Columbia Road Flower market

October 7, 2010

Karine Candice Köng in TIME OUT magazineLast month, I mentioned a photoshoot in Columbia Road Flower market for a feature Time Out was doing on creative people shopping at London’s best street markets. The article came out yesterday so I picked up a copy on my way to a business meeting and ending up smiling like an idiot in the train stopping myself from saying to complete strangers in the tube “Look! c’est moi la… on the page!”

A big thank you to the lovely Maggie, Shopping & Style Editor at Time Out who is also behind Chic Little Baby. Here is the article and below a few photos I took at Campania.
Yours, Karine, Design Expert (so they say :-)
For botanists Columbia Road Flower Market
Our market insider: Karine Candice Kong, design expert
(I swear I didn’t tell them to put this but I LIKE it!)When should you visit Columbia Road Flower Market?
“The Market starts at 8am every Sunday and it’s best to get there as early as possible. It gets very busy if the weather is quite nice. It winds down about 3pm.”
What do you head for?
“One of my favourite shops is Vintage Heaven at no 82 – it’s the perfect place to snap up vintage treasures. The Yard on Ezra street is a mini fleamarket that has some great things and is always worth a look. Rob Ryan makes intricate and delicate paper-cut and we have some of his work in our BODIE and FOU online store. His shop is called Ryantown. Campania at no 95 is a little greasy spoon cafe a l’italienne, full of charm and inspiration. Ben Southgate at no 4 The Courtyard on Ezra street is a great shop for industrial furniture and old school maps.”
What should you avoid?
“Don’t buy plants and flowers from the first stall you see. walk around and check out a few stalls before buying to compare prices and quality. If you buy bulk quantities don’t hesitate to bargain. Columbia Road is a great place to go if you are doing a garden up.”
Top tips…
“Don’t forget to take your camera and don’t rush. Columbia Road is a unique place with a very special atmosphere, so take your time. There are a lot of interesting characters and it’s a very creative place to hang out.”


London Family Style by PAUMES

September 16, 2010

Our home in London Family Style by EDITION PAUMESA very big thank you to Editions PAUMES for asking us to be part of their new book London Family Style and to Helena from Agence Violette, their press agent in France, who co-ordinated the photoshoots with all the families (must have been tricky to fit so many families in such a short time). I have always been a big fan of their books so READ MORE...

Maison Martin Margiela exhibition

August 30, 2010

Yesterday, I took my mum and Mila to see the Maison Martin Margiela Exhibition at Somerset House which ends next weekend. So three generations, three different reactions….

My mum told me that she wouldn’t have gone there by herself but she enjoyed it and thought it was interesting. My five years-old daughter to who I was saying that it was important that she saw other creative things than Cbeebies or Ben10 told me that ‘nothing was really important‘ but she loved the Fashion Show invit’ done on a plate and the people who were filming themselves at home wearing Margiela’s clothes and I really enjoyed finding out more about this unique fashion designer, understand the inspiration behind some of his clothes and have a peek at his inspiring offices in Paris.

Maison Martin Margiela is one of the world’s most influential fashion houses and is especially known for its deconstructivist approach, its fashion shows in unexpected places and its taste for recycling materials.
One of the most remarkable characteristics of Maison Martin Margiela is its consistent use of white (something I favour) in offices, shops and showrooms.
More than the clothes themselves which are not always easy to wear I’m thinking of the fur jacket made from blonde wigs from the Spring-Summer 2009 Artisanal Collection which took 51 hours to make, I have always admired Martin Margiela’s scenography in shops and his home and how he uses typography and from an interior design point of view rather than fashion, this was a very good and inspiring exhibition to see.
Sadly we could not take any pictures inside but I took as many as I could outside. I hope it will give you a feel of it but if you can, I recommend you go there next weekend as it ends next Sunday!

If you go there, you may want to get hold of a copy of the Exhibition catalogue which is full of inspiring ideas to use typo and I think I may steal a few ideas from the show to display our family pictures at home. Wishing you a good week!