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sneak peek: lola et moi

by anne

three years ago olivier dupon opened a quirky shop in sydney, australia called lola et moi.  although the shop was recently closed to make more time for an exciting book project and interior design jobs, it’s fun to see the spirit of the store live on in his wonderful home.  he and his partner mark live in pyrmont, an old industrial precinct by the water and close to the city center.  they rent a 3-bedroom unit in a modern building with beautiful views of the harbour bridge. as renters they haven’t changed anything about the layout or fittings, but have used the empty space as a blank canvas for their furniture and whimsical collection. enjoy the post below, and click here for more images and here for olivier’s new site of curated finds! {thanks, olivier!}anne

[above: It is the ‘colourful’ room of the flat. Orange and green are the main accents. We did want to create a soothing, relaxing, vitamin-driven environment. The bed linen pieces are from different screen-printer artists: the duvet cover was made to order from an artist found on Etsy (MARAmiki), and the pillow case is from a French artist, who source old French pillow cases, that she will then transform with modern patterns (She recently stopped selling online).  The artwork above the bed is an etching on linen, found in Paris and initially not for sale. It felt like the perfect piece to complete the room. On the left bedside table sits a Mexican candle holder (Adam and eve) bought in San Diego 10 years ago and a Japanese glass red apple bought in Tokyo.]

We were sick of our previous living room display, all in dark brown, purple and green. We felt the urge to empty the space and get a clean, simple, light look. White and birch wood did the trick, with just the right amount of colour hints.  The ‘Pillow’ sofa is from the Italian company De Padova. The standing lamp is a made to order creation from a very clever wood worker in Sydney, Maizon. He created the base with roller spins, especially to hold our egg shape, papier mache lamp shade (from the artist Agnes Petit, France). The cushion is from Svenskt Tenn, and the wall artworks from various artists (from Singapore and France).

Vintage trunk bought in the largest French ‘car boot sale’ in France, La Braderie de Lille (North of France), and carried all the way back to London at the time. All the items on the trunk are family heirlooms (from France and Africa) except for the sculpture – a birthday present, which was made by my best friend.

Sea breeze… Blues and beige…A departure from the bright colours in the master bedroom. Wall painting – ‘Approaching storm’ – is from new zealander artist Rachel Hirabayashi; the paper mobile was bought in Paris and the bedside lamp shades are from Atelier R. Bernier, Oiseaux des Villes.

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We love books! We decorated our book shelf / TV unit with various artists’ creations. This one is a little glass dome with a seahorse and sea weeds. One off, entirely hand-made with paper and cotton and bought in Paris. I love aquariums but we can not really have one, so Mark ordered it for me so that we could have one!

The ‘tall boy’ chest was bought from a thrift shop in England, the chair is from Tom Dixon and the cushion is from the Chambord castle’s museum shop, a quirky take on French 16th century tapestry. The antique African celebratory mask on the wall is a family heirloom.


We have a craze for  ‘still life’ and ‘Cabinet de Curiosité’, so we tried to create our own version everywhere in the flat.  Here we have a painted wooden bird from a market in Bali, a white ceramic vase with bull heads from a Tokyo shop, a vintage porcelain hand from an Australian thrift shop and three little candle holders with gold leaves (from Selfridges – London).


The best spot in the flat if you want to read / work / listen to music and of course eat. The table was salvaged from an Antique market in Australia – we painted its base white; the white glossy chairs are from the Italian company Bonaldo –  ‘Giuseppina’ chairs, based on the classic wooden kitchen chair, and worked in injection-moulded plastic.  The papier-mache bird is probably my favorite item in the whole flat. It is a one off, hand-made creation bought in Paris.

Had we not opted for white and birch for the living room, we would have chosen black/white and probably emerald. This pieces are a glimpse of what the flat could have looked liked! The antique theater Chinese dress was bought at auction in Sydney, the black console is a 19th century family heirloom. The glass dome is antique, however the butterfly display is a creation of Mark. Up on the wall, there is a framed black and white etching bought in Italy. It depicts a huge living room with floor to ceiling book shelves: our dream home!

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