This Frenchsite fuses the best of rustic-chic European design with influences from asfar afield as Thailand and North Africa. Divided into 12 muted-palettecategories, Baan products range from accessories to objects for the hometo rare vintage finds that are unlikely to be found elsewhere online.
The Bath& Spa section has beautiful hammered-brass soap dishes (€26) and elongatedpumice stones (€12) – both as sculptural as they are useful. The same canbe said of the Lucky Buddhist bracelets (€12) to be foundin the Jewellery area; the soft gold bangles made with metallic paper are,apparently, Inès de la Fressange favourites. Similarly chic are scissors fromSoutheast Asia (third picture, €15) and the sensible homeware that abounds inthe robust Kitchen & Table section. This area is perhaps the site’sgreatest strength. Traditional woks in varying diameters (second picture, €45-€145) andstackable glazed tin canteens (€45) used by Thai monks are perfect for dumplings and dim sum.
Personal accessories run the gamut from tie-dyed sarongs and scarves in navy, indigo and charcoal hues (€60) to minimalist hemp shopping bags (€55). The Lamps, Furniture and Basketry categories offer braided wicker baskets with camel-coloured leather trims (€35) and “Poetic Lighting” (fourth picture, €160) – ethereal hanging bamboo fixtures – available in neutral tones. For one-off finds, head straight to the Vintage section, where weathered urns (€150-€320) have been hand-plucked from Morocco, and the traditional Siamese platters hewn from single planks of wood (first picture, €295-€350) would make for dramatic dessert or cheese presentations.
With itsIndo-French flair, this e-boutique has the style of a Balinese shopping trip,without the carbon footprint.