Shopping, I came, I saw, I bought
Bordeaux is a pure pleasure to shop in. Its maize of narrow, cobbled streets have been colonised by hundreds of friendly, independent boutiques which compete furiously for your love, loyalty, and cold hard cash
Bordeaux has enjoyed a certain affluence for centuries thanks to its unparalleled wine trade. The Bordelais are traditionally house-proud, and have always nurtured a passion for furniture and luxury objects. For a relatively small city, it’s big on contemporary interior design, and has recently been swept up in the craze for Scandinavian ‘hyggelig’. This concept is a little hard to pin down. Both the noun and the verb, roughly translate as ‘cosiness’, ‘homeliness’ and a rejection of grandeur, pretension and commercialism. Lodge, is an interiors boutique which embraces these nordic ideals right down to the ground. It focuses on the kind of warm, low lighting, blonde-wood furniture and hand-made ceramics that are indispensable when it comes to ‘hyggelig-ing’ your home. Designers represented hail from Africa, Asia, America and Europe, but all favour natural materials - wood, slate and wicker. The boutique is over-flowing with beautiful objects, and customers take their time browsing the rustic kitchen utenstils, chopping boards and lamps. Their range of essential-oil candles make for ideal carry-on gifts, as do the woven cushion-covers and herringbone throws. The Bordelais clearly adore the shop - Lodge’s unusual ornaments show up all over town, decorating the walls of neo-bistrots and yoga studios alike. This year sees the opening of a sister boutique, Nicoletta in the nearby Rue Bouffard.
6, rue du Pas-saint-georges.
05 56 81 02 24. www.lodge-boutique.fr
A handful of other ‘hyggelig’ home stores:
La Maison Bo (Beautiful and Original) stocks home decor and furniture principally made by designers from Scandinavia and France. Maison Bo, 44, rue Bouffard. 09 86 76 55 04. www.maisonbobordeaux.fr
Koeben, 32, rue du Palais-gallien.
09 86 15 02 20.
Cantik, 68, rue du Pas-saint-georges. 05 56 38 03 30.