Category Archives: Architecture

Lavender’s Blue + Montparnasse Paris

Positive Capability The 14th Arrondisement hosted the vanguard of 1920s avant garde Paris. Writer Alice Toklas called it “the city of boulevard bars and Baudeloire”. Poet Guillaume Apollinaire went further: “a quarter of crazies”. Marianne Faithfull now calls it home, … Continue reading

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Gae Aulenti + Musée d’Orsay Paris

Comme Il Faut “I don’t like to dress alla moda,” said Gae Aulenti in 1971. “The moment it’s loudly announced that red is in fashion, I stop wearing red. I want to dress in green.” Gigi by Colette reads: “Everything … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Jardin des Tuileries Paris

Come on Gloria   And are you quite pleased to see the Jardin des Tuileries? As ever snappy, Nairn’s Paris states, “The eastern end, next to the Louvre, is a mini Versailles of formal planting: the western end, next to … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Rue de Rivoli Paris

A Boulevard of Dreams and Things “We met at the little bar across the place from Dior’s called the Fontaine-de-something and had one – two – three Champagne cocktails on my expense account. Then we had lunch.” Shamrocks and Unicorns, … Continue reading

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Paris + Rain

Elle Fait La Pluie et Le Beau Temps “The rain’s very important because that’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees.” Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

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Hôtel Charles V + St Paul Le Marais Paris

De Temps en Temps Continuing the bookending theme of a year well spent: Easter in George V, Christmas in Charles V. The former, westward upstream of Notre Dame; the latter, eastward downstream. One, extrovert art deco; the other, discreet Swedish … Continue reading

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Deal Town Kent + Dalziel Douglas

The Importance of Being It’s not every coastal town that has a restaurant run by a descendent of the lover of the greatest wit of the 19th century. But Deal in Kent isn’t just another coastal town. It’s chockablock with … Continue reading

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The Jetty Restaurant + Harbour Hotel Southampton

The Munificence and Counsel of Steel Magnolia Surrounded by a sea of sails, Harbour Hotel itself is tiered like a mega yacht, ship shape, a frozen avalanche of balconies cascading down to the pier. HGP Architects’ expansive use of glass … Continue reading

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Southampton + The Doors

Plain Sailing Southampton, where people like us live north of the Polygon and south of the Common.

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St Patrick’s Church Murlog Donegal + Liam McCormick

Fragrant with Myrrh and Aloes and Cassia and Lavender Henry Mulholland, 4th Baron Dunleath, may have been referring to musical events but his erudite musings could easily apply to Murlog Church: “Excellence is not an exclusive right of the metropolis, … Continue reading

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No.50 Cheyne Chelsea London + Iain Smith

Chelsea Arbour So, 50 is the new brasserie. After a nine month rework, our favourite Chelsea haunt is up and running again. Sprinting even. It came at a price: a cool £3 million. Money well spent though: Lambart + Browne … Continue reading

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Strabane + The Doors

Prints Charming Strabane, 18th century Ireland’s capital of publishing and printing.

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La Divine Comédie Demeure Privée + Spa Avignon

A Sense of Theatre A private paradise. A secret world. A hidden kingdom. Cloistered glory. The very essence of exclusivity. If luxury could be bottled… heavenly scent. A multiple epiphanic realisation of complete beauty and tranquillity. Not even a Gallic … Continue reading

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Avignon + The Doors

French Collection Provençal not provincial.

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Place de l’Horloge + Hôtel des Monnaies Avignon

Minted Like the writer Susan Sontag, we choose to view the world as an aesthetic phenomenon. And nowhere more so than in the City of the Popes amidst the swags and swagger of such forceful architecture. A busker with a … Continue reading

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