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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

recycled can products, telephone wire bowls, and more...



lucky magazine published a guide to shopping in paris a few years ago, and it made my trip to paris even cooler. i love telephone wire bowls and anything made out of old cans - and this store - CSAO - features them and was in the lucky guide. the day i got there it was closed, but my friend anthea took my leftover euros and bought me some very cool boxes (like the one shown here) and trinkets and sent them home to me.

here is the description from lucky:
CSAO
Handmade West African imports-bright woven-plastic floor mats, kente-cloth clothing, and bedding dyed earthy hues of ochre and oxblood-are the specialty at this sprawling boutique/gallery. It's hard to miss: The mini-empire (which now includes a restaurant) has taken over an entire block in the Marais. 9 rue Elzévir (3rd arr.), 33-1-44-54-55-88, csao.fr

the two other great recommendations from that issue were:
Mariage Frères
Best location: 30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg (4th arr.), 33-1-42-72-28-11, mariagefreres.com
"This teashop and salon feels straight out of another country, but not in a hoity-toity way. It has a cute, low-key café, and its Birthday Tea blend-which comes in a pretty canister-makes a great gift."—Jean Godfrey-June, Beauty Director

and MUJI - which isn't listed on the website anymore, stateside they have MUJI at MOMA. But now that I know about Daiso I'm not sure I'd be willing to spend $8 on the card case at MUJI that is $1.50 at Daiso.

Now, if only Design Star had a design challenge at Daiso instead of at a normal 99cent store. And if only the dollar could go back up so we could afford to go to Europe.

1 comment:

Mim said...

yes, the CSAO shop is so good. We're off to Paris again this fall and will see what's new there. We always visit one of the Muji shops, just cause we like the simplicity of what they sell. They have sales sometimes. Thanks for commenting on my blog and by the way, you and I have a lot in common.