Hey Camel ceramics

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As I share a deep love for ceramics, I couldn’t help myself but swoon over the beautiful works of Hey Camel ceramics, a ceramic studio in Ho Chi Minh City which offers also ceramics workshop for old and young.

Alejandro is the face behind Hey Camel Ceramics and his designs are full of sensibility and surprises. I love the way he explores the shapes and textures or includes striking pattern in the pots, cups and spoons he creates. Especially, believe it or not, the colours and textures of Hey Camel ceramics make me feel calm and relaxed. How strange and beautiful! Alejandro, may I ask you for your glazing recipe? Please 🙂

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Ho Chi Minh City’s best Vietnamese and Thai restaurants – A Guide

I previously shared with you my favourite spots in Ho Chi Minh City in my last City Guide {missed it? Check out here! } and you already know how surprising this city can be! Family owned restaurants nestled on rooftops, cute coffee shops tucked behind hidden alleyways, chilled-out bars on riverside. Well, it seems like this city can treat you really well! At least, that’s what we feel every time we come back here.

1. Secret Garden – Roof Top restaurant, Top Floor, 158 Pasteur, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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One of the spot you don’t want to miss is definitely Secret Garden restaurant, this wonderful place on the rooftop of a historical building. The entrance is a bit hidden, and you have to take the stairs to reach the 6th level, but once you’ve arrived and gotten inside, you will forget all the efforts you had to put in to find this place! Will it be the light, the green surroundings or the home-cooked food that will strike you the most? The most important thing is: you can sit at any corner, you can order anything on the menu and everything just feels right!

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Home x Gallery by Kouichi Kimura Architects

Japan inspires me in many ways and there is especially one thing I keep being astonished by: the way spaces are being dealt with. During my first visit to Tokyo, I’ve already witnessed that space is an invaluable good in Japan. But the good thing is: sometimes drawbacks motivate (and oblige) people to be more creative and push architects and designers to simply be brilliant!

Designed by Kouichi Kimura Architects, this house is characteristic for it multipurpose use. It’s a gallery in addition to being a habitable space. The external appearance of the building already suggests the richness of the internal configuration.

What else do I love? The brilliant connection of separated spaces by large window frames. The minimal use of shapes and colours. The subtlety in the use of texture. The sense of privacy without being confined. Did I already mention the iconic passage linking the back courtyard to the street? And also this kind of unforgettable black blocks that shapes the horizon? Wouldn’t you agree with me that we can start dreaming? Now.

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La Fiancée du Facteur

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If you are a lady, its hard not to love the jewellery creations from La Fiancée du Facteur, a label created in 2011 by designer Penelope Cadeau. Like so many people who has travelled SEA and felt in love with the charm of this region, she also decided to settle down, to let her creativity run free, surrounded by colours, spices and sounds that inspired her.

The most stunning to me is the fact that the jewellery of  La Fiancée du Facteur is inspired by womanhood. Each collection pays tribute to a famous Woman, to her courage, intelligence or beauty, sense of humor. As a woman, this speaks to me a lot.

There is also another main feature that really marks La Fiancée du Facteurs jewellery: imagination. Penelope Cadeau really understands how to translate her thoughts and ideas, inspired by fine art and history, into each collection with great sensibility. Each necklace, bracelet, earrings, is unique and full of surprises. Each one speaks for itself, creates place for long contemplation.

But I better let the work speak for itself.

Images via LFDF with thanks.

Sadect district

It’s a long week-end here in Singapore where Diwali is celebrated. I decided to take time for some pottery making and just wish I could head over to Sadect District in Saigon to get inspired by their beautiful ceramic collection. If I would still be living in Saigon and were looking to decorate my home, Sadect District would be my first place to go.

 

Image via Sadect District with thank.

All you need is wood – top 12 South East Asian designers

What is your favourite material? Mine is undoubtedly wood {of course, we’re talking about solid wood here!}. I love the texture, the smell and the sense of it. Especially when it comes to design, I’m always fascinated by the way designers explore and transform different types of wood into unique pieces, sometimes incredibly intricate, sometimes just simple.
Wood is a fascinating living thing. It shrinks, expands, wears out with time and a wood art designer must keep this in mind when planning out the dimensions of a piece.

But I better let their work speak…

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La Mangosteen on holiday

This time I’d like to send you greetings from France where I’m having a little break from South East Asia. This beautiful picture was taken in Arles, one of my favourite city in the picturesque region of Provence. Just get on travel with me and follow on Facebook or Instagram for updates!