French Inspiration

Trends Trends & Culture - July 3rd, 2009

by Melissa Forester

One: Tired of simple wooden tableware bowls? Try this two fold basket made of natural leather designed by Douglas Legg. It can be used as a centerpiece on your table, or for storing fruit and vegetables. CIBONE (, ¥31,500

Necklace by Claire Sagnier

Two: This stylish necklace was designed by Claire Sagnier and is made of hand-rolled, hand-stitched tubes of silk. It is playful, colorful and a great way to accessorize any outfit. MoMA Store (, ¥9,800

Pomme sugar pot by Tatsuya Okazaki

Three: This pomme sugar pot is designed by Tatsuya Okazaki and is inspired by French design. The chic, geometric apple shape is perfect for the afternoon tea table. MoMA Store (, ¥3,360

Red steel letter holder

Four: Organize your mail with this funky red steel letter holder created by award winning designer Koray Ozgen. You’ll never misplace your snail mail again. Made in France. MoMA Store (, ¥3,480

Bamboo basket by Douglas Legg

Five: Another beautiful bamboo item designed by Douglas Legg, this basket can be carried easily by its functional handle. Excellent for display, decoration, or as a stylish tote for groceries. CIBONE (, ¥7,350

Le Creuset stoneware

Featured product: Famed French brand Le Creuset offers traditional stoneware and enameled cast iron pots in a variety of bright, sunny colors. Chip, crack, and stain resistant, the items can be used in the microwave and oven, and even make stylish display items that add a bit of punch to any kitchen. Founded in 1925 by two Belgian industrialists, Le Creuset is known for its high quality cookware produced at its factory in northern France. The bright, fun colors are what sets the company’s products apart from those of competitors, making these some of the most sought-after pots in the world. Now sold in over 60 countries, Le Creuset is products are available at nearly all good department stores in Japan. Isetan Shinjuku, ¥3,000

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