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Reading corner


The connection between chaise-longue (day bed) and reading is rooted in our cultural consciousness. Combination between two objects to create an experience. When apart, the library "miss" the bed. In an open mode the user becomes part of the experience, and an intimate reading corner is created for him.
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Totally loved the Maison Martin Margiela exhibition

Yesterday, I took my mum and Mila to see the Maison Martin Margiela Exhibition at Somerset House which ends next weekend. So three generations, three different reactions....

My mum told me that she wouldn't have gone there by herself but she enjoyed it and thought it was interesting. My five years-old daughter to who I was saying that it was important that she saw other creative things than Cbeebies or Ben10 told me that 'nothing was really important' but she loved the Fashion Show invit' done on a plate and the people who were filming themselves at home wearing Margiela's clothes and I really enjoyed finding out more about this unique fashion designer, understand the inspiration behind some of his clothes and have a peek at his inspiring offices in Paris.

Maison Martin Margiela is one of the world's most influential fashion houses and is especially known for its deconstructivist approach, its fashion shows in unexpected places and its taste for recycling materials.
One of the most remarkable characteristics of Maison Martin Margiela is its consistent use of white (something I favour) in offices, shops and showrooms.
More than the clothes themselves which are not always easy to wear - I'm thinking of the fur jacket made from blonde wigs from the Spring-Summer 2009 Artisanal Collection which took 51 hours to make, I have always admired Martin Margiela's scenography in shops and his home and how he uses typography and from an interior design point of view rather than fashion, this was a very good and inspiring exhibition to see.
Sadly we could not take any pictures inside but I took as many as I could outside. I hope it will give you a feel of it but if you can, I recommend you go there next weekend as it ends next Sunday!









If you go there, you may want to get hold of a copy of the Exhibition catalogue which is full of inspiring ideas to use typo and I think I may steal a few ideas from the show to display our family pictures at home. Wishing you a good week!



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Need not arrange any more

Kim Ji-hye



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Very cute :-)

Whatever it takes to fly....they look adorable!



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V Bookcase

Tall open bookcase with unique diagonal design
Dimensions/ 32”x12”x70”
Materials/ powder coated steel frame & Corian® or bamboo shelves
Choice of colors/ frame: black, silver & shelves: white, orange, red, bamboo
Faktura



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Blue, white, grey...A dream holiday house

When I was in France last week, I saw this beautiful home in Marie-Claire Maison and tought you would love to see how Architect Yorgos Zaphiriou created a soothing, relaxing, simple home with hues of blues, greys and whites. I mean I don't know how the weather is where you live but here in London, it's pretty gloomy, so we have to do everything we can to keep our heads in the clouds and hang onto this holidays feel just a little bit longer, right?!
So let's have a peek and get some inspiration for the weekend...




This home which is located on the isle of Serifos, was before six small houses where miners used to live and I think it's really nice to see how Yorgos kept the original features of the house while making a few changes inside to create a welcoming open-plan home.
Inside the house, Yorgos got all the internal walls knocked down to create a 32 meter long room and created little corners and acolves within the room to break down the space. I really like how simple the kitchen is which is what cooking on holidays should be about.
All the appliances are hidden away below a concrete bench painted in grey and white and the hanging lights are made up with galvanised buckets. You probably can get some from any hardware shop or from Labour & Wait in Bricklane. Personally I think white pendant lights like the ones designed by Kathleen Hills would have looked striking in this corner.


I'm really loving the grey Low Lita seats designed by Paola Navone but as an alternative the Ball chair in white or grey would look very nice too. And look at this bedrooom....don't you love how cute the bed tables look? They are made from all wooden crates painted in blue...super sweet

What are you up to this weekend?
We'll go to Petersham Nurseries, catch up with some friends who are moving back to Turkey, do a bit of decoration in our home, take my mum to the Martin Margiela exhibition at the Somerset House and take our bikes to teach Lucas to run along with grabbing our legs



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The Bookcase Coffin

It's two seven-inch-deep boxes hinged together. The shelves are adjustable. When preparing it to be used as a coffin, the shelves are laid on the bottom of the coffin.
Last Things



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Please vote for us to win Sheerluxe's Online Shopping awards....

I know, I know...I've already mentioned this briefly during my holidays but this thing is finally sinking in...
First, I'm very surprised that public votes landed us a spot amongst the finalists because we didn't have time to enter the competition in the first place and secondly that we are, in the Best for Online Home Accessories category, one of two independent retailers up against all the major UK retailers and I'm talking the really big ones...like Heals, John Lewis, Habitat, The White Co, Laura Ashley, OKA etc...

It's not often that I take the time to sit back and ponder on our journey because I rarely have the time to do so but recently things have been good for us...
Our team is growing and it feels good.
Although, horribly stressful, our office move turned out to be a very good thing because we'll have central heating at Xmas (crazy!) and in fact, this year, we will be packing in our underwear!
We're getting incredibly kind and generous independent reviews from genuine customers on our products but also our customer service which is really important for me and I can't tell you how encouraging it feels and how much we would like to do for you, together.
My recent meeting with French Interior Designer Jacqueline Morabito was a big deal for me and all in all, things are good at home. We had an amazing time in the South of France and maybe....maybe, we will move BODIE and FOU to the South of France in the future and open a shop...who knows.
But for the time being, we are happy in London and it would be really nice to win Sheerluxe's Online Shopping Award so please vote for us here. First votes do not count for the last round so if you've already voted for us, please do it again.
I wish you a lovely evening
xoxo
Karine



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Pirouette Bookshelf

Concept of a rotating book storage unit, consisting of a side 'core' allowing the rest of the shelving units to revolve according to the setting. Made with 19mm thick plywood and metal cylinder rings and pins for pivoting movement.
Jane Lioe



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'Office-ready' style!

It's kind of funny but I have been thinking for a while that if Clare Vivier was a fashion designer, I would wear her clothes....Every leather good she designs becomes staple pieces.

I had her Tropezienne tote bag for over 18 months (see the black version here modelled by our lovely intern Marion) and I'm still not bored with it. I ab-so-lu-tely love it!
Someone recently left a comment about how mine looks well-worn and well-loved.... erm... Well-loved definitively but I guess I can credit Lucas for the well-worn look since he thought chewing one of the handles while I was driving to work would be a good idea.
I'm not totally over the moon by having my dog's teeth on my beloved bag but I also had Petits Filous spilled in it by Mila... c'est la vie.
While in France, I swapped my La Trop in the evening for this gorgeous clutch Clare kindly sent me as a gift (thank you thank you again!) and I really wanted to add it on BODIE and FOU but sadly this gorgeous leather is no longer available.

But don't despair....we've just received these beautiful flat work totes made of soft gold and silver leather and they are STUN-NING!!
And perfect to take to the office and carry your laptop, leather notebook, magazines etc.
This Clare Vivier flat work tote is already winning some serious fans with its Parisian flair and timeless design + you can wear it as folded over as a clutch when you go out...





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Bollecine totem bookcase

Romani Sacanni for Linfa



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Wha bookshelf

Tembolat Gugkaev



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My meeting with Jacqueline Morabito...

Yesterday, Steve did the sweetest, loving thing for me, driving 160kms from our holidays place to just take me to Jacqueline Morabito's shop in La-Colle-Sur-Loup...

I can't express how much this meant to me...I guess, Morabito is to me what Anne Wintour would be to fashionistas. An exceptional woman with an amazing vision for simplicity and beauty and someone whose work and vision has influenced my life immensely and of course, the birth of BODIE and FOU.

Nowadays, white interiors can be seen everywhere but Jacqueline Morabito was an Avant-gardiste in the way she created simple, flawless, understated yet welcoming contemporary white interiors and although often copied, her style is very unique. You won't see shabby chic in Morabito's work but rather a vision for purity and simplicity, which can also be found in the small decorative pieces she designs for the home.
I remember the stab of pain I felt the first time I came across her home in a French magazine in my twenties... There it was, spread over a few pages, her amazing white, simple and achingly cool contemporary home. I never looked back and although my work at B&F introduced me to a lot of talented designers, Morabito is right up there, at the top as my Design icon.
So going to her showroom in La-Colle-Sur-Loup was like a pilgrim for me but never in a million years, I would have dreamt the amazing and magical day that I had...
I spent a good hour in the shop, talking about her work as an Interior Designer, the objects she designs, taking photos and buying some beautiful gifts for Elodie and my mum and I was leaving... she arrived, beautiful, radiant and smiling.
I introduced myself, she kindly invited me to sit in her office (can you spot my Clare Vivier Tropezienne bag?), told me she knew about BODIE and FOU (honestly...this is mad!) and we talked about her work, about B&F, about what we could do together and all this time, while I was sitting in front of her, the only thing I felt doing was hugging her. I just wanted to hold her. She was so warm and welcoming, so passionate!
She is 'petite' (I'm only 1.55m), she has beautiful lines on her face, white long hair and the most sparkling eyes. Dressed in white with a pair of Bensimon, she looked amazing.

Anyway, to cut a long story short (the long one with photos of her shop and inspiring studio will be for when I get back to work next week), we talked and we agreed to work together... So good things are going to happen on BODIE and FOU soon, very good, nice things and right now, I'm feeling incredibly lucky not only to have met such an exceptional woman but also to know that this is not the end.
And I can't thank enough Steve who waited and looked after Mila for 2.30 hours while I was talking with her.

(C) Photos: BODIE and FOU



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Roman Abramovich's Houses & Toys




Roman is the 15th richest man in the world worth an estimated $25 Billion, the Russian oil tycoon is one of the biggest collectors of megatoys and luxhomes in the world.

This post is dedicated to housing his amazing LuxCollection.


The Chateau de la Croe is located in Cap d'Antibes, a very prestigious part of the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. It stands next to the villa Eilenroc, built in 1867 by Charles Garniet, designer of the Paris Opera. Eilenroc has been home to such figures as Belgian king Leopold II, Egyptian king Farouk, Aristotle Onassis and Greta Garbo.





Price: $61million

St. Barths Estate (Caribbean) - The property, known as the Gouverneur Bay Estate, occupies land formerly owned by David Rockefeller and was sold by e-commerce software tycoon Jeet Singh. Designed like a Balinese village, the 70-acre estate spills gently down a lushly landscaped hillside and stretches approximately 1,000 feet along Gouverneur's Beach, one of St. Barts' better known nood beaches. Not topless, chickens, nood as in birthday suit nekkid with all the naughty bits on display.


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Sussex England - The 300-acre Fyning Hill estate is a collection of buildings including a twenties mansion, a second house, six cottages, a staff flat and four guest rooms, also boasts three polo grounds, formal gardens, a lake, a 50ft outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a go-kart track, a clay-pigeon shooting site, a trout lake, a rifle range and an equestrian centre. The property is said to be ringed by an electric fence for extra security.


Los Angeles, Califonria- Paid $19.5 million for a Tuscan-style home in Hollywood Hills, adding to a real-estate portfolio that already includes homes in Moscow, London and St. Barts. The newly built home in Los Angeles is about 9,700 square feet and has six bedrooms, eight baths and a powder room. Set on just over one acre, the largely flat property includes a pool, billiards room, movie theater and wine cellar.



Aspen Colorado - The $35 million estate has almost 13,000 square feet of space, nearly 200 acres of land and comes with custom-built furniture including a mink-covered chaise in the living room. We went over to the real estate agent's site and took a look. Wildcat Ridge is an 11 bedroom, 11 bath mountaintop home with all the which includes multiple fireplaces, a hot tub, and amazing views.












The Abramovich Yachts...

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His smallest -- 238' PREDATOR




2nd Biggest ... 377' PELORUS


Roman Abramovich is man who likes to have the biggest and the best. Currently awaiting the arrival of the biggest private yacht in the world, Eclipse, he has taken delivery of the largest expedition yacht in the world – Luna.

Launched last October by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Nord Shipyards, the 115m monster has recently undergone outfitting and painting.

Designed to march smoothly in whatever the weather and to cruise great distances without refuelling, this expedition craft is an extremely tough vessel.

She features two helipads - one facing forwards and other facing the large communications tower.

She also boasts transom doors at the sides that lead directly to the yacht’s tenders, a covered swimming pool and a beach club that trickles down to a swimming platform.

Largest expedition yacht in the world – Luna 115m


The mothership and one of the biggest in the world - 538' ECLIPSE

His new toy, worlds largest gigayacht. It has a missile defense system onboard.

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Private 767

Roman is a straight baller when it comes to toys, I didnt think a Billionaire could go bankrupt by spending on luxuries but if anyone can do it its Roman. Rumour has it he was upgrading from the Boeing 767 to one of these...


Roman's Eurocoptors....

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His football club







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