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In Collecting, Decorateurs, Fashion, I like, Interior Architects, Objects, Shops on 23/07/2012 at 10:02

John and I were very proud when we were asked to collaborate on a new project of the MAX MARA group, situated on Westbourne Grove.
They opened their first English MAX MARA Weekend shop in this very beautiful part of London.
We had to search for furniture and small objects like coat hooks, paintings etc. and compose a collection of mantle vases.
We decided to put 25 vases on iron cast brackets in a configuration that was different then the one they made at the last minute. It looks anyway fantastic.











Thanks for reading.

Have a lovely day.

Benoit and co. (John)





In Collecting, Fashion, I like, Shops on 27/06/2012 at 14:25

My friends Mathieu and Philippe took me for a walk through the village looking for a vintage shop run by an Italian couple. They are specialised in Chanel handbags and couture jewellery from the 1930s till now and they sell, besides an amazing collection of statement pieces, also some pretty art deco furniture and Italian glass objects.

I show you some pictures that I made in the shop from pieces, that I liked. I could go forever and ever taking each piece in my hands. they are of such a creativity.

Kenneth Jay Lane.



Assembling different old pieces of jewellery is what Isabella does with a New york based artist.The result is worth of Maharadja’s necklaces.

Have a look at their website

Rue de la Citadelle,22

St. Tropez.

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In Cities, I like, Shops on 27/06/2012 at 12:48

Some pictures can say more then 1000 words.

 Beautiful combination of pale green stones with small pink ones.

Sailing yachts in the port.

Colourful blankets in the shop of the Club 55.

Leaving the port for a picnic in sea.

Busy street in late afternoon.

The garden restaurant at the Christian Dior shop.

Who doesn’t want green shoes.

I love ethnic jewellery.

A sneaky view of Paul Signac’s garden of his villa ”La Hune”.


Hope you enjoyed my pictures, wish you a nice day.



In Bags, Cities, Fashion, I like, Shops on 26/06/2012 at 19:04

I’ve spent last week in St. Tropez with my best friend Re. in her marvellous house with views on the bay and the village.

View onto the bay of St. Tropez.

Dolce farniente on the swimming pool and long walks in discovering the new boutiques and what they have to propose.

Christian Dior opened a wonderful shop in a Hotel Particulier and the interior decoration was done by Peter Marino in a Marino style. All in different shades of grey.

A glimpse from the inside. we were constantly accompanied by guards!!! no pictures….

Fendi opened a new boutique and as I was always a big fan of their Peekaboo, Re was getting my attention that the leather quality is not really nice and indeed I really don’t love the grain of the leather they use, so exit of my best seller list.

 Window display at Fendi


Funny bags at Fendi.

It is still not summer and some shops sell already the A/W 2012 collections. At Erthee the almost complete collection of Celine was in the shop and every piece was more beautiful then the other, a simple minimal look with much beautiful, well cut leather garments and thick woollen sweaters and then of course their inimitable, I mean their very imitated range of bags…

here some examples, taken en catimini, Nowhere in the shops one is allowed to take pictures…..but I did.


Dark blue leather and suede. Oh so beautiful

   The ERTHEE shop with small LOEWE bags on the shelf.

  The Dolce & Gabbana shop. An Ali Babas cavern of beauty.

  Dolce & Gabbana Mini Miss Sicily in Raffia and Vietnamese python

Pure beauty.

  Place des Lices.

Me at the cafe de Paris, relaxed.

Thanks for reading.



In Cities, I like, Shops on 29/09/2011 at 12:14

The Scheepvaartmuseum

I went to Amsterdam some weeks ago and enjoyed Indian summer on the bike on the canals and  visiting new parts of this ever evolving and changing city. I went to Amsterdam to visit the WOONBEURS and look after what is new on the furniture market.but first some pictures of my favourite city on a glorious day.

New developments near the Central Station.

Living on a large canal.


boats on the canals.

The Queens Palace on the Dam viewed from '' de bijenkorf'' department store.

I went into the BIJENKORF who has been revamped over the last years and it looks like a small Selfridges with shops from Louis Vuiton, Hermes and Fendi and corners of the leading pret a porter houses. Delicious ILLY coffee on a large bench with views over the Dam and a good magazine I needed a rest from my biking…..

A watermill in Amsterdam West.

I’ve been sitting at terraces all day long. more then biking , looking at people enjoying this wonderful day as I did.

Saint Tropez. Shopping

In Bags, Cities, Fashion, Shops on 25/05/2011 at 07:37

Saint Tropez is of course a shopping paradise and after an afternoon on the pool we went to town and went for shopping. I wanted to go first to “les galleries Tropeziennes” one of the oldest shops in St. Tropez with a choice of objects, shoes, bags, small furniture, glassware and the traditional striped transat fabrics……..

Les Galeries Tropeziennes.

Les Galeries Tropeziennes.

Les Galeries Tropeziennes.

I liked very much the brown linen bag and had a closer look, but when I saw it was made by libeco, a very famous Belgian company from the neighbourhood of Bruges I thought to go to the outlet in Meulebeke and have a look aver there.

Secondly we went to RE run by our Italian friend Rosa. Since 14 years she sells very beautiful small Italian brands and since a couple of years she also sells the collection of piazzasempione. A very chic Milanese brand with superbly cut garments with that one of a kind Italian touch.

RE in the rue Gambetta.

We went to BoutiqueMy on the rue Francois Sibilli and were welcomed by Elisabeth, the shop manager who posed in front of my camera with her Le Corbusier glasses and a Ricky bag by Ralph Lauren. In the boutique she sells the collection by the Belgian Mimi Ulens de Schooten. The collection, called MUS is casual and made from the most beautiful cashmeres and wools you could ever find. Tres chic and comfy.

Elisabeth with her Corbusier glasses.

Elisabeth with her Corbusier glasses.

Funny things at BOX.

mad about the colours at Faconnable


The new Home style of the TOD'S boutique.


The funny Manoush shop. Very colourful, Indian, Moroccan inspired clothing.


Tres chic fur shop of Yves Salomon. Yes some people live in very cold countries.N'est ce pas, and they are holidaying in St. Tropez.


The garden at the Vuitton shop.The champagne is ready in the fridge.


Blanc Bleu boutique, casual wear and a large selection of Vintage.

This is only a small selection that catched my eye. For the avid shopper there is much, much more. From the cheap and funny to the most expensive. Hours of fun shopping. And don’t forget to stop at  brasserie Senequier for a pastis at the end of the afternoon or even better when the sun sets down on the port. Pure magic.


In Bags, I like, Shops on 02/04/2011 at 03:50

I saw the Celine bag and thought that the shape was quite universal and recognisable. Is it the reason that after a while I saw this kind of bag in so many different window displays. From cheap to chic. The other day while strolling around Lille with my friend Ree we saw this shape of bag in a shop called ZAPA. We went into the shop and a friendly young woman came to us and explained  the things to know about this bag.

The bag comes in 2 sizes and in a mix of about 9 leather tones and 3 fabrics, one in linen, and the two others in imitation python and leopard skin

I think that it is  really a good idea to have the customers involved in the  creation of something  personal, because a bag is something very personal. You choose a material for the bottom, another one for the top and if you wish, another for the handles. The zip comes in silver or gold colour and opens up a bit to create a little poach at the front.After having chosen your own mix you can personalise it even more with your initials.

Have a look at their website. I really like the idea. You can play around and let your creativity out.




In I like, Shops on 31/03/2011 at 14:43

I saw this funny table in a magazine and really liked it. As I am an avid magazine reader I like the idea to hang the ones that you are reading in the rack and the table looks very neat and even without magazines it looks sober  . The magazines stay in shape . Smart idea. It is available in black and white and it is the kind of table that is matching with so many other styles because of the purity of the design.


In Decoration, Fashion, Shops on 20/03/2011 at 14:08

A recent trip to Barcelona gave me the possibility to visit some decoration shops and some antiques dealers.

I have always thought that Spanish people can be very stylish as well in the way they wear clothes and in the way they do their houses and gardens. My partner and I went to a shop named Becara where we spend hours, looking around and getting ideas. A fabulous world of beauty, not in any way minimalistic, but a huge and chic cavern of Ali Baba, filled with furniture and objects, carpets and even jewellery by my favourite Danish brand Monies.

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