First edition of our new newsletter, we will share with you once a month from now on, our best of in Paris and London. Many of you live between the 2 cities for business or personal reasons and the same goes for us. Charlotte is about to start a new professional commitment in Paris, if you look for a flat to buy she’s the one to contact with. Fortunately, she plans to keep going back and forth , the opportunity for us to exchange cross-looks on 3 main topics: the new foodie places, a cultural outing and the event you can’t miss. The Pergola in London vs Papa cabane in Paris, the 200th anniversary of the Dulwich Picture Gallery vs Cezanne at Orsay, the wine week vs the Jazz festival, which city will seduce you this month? Get the most of it with the description and the links below.
Until the 25th of June, the Barbican – this excellent cultural center- houses the exhibition: The Japanese house : Architecture and Life after 1945. Do not miss this opportunity to better understand the evolution of the lodging after the WW2 in a country devastated by the bombs and in which a large part of the population is homeless. Under the US occupation (1945-1952) the Japan is influenced by the Western culture, its magasines, cinema, etc…Nevertheless, building houses is re-building a nation and a so-called “tradition debate” took stage in the society. The new accommodations should be inspired by the Palace style with raised floors, airy and open spaces or by a rural come-back with earthen floors and large roofs? A new genre called “home drame” emerges until the 1950’s and considers every social change under a domestic perspective. You will discover the famous directors Azu and Naruse who testify of this intellectual current. From the 1960’s, the Japan know a new era of prosperity. But the growth of the economy creates overwhelmed and contaminated cities. More and more, the architects reject the urban life and think the house like a safe heaven. The Tea house, silent and independent small room, build outside the house become a must-have. You will end the exhibition by a more immersive approach, you will enter the gardens, the kitchens, the bathrooms of the Japanese houses where some shoes and food products seem to be given up, to help you to project yourself in this domestic life. Enjoy your travel in Japanese land!
We have spent an afternoon in Stoke Newington, the new trendy district at the North of Dalston (still the Hackney Borough) defined by some people as the “new Shoreditch”. A bit exaggerated for me, because Stoke Newington is the not the place-to-be to chill out but above all because its architecture is far more beautiful – oh the lovely Victorian houses – and its atmosphere evokes a trendy village. Even if all our addresses are located in the Stoke Newington Church Street, we advise you to come from the Canonbury station to enjoy the neighborhood and feel the calmness and the sweetness of the area. In the main street, you won’t find the usual utilitarian stores: Boots, Supermarket, falafel and co..but some design shops, stylish coffees and a small furniture flea market (Marton Street). Have lunch at the Antica Pizzeria di Michele to taste the famous double Mozza pizza (simplicity is sometimes effectiveness) and the adorable Green Room café hidden in a flowers shop. Enjoy then a glass of wine at the Stoke Newington Tea House (jazzy nights and beer garden). Look for the hidden Bansky “Royal Family” in the streets nearby and admire at the design Shop the English chess game conceived with UK famous buildings.
Stopping at the Serpentine Gallery, especially during the summer, will be the opportunity to discover the works of a foreign architect who has never built in the UK. Since 2000, this project has welcome Olafur Eliasson, Zaha Hadid and last year the danish Bjarne Ingels, among others. A brillant idea to open minds to the architecture through an ephemera and outdoor construction which takes place for 2 months in Hyde Park. But even in winter, the Serpentine has something to offer. Until Feb 12nd, a tribute to Zaha Hadid’s “early paintings and drawings” is waiting for you in the main extension, built by Zaha Hadid herself in 2013. Inspired by abstractionism, deconstructionism, Russian avant-garde and perhaps a bit of personal utopia, you will share with the artist her vision of the biggest cities. A really impressive work about volume, scaling, colors and perspective. Please don’t chose a crowded Saturday and enjoy the VR corner realized in partnership with Google to make you live an immersive approach: you will enter in a painting and you will see that how the things take on a live of their own.