Creative Vacations

Villa Noailles Design Parade | Kristen's Picks

Villa Noailles Design Parade | Kristen's Picks

This year I wanted to share and shed light on the plethora of design gems from the creative landscape of my adopted home of France. One of the most special events, places and projects in the contemporary creative landscape here in France is - Villa Noailles.

I did a roundup of a few of my favourite finds from this year's Villa Noailles Design Parade. Have a look at my top picks.

Villa Noailles Design Parade Hyères and Toulon 2017

Villa Noailles Design Parade Hyères and Toulon 2017

Villa Noailles Design Parade is an annual event which consists of two contests for up and coming talent in the realm of design, held between two adjacent seaside cities in the South of France, as well as a series of installations around each city for guests to discover. 

Have a look at what I discovered from each contest and the winners! 

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Villa Lena

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Villa Lena

I've been hearing about Villa Lena's picturesque retreat and it's renown artist residency for quite some time now. I can only imagine the Italian sun on your back, a fresh wind in your hair, the smell of herbs and cypress trees being the perfect setting to get out of busy city life, take life a bit slower and develop on ideas and collaborative projects. Each year the Villa welcomes a number of selected artists to spend two months at Villa Lena developing their project of choice, where you can also join them for a weekend.

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Institute de Français

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Institute de Français

Looking to learn a second language in record breaking time? Search no further! I've found you a hardcore French language bootcamp on the French Riviera, which will have you ordering your café crème en Français and impressing clients in no time.

Creative vacations_ Europe Edition 2017 | III. Domaine de Boisbuchet

Creative vacations_ Europe Edition 2017 | III. Domaine de Boisbuchet

There is one spot in France which is famous for their all-star lineups of, the best of the best, who's who of the design world - giving workshops and that spot is the French Château of Domaine de Boisbuchet. They host a series of small hands-on workshops throughout each summer with some of the hottest contemporary designers. You'll get to have one on one time learning from today's most innovative and sought after talents.

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | II. Made Labs by Formafantasma

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | II. Made Labs by Formafantasma

So since 2016, Formafantasma has been the head of the design course MAN MADE/Design in Flux with a new University, Made Program, in Sicily, Italy and this summer they have organised 8 days of workshops and lectures around the theme of "Authentic-city".

Post Milan: Keeping the Creative Vacations Going This Summer in Europe

Post Milan: Keeping the Creative Vacations Going This Summer in Europe

I'll be posting my top five summer design plans (in order of when they are happening) throughout this week so keep checking back to get the scoop!

Creative Vacations_ Europe Edition 2017 | I. Villa Noailles

Creative Vacations_ Europe Edition 2017 | I. Villa Noailles

Villa Noailles Design Parade is held in the South of France between the two picturesque cities of Toulon and Hyères... so not only do you get to see exhibitions from the best up and coming designers and interior designers from throughout France and Europe, but you are surrounded by rich and beautiful French culture and architecture.

Milan Design Week Diary

Milan Design Week Diary

So this was the first year that I was actually able to make the journey to the world's yearly design Mecca that is Milan Design Week. I had a week full of of new friendships, overload of new up and coming designer discoveries, serendipitous meetings with so many from the design community face-to-face for the first time, a little bit of mischief and a belly absolutely stuffed with incredible italian food and wine all week long.