture and interior design (a year ago we featured her Grand Apartment Up...
Tags: Books, London, Bellevue, Paris, Apartments, French, Honore, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, Architect Visit, Farrow Ball, House Call, French Style, Caravane, Le Monde Sauvage, Camille Hermand


Nomibis: A Vintage Shop in Reims, France, Shoppable on Instagram

A flea market in France you can shop on Instagram? Julie recently spotted Nomibis, run by Fabienne Nominé and companion Pascal Bisson, who first opened a shop in the city of Reims, France (once the site of the coronations of the French kings), but ten years later discovered that they could sell things more artfully and more quickly on Instagram. Now they use their own Reims home to style their found “antiques and eccentricities,” then post them on their Instagram feed (@nomibis) and on their web...
Tags: Books, Instagram, France, Maine, French, Bay Area, Julie, Antiques & Vintage, Shopper's Diary, Design Travel, Reims France, French Style, Marston House, Elsie Green, Vinalhaven, Nomibis


Agoria feat. Blasé: You’re Not Alone

Accompanied by a stunning video treatment directed by Latin Grammy Award-winner Hernan Corera, Agoria (aka Sebastien Devaud) releases a new single titled “You’re Not Alone,” featuring French singer Blasé. It’s an entrancing tune about promises between two people—and the distances they’ll go for one another. In the otherworldly video, the song acts as an appropriate soundtrack for a cross-desert ride, intimate moments between lovers and crowded, …
Tags: Design, Culture, Music Video, French, Listenup, Electronic, New Music, Hernan Corera Agoria, Sebastien Devaud


ECTO famille de table basse vitrine par Piks Design

Piks Design, studio design multidisciplinaires français nous dévoile ce matin ECTO, une collection de mobilier ludique pour salon. ECTO est une collection de tables basses vitrines originales, pour jouer, surprendre votre famille et vos invités. « Pour changer, chaque jour ou chaque semaine son intérieur, simplement et rapidement. Une table sur laquelle les objets entrent en lévitation. Une table sous laquelle se cache, se devine et s’anime votre petit monde. Joyeuse ou chic, sel...
Tags: Books, Design, France, Color, Furniture, French, Table, Mobilier, Esprit Design Galerie, ECTO, Joyeuse, Table Basse, Piks Design


After Party

From kitsch to classy, François Prost‘s After Party is a 300-page exploration of French nightclub façades. The collection of photographs was shot during the daytime, offering a strangely alien element to the images—with their neon unlit, doors closed, and void of humans. In contrast, the cover boasts a holographic foil which will stand out on bookshelves or coffee tables. With a poster included, this book is available in an …
Tags: Books, Photography, Design, France, Photo Books, French, Ed Banger, Nightclubs, Francois Prost, Headbangers Publishing


Otonali, a Japanese-Inspired Restaurant in Brittany

New from French chef Bertrand Larcher, owner of the Breizh Café empire of Breton-style crêperies: Otonali, a restaurant in St.-Malo, Brittany, which combines traditional Japanese dishes with Breton ingredients and influences. Larcher opened his first crêpe restaurant in Tokyo back in 1996 and has since expanded to nine locations across Japan plus three in France: in Cancale, Paris, and St.-Malo. Though the crêperies are unabashedly in the Breton style—they use the traditional buckwheat batter an...
Tags: Books, Japan, France, Restaurants, Paris, Tokyo, Michelin, French, Japanese, Black, Brittany, Bertrand, Breton, Alki, St Malo, Restaurant Visit


Let’s put a Bluetooth speaker in concrete, said no one ever

Except someone actually did say that and then they made it and now you can own your very own concrete Bluetooth speaker AND it’s surprisingly pretty decent. It seems there’s a new Bluetooth speaker on the market every single day. You can get high quality speakers that could fill a stadium and cost over $2,000 or you can get a $15 stormtrooper head speaker that fits in the palm of your hand and can take selfies. It seems there’s no end to Bluetooth speaker manufacturing, but this concrete spe...
Tags: Music, Bluetooth, Audio, Speakers, France, Tech, Paris, Speaker, French, Portable, Le Pavé Parisien


Joyeux Noël: How to Throw a Holiday Party the French Way

Ever since we featured Paris-based tableware shop Madame de la Maison on Remodelista a few weeks ago (see: Vintage French Style You Can Rent), we’ve been smitten by Ajiri Aki, the style maven and collectress behind the shop, who scours the best flea markets in France for vintage Limoges and styles the most beautiful table we’ve seen in a long while. When we heard that Aki was hosting a holiday dinner party for a small circle of French and expat friends, we asked for a behind-the-scenes look—and ...
Tags: Books, Cook, Holidays, France, How-to, Paris, French, Entertaining, Expert Advice, Noël, Tabletop, Frank, Louis, Barron, Limoges, Joyeux Noel


La Vie en Rose: Inside a Costumier’s Dreamlike, DIY Maison in France

How would a French costumier style her own stately country house? With quiet, rosy hues, cinematic hints of silver, and linens she sews herself. For months we’ve been following French stylist and costumier Céline Sathal on Instagram as she slowly and with care restores a traditional hôtel particulier in a tiny village outside of Tolouse. Sathal, who works as a costume designer for the French theater, opera, and cinema, found the 1870s house on Le Bon Coin, the French equivalent of Craiglist (“wh...
Tags: Books, Diy, Instagram, France, Marseille, Paris, Ikea, French, Pink, Toulouse, Guyana, Houses, Bosch, House Tour, Kitchens, Versailles


French Impressionist Wedding Inspiration with Sofia Coppola Style

Today’s Impressionist wedding inspiration is served up Sofia Coppola style, with pompom velvet heels, colorfully sweet treats and all the delicious pastel eye candy in between. Any French artist would clamor over the crowd for a chance to capture this European wedding scene, and my are we glad someone did! That someone is the inimitable Lisa Blume Photography, whose ethereal images bring us closer to Heaven every time. View full post
Tags: Wedding, French, Vintage, Monet, Impressionism, Sofia Coppola, Wedding Design, Lisa Blume, Eventi Floral and Design, Impressionist wedding, Sofia Coppola Style


The Paris Review: 5 New Design Destinations for Your Itinerary

This summer I spent six weeks in France. The initial plan was two weeks in Paris, but somehow we kept coming back: Paris, then the Riviera, Paris, then Morocco, then Paris again. We were calling Paris “home” by the third visit. Before this trip, the last time I was in Paris was five ago (longtime readers might recall those posts), and before that, I spent a year at school in the 7th arrondissement. One thing I’ve observed over these incremental visits is even though it’s a city of staunch tradit...
Tags: Books, France, Marseille, Morocco, Paris, French, Francois Truffaut, Montmartre, Seine, Expert Advice, Colette, Merci, Cohen, Gus Van Sant, Le Corbusier, Shopper's Diary


French Vintage Style via the Bay Area: Elsie Green in Sebastapol

Bay Area-based Laurie Furber has been scouring the French countryside for the past few years, sourcing antique and vintage pieces for Elsie Green, her emporium featuring all things Gallic. Her wares, which include charming pieces like vintage grocer’s scales, copper cookware, and wire oyster baskets, are available both online and at her stores in Concord, in the East Bay, and now, in Sebastapol in wine country. N.B.: One of our favorite interiors bloggers, Victoria Smith of SF Girl, curates a co...
Tags: Books, France, Paris, French, East Bay, Bay Area, Bush, Anne, Concord, Sebastopol, Barlow, Shopper's Diary, Gardenista, Design Travel, Ferber, Victoria Smith


Vintage French Style You Can Rent: Madame de la Maison in Paris

Here’s a novel idea: Instead of generic catering supply, you can now rent vintage Limoges porcelain and Longchamp serveware for your wedding, dinner party, or just because. It’s all through Madame de la Maison, a one-woman operation helmed by Ajiri Aki, based in Paris. Aki—who was born in Nigeria, raised in Texas, and worked in the fashion industry in New York (including at the Met’s Costume Institute) before going back to school to study decorative arts—lives now in France, and takes day trips ...
Tags: Books, New York, Texas, France, Nigeria, Paris, Venice, French, Tabletop, Longchamp, Limoges, AKI, Antiques & Vintage, Shopper's Diary, Tablescapes, Fabrics & Linens


Kitchen of the Week: At Home in the French Countryside with an Upstart Champagne Producer, Vipp Kitchen Included

Viticulturist Cédric Bouchard is a Champagne maker on the up; he’s only been making Roses de Jeanne, his signature label, for a few years, but he’s already selling in 30 countries and his limited-production biodynamic Champagne is served at of-the-moment restaurants like Noma in Copenhagen and Oaxen in Stockholm. Cédric and his wife, Émilie, a graphic designer, and their two small daughters live in Aube, a small town in the Champagne region of France, in a 300-year-old manor house they’ve painst...
Tags: Books, Abc, France, French, Copenhagen, Kitchens, Noma, Emma, Emilie, Vipp, Cedric, Violette, Kitchen of the Week, French Style, Oaxen, Cédric Bouchard


Fiction: Stephen King Reviews Tana French’s ‘Extraordinary’ New Novel

In “The Witch Elm,” squabbles and accusations rend an Irish family after kids find a human skull wedged in a tree on their property.
Tags: News, Stephen King, French, Tana, Books and Literature, The Witch Elm: A Novel (Book


Books of The Times: Tana French Is at Her Suspenseful Best in ‘The Witch Elm’

In French’s new novel, a young man struggles to make sense of his own memory and identity after barely surviving an attack.
Tags: News, French, Tana, Books and Literature, The Witch Elm: A Novel (Book


Animal of the month: 8 facts about rabbits

Popular as pets, considered lucky by some, and widely recognised as agricultural nuisances, rabbits are commonplace all over the world. Their cute, fluffy exterior hides the more ingenious characteristics of this burrowing herbivore, including specially-adapted hind legs, extra incisors, and prolific breeding capabilities. Whilst rabbits thrive in most areas, certain species face the common struggle of their specialist habitats being destroyed, and myxomatosis has devastated rabbit populations i...
Tags: Europe, Books, Japan, Featured, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, Evolution, Rabbits, Greenland, French, Hare, Death Valley, Rabbit, Middle Ages, Wikimedia Commons


Crossing Minds would like to recommend a few entertainment options

Crossing Minds, which is launching in our Disrupt SF 2018 Battlefield today, is an AI startup that focuses on recommendations. The company’s app, Hai, provides you with a wide range of entertainment recommendations, including books, music, shows, video games and restaurants, based on the data it can gather about you from services like Spotify, Netflix, Hulu and your Xbox. The company’s co-founders Alexandre Robicquet (CEO) and Emile Contral (CTO) tell me that they want Hai, which is available fo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Entertainment, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Netflix, Ai, French, Recommendations, Battlefield, Transfer Learning, Sebastian Thrun, Hai, Spotify Netflix Hulu, Alexandre Robicquet


The Blaze: Queens

“Queens” is the latest single—and movie-like music video—from French electronic duo The Blaze. Cousins Jonathan and Guillaume Alric comprise the band’s entire creative team—helming everything from lyrics to production to music video direction. The song is a bellowing, haunting combination of dark house music and electronic stadium anthem. And the accompanying video is a harrowing tale of human experience told through a candlelit memorial, tormented love …
Tags: Design, Culture, Queens, Music Video, French, Listenup, Electronic, Jonathan, House Music, The Blaze, Guillaume Alric