I love this time of year! I love when decorating stores, listening to Christmas music, and the air cool and dry. For me, Christmas was always Christmas decorations, cook and enjoy family ...
If you are sick of all those tiresome Christmas commercials and naff festive decorations already and yet somehow it’s still only the beginning of December? Well why not get back to festive basics with the traditional independant shops, like Little Paris for your Christmas gifts ? Jewels, bags, quilts, candles, decorations items; Marion Godart, Little woman Paris, Nat&Nin, Naterra, La Cocotte, La Cerise sur le Gateau, Les Gambettes, Bougies la Francaises, Papillons rouge, Bergasens, Durance, we try to have the best of Paris !
see you there soon or at www.littleparis.co.uk
I am in love with these new treasure, find in Paris this wednesday, other original furnitures on
Design by Harry Bertoia, 1952.
This 1952 masterpiece earned Harry Bertoia a Designer of the Year award in 1955 as well as a Certificate of Merit from the American Institute of Architects. Innovative, comfortable and strikingly handsome, the Bertoia Side Chair's delicate filigree appearance belies its strength and durability. The original almond green padded cushion removable is in very good condition.
Set of 2; £450.- each
'Suggestion de presentation'
Monday, November 5th in the cold and beautiful Paris, I brought you a lovely range of leather gloves...
Gorgeous Range of Leather Gloves.
Accessories in Parisian Style At Little Paris shop...& don't forget to look our website http://www.littleparis.co.uk/new-arrivals.html.
When I came back to Paris yesterday after only 2 days in London, it was clear and cold and lovely. The city had accommodated itself to winter, there were brazier soutside of many of the good cafes so that I could keep warm on the terraces, on the streets the winter light was beautiful.
For my tea time, I decided to walk to Rue de Motorgueil who is perfectly located in the center of Paris, it’s a great place to take a stroll, and is pedestrian-friendly , as it’s flat and closed off to cars. It’s a lovely walk, and everything is in a three block radius, making it easy to sample some of the best food shops, bakeries, and chocolate shops in Paris in one fell swoop.
The area was, for centuries, the home of the famous Les Halles covered market, which stood in the center of the city. As part of the modernization of Paris it was dismantled in the 1970s, replaced by an unattractive shopping mall. ( shame).
The street is the perfect place to go if you just have a short time in Paris, as there’s a lot to see—and eat, in a very concentrated space. Depending on where you’re coming from, you can take the métro and get off at Etienne Marcel, Les Halles, or Sentier. Have a Good trip. ;)
New arrival in Little Paris: the gorgeous quilts, throws and cushions from En Fil d'Indienne. We love their flower patterns, and they are so warm! And also because I love that, I found some new furnitures http://www.littleparis.co.uk/new-arrivals.html, by example this lovely Gascoin kids chair!
New arrivals :
A little bit of history about these chairs :
Danish designer Verner Panton is one of the group of designers who broke with the Scandinavian tradition of producing handcrafted teak wood furniture. He shares this distinction with Poul Kjaerholm and Arne Jacobsen, in whose architecture studio he worked from 1950-2.
As early as 1949-50, Panton began drafting chairs with no rear legs during his studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. In 1955 a chair emerged that was made of molded laminated wood and featured one unbroken S-curve; it was part of an entire furniture line. However, Panton was fascinated by the opportunities opened up by the new plastics, which, due to their lack of structure, do not limit the designer to any particular forms, and engender inexpensive products. This new formal freedom caused him to reconsider the theme “chair,” and he again returned to the S-chair and modified it. The crucial feature was the curved lower part, which rendered the base of the S-chair superfluous and afforded the desired leg room.
At the end of the fifties, together with Dansk Acrylic Teknik, he developed the prototype for the “Panton-Chair” in plastic and exhibited it at the Mobilia-Club on Eriksholm, near Helsingör, in the hope of finding a suitable manufacturer with whom he could realize his idea. He found none and the cantilever-base plastic chair initially remained a dream. Panton returned again to working with laminated wood.
In 1962-3 he paid a visit to Vitra. Only after making contact with the owners Willi and Rolf Fehlbaum, who manufactured Herman Miller products under license, did years of experimentation finally yield the first fiberglass-reinforced polyester prototypes in 1967. However, the desire to make the “Panton-Chair” stackable once again delayed production, as the thickness of the material had to be reduced without forfeiting stability.
The final version went into serial production in 1968 at Vitra under the label of the Herman Miller Furniture Co. It was made of Baydur, an HR polyurethane foam produced by the Bayer Leverkusen company, and was varnished in seven colors. The “Panton-Chair” was thus the first product developed jointly by Vitra and Bayer Leverkusen to be included in the Herman Miller collection. It quickly won fame and became a Pop Art icon.
I am crazy about the Rockmafia US Bag. Just arrived in shop. Discover the latest about the best emerging French designers bags Rockmafia ! I haven't been this absessed with them since my twenties.
This bag is the voice of our high school but with a wonderful interpretation! The leather is so soft. I feel I am back to my A level but with more confidence ;)
It sounds probably strange, but is like a treat for me every time I am going to Paris.
I was there yesterday, I travelled on the Eurostar from London Kings cross and arrived into Gare de Nord only 2 hours later. I was seat next to an adorable studient from St Martin who talk me about his impressive work. The weather was amazing and after a morning to meet suppliers Marion Godart, Catherine Reck...I had the chance to have a lovely lunch in the sun in Tuileries garden.
I love my city. Paris is a dream destination, the romantic image of this beautiful city is everywhere in film, literature and magazines and I devoured as much of it as I could everytime I am there.
And voila one of the lovely bag I bring back for my lovely trip in Paris. all the new collection will be there before the week end...
And voila finally the mousse au chocolat receipe from Laduree ;)
- 160g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), chopped finely
- 40g unsalted butter, chopped
- 4 eggs
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 40g chocolate extra, for decorating
Add butter and chocolate to a bowl and place over a small pan of simmering water (double-boiler) to melt, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and allow melted chocolate to cool to barely lukewarm.
Whilst the chocolate is cooling, separate the eggs and set the whites aside. Lightly beat the yolks. Place egg whites in a large, clean, dry bowl with a pinch of salt and whip to a foam. Once they are white and frothy, add the sugar and continue to whip until firm.
Immediately add the egg yolks, gently folding into the whites. Incorporate 1/4 of the egg mixture into the chocolate and butter by gently folding together. Pour this entire mixture back over the remaining 3/4 of the eggs, folding them together gently.
Transfer the chocolate mousse to a large serving dish and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Serve in small cups or ramekins with chocolate grated over the top to decorate.
The most lovely birthday I have never had, thanks to Marion, Adrien, Adam, Sam, Fanny and Tim and all my lovely guests.
Last saturday evening I arrived home and on my 1950's cupboard was a letter and a mask waiting for me. Inside the letter just a few words, ' Madame... La cour a quitté Paris ' (Madame... The court has left Paris).
I knew something was organised in the Little Paris Upper Street shop for me, but I had no clue that the basement would be transformed into a Little Versailles Palais.
I arrived with my mask and downstairs I was not able to recognize all my guests because of their masks, it was magical, enchanting ... The light flashed only with the candles, and set on all the furniture store were displayed wonderful cakes made from Laduree recipes, and baked by Marion and Adrien. Adam and Fanny have concocted amazing cocktails and the "cherry" on the cake was 'la venue' of Sam Coffey and Tim Staffell, who played jazz music for us ...
What an amazing night. And shhhh... I will give you the Laduree recipes on my next message so you can try them home. Just incredible...( Laduree book recipes is also available to buy in Little Paris shops).
Suddenly, summer has arrived here in London – And when you go on holiday, you will need the Bensimon tennis, the must to have. Imagine in the afternoon, closing the shutters and even the windows of the house to keep the heat out and go for a rest in the village for a lemonade with your new Little Paris bag and your bue Bensimon.
On the evening you will wear the Pasteque Bensimon with your SUD suede bag
and the men will wear the navy Bensimon with the lovely straw hat.
And when it’s warm enough to sit eating supper in the garden as the sun goes down. It’s my favourite time of year.