Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Shop window: La Mersa

One of my favourite shops in Buenos Aires is La Mersa. I first met one of the three owners, Sebastian Salazar, at the Casa FOA design exhibition in La Boca in December 2006. Along with his partners, Fernando Samra and Solange Bung, he'd been putting together and eclectic collection of furniture, objects and art. Their space at FOA was a huge success and they subsequently opened a store in Palermo. I love everything about the place - from the turquoise awning, their branding, the room set approach to displaying their collection, and the wonderful mix of vintage pieces (mainly from the '60s, '70s and '80s), striking colours, and a wide range of materials and textures. Each month they reveal a new window display and collection. For me this is one of the few shops with sufficient character and style to stand out in New York or London. It's a little out of the way, but worth a wander through the quieter streets of Palermo Viejo to have a mosey through the trio's latest finds and see how they've put it all together. La Mersa, Honduras 3950 (

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Icon: Jarra Ping├╝ino

An Argentine classic dating back to the 1930's when serving table wine in Penguin shaped pitchers was popular among the working classes. Replicas can be bought at Calma Chicha on Honduras 4909 ( and originals can be turned up at the Flea Markets (in Palermo on the corner of Dorrego y Cabrera, Tuesdays-Sundays; in San Telmo on Plaza Dorrego on Sundays).

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Property market: Casa Soler for sale

I worked on this renovated casa chorizo last year. The owners are two Canadian producers, and
the architect was Flavia Aberg Cobo whose sister, Sofia, did the gorgeous orange patina on our kitchen units. It has been a very successful short-term luxury rental home. See here for more details and photos:

The house is now for sale for USD 650,000, including all the furniture and future bookings. Email me for more details:

For sale: Louis XV style armchair

Louis XV style armchair. Grape/antique white patina and upholstered in Grape panama cotton.

Comfortable, immaculate, and newly upholstered.

Price: 500 USD.

or call 15 40 24 02 51 (within Argentina).

Shop window: Sabater Hermanos

Martin Sabater is a third generation soap maker and a hopeless romantic. I once offered him a slice of lime & zucchini cake and he told me couldn't eat because he had a broken heart.

His tiny soap shop in Palermo Soho is bursting with colour and the scents are so powerful that wasps have a habit of dropping to the ground the moment they fly through the door.

The soap petals and coffetti make a cute gift, but don't really work as soaps. More of a updated take on pot pourri, sitting pretty in a bowl.

I use the coco flavoured white two inch long soaps in the luxury rental properties I've decorated.

Martin can even personalise soaps with a message or the name of your business. In fact, the story goes that he persuaded the Colon Theatre to give him lifetime membership in return for an unlimited supply of personalised soaps for them to sell in theatre shop!

Sabater Hermanos, Gurruchaga 8121, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires.