In Conversation With… The Vitrine

Blaire Dessent, The Vitrine

We haven’t had an Inside Life feature for a really long time so I’m pleased to kick start them again with someone who has been on my radar for a while. Blaire Dessent is the founder of beautifully curated online design store The Vitrine. Based in Paris The Vitrine operates online and also holds occasional pop up storesthat presents a selection of housewares, editions, & personal accessories from artists and designers.

I really love Blaire’s aesthetic of handcrafted pieces using natural materials mixed with contrasting bright neon shades. Fresh and modern I think she’s got it just right. Over to Blair…

Before The Vitrine I worked in the contemporary art world in New York City so I have tried to present work that reflects the crossover and the relationships between art, design, craft and handmade.

I live in Paris now with my husband, (who was living here when we met), but I often travel to the United States for Vitrine related work. I currently have a 6-month shop called Product Porch with Brooks Hudson Thomas of Specific Merchandise at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego (my hometown actually), that is a combination of work on The Vitrine, as well as handcrafted furniture and art books.

I collect… works on paper (mostly drawings) with my husband

I cant live without… good face lotion

My guilty pleasure is… The TV series Weeds.

Our house is filled with… Books

I treasure my… pendant necklace recently inherited from my grandmother.

Right now I can’t stop thinking about… cooking. I think it’s a winter nesting thing but I am obsessed with food site these days like Food52 and Let There be Bite.

Currently I am reading… Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit about the history of walking.

My favourite item of clothing is… A grey and black knit Vena Cava dress I bought at Tenoversix this year.

At the top of my furniture wish list is... A new sofa.

The last thing that really inspired me was… Being in Joshua Tree, California for the High Desert Test Sites weekend in October. Great people, amazing art and installations, and in stunning landscape.

My comfort food is… cookies of any sort

On my desk are… Adonde’s stationary boxes, my Mac laptop, and too many post-it notes

This weekend I will… Go to the flea markets. It’s been too long.

Tonight I must… buy my plane tickets for the holidays! So late.

I love what I do because… I love working with such talented artists and designers and seeing so much great work.

Author: Rohini

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