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J’adore picasso


One of the must-see gems in Paris is the Musee Picasso. Located near the heart of the city, it’s an inspiring experience that takes you on a journey of Picasso’s passion. Reopened in 2014, this refurbished gallery is home to a collection of Picasso’s finest works that were donated to the French state after his death in 1973. The gallery is inside the beautiful Hotel Sale, a building that echoes architecture from the 1650’s and remains as a grand historical space. In the initial rooms of the gallery models and drawings of the refurbishment can be seen, showing the transition it underwent to become the Musee Picasso.

Over 5000 works of art are displayed and organised chronologically from when he was a teenager in Spain to his elder years in France. Rooms are also thematically displayed giving viewers the chance to engage with the cubist period, abstraction, self-portrait and the Spanish Civil war. With paintings hung next to sculptures, this offers a more interactive experience.


Aside from Picasso’s finished products, the exhibition presents sketches, notebooks and photographs giving viewers an extra insight into Picasso’s journey. His personal collection of art was also donated to the French state after his death and is exhibited in the gallery. In fact, it’s the only place that presents all of these works and documents preserving his history.

The exhibition is an inspirational insight into one of the world’s iconic artists and his view of society. The gallery itself is within a beautiful, peaceful building that spirals up several floors – the perfect place to sit and reflect about one of the worlds greatest artists.

The mussee Picasso is open from Monday-Friday and 9.30-6.00pm Saturday and Sunday and is located on 5 rue de Thorigny- 75003, Paris.

Words by Laura Dunham 

We’re all mad here!

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To celebrate, the British Library has opened up a pop-up shop with all the weird, wonderful and, of course, curious Alice goodies you could imagine. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek…

Alice Pop Up Shop

Stepping into the shop really is like falling down a rabbit hole as the design of the shop captures the essence of Carroll’s books perfectly. Everything from the floor and display cabinets to the ceiling decorations and original illustrations of Alice and her friends will have you believing you’ve entered Wonderland.

The British Library teamed up with Etsy for a competition to find some talented designers who put their own spin on Alice with their fantastic creations. Watch out for the designs from winners Chá Com Letras, Gunna Ydri, Dina Malkova, Rentaro and Pobble and Ping.

Pobble and Ping Alice in Wonderland Pencils

Alice in Wonderland Cup and Saucer

The shop is open until 31st January and the long-awaited exhibition showcasing the original manuscript will open on 20th November. You won’t want to miss out, so don’t be late…

A few of our favourite things…

Joel Penkman is definitely a guy after our own hearts – just take a peek at his sugary sweet artwork! These realistic, simple still lifes depict a few of our favourite treats, from the rocket ice lollies, party rings and even those sherbert-filled flying saucers we so fondly remembered.

joel penkman biscuitsjoel-penkman- parma violets joel-penkman-ice lolliesjoel penkman Sherbet saucers joel-penkman-doughnuts

 We’re now on a sugar high from just looking at them…

When I Grow Up…

There’s nothing better than uncovering a hidden gem, and you’ll definitely be in for a treat if you take a trip to MoonKo in Sheffield. We caught up with Debbie to find out a little more about what makes them so unique…

How did MoonKo come about?
When I became a mum for the first time, I was torn between going back to work and doing something I was passionate about, whilst spending as much time as I could with my little one. Being an artist myself I know how hard it is commercially to make money and make an income, so I wanted to provide a platform in which I could support graduates, students still studying etc.  From there it just evolved and grew, from a small idea to something I am really proud of and love.

Have you always had an interest in design?
I have always loved design, which probably comes from my background. My dad is an amazing garden designer, who has done the odd Chelsea Flower show. He has a passion for simplicity and likes being surrounded by beautiful objects and floral influences, which has definitely rubbed off on me! I love the unique quality and quirkiness that British design brings to creative sector. It’s inventive, intuitive, not afraid to be bold, ask questions and be controversial as well as incredibly commercial.

What do you think of the growing Arts scene in Sheffield?
 How does the shop fit into this? Sheffield is an amazing place (although I am a Brightonian) and I’ve lived here for 15 years, it’s my home.  It’s wonderful. It feels more like a village then a city – with the peaks on your door step. It’s such a creative place and always has been, it’s just more folks are taking notice. It’s full of little hubs, in the old industrial quarters where artists, makers, musicians are creating, recording and getting noticed. The shop is based on a Division Street,where there are lots of wonderful independent shops. and sits in an old 1960s prefab building, with the remnants of Sheffield past round every corner. The folks of Sheffield have been so supportive of our shop; it showcases lots of up and coming design, textiles, ceramics, home-ware you name it, from Sheffield and around the British isles. We also have regular pop up shops and exhibitions. My passion is for MoonKo to showcase such amazing work, that folks take notice, that here in Sheffield, there are beautiful and commercial wares being made.

  How does MoonKo work together with emerging talent?
I do lots of things outside of the shop, working with great organisations and charities, such as Ghost of Gone Birds and The ONCA gallery.  I work with emerging talent , not just sales in a shop context, but exhibitions, commissions etc.

How do you see Moonko in 5 years’ time?
Wow, MoonKo in five years… there is a thought. Well, I would love to see more MoonKo shops open. Hopefully MoonKo will grow, supporting more amazing makers, creating jobs and supporting charities.

What’s next for Moonko?
Lots of lovely MoonKo products and collaborations… watch this Space!

Interview by Victoria Rodrigues O’Donnell

Clap Clap Sing

There’s nothing better than receiving something sweet in the post and LA paper pros Clap Clap Design have left the whole team smitten! Their cute range of greeting cards, wrapping paper and notebooks are handmade and created using environmentally-friendly, recycled paper. They make the perfect gifts…. and will you feel a lot less guilty if you decide to keep a few for yourself!

Have a peek at the rest of their items here

Getting Crafty

We spend a lot of time working at our desks here at Cellardoor, so we thought it was about time we jazzed them up a little with a fun D.I.Y to keep our stationary mess under control. 
You’ll need: 
Patterned wrapping paper 
PVA glue 
Glue spreaders or paintbrush 
Empty tins (fruit, soup etc) 

Measure the length of your tin and mark it on your wrapping paper. 
 Mark a few lengths across the paper, marking with dots and join with a ruler and pencil. This helps to get a perfect straight line. 
Draw a line from the top to the bottom edge of the paper, this will create the rectangle that you’ll cover your tin with. Then cut out the rectangle.
Cover the tin or paper with PVA glue. Wrap around the tin, being careful not to the air bubbles and creases. 
Seal the paper in place by coating the whole tin with a layer of PVA glue. Leave to dry.
 Once dry, your pots are ready for all your desk bits and bobs! No more rummaging around for your most loved stationary. 
We’ve loved putting some fun and floral into our working space, let us know if you give this D.I.Y. a go too!
Words and photography  Emily Smith

Something For The Weekend…

If you’re seeking a cultural fix this bank holiday weekend, then Bristol is the place to be. This weekend heralds the city’s very first Bristol Art Weekender, for which Bristol’s biggest art organisations have come together to stage a four day art extravaganza.
With over 130 artists taking part there are lots of events on offer: from Bristol’s emerging artists to leading exhibitions, special performances and site-specific installations, we are invited to discover the Bristol art scene in unusual settings. There is even a handy art map to guide us through all the arty places and spaces involved.
We particularly like the sound of Annika Kahrs A Concert for the Birds Taking place in The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, one of the city’s oldest chapels, Kahrs is staging a recital of one of Franz Liszt’s most well known piano solos accompanied by a choir of songbirds. A most enchanting and ethereal way to spend an hour if ever there was.  
The Bristol Museum are currently showing Turner: Watercolours from the West which spans Turner’s career, featuring pieces from his student days right through to his mature style. The exhibition includes views of Bristol and the surrounding area, and should make for an interesting display of the British master’s work.  
Jeremy Deller’s English Magic is set to be a popular exhibition too. Part of the 2013 Venice Biennale, the exhibition is currently touring in the UK. A fascinating assembly of large-scale murals, drawings, photographs and film reflecting Deller’s interest in the nature of British Culture will all be on show. 
There’s plenty more to see too, so if you fancy a cultural day out it will certainly be worth a trip. The majority of events are free and the full programme is listed on the Bristol Art Weekender website.   
By Laura Peebles

Lily Kamper

Inspired by an array of items including LED lights and abandoned Miami swimming pools, Lily Kamper’s SS14 jewelry collection is anything but ordinary. We love her latest collection of hand crafted and dip dyed pieces, all with distinctive architectural quality.The latest collection include chunky pendants, statement rings and delicate bangles with a mix of precious stones and fine metals, which pay homage to her distinguishing signature combination of hard and soft materials – and the outcome is nothing short of visually stimulating. We know what we’ll be pairing with our Spring wardrobes…

We love Well-Read Women…

At Cellardoor we love interesting words and beautiful things, so when the two collide we know we’re in for a treat! That’s exactly what you’ll find inside New York illustrator Samantha Hahn’s latest book, Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines.
She is well-known for her gorgeous watercolours, which have often depicted each season’s hottest trends and she’s put her skills to good use by creating illustrations of the literary world’s fifty most famous female characters.

The book includes the likes of The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist’s Nancy and the character behind Audrey Hepburn’s most famous role, Holly Golightly, each quoting a famous line from their respective novels.

Who’d have thought we’d be so jealous of illustrated clothing worn by fictional characters? We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy!

I do like to be beside the seaside

There’s nothing more than us Cellardoor girls like, and that’a nice little stroll along the beach… complete with a Mr Whippy in hand of course. So when we spotted these amazing photographs from Leo Caillard, we were instantly transported to straight the seaside – now where’s our 99!

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