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 J'Adore - - Contents - CLARE O’HA­GAN

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.

PHOTO LODGE BORDEAUX

Lodge.

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