Welcome to BE MY GUEST, a weekly newsletter featuring everything that’s worth a look, a taste, a read, a listen, a splurge or a journey. Take notes.
An independent MAGAZINE that invites to live, play and dream
While browsing through a bookshop abroad (pretty much my favorite activity always), the cover of «Combo» instantly caught my eye. Never having heard the name before, I learned that the first issue was a lockdown baby, created from the desire to produce a beautiful object that would «portray the rebirth of our points of view during these defining moments». The woman behind it is Louise Follain, the epitome of bohemian beauty, and her (mostly female) friends. Next to perfectly artistic photo spreads, their universe is depicted via collages, games, recipes and illustrated meditation guides. Issue #2 is out now.
In PARIS, the hidden furniture gallery merging past and present
Recommended to me by a Paris-know-it-all, I entered this oasis on Rue Hérold on my recent trip to the French capital. Pierre Augustin Rose is a brand dreamed up by three singular personalities, all rooted in furniture, design and antiques, who decided to join forces to produce perfectly eclectic pieces that blend the best of past and present. The gallery space beautifully and surprisingly opens up towards the back and leaves you in nothing but awe.
The art EXHIBITION that is worth the trip
The juxtaposition of Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell, currently exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, might just be the most beautiful exhibition I’ve seen in a long time. It’s powerful, dreamy and deep, and the large-scale paintings embrace you like a soft cloud. The pastel-coloured Monet on the first floor is simply breathtaking. I spent more time in the car getting to and returning from the venue than strolling through it, but it was worth every minute spent in Parisian traffic. Until 27. February 2023.
The CERAMICS shop we’ve all been waiting for
Clayeria is a new digital concept store created by two Zurich-based childhood friends and fashion industry insiders. It offers a beautifully curated selection of plates, candleholders, vases, cups and more, some of them being unique vintage pieces (the vintage egg cups are divine). The store works with small creators rather than mass manufacturers and aims to build a platform around the handcraft of ceramics in the near future.
Below Mount Etna, a B&B that celebrates food & community
Casa Lawa is a guesthouse, kitchen and residency in the middle of the Etna national park, and the heart project of Lukas Lewandowski, a creative who lives between Amsterdam and Sicily. It’s lavastone-constructed, colorfully furnished and regularly invites fellow chefs, creators and artists to add value to the space and foster the local community. Recent collaborations have resulted in fermenting workshops, developing a house bread and creating a visual branding of the space.
© Casa Lawa
The KIDSWEAR brand adults wish they could wear
The founder of Adultiny, the kidswear brand that launched a few weeks ago, is Diletta Bonaiuti, a stylist and fashion favorite who has built a trusted following within the industry. Knowing her taste, there’s not much that could have possibly gone wrong with her endeavor, but the fact that the collection pieces come in such big cuts and wide shapes that they allow kids to grow into them makes them even better. Where’s the adult versions, we’re asking?
That’s it for this week, folks. See you soon.
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