Sunday, April 26, 2015


Rodin: the laboratory of creation

The beautiful Rodin museum of Paris presents The Laboratory of Creation until the end of September, an exhibition that gives us a glimpse into the sculptor’s studio. The exhibition features a unique selection of 150 plaster and terracotta works, many of which have never been shown before.

Visitors are drawn into the heart of the creative process, into Rodin’s formal creative thinking ─ the paths he followed, the hesitations he experienced and the flashes of brilliance that lit his

The Gates of Hell, the Burghers of Calais or to Victor Hugo, Balzac, James McNeill Whistler… Rodin’s most famous and accomplished works gradually emerge from his mind and hands. They represent the culmination of prodigious efforts and numerous preparatory works: studies and sketches in vigorously kneaded clay, maquettes and plaster models that were used to make series of casts reworked until the final version was obtained…

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hotel: Villa Amarya is an oasis of quiet in the heart of New Delhi

Villa Amarya, conveniently close to the airport and strategically located in New Delhi's South neighborhood of the Safdarjung Enclave, feels like an oasis of quiet in the chaos of such a big city.

New Delhi's main sites such as the Humayun's Tomb, the Qtub Minar and Red Fort are easily accessible from this elegant boutique hotel.  

The smart nine bedrooms of this discreet villa - ranging from standard, deluxe, executive, and suite - are themed around India’s iconic nine gemstones: emerald, ruby, blue sapphire, pearl, topaz, coral, yellow sapphire, zircon and diamond. While a bright pink and orange lounge area welcomes guests, each room refers to these gemstone colours and displays slick and tasteful designs and art. The European owners of the villas came up with this brilliant idea to start designing each room.

The warm, efficient and welcoming staff makes you feel at home and you immediately relax after you’ve passed the white gate. Refreshments were served on arrival and the latest fashion and architecture magazines and travel guides make you want to stay forever! The fresh breakfast was fantastic and the crepes served reminded me of my time in France. The attention to these details makes it a fantastic experience. Blue chip spa treatments and massages are also available in your bedroom and you just have to use the mobile phone provided on arrival.

The chic Blue Sapphire room, where I was kindly invited to stay, features a beautiful marbled-bathroom, elegant regional furniture and textiles, all arranged with great taste.

The big bonus of this room is the great terrace overlooking the inviting green patio. It
had all the modernity you needed: a flat-screen TV, bottled water and complimentary toiletries. An in-room closet, a ceiling fan, air con and wireless internet access are also there if you need them. The sublte French touch of the owners is smartly mixed with an Indian inspiration reflected in the artworks on the walls, the carpets or the small plates on display. 

Villa Amarya is a lovely and smart place to stay which I highly recommend. A jewel !

Don't miss the little display of original products in the main lounge area. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase last-minute gifts!

Now I look forward to staying at Paros by Amarya, in Goa, a second boutique hotel featuring a Portuguese-inspired villa, eight luxury tents and two suites. Le Souk by Amarya, also in Goa, 
is a platform for designers, jewellery, home decoration, hair salon and a coffee shop
… Maybe in the future.

Merci pour votre invitation!

Book a room now:
Amarya Villa A-2/20, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110029, INDIA

Pace London presents Adam Pendleton

Pendleton’s cross-disciplinary practice draws from experimental literature, Dadaism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism. His work also references African-American political and cultural movements from the 1960s to today, including the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts Movements.

The exhibition, presented at Pace London, features oil on canvas paintings, a large site-specific wall work, a sculptural work, and a silkscreen piece from his INDEPENDANCE series, all of which explore the relationship between politics, language, and race, and consider how history bears on the present.

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop

Chris Cornish

Monday, March 23, 2015

Incredible India!

Dear all,

I'm off to Rajasthan for two weeks, starting this Wednesday so expect a lot of news when I'm back.
Nico x. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hotel: the effortlessly-chic Hôtel Montalembert is a gem in the centre of Paris

I was recently invited to the beautiful five-star boutique Hôtel Montalembert and I was impressed by its subtle elegance, central location and impeccable service.

The hotel, housed in an amazing Haussmanian building is located in the centre of Saint- Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arrondissement or Left Bank, within the Carré Rive Gauche, home to antiques and art galleries, only a few minutes away to the Musée Rodin, Museée d’Orsay and the Louvre, the Jardin du Luxembourg, Karl Lagerfeld’s book shop and studio, Le Bon Marché and the famous cafés Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, where Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir where often seen. One of its greatest assets is the fantastic view over the rooftops of Paris!

When I thought it couldn’t be more VIP, arty and prestigious, the German bombshell actress and CHANEL “égérie” Diane Kruger passed in front of my stunning balcony… Fashion Week was about to start. The hotel welcomes events such as the Designers’ Day, Carré Rive Gauche previews and other exclusive events, such as literary prizes.

Recently refurbished, the hotel was built in 1926 and features a typically-Parisian Beaux-Arts architecture building. The recent renovation, under the famous interior architect and designer Christian Liaigre shows warm brown, gold, and grey tones mixed with simple stylish furniture, African art and classic lithographs. The welcoming terrace is perfect for lunch or dinner in Spring and Summer.

Several options for your stay in the 54 classy bedrooms: standard, superior, deluxe, junior rooms and suites are available. The remarkable suite Montalembert and la suite by Christian Liaigre both offer the perfect cozy atmosphere. “Chapeau” to the beautiful Cascais (Portugal)-marble bathroom where you’ll find luxury toiletries from L’Occitane! You don’t feel in a hotel but at home!

The subtle blend of woods and leather marks the timeless style of the famous French architect. Apart from the spacious white marble bathtub stands a walking shower with a French retro touch in the taps. At night, the refined atmosphere is emphasized by the soft dimmer lighting and the deep brown, purple, greyish palette.

The “salon Gallimard”, named after the celebrated Publishing House next door to the hotel, is available for private functions. The fireplace adds that touch of warmth you need in the cold February weather.

The restaurant is also amazing and the breakfast was one of the best I ever had: typical French patisseries, croissant-muffins (first time I ever had one), delicious breads and confiture! If you fancy a lunch, a wide range of dishes come under four main categories: Terre, Mer, Végétal, and Soleil, available in either “dégustation” or “gourmet” size. Chef David Maroleau updates the menu every month which means that you’ll come back.

The Hôtel Montalembert is the quintessence of the Parisian chic style. Merci beaucoup pour l’invitation!

Don’t miss it and book a room or a table for breakfast now:
Hôtel Montalembert, 3 rue Montalembert, Paris

Friday, March 13, 2015

Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh

1955 — Kirk Douglas poses beside a self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, painted by the artist in 1886-1887  — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

France, 1955 — Actor Kirk Douglas portraying the artist Vincent Van Gogh in the film “Lust For Life”. — image by Frank Scherschel

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