Monday, April 13

Rainy Spring Day in Tokyo

 On the way to the park...

Good morning from Tokyo!

Last Saturday I missed my morning yoga class - I had a bad night and started the day in the wrong mood, and ended up spending an hour and a half at the park instead, alone in my rain boots & coat. We've had so much rain lately in Tokyo that it starts to affect me and my productivity at work too. I realised though that rainy days can be quite beautiful too, and it was very refreshing to spend some time at the park just wandering around and reflecting about things that are happening at the moment. Spring is my favorite season and I have fond memories from my childhood of our weekly Sunday hikes with my family all year round - something I didn't always enjoy doing, truth be told. In Spring my dad would emphasize how fresh and energetic the forest would look in her brand new green coat of leaves. It felt pretty special indeed!

It's raining again today, but I am happy it's Monday. I wish you a beautiful week ahead, and I hope that Spring has arrived in your part of the world. Make sure you take some time to admire nature's gift to you!

A little stroll at Tamagawadai park, Tokyo, April 2015

Photos Marie Maglaque - All rights reserved

Saturday, April 4

NEWS :: A Solo Exhibition in Tokyo in May!

Lovely friends, 

There are so many things happening at once at the moment that I am getting (slightly) overwhelmed! It's finally time to announce you the greatest news - something I have been working on since Christmas: I will have my first ever solo exhibition in Japan this coming May!

To say that I am excited doesn't really reflect the reality; I am alternatively excited, scared, delighted, nervous, enthusiastic, feverish, joyful, ecstatic, focused, thrilled... the list goes on. I am definitely under pressure though!

I am presenting a series of embroidered accessories - from earrings to necklaces, bracelets, brooches and bags, and the theme is of course around flowers. We named the exhibition "Le Jardin Secret de Marie" [The Secret Garden of Marie] with a reference to the best-seller "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnet. Every single piece is hand-embroidered by yours truly so you may call it a labor of love - and passion. To stay true to myself, it will all be colourful and shiny with exquisite details and delightful color combinations. 

The exhibition will take place at the newly launched Gallery Palette in Minami-Aoyama (a short walk from Omotesando station) in May 2015. I will be present every day at the gallery and also give a series of workshops on May 13 (Wed), 14 (Thu) and 15 (Fri) in the afternoon -> more coming later on, once all the details are finalised and made available on the website of Gallery Palette. 
Please drop by to say hi and have a little chat!

DM design by Hiki of Uguisu

Le Jardin Secret de Marie
at Gallery Palette, Tokyo
May 11 to 16, 2015 
from 11am to 7pm
*last day until 4pm

You can check and like the Facebook page of Gallery Palette to keep in touch with the exhibition schedule (there are two exhibitions happening before mine) and sign up for the workshops.

I am so looking forward to meeting you there!

xx Marie

Photography / Nao Lincoln
Design / Hiki of Uguisu
Creative direction / Marie Maglaque

Monday, March 30

NEWS :: Contributing to Paul et Paula


How have you been? I was kind of busy (and still is) as my parents are currently visiting us and I am also working on a very special project - more on this later this week.

Today I am really super happy to announce you that I will start contributing to international Kids / Design / Lifestyle blog Paul et Paula. I will report every month on the kids scene here in Tokyo and I am excited to get started soon!

If you design or own a kids fashion label, or if you are a distributor, if you have a shop or if you run kids events in Tokyo feel free to get in touch with me and let's talk about it!

Happy week to my lovely readers 

Thursday, March 12



Now you can see what has kept me busy since the last cookie decoration workshops and the Playtime trade show! I have put my two hands to good use and came up with new embroidered accessories, such as the necklace featured in this blogpost. Now think that my Grand-Mother was desperate when I was a little girl, complaining I would never been able to sew even a simple button! 

I will unveil by the end of the month the reason why I am working so hard now, stay tuned!

Monday, March 2

Playtime Tokyo :: Fall/ Winter 2015-16 collections

A cardboard dinosaur by Flatout Frankie - via CAST Japan

I absolutely love attending Playtime, an international maternity & children's trade show that takes place twice a year in Paris, Tokyo and NYC. I am happy to report once more about the last Tokyo edition which happened last week at Belle Salle Garden Shibuya. No matter how much time I spend at the show, I always miss out on so many things, and I always wish I could talk to each exhibitor and listen to what they have to share. I wonder if I will ever be able to make this happen!

I have made friends over the years, and of course I will always visit them in priority on the first day. Last week I discovered new labels with fresh collections and exciting concepts. I also managed to attend the cocktail party (with my kids!) and listened to the "Kodomo Jazz" singer Roco who was animating the evening. 

Let's find out in pictures what Playtime Tokyo had to unveil!

  • Illustration: Ever since its creation in 2007, each year Playtime selects a new artist to illustrate its fairs - from the trade show invitation, to the booklet, website, murals etc... This year it was Italian illustrator Philip Giordano who shared his vision of the three capitals in his signature animals, geometric shapes with quirky details. His work for Playtime won silver medal in the advertising category at the Society of Illustrators NY.

Behind the front desk, an illustration by Philip Giordano 
  • 'Le Club Lounge' by Abi Loves with Mika Posa: a space where small visitors can play, create and relax. The wall paper  seemed to be an awesome outlet for the little ones to express their creativity. My children surely enjoyed the space while I was happily catching up with friends!

  • Trend space 1 // 'Welcome to the Club' by Kim Songhe
Kim Songhe was born in Tokyo in 1982 and graduated from Oda Design College, after which she started her design activity. In 2005, she got noticed with her chandeliers displayed at the Loveless store in Aoyama (Tokyo). She has then produced many shop displays in Japan and showcased her work at museums in San Francisco and Seoul (2009). The chandeliers are made of products pasted to each other and can be described as "junk collage". Kim Songhe created a disco/pop chandelier for the trend Space of Playtime Tokyo.

Trend space by Kim Songhe
To celebrate the opening of the 12th edition of Playtime Tokyo, Japanese singer Roco and her musicians animated the cocktail party on the 24th of February. Her playful music entertained visitors and exhibitors as well as the children who attended.

Kodomo Jazz booth 

Let's start with a short introduction to the brands I was able to visit and what I liked:
  • Toi-Même: cute, classy designs in pastel colours. Made in France. I ♥︎ the musical stars and their bright lights.
  • Que Sera Sera: an Osaka-based shop presenting labels such as The Great Lakes Goods, SugarBoo designs, Hartland Brooklyn, Gold Teeth Brooklyn etc... I ♥︎ the laser-cut wooden decoration items by The Great Lakes Goods.
  • La Lovie: eco-friendly accessories and dolls in cashmere and organic cotton for environmentally conscious parents. I ♥︎ the cashmere plaids and their original designs!

Toi Même (top & left) // The Great Lakes Goods via Que Sera Sera SEED

Cashmere and cuties by La Lovie

I have been a fan of these brands for a while now:
  • Sophia 203: the most delightful embroidered accessories. Every season a new enchanted theme, for the little and not so little ones.
  • Les Enfantines: chic and timeless clothes for children - I ♥︎ the peacock liberty print collar for baby.
  • Bonheur du Jour: poetic, sweet and girly, the collection was stunning - I ♥︎ everything!
  • Camphor: superb knitwear and a minimalistic/ eco-friendly feel. I ♥︎ the sweaters which are also water-repellent (!). 

A Curious Circus by Sophia 203

Les Enfantines

Bonheur du Jour Paris (all of the above)

The artist is using the technique of knitting with different materials to create infinite shapes such as feathers, wings or elytrons (a harden forewing of some insects such as beetles). He has participated in collective and individual exhibits in museums and galleries across Japan since 1991. For Playtime Tokyo he created a giant knitted tree, a unique symbol and a space where people would gather, communicate and exchange. 

Trend space by Masayuqi Yoshida // knitwear by Camphor

Camphor - booth C11

Born in 1977 in Tokyo, Daisuke Takahashi launched his first ready-to-wear collection for women (Disk1) in 2005 in Paris. He moved back to Tokyo in 2006 and has expanded his work to men and kids collection as well as art installation made of fabrics or cardboard that are presented in cafés and shops. For Playtime Tokyo he created cardboard-framed objects to illustrate the happy mix between handmade and digital. 

Trend space by Daisuke Takahashi // Embroidery by Holmgren

Folk Made 

  • Folk Made: a beautiful winter collection, made complete with the gorgeous knitted stools. The wooden furnitures were also handmade - by Mr. Folk Made. Pretty awesome!
  • Pilkku: the concept -> comfortable, simple pieces that can be worn by girls and boys ♥︎
  • Holmgren: the last booth I visited, and one of my favorite. A collection of hooded sweatshirts resulting from a collaboration between Camilla Holmgren, a photographer, and her son Emile. The embroidery designs were taken straight from Emile's sketchbook and are poetic, full of imaginative creatures and stories. The booth concept was a street in Hong Kong were the look book photos were taken.  ♥︎♥︎♥︎
  • Tiny Bitz: a boutique baby gifting brand with the focus on bringing thoughtful gifts for growing kids. I ♥︎ the beautiful quality and super soft cotton of their onesies. 
  • CAST Japan: a distributor of some of my favorite products, such as Stocs, the Time Capsules by Make History, the Loog guitar etc... They recently added a new label to their line of products, the Flatout Frankie cardboard toys (from New Zealand). I ♥︎ the alphabet!


Folk Made

Stocs and Flatout Frankie by CAST Japan (above and left) // Tiny Bitz (right)

See you in August Playtime Tokyo!

2015 ©All photographs by Marie Maglaque 

Monday, February 16

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Workshop

 A shower of hearts as a backdrop 
for a simple, all-white table setting...

Hello everyone!

We wrapped up our series of Valentine's Day workshops with guest teacher Chikako Yamamoto of DDbistro last Thursday and it was great! 
Organised in collaboration with Niki's Kitchen, we welcomed 30 participants over three days and I believe everyone left contented and happy to have spent a creative morning with like-minded people.

While Chikako was in charge of teaching the cookie decoration with sugar paste to the group of participants, I was busy in my kitchen preparing lunch for more than 10 people. On the menu was a carrot salad served with roast pork in its red wine gravy, gratin dauphinois (a potatoes gratin slow-baked in milk and cream) and an apricot tart for dessert (with almond filling). I had also prepped up the house and made some paper-based decorations for a Valentine's Day table set up - you can check my post about it here.

We were lucky to get the assistance and photography service of Nao Lincoln, whose wonderful photographs are illustrating this post, thank you so much Nao!

Above, a paper heart adorning a paper straw, made with a Martha Stewart puncher. I used the same puncher to make the heart garlands for the backdrops, very useful indeed! 

I had kept the festive and colorful paper garlands hung for my son's birthday, initially purchased a couple of years ago in Amsterdam, Holland.

Above, a name card also created with a Martha Stewart puncher, the heart lace craft puncher. Find the pretty polka dotted paper at one of my favorite craft supply store at Parco Shibuya, WRAPPLE, in many different shades. I love it and use it regularly. 

Apricot amandine tart for dessert

Dessert... since we were more than 10 people to eat lunch, and we held three workshops, I baked 6 tarts within a week. I love this dessert with its almond-based crust and filling. Next time I will try it out with pineapple instead of apricots...

Below are some of the super cute cookies that participants created. Every single participants creates her own set of 10 cookies with personal designs and inspiration.

And finally pictures of the lunch set as served to every one... does it look delicious?


© Photography courtesy of Nao Lincoln 

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