Paris: A glimpse into the Parisian lifestyle

Ines de la Fressang - Boutique ParisThe famous and elegant Parisian Ines de la Fressange has just opened a beautiful boutique in the center of Paris and launch her own brand. This lovely space offers an authentic glimpse into the Parisian woman’s lifestyle where you will find and feel the Ines’ touch with every woman’s basic essentials to ready-to-wear fashion and interior design.

Ines de la Fressange 
24 rue de Grenelle – 75007 Paris


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Paris: Le Marche Saint Pierre in Montmartre

Marche Saint Pierre - DreyfusIf you go to Montmartre in Paris, you have to stop by the Marché Saint Pierre. “The place” to find all kind of fabrics at a very good price. It’s been an institution for more than 60 years where you are sure to find what you are looking for (5 floors dedicated to all kind of fabrics…). We like to go there and buy few meters of velvet, cotton, linen…when we want for example to customize and personalize our vintage furnitures or change our curtains.

2 rue Charles Nodier
75018 PARIS


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Oslo: New food concept in town: Kokkeløren

Carl from Kokkeløren Oslo

If, like us sometimes, you don´t find any inspiration in the supermarket for your dinner menu, then you will really like Kokkeløren. It´s a new grocery store which has just opened this week in Oslo. Behind this healthy and smart concept: a team of 5 partners with all different backgrounds (Doctor, Biologist, Interior Architect…) but who share the same commitment to make it easy to eat better. We’ve just visited this new place located in Frogner and talk with Carl, one of the partners. He told us that they have been inspired by a quite similar successful concept in Berlin called Kochhaus. Their chef propose in a well organized way about 10 food recipes together with all the products that you need to realize a nice and healthy dinner at home. They cooperate with 60 norwegian producers who deliver mostly ecological food products. We really advise you to visit Kokkeløren this weekend which is open on Sundays as well), it will surely give you the envy to prepare a delicious meal for your family or friends. You will find 2 to 3 new dishes each week. For more info about the concept or the different recipes click on the link below:

Bygdøy allé 15 – Oslo



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Oslo: A visit to the Vigeland Museum

Vigeland Museum - OsloLast Sunday, we visited the Vigeland Museum, one of our favorite museum in Oslo. Located few steps from the Vigeland park, one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. This unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework. The sculpture museum of the city is dedicated to this renowned artist. The majority of the Museum’s exhibition space is a presentation of his oeuvre but you will also discover there temporary exhibitions on contemporary and modern art. For more info about it and Gustav Vigeland click on the following link below:

Vigeland Museum
Nobels gate 32 – Oslo


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Oslo: A latin taste: The Gourmet Market

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Who’s ever said that mothers and step daughters don’t get alone well? Yesterday, Miriam and her step daughter Aida Navarrete, both native from Valencia in Spain, opened in full family harmony a Spanish coffee shop / store / catering in the heart of Oslo. They serve delicious home made tapas in a very friendly atmosphere. It brings some warmness into this part of the city which was really missing a nice place to have lunch.
They also sale take away delicatessen products from Spain, Italy, and France.
And if you don’t feel like traveling all the way from the suburb to experience Latin food, you can just call The Gourmet Market and they will come and make food at your place. That’s what we call great service!

The Gourmet Market
Tlf: 21 64 41 60
Pilestredet 27
0164 Oslo


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Paris: Maison Souquet: Luxe, calme et volupte

Maison Souquet ParisMaison Souquet ParisMaison Souquet ParisMaison Souquet ParisAt the transition between the19th and the 20th century, the brothels were the second house of the powerful men and the aesthetes. La Maison Souquet reproduces the sumptuous setting of one of them, close to Place Pigalle and its famous Moulin Rouge. Ideally located in the bohemian neighborhood, it draws a link between the 18th and 9th district, halfway between the “village” of Montmartre and the new scenes of the Parisian night.

The hotel has been decorated by the famous interior designer Jacques Garcia. His freedom allows him to imagine an hotel based on the theme of brothels while orchestrating the design of the Louvre rooms devoted to French furniture of the 18th century, or the rehabilitation of the royal apartments of the Palace of Versailles.

At Maison Souquet, he celebrates with natural the marriage of Moorish style and the Napoleon III’s velvet and composes an eclectic collection of furniture, art objects and paintings, which the authenticity infuse the spirit of the venue: magical and enchanting.

The fourteen rooms, six junior suites and two apartments of la Maison Souquet pay tribute to the singular beauty of the courtesans which they bear the name.

La Maison Souquet offers as well a lovely spa department, a winter garden and a cozy bar.

Maison Souquet
10, rue de Bruxelles — 75009 Paris, France


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Oslo: Design Utopia

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Utopia is a vintage design gallery in Oslo. Fabio, the italian owner, opened it in 2002 and has great knowledge about 20th century design, with a special focus on Norwegian design. Over the years, he has provided collectors, museums and enthusiasts with rare objects as well as popular furniture. This design gallery/store is definitively a place to stop if you are looking after norwegian and italian design.

Utopia Retro Modern
Kirkeveien 72, Oslo.


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Parisoslo in BO BEDREYou will find in the December issue of Bo Bedre a nice design guide about Paris and our 4 best tips. Bon voyage!

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Edgar Oslo

Edgar's OsloEdgar OsloAnother good tips in Oslo for vintage furnitures : Edgar’s. You will find some interesting pieces mostly from the Art Deco period, but also up to the 70′s. During our last visit, we bought there those nice Corda lamps from the Danish lighting designer Jo Hammerborg. They’ve perfectly find their place in our living room:

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Tostrupsgate 25 – Oslo


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Christine and the Queens - Concert OsloWhen the little Héloïse Letissier was dressing up in costumes, dancing and singing in her childhood bedroom near Nantes, she was dreaming of those Broadway’s musicals, very theatrical and bombastic… And 20 years later, she does everything from singing to dancing, filming, photographing and has reached the tops of the french charts with her 1st album, “Chaleur Humaine”. With her real-fake band, where she’s actually alone and hiding behind the biblical name of Christine, she’ll sing and dance for the first time in Oslo. French magazine “Les Inrockuptibles” describes her as “The unlikely intersection between a french classic, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé”. To win 2 tickets to the Cosmpolite concert in Oslo on the 5th of november, answer that simply question: From which country Christine and the Queens is ? (Lucky draw on the 1st of November, among the correct answers). Good luck! -Contest finished-

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Picture courtesy of “Because Music”


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It’s Hestra-ordinary

Hestra OsloHestra OsloHestra OsloHestra´s first concept store in Oslo which opened just a couple of weeks ago on Bogstadveien will surely be the place to warm up your hands when the cold winter comes back! You will find in this beautiful store all kind of gloves and mitts mostly in leather, for urban strolls or ski trips. For those of you who are not familiar with this old quality brand established in Sweden in 1936 just click here.

Hestra:Point of sales in Oslo



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ÆTT: A pure Norwegian brand

ættDid you know that some of the greatest fashion brands such as e.g. Gucci, Prada were making some of their leather accessories at the Norwegian bovine tanner Borge Garveri located nearby Bergen? Well, we did not it know either until we meet Anna-Lisa Johannessen and Haavard Holmaas the founders of the new great Norwegian brand ÆTT. We discovered their first pop-up store some months ago close to Mathallen in Oslo and it was about time to write this post! Their beautiful leather bags are made from the last scraps of premium quality leather they bought from the tanner Borge when unfortunately he had to close down its workshop in 2010. Revisiting classic items from outdoors men, sailors, mountaineers and workers, ÆTT offers a humble, contemporary homage to the timeless quality, craft and tradition of resilience. We really love the purity of the lines tapped into the Norwegian roots.

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Let the sun shine with Karmoie


KarmoieKarmoieKarmoie is a small company which produces sunglasses. It was founded in 2013 ad it’s owned and run by Kirsten and Lars Iversen in Oslo. The frames of the glasses are all designed exclusively by Kirsten and are entirely made in Italy. They find inspiration in the nostalgic elegance of exquisite vintage styles, combined with pop cultural references and details from industrial design, adding their own twist to keep them contemporary fresh and comfortable. Karmoie has also chosen to partner with Eyejusters to donate corrective glasses and help resolving the lack of access to trained optometrists in part of the developing worlds. For every pair of sunglasses their customers purchase, a pair of eyejusters is donated to one of these projects.
Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 7.40.18 PMKarmoie est une petite entreprise qui produit des lunettes de soleil. Elle a été fondée en 2013 par Kirsten et Lars Iversen lesquels la gère depuis Oslo. Les montures des lunettes sont toutes conçues exclusivement par Kirsten et sont entièrement fabriquées en Italie. Elle puise son inspiration dans l’élégance du style vintage, la culture pop et la conception industrielle, tout en ajoutant une touche personnelle et apporter un côté contemporain et confortable. Karmoie a également choisi de s’associer à Eyejusters afin de faire don de verres correcteurs et d’aider à résoudre le manque d’accès aux optométristes dans certains pays en voie de développement. Pour chaque paire de lunettes de soleil vendue une paire de eyejusters est donnée à l’un de ces projets.
Available at F5 Concept Store
Øvre Slottsgate 5, Oslo

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Emmeselle has opened its showroom in Oslo

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Emmeselle -Showroom OsloEmmeselle -Showroom OsloEmmeselle -Showroom OsloThis is brand new and it is a very good news: Emmeselle has just opened a lovely showroom in Oslo. We talked about the illustrations of Mona one year ago on the blog, today we met her during the opening event this evening in this place full of nostalgic charm … For those who do not yet know the work of the artist click on this link … and discover its retro and quirky universe that amuses us so much. We love the illustration of the famous casserole Cathrine Holm or the famous “Norge” jars. So fiftie’s …

C’est tout nouveau et c’est une très bonne nouvelle: Emmeselle a ouvert un ravissant showroom à Oslo. On vous avait parlé des illustrations de Mona il y a quelques temps, nous l’avons retrouvé lors de la soirée d’ouverture dans cet endroit un brin nostalgique mais surtout bourré de charme… Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore le travail de l’artiste cliquez sur ce lien… et découvrez son univers retro et décalé qui nous amuse tant comme l’illustration de la fameuse cocotte Cathrine Holm ou encore les bocaux “Norge”. So fiftie’s…

Emmselle Showroom
Skovveien 27,


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Bon Lio Oslophoto[2]We’ve now tested Oslo’s first gastro bar Bon Lio three times since its opening last November and each time has been a wonderful culinary experience. So, we definitely recommend it to you. If you want to excite your taste buds with a succession of 12 delicious gourmet tapas courses served in a festive atmosphere, then you know where to go. The French chef draws his inspiration from various recipes from Spain, France, Italy and other Mediterranean countries but always with emphasis on Spain. When it comes to the wines, they’re mainly from very interesting quality Spanish producers. Be ready to pay a good deal more than at McDonald’s but honestly it’s really worth it!

Nous avons testé (trois fois depuis son ouverture en novembre de l’année dernière) le premier bar gastro d’Oslo: Bon Lio. A chaque fois l’expérience culinaire a été merveilleuseSi vous voulez exciter vos papilles gustatives avec une succession de 12 délicieuses tapas gastronomiques servies dans une ambiance de fête, nous vous recommandons vivement ce restaurant. Le chef français puise son inspiration dans diverses recettes espagnoles, françaises, italiennes et d’autres pays méditerranéens. Quant aux vins de belle qualité, ils proviennent principalement de producteurs hispaniques. Soyez prêts à payer un peu plus qu’au McDo, mais honnêtement, ça en vaut vraiment la peine!

Bon Lio
Fredensborgveien 42


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Hay- OsloHay- OsloHay- OsloHay- OsloHay- OsloHay - OsloThe Hay store in Oslo has moved a few weeks ago to a bigger location on Josefines Gate 23 (Entrance from Hegdehaugsveien). A wonderful new space that you should visit very soon if you are looking for some great modern furniture for your home… Have a nice weekend!

La magasin Hay vient de démenager et de s’installer dans un superbe espace à Oslo.
Si vous êtes dans le coin, n’hésitez pas à y faire saut:-) Bon weekend!

Josefines Gate 23,
Entrance from Hegdehaugsveien




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Back to the Future: Obelisque

Obelisque - OsloObelisque - OsloObelisque - OsloObelisque - OsloObelisque - OsloFor quite sometime, we’ve been searching for a singular floor lamp for our living room. We’ve finally found it in a vintage shop in Oslo, owned by an interesting and charming character named Richard. Talking with him it’s like traveling back in time. Specializing in Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Richard (former professional dancer in the 70s as well as for a short period of time steward for the great Pan Am Airlines) opened his shop 26 years ago. Today, one can also find beautiful pieces from the 60s such as our Swedish Bumling lamp designated by Anders Pehrson and produced by Ateljé Lyktan in 1968. But also limited editions of lithographs signed by Vasarely, ceramics from Larholm, Gunnar Nylund or other objects in perfect condition and very sought after by collectors, such as Grete Prytz creations.

On cherchait depuis un moment une lampe pas comme les autres pour notre salon. Nous l’avons enfin trouvée dans l’intéressante et accueillante boutique vintage de Richard à Oslo. Spécialisé dans le mobilier Art Nouveau, Ard Déco, Richard (ex danseur professionnel, ex steward pour la Pan Am Airlines dans les années 70) a ouvert sa boutique il y a 26 ans. Aujourd’hui, on peut aussi y dénicher de belles pieces des années 60, comme notre lampe suédoise Bumling designée par Anders Pehrson et produit par Ateljé Lyktan en 1968. Mais aussi et entre autres des litographies en séries limitées signées Vasarely, des céramiques signées Larholm, Gunnar Nylund ou encore d’autres pièces en parfait état et très recherchées par les collectionneurs, comme les creations de Grete Prytz

Dronning Astrids Gate 7 – Oslo

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Let’s (not) dance with Sea Change

One month before the By:Larm festival in Oslo, the fantastic festival dedicated to Scandinavian music (with Iceland included), we went through the program to try to find tomorrow’s Norwegians talents. But only Norwegian, we’re in Paris­ Oslo! If we’ve already seen here or there some of the brilliant booked artists such as Team Me, Young Dreams, Erlend Oye, Serena Maneesh… we prefer to choose one completely unknown, hoping she’ll smash us live. So, her name is Sea Change, in tribute to one of Beck’s most beautiful record. Just with that, she’s of course raised our attention (yes, i am a BIG Beck’s fan). Fond of little noises, improvisation and synthpop, this young Norwegian girl casts a spell on us straight away. If her little voice might sound like thousands of other sweet Norwegian voices, we appreciate the subtlety of the arrangements, the electronic sweetness and the hypnotizing effect of this « let’s dance ». Even if it doesn’t really make you feel like dancing at all this song has a melancholic that makes you flickering in your head. The little lady is definitely a jack of all trades as she also directed this video.

A un mois du By:Larm festival à Oslo, fantastique festival dédié aux scènes scandinaves (avec l’Islande incluse), on a épluché la programmation pour essayer de vous dégoter les talents norvégiens de demain. Mais que les norvégiens, parce qu’ici, c’est Paris Oslo! Si certains artistes programmés ont déjà attiré nos oreilles dans des salles de concert ou
ici (les excellents Team Me, Young Dreams, Serena Maneesh, Erlend Oye…), on a préféré opter pour une parfaite inconnue aujourd’hui, en espérant qu’elle nous éblouira en live.
Elle se nomme Sea Change en hommage à l’un des plus beaux disques de Beck. Rien
qu’avec ça, elle ne pouvait qu’attirer notre attention. Fan de bidouillages, petits bruits, impro et synth pop, la jeune norvégienne nous envoûte dès la première écoute. Si sa petite voix pourrait ressembler à des milliers de petites voix pop norvégiennes, on apprécie la finesse des arrangements, la douceur électronique et l’effet hypnotiseur de ce « let’s dance » qui ne donne pas du tout envie de danser en vrai mais fort d’une énergie qui donne envie de gambader dans sa tête. Touche à tout, elle a aussi réalisé cette video.


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L’Epicerie du Père Claude

Epicerie du Pere ClaudeEpicerie du Pere ClaudeEpicerie du Pere ClaudeEpicerie du Pere ClaudeLocated a few steps from the famous restaurant “Le Père Claude”, this great gourmet grocery store is the only place where you can find the real  Jambon de Paris (ham) still produced in the capital. You can also find quality tin cans, wines, champagnes, the last pickles still harvested on the French territory, some homemade truffled brie, and not to mention the rotisserie …A paradise for your taste buds!

Située à deux pas du fameux restaurant “Le Père Claude”, cette épicerie gourmande propose entre autre le seul véritable Jambon de Paris encore fabriqué dans la capitale. Mais aussi des conserves de qualité, vins, champagnes, ainsi que les derniers cornichons récoltés sur le territoire français, le brie truffé par la maison, sans oublier la rôtisserie…
Que du bonheur pour les papilles !!!

L’Epicerie du Père Claude
4, rue du Général de Castelnau
75015 Paris
Tél : 01 47 34 04 04

Photos reportage Michel Levraux

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Hege from the blog Fashion by NorwayDear readers, first of all, we wish you a Happy New Year 2014. And to inaugurate this new January month, we would like to share with you one of our recent meeting with the so sweet Hege, (she launched her blog only a few months ago). Its name: Fashion by Norway… Given the topic it was therefore necessary to include it in our category: Blogger Interview

Chers lecteurs, tout d’abord, nous vous souhaitons une très belle année 2014. Et pour inaugurer ce mois de janvier, nous vous proposons de partager avec vous l’une de nos dernières belles rencontres avec l’adorable Hege, elle vient de lancer son blog il y a seulement quelques mois). Son nom : Fashion by Norway … Vu la thématique cela était donc indispensable de le faire figurer dans la rubrique Blogger Interview de What is your background?
 I am originally from Bodø, in the northern part of Norway. My aesthetic interest in fashion and interior design began early and I have worked many years in retail as a store manager. Later, I’ve worked as a wholesaler in a company called Bestseller. There, I got the opportunity to meet wonderful people and travel around Norway, and it gave me an opportunity to see a new side of the fashion industry. Now, I am studying creativity, innovation and business development, a program that has forced me to look at creative and innovative opportunities that can help to promote Norwegian design.

PO: Why “Fashion by Norway”? How did you get the idea?
I noticed that there was a new wave approaching Norwegian design and I began thinking of ways in which I could contribute. I started Fashion by Norway to get an overview of Norwegian designers and their individual stories. I have chosen to focus on their background and what inspires them for their designs and collections. I also have music and Norwegian art on the blog because I think they complement each other and give an overall impression of ” the new Norway “. I believe that there is more room for Norwegian fashion and design in the market, both on a national and international scale. And I believe that now is the right time to do something about it. We have many established talented Norwegian designers who are well known here in Norway and abroad, but there is a big group of  young, talented and fresh designers who deserve the same attention. Norwegian design have a unique way of saying; high quality, natural materials, craftsmanship and clean lines. There are also many forward-thinking designers who have social responsibility as a priority, and these designers can really help change the industry for a sustainable outlook. I am not alone in promoting Norwegian design, and there are many dedicated people who wants to see it grow into something bigger. A lot is happening at the moment and I think the industry is more than ready for it. Fashion by Norway started in September 2013 and it has already managed to attract readers from all over the world. We have received a lot of positive feedback from designers and readers who find the blog to be interesting, which certainly adds an extra motivation in the continuation to talk about Norwegian design.

What are your favorite addresses in Oslo at the moment?
My favorite place in Oslo is Grünerløkka and St. Haugen where you can find cozy cafes and restaurants. I would also recommend stores as F5 Concept Store and Designer Kollektivet at Glassmagasinet, they represent a lot of talented young Norwegian designers. Also, be sure to drop by Norwegian Designs at National Theatre, EGER, T Michael and Norwegian Rain, and Freudian Kicks in the center of Oslo.

PO: What are your favorite addresses in Paris?
Paris is one of my favorite cities. During a short time, I experienced fantastic shopping, culture and art, met wonderful people and ate delicious food. Some of the places I visited was the nightlife street; Rue de la Roquette, Le Centre Pompidou Museum and vintage shopping in the stores; Chez Chiffons Vintage located at 47 Rue de Lancry and all around the 3rd districts. We also got to see the popular Sunday market; Marché aux Puces at Clignancourt. I hope to visit Paris again soon.

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