Printemp's signature spring blooms and the latest homeware 'must haves' as seen in the windows this May. via Printemp
Colour Blocked Blooms
Printemp's Paris windows never fail to impress. March 2013. via Printemp
Pop up with Presence
Whilst looking for some realistic, large format, vinyl hoarding skin references I recalled seeing this Prada store in Paris. Whilst it was 5 years ago now, and only open for 5 months, it makes temporary look timeless and rather fabulous don't you think? The graphic design was a tribute to the Mirabeau Bridge, the first bridge in Paris to be created from metal. The space features illusory perspectives and a spacious double storey layout. A very slick case of 'smoke and mirrors', as we would expect from Prada. via Dazed Digital
City of Light
Paris is the City of Light. The Place Vendome did not disappoint with a contemporary take on twigs & trees that sparkle this Christmas.
Bon Marche in Black & Gold
Le Bon Marche's Christmas theme celebrates the architecture of Paris with tres cute back lit minature buildings scattered throughout the store. The main void has a rather minimalist take on bells. Contemporary, simple and dramatic, I think you needed to be there to appreciate just how effective it was.
Lanvin’s got legs
Lanvin's Christmas windows are a little madcap this season with mannequin's arms and legs projecting from trees adorned with bags, shoes and trinkets along with traditional baubles. Spotted on the Rue St Honore, Paris.
Why put a bag over your head when a big bunch of flowers is so much prettier? This has been a strong VM trend over the past 12 months with Printemps doing it better than most. Pic thanks to RDB.
Neat as a Nippy
There is a wait staff crisis in this country. Loads of good restaurants are lacking fab front of house staff. Find a floor person with flair and you've found gold. I snapped these French waiters on the Rue St Honore and discovered The Perfect Nippy leafing through "The Art of Looking Sideways" (Phaidon). According to the book, Lyons Cornerhouses were an extensive chain of teashops in the UK founded at the turn of the previous century and closed down during the swinging sixties. The Lyon's waitress, or 'Nippy' as she was known was formally dressed and Lyon's worked extremely hard to maintain the dress code as expressed in this instruction issued to its staff in 1937. I love it!
Slim line stems
A narrow footpath and frontage doesn't deter this florist from making a colourful statement that tucks neatly into the shopfront. When closed you have no idea it transforms into such a charming street statement. Spotted in Paris.
I discovered this tiny, and rather dramatic, shop in Paris that sells a range of stunning paint colours and stackable glass sample pots that are more like perfume bottles. Zuber is a French brand that has been around since 1797 and still produces woodblock printed wallpapers and furnishing fabrics as they have done for the last 200+ years.