Paris in Bloom

Paris is blooming! No other tune comes to my mind when I think of the beautiful, Parisian spring. “Heaven Scent” by Soulwax and Chloë Sevigny is the ultimate mood.

Send me your majestic rain of roses
So that I may share your grace
Bless me with blooms of lily
Blooms of violet
Blooms of buttercups
Blooms of lilac
Blooms of jasmine
Blooms of hyacinth
Blooms of honeysuckle
Blooms of magnolia
Blooms of gardenia
Blooms of tuberose
Let fall from Heaven, please,
The Shower of Flowers
Let me be anointed with the splendor of their perfumed essence
So that I may see the face of God
In all people, and in all experiences.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

(P.S. If you are inspired by my Parisian coverage, I’m really happy about, but please have in mind that now isn’t a safe time for any sorts of travelling. Stay at home!)

Flowers in Bologna

We’ve ended our car trip in Italy with a plate of salami, parma ham, artichokes and cheese in Bologna, where we’ve been to last summer for a couple of days. What I’m definitely adding to my address list in this gorgeous, gorgeous city? Frida’s Flower Store. The photo above says it all…

Via Drapperie 1 / Bologna

Not Just Flowers. Dries Van Noten AW19

For the autumn-winter 2019 prints, Dries Van Noten and his design team went for a ‘field trip’ to the designer’s garden (and it’s not just any garden – you must witness it in the ‘Dries’ documentary on Netflix!) in order to take photos of flowers. The photos were taken last October, so quite naturally the flowers weren’t all that bloomy and fresh. Still, what attracted the designer the most were their imperfections: black spots, visible diseases, dried petals. Don’t expect basic floral prints, but rather, a strangely romantic, darker take on the very unlikely trend of the A/W season. Turtleneck dresses, satin blazers, robe coats and shirts were adorned with these flowers, while the colour palette was kept in deep greys, lilac and burgundy. Many compare this collection to Prada this season – where flowers were as well the key point – but at Dries Van Noten the effect is much different. Styled with long leather gloves, loosely-fitted pinstripe suits and faux fur stoles in extremely bright orange, the feeling was edgy, chic eccentric, but very feminine in an unmistakable Van Noten manner.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Prague’s Addresses

Other than monastery libraries, synagogues and castles, Prague has some very exciting spots to eat and shop at. See my five favourite addresses from the Czech Republic’s capital city!

Make sure to book your table at Sansho – it’s ex-Nobu London chef Paul Day’s place. Locals will tell you Day cooks some of the best Asian cuisine in town, with dishes that take you to the taste heaven, from salmon sashimi and soft shell crap slider (Sansho’s cult signature) to ocra tofu sambal and a not-so-average curry offering. The minimal, cozy interior is a leap away from Prague’s widespread ‘over-the-top’ style of gourmet restaurants. A must, must visist!

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Space has an eclectic selection of international brands, from Dries Van Noten to Golden Goose Deluxe Brand. I really loved the way the clothes hang on the racks – already styled and layered up.

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You just can’t go by Metamorphosis and not stop for a flower bouquet (consisting of my favourite dahlias or hydrangeas). Might be the best flower shop in the entire city.

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Antik Cafe Dlouhý Příběh is a multi-purpose spot. At the entrance you can buy some home-made jams and cured meat. In the eating space, try out the typically Czech cuisine. The interior is purely vintage, as every furniture is hand-picked from a flea market. Oh, and you can buy the lamp you fancy – from the most kitsch to the most Communist-like.

Dlouhá 37

Ok, that’s something you can expect from me, wherever I am. Céline, still with the accent. Last Phoebe Philo pieces are still here (but few sizes left), just as the pre-Hedi autumn-winter 2018 collection. Loved the concrete staircase. Run for that silk, over-sized shirt with fruit print!

Pařížská 97/15

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Blooming Berlin

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Pomegranates at the Turkish market.

During the spring, Berlin is literally blooming. From the markets in Kreuzberg to local, neighborhood flower shops (like the delightful Blume & Raum with their front yard), the colours are everywhere! Undoubtfully, it’s the most beautiful season here. Take a look at some of the photos I took last Friday.

Blume & Raum /  Lausitzer Str. 26a

Turkish Market / Maybachufer

C/O Berlin / Hardenbergstraße 22-24

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

#InstaLOVE – February 2018

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@avedonfoundation

I am an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my February recommendations!

@___joanneburkejewels____ / Based in-between Rome and London, Joanne Burke’s beautifully rare jewellery is like wearable art. Inspired with Ancient forms and motifs, the designer works with bronze and gold to create one-of-a-kind charms, earrings and necklaces. Note that her editions are very limited in stock – so if you want to put your hands on one of those charming, whimsical pieces, be fast! And, of course, her feed is equally dreamy.

@fjura_ / Fjura was stablished in 2005 by Simone Gooch in Sydney, and ten years later moved to London. The florist (who can fittingly be called an artist) is known for creating seasonal flower arrangements, whether in form of hand delivered bouquets or floral installations. Those are the most mesmerizing flowers out there. Can’t get enough.

@avedonfoundation / There’s no need to introduce Richard Avedon, one of the greatest photographers of humankind. I’m so glad Avedon Foundation exists on Instagram – it’s always a pleasure to revisit the master’s visuals, whether it’s Lauren Hutton in PVC or an unseen outtake.

@sarahandelman / Even thouh the cult Parisian concept store, Colette, closed its doors in December, it’s good to see through the eyes of Sarah Andelman, the co-founder. What is she up to next? Where will she go? I need to know.

@rarebookparis / I wrote about Rare Book Paris once… but it isn’t enough. The vintage books and magazines seller shared those incredible shots from an Issey Miyake catalogue recently. Too good.

AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?