Friday, 11 June 2010

Barracas in the Financial Times

A year ago today I gave birth to little Bo Benjamin Balch. On the same day, our friend Jude Webber, the Financial Times correspondent in Buenos Aires gave birth to a little girl, Nia. As it happens, my husband Oliver was covering for Jude during her maternity leave. So the twins, Bo and Nia, turn one today. Jude just emailed me and sent me a link to an article she did for the House & Home section of the FT, quoting me.

It's about Barracas, the neighbourhood we moved to last March. I'm quoted as saying: “You get a great feel for Buenos Aires in its heyday,” says Balch. “I think people like the surprise factor. So many people wondered why we were moving so far away, especially as I’m such a fan of Palermo. Then they visit and think: ‘OK, now I get it.’”

You can read the full article here

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Boca chairs in Athropologie catalogue

I am turning into a walking ad for Anthropologie, but really - my Boca chairs are in the June catalogue. Double. Page. Spread. Unfortunately I can't download the pages, but if you'll click on the link above you'll see the chairs set out and some hanging from the roof in an empty beach house.

Flores Lawn Chairs, that's what they've called them. Apt name, as quite a few of the chairs were sourced from a barrio called 'Bajo Flores' in Buenos Aires.

 As well as the catalogue, they make it onto two of the 'feature' product collections on the Anthro website ('New Arrivals' and 'Porch Life') Here's the sales blurb:

'Vintage iron seats are given new life when painted in lively hues inspired by the colorful La Boca port in Buenos Aires. Grab a caipirinha, sit back in this one-of-a-kind piece and watch as your patio becomes a lively locale.'

They're yours for $298 a piece.

Order Flores Lawn Chairs at