January 22 2011
Another early start today to meet the team at the exhibition before the opening. Everyone seems thrilled with the space and we were packed all day long.
Had masses of interviews with press from all over the world, the US, and Russia, Spain, Brazil etc. It was wonderful to see so many people that we work with. In between interviews, I managed to find time to see some of our favourite suppliers and craftspeople.
Astier de Villatte, which makes the most beautiful handmade ceramics and glass, was one and we ordered lots for the stores. John Derrian was another – a fantastic artist in glass. Golran makes wonderful rugs and had some amazing new pieces, and Reichenbach had fabulous ceramics and tabletop by Paola Navone which we love.
Maison et Objet is such a stimulating exhibition, huge, about 10 times bigger than Olympia, so lots of walking but so many innovative things to select. It’s fascinating to see the new ideas and inspiration from some of the most talented creative minds in the world of interiors. Hugely stimulating and thought-provoking, which gives us all lots to chat about as we walk the halls. We will be doing that over the next few days so that we will have wonderful new things in store for spring.
Gasping for a cup of tea and although well past 5pm had a 10-minute stop at Café de Flore on the way back to the hotel. It’s definitely one of my favourite bars. Such a great atmosphere and I could spend many an hour watching Parisian life go by and soaking up the atmosphere. If only I had a few spare hours at the moment.
Dinner at another favourite place – Casa Olympe with two great friends: William Yeoward, who designs wonderful fabrics, furniture crystal and accessories, and Thomas Cushing, who makes our stationery collection. Olympe is an extraordinary chef and each time we go the food is superb. Fresh, seasonal and innovative – there is always something on the menu that you discover is just what you want to eat. In fact Casa Olympe has been a closely guarded secret of mine for years and I can’t quite believe I am sharing it with you! Tomorrow will be another day of searching and selecting so off to bed to rest and recharge.