Monday, September 8, 2014

Shopping For Your Home In Montreal

Here is another travel post from Asieh!
Montreal is famous for its plethora of festivals and unique foods (poutine anyone?) but what impressed me most during a recent visit was the variety and uniqueness of the city's home goods stores.

While strolling down St. Paul Street in Old Montreal, I came upon the Espace Pepin shops.  The brother and sister duo behind the stores focus on Canadian talent and most of the items in their home store - Maison - are made in Montreal. 

I loved the antique industrial lights below.

Across the street from Maison is A Table Tout Le Monde. The tableware is so delicately beautiful and displayed with such care that I felt like I had walked into a museum.  The owner of the store showcases products from around the world.
These Japanese bowls below are made of paper and are biodegradable.  You can add them to your compost pile - not that you would want to.

For on-the-go tableware, you need to go no further then next door to Lunch-a-Porter

Self described carriers of "eco-intelligent, designer lunch gear and accessories" the store features such clever items that you may decide you need to start packing a lunch. Most of the products offered are Japanese. Take a look at the matroyshka bento boxes below.

Further north, on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, is Latitude Nord.  An upscale furniture store, it showcases original, contemporary pieces. Most of the pieces are Italian.

The chair below was described to us as "a chair for all body types." My three companions and I certainly didn't disagree.

I met the President Director General, Sylvain Faucher, while visiting the showroom.  He was very knowledgeable and couldn't have been friendlier - he even recommended bagel and ice cream shops to us.    

I could go on and on. Montreal has fantastic stores. Next time you are there, I hope you take some time to at least window shop.


Shopping Guide:

Espace Pepin - 350 St. Paul Street O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
A Table Tout Le Monde - 361 St Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
Lunch a Porter - 355 St. Paul Street O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
Latitude Nord - 4410 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z5, Canada


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pink Perfection - Gallery Restaurant London

Recently I came across a unique concept called SKETCH in London's Mayfair district. 
SKETCH is an eclectic mix of restaurants and galleries all happily housed together on two floors of a townhouse.  It was conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz.  The creators of SKETCH envisioned a "destination place for food art and music" - a lovely idea!
One of the restaurants within SKETCH is "Gallery" and it caught my eye because it is drenched in one of the happiest colors of the wheel, Pink!  It does not, however , resemble a little girls bedroom.  Instead the spaces appear sophisticated and calming.  Designed by India Mahdahvi in a monochromatic palette, the materials are rich and include gold leaf, brass and chevron patterned marble floors.  Sumptuous banquettes beckon you to sit back, relax and enjoy the evening. 
David Shrigley Gallery
David Shrigley Gallery
David Shrigley Gallery
Every two years an artist is commissioned and given carte blanche to adorn the space however they see fit.  (Love this idea!)  Today 239 playful sketches by British artist David Shrigley surround the dining room area.  David also designed the ceramic tableware. 
The artist David Shrigley
Afternoon Tea
The space can also be rented for private events.  Afternoon tea is served daily and if you are planning a visit to London soon, stop by the SKETCH website to learn more about the other galleries, events and restaurants HERE
Until Next Time,
All photos via the SKETCH website

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