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Raphaële Marchal

 

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by Raphaële Marchal 

Every year it’s the same: we tell ourselves, hey, I’ve never been there, we should rent a cabin and explore the area, before we realise we are buried in work and have no time to plan a holiday, or by the time we get round to it, it’s too late and everything’s booked solid, or we have friends inviting us to their place for the summer, or we just feel like going all out this year and end up in Bali (admittedly not the most common outcome). But no excuses this year! Money is tight (and we’re saving the planet) (and flights have all been cancelled), so forget Machu Picchu. As for Paris in August, we love it… but we need to escape it too.

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SUMMER LIGHTS…

This is our favourite new lamp and we can, without a doubt, predict that it will also be yours. Bina Baitel designed this lovely surprise named Elo with the help of DesignerBox.

Elo plays with appearances by bottling up light and abolishing indoor/outdoor boundaries. Technologically innovative, made from recyclable materials, practical, elegant and friendly, it will light your way all summer long, whatever your destination.

To buy it, visit:

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FOCUS ON DESIGN CAN

Sparked by recent events in the US, people in countries around the world are standing up against racism and calling for everyone to do their part in creating equality for all.

Design Can is one campaign at the forefront of the movement for inclusivity in the design world, highlighting the importance of celebrating and enabling diversity in an industry meant for “people of all backgrounds, abilities, ages and identities.” 

Their website features a resources page with regularly updated tools to support diversity.

Here are a few that stood out for us:

Making design education more diverse
See what women employed in creative industries have to say about how education could be made more diverse.

The drive to make architecture more inclusive
Built By Us champions “untapped talent” through workshops and mentoring schemes. Founder Danna Walker talks about the need for more accessible education and what diversity initiatives in corporate environments should look like.
 
Decolonising Architecture
Last month, Black Females in Architecture (BFA), in partnership with The 100 Day Studio, hosted an online discussion on the importance of decolonising the architecture curriculum.
 
Watch it here  ›

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75 DESIGNERS POUR UN MONDE DURABLE  (75 DESIGNERS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD)

“This is an emergency, the Earth is out of order.”

In her recent book, 75 designers pour un monde durable, Geneviève Gallot brings together the work of 75 designers from across the world who are committed to meeting the crucial challenge of climate change and promoting lifestyle changes to fight it.

These designers do not hesitate to explore their range of possibilities and push the boundaries of design to promote sustainable design.

Gallot's book explores objects and projects that combine beauty with responsibility, puts design at the heart of it, and touches upon concepts such as zero waste and united ecosystems. It highlights great promise for the future and draws attention to the importance of creating in a sustainable and responsible way.
 

www.editionsdelamartiniere.fr

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TAKEN AT THE F(L)OOD

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Back in 2014, Boffi Paris presented "Taken at the F(l)ood", a short film of a friendly band of contemporary Robinsons gathered on a beach in northern France to prepare and share a meal together. 

This is a film (and a meal) to be savoured, at once in nature and part of it, as the tide gently advances and ultimately washes in. Joyful, simple and ephemeral - what more could we hope for as we leave the city behind this summer?

Taken at the F(l)ood was created from an original idea by Marc Bretillot and Laurent Denize d'Estrées, with the collaboration of chef Alexandre Gauthier and photographer Louis Teran.

Production 14 Septembre

PBM STUDIO HAS CREATED A TABLE DIVIDER THAT MIGHT BECOME THE NEW STANDARD

Combining conviviality and social distancing, PBM Studio’s  table divider prototype, supports social distancing principles in restaurant spaces without compromising fun times with friends and family. 

The divider consists of a plexiglass screen and a wooden base that integrates a sanitizing solution dispenser, napkin holder and salt & pepper set. Crucially, the module is very easy to clean.

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THE LIGHTS ARE BACK ON AT VERONESE

Following two months of quarantine, the new House of Veronese is reopening and welcoming its guests back, while taking all the necessary measures to ensure the health of its team and visitors.

Recently inaugurated, Veronese envisioned the House as a place to bring its collections to life in a homely environment, inspiring creativity, new collaborations and lasting impressions within Paris’s blossoming Arts et Métiers neighbourhood.

Twice a year in this cosy loft-like space, Veronese’s creative director curates a new vision of living, drawing on the brand’s newest products and its nine decades of collections. Each exhibition is curated in partnership with international furniture designers, brands, galleries and artists who complement Veronese's lifestyle vision and deliver something new and interesting to the design market.

Visit the new showroom and explore the ongoing exhibition: Current Notions of Home Part II

Visits by appointment, from Monday to Friday (9am–6pm)
327 rue St Martin, 75003 Paris

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SUMMER BY BIKE: THE BEST BIKES FOR A TOURING HOLIDAY 

Our summer soundtrack this year will certainly feature that Yves Montand classic, A bicyclette... The breeze in our hair, winding down lanes, with friends or alone, we'll rediscover our love of the countryside on two wheels. Our nostalgia won’t extend to our most trusted travelling companion however: instead we’ll take to the roads on one of these latest eco-friendly bikes:
 
ANGELL BIKE by Ora Ito
This battery-powered bike is small, easily rechargeable, and only weighs 14kg. After just two hours charging time you can be ready to embark on a 70km journey. The bike also features headlights and turn signals, three riding modes and an integrated touch screen.
 
RE: CYCLE by Velosophy x Nespresso
Nespresso has teamed up with Swedish brand Vélosophy to create a bike using recycled aluminium coffee capsules. The bike features a purple aluminium frame, made from 300 used coffee capsules, and a stylish basket created from steam-bent oak.

HUGBIKE
Hugbike is a new kind of tandem designed to enable people with Autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, blindness or other disabilities to ride a bike. This is made possible by the bike’s long handlebars, which let a driver sit behind their disabled passenger who can enjoy the ride in total safety.
 
FIIDO D11
FIIDO D11 is the world’s first folding electric bike with a range of 100km, according to its manufacturer. The bike is built from an ultra-light (12.9kg) frame that can be folded up in just five seconds. 
 
Before you pack...

CAFÉ DU CYCLISTE
Café du Cycliste is a French brand that creates cycling apparel inspired by the roads of the Côte d'Azur. Its products blend technical innovation, cutting-edge fabrics and French inspiration, and are guaranteed to help you travel comfortably and fashionably as you set off on your summer cycling adventure!