four friends met up in Paris three years ago,
they conceived of a shop that could provide complete
lifestyle experience--one which focused on beauty,
style and happiness, covering a whole range of
products. Today, that passion comes through quite
clearly at Quatre Sens. The products at this
store are surprisingly complementary in style and
tone, even when one least expects it.
the entrance and setting a slightly mystical tone
is a large Southeast Asian statue of a buddha in
a wooden enclosure, complete with a thatched roof.
Once past the image of Indian divinity, a whole
world of elegant household items appears, including
furniture, lamps, vases, purses and dishes. The
overwhelming sense is of zen-influenced Japanese
design but, curiously, 80 percent of the products
are imported from France. Simple lines and muted
colours are the norm, with occasional flashes of
bright yellow or red. Much of what makes the designs
fascinating rests on a frequent use of surprises
in angle, perspective and much off-center symmetry.
Some special pieces are even made of hardened silk
that resembles lacquer.
surprisingly, these well crafted items do not come
at an IKEA budget. Nevertheless, when my boat finally
does come in, I'll be back!