Sometimes your summer gets unexpectedly more exciting in a blink of an eye. About a week ago I was invited to join my dear friend Sarah and her group of friends on a weekend at her husband's family estate on the west shore of Lake George, a beautiful lush region upstate New York. The Bixby Estate rubs elbows with the little town of Bolton Landing and has been maintained in the family for five generations.
Predictably, activities covered a fair amount of boating, swimming, hiking, sun-bathing, star gazing and in my case numerous contemplative walks around the property. A reboot-recharge type of weekend. Exactly what the doctor prescribed!
I find the work of food artist / photographer Henry Hargreaves absolutely compelling and mesmerizing. Henry was featured this week on the one and only Freunde von Freunden's website so I guess I am a tad late in this feature. Henry is based here in Brooklyn. I find his concepts and realist execution quite efficient. What a talent.
Below are some excerpts from his series titled No Seconds re-enacting death row convicts last meals based on their requests.
Last time I was in France, I fell in love with the designs of this local designer who customizes one-of-a-kind vintage ceramics with the most precious hand-painted illustrations. We were kindly invited to visit her studio. I personally had my eyes set on the gold-lined tea pot below but decided to pass as I was too afraid to travel back with such a delicate item in my suitcase. A month later, the tea pot arrived in the mail, bundled in twelve layers of bubble wrap. My sister and my friend had secretly bought it for me! An object I will cherish for years to come.
You can buy Muik Designs here and follow Alexandra's blog here.
One of my favorite activity on a dreary day like today is to explore the internet in search of compelling images from photographers I have yet to discover. Today I found this gem: Beijing based Jiehao Su. Jieaho has been exhibited countless times and won many awards as a young, emerging photographer. His story telling ability is just so truthful and genuine. It also transported me to warmer, new horizons for a second. Absolutely made my day.
Fashion week in New York can be a surprising mix of opportunities for a photographer. This month I personally received a last minute invite by Ivan Villegas to join him document the Diesel Black Gold show backstage for Harper's Bazaar Mexico. I felt so privileged as the activity behind the scenes is definitely a side of Fashion week that is exciting for me. By nature I have always been more fascinated by the bone structure of a show, the unseen hundreds little hands and whispers behind the curtain as opposed to the front seat, full-on finished product. It is visually so rich in stories. I was without a doubt right at home on this project.
Here is my version of a crazy two-hour pre-show experience. Detailed front row runway show available here. And of course few more images of my coverage are posted on my website www.anneclairerohe.com
Today I am returning to my favorite blog activity with this new apartment visit. Please meet Franck. I was fortunate to stay ten wonderful days as a guest in this lovely space over the holidays.
Franck welcomed Delphine and her daughter in his living space officially since last summer but today I chose to interview him specifically since I had already featured Delphine about a year ago in her own environment and didn't want to be redundant. You'll forgive me!
When time came for the two to move in together they naturally found common grounds in the decor department. Having to merge two homes in one forced them to scale down and keep the essentials. From furniture to art pieces and textiles they decided to opt for an unassuming, simple interior. They already shared an obvious taste for quality designs (that couch!) and both agreed to keep the space minimal to preserve its open flow. The rooms of living all lead into one another and give the space a grand lofty effect. The main source of light is east-facing, bathing the space with glorious morning sun. I am thrilled today to invite you in this home and the mindset of its original dweller. Thank you Franck and Delphine for making this Holiday season the best I have had in a long time!
Franck's interview is available in English and French. Enjoy!
Delphine, Line and I live in Strasbourg, in the Neustadt district built in 1880 during the German occupation. We have the chance to be living very close to the Parc des Contades and the no-less remarkable Place of the Republic. I have been living in this neighborhood since 2007 and at this specific address since 2012. I particularly appreciate the architectural richness of the neighborhood and its proximity to the city center.
A daily ritual that defines your lifestyle
Ride my bicycle! Without a doubt the best means of transport in this beautiful circular city that is Strasbourg. I save a lot of time riding my bike, I breathe deeply and I never fail to re-discover my city over and over again.
You have a fine eye for anything décor, Art, furniture etc... Have you always been interested in design?
I have always been interested in Technique or the art of summing all the parts used to achieve an architectural design, may it be mechanical or artistic. My interest in Design is the organic inclination of my already keen interest in architecture and the concept of object layout.
From all your travels, is there a place that holds a special spot in your heart?
I had the chance to travel a lot in my life but the place that transformed me the most -and still does- is Corsica, the place where I was born. There I can breathe, I recharge. The island never ceases to blow my mind.
Is there a country or a city that seduced you in particular? somewhere you could see yourself live?
I might well be attracted to New York City dear Anne-Claire! I was able to feel great energy when visiting. But I can't really answer your question to be truthful, I am always eager to explore more of the world. And I might never stop.
A moment, a detail that comes to mind when you think back to your childhood home?
The family house where we spent our vacation as kids nestled in a small Corsican village. I specifically remember how much I loved the ancient, noble quality of the grounds, the Mediterranean vegetation, the river, the scents, the sound of silence.
A favorite activity when at home?
Simply spending time and enjoying the apartment with my darlings is a great thing to do. But my favorite activity is cooking. It is fun, creative, it makes everyone participate and engage with each other. Being in the kitchen vectors moments of joy with the girls.
You co-own a charming café-brasserie in the city, how did you get started in the restaurant industry?
Sort of randomly. Before Strasbourg I lived about 10 years in other cities. By the time I moved back in 2006 I first created a small business which had nothing to do with the industry of food. But quickly, in late 2007 I got the opportunity to acquire and operate a brasserie* in the historic neighborhood of the Cathedral of Strasbourg. I took the plunge and have poured myself into it ever since.
Delphine, Line et moi vivons à Strasbourg, dans la Neustadt, quartier construit à partir de 1880 lors de l'occupation allemande. Nous avons la chance d'être très proches du parc du Contades et de la non moins remarquable place de la République. J'habite ce quartier depuis 2007 et à cette adresse depuis 2012. J'apprécie particulièrement la richesse architecturale du quartier et sa proximité avec l'hyper-centre.
Un geste du quotidien qui définit ton style de vie?
Enfourcher ma bicyclette ! Sans aucun doute le meilleur moyen de transport dans cette jolie ville circulaire qu'est Strasbourg. Je gagne beaucoup de temps, je respire et je découvre encore.
Tu as un très bon oeil pour les objets déco, l'art, le mobilier. As-tu toujours été interessé par le Design?
J'ai toujours été intéressé par la technique, soit la somme de tous les moyens mis en oeuvre pour faire aboutir un projet architectural, mécanique ou artistique. Par extension le Design est rapidement arrivé avec quelques domaines préférés tels que l'architecture, l'objet ou la simple notion d'agencement.
De tous tes voyages quel est l'endroit qui t'as le plus transformé, marqué?
J'ai eu la chance de pouvoir beaucoup voyager mais l'endroit qui m'a le plus marqué et transformé tout au long de ma vie puisque j'y suis né, c'est la Corse. J'y respire, m'y ressource et m'y émerveille toujours autant.
Y a-t-il un pays ou une ville ou tu te verrais vivre si l'occasion se présentait?
Je pourrais être attiré par New York où vous résidez, ma chère Anne-Claire, j'ai pu y sentir une belle énergie ; mais sans réellement répondre à votre question, j'ai surtout très envie d'aller ailleurs encore et encore.
Un moment précis, un détail qui te vient à l'esprit lorsque tu repenses à la maison de ton enfance?
La maison familiale où nous passions nos vacances, nichée dans un petit village corse : la pierre, le maquis, la rivière, les odeurs, le silence.
Ton activité preferée lorsque tu es à la maison?
Outre passer du temps en profitant de l'appartement avec mes chéries, mon activité préférée est la cuisine, c'est ludique, créatif, participatif et vecteur de moments agréables avec les filles.
Tu es co-propriétaire d'un restaurant charmant en centre-ville, comment t'es-tu lancé dans le milieu de la restauration?
J'ai vécu 10 ans dans d'autres villes que Strasbourg et y suis revenu en 2006 où j'ai créé une première petite entreprise dans un autre domaine. Puis, fin 2007 l'opportunité d'acquérir et d'exploiter une jolie brasserie* aux pieds de la cathédrale s'est présentée. J'ai sauté le pas...
During my last stay in France I took a sweet little walk in a neighborhood I had yet to discover. The neighborhood is called Tivoli and hosts the most exquisite spectrum of traditional French homes combined with timbered architecture Alsace is known for. The entire neighborhood was built at the break of the 20th century and used to be back then residence of German military administration.
Preserving its treasured historical heritage is one thread today's residents have in common. Everything was flawlessly tended and cared for. This little slice of wonderland is only a bike ride from the center of the city of Strasbourg if you ever dare to venture outside the touristic paths.
I was in for a treat this afternoon. It was the day after Christmas, there wasn't a soul in sight and the air was holding the most noble scent of burning fir.
It was the first time in almost 17 years that I experienced snow in France again. I am freshly returning form a joyous time with family in Strasbourg where my sister lives. It was just perfect.
Nowadays it only snows on rare occasions in this part of the country but this year I was in luck. All the childhood memories were rushing back to me. The anticipated spectacle of powder-sugar covered streets in the morning after it snowed all night and the blissful sound of silence everywhere. I feel so privileged to have been there at this special time of year.
In my book, gathering home to cook and relax with your loved ones after a day out in the snow is one of those precious moments in life to call perfection. I wish we could all relate to this experience in some sort of ways in a place we call home, wherever we are from.
Although I am not the type of person that wants to live a life of accumulating and obsessive buying, I can always appreciate the gift season when it comes to beautifying your living space. Anzu online store allows you to achieve this. Pretty and functionnal things can be found there to help you make better choices when it comes to gifting. I was pleased to be the one chosen to shoot few images for their timely Holiday shop update.
Since we are on the topic, I highly recommend this read to my francophone readers: L'art de la Simplicitéde Dominique Loreau. I couldn't find an English publication of it yet unfortunately. The book is a beautiful tribute to learning how to live a more balanced, simple and essential life. Would make a lovely gift as well and can be purchased here.
It's been a while since I have last met you here dear readers. Sorry for this hiatus! Sometimes in life, you do things your heart doesn't necessarily align with, but you have to in order to get to your next goal, as futile as this goal might be. The past two months were all about going against my true nature and I am happy to come out of it. I did shed some feathers in the process. But it gave me great clarity of mind. The clarity that hat I want to keep perusing what makes me happy most as a person, and that is to create images. I actually never doubted that fact, but life doesn't allow me to ONLY do this unfortunately.
Being quite out of the loop, I was so delighted to find out Julia Hetta was behind some of the new Toast campaign this fall (below, indoor pictures). The other images created for Toast this season (the outdoor ones) are by Nicholas James Seaton which I am equally delighted by. What a stunning lineup of talents for this campaign.
This past weekend I went upstate New York for my dear friend Isabella's wedding. There is something so special about seeing a long time friend in such happy times, when things finally settle into the place you always wished her they would. It was a stunning backdrop for a late summer outdoor wedding. Fresh mountain air and lush meadows, everything the doctor prescribed!
Congratulations to Isabella & Tanguy! And thank you for making me part of it.
I am grateful for our friendship and all the ones that accompanied me on this trip ♡