A very Happy Birthday to Tsé & Tsé's April Vase

The iconic Tsé & Tsé April Vase was designed by Sigolène Prébois and Catherine Lévy in 1991. Made up of 21 tubes, this distinctive vase is inspired by Japanese ikebana. Its shape is adaptable and enables each flower to be isolated and therefore glorified, with metallic rings slotting together providing infinite flexibility of flower arrangements. An immediate success in France, the United States, and Japan, it joined the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in 1997. The April Vase remains one of the era’s most enduring icons.  

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the April Vase, founders Sigolène Prébois and Catherine Lévy invited a group of artists to make a series of works inspired by their iconic vase. With over thirty artists involved in the project from painters to photographers, potters, writers and sculptors, the end result is an eclectic and beautiful exhibition with wonderful interpretations of the vase. The exhibition opened last month at Merci Merci in Paris, and will soon head to Tokyo, Los Angeles and Dubai. If you're travelling to any of these cities over the next few months make sure to see this extraordinary collection.

Below are some of our personal favorites from this inspiring and heartfelt exhibition.

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We Love Loom!

We love Loom Towels, not only are they stunning, using incredible colours and beautiful textures, they are 100% GOTS certified Organic, meaning they are sustainable, ethical and fair-trade from start to end.

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Founder Mikala James designs all her collections in Melbourne, creating exclusive small editions of 75-150 pieces in each. She has spent the past 5 years working with one of the last remaining family-run workshops in Southern Turkey, who still practice traditional hand-looming. Every loop that is stitched into these towels embeds hundreds of years of tradition, keeping alive historic and time-honoured techniques while breathing new life into them.

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The end result is incredibly soft and effortlessly striking and best of all is that Loom Towels are maintaining traditional practices while using exciting contemporary designs. As you can probably tell we're obsessed with these divine creations - and hope you will love them just as much as we do!

This season's collection is now available at Manon bis, drop in and we'd love to help you make your selection from this glorious range, or shop online here.

 

Manufacture de Digoin

We’re over the moon to receive a beautiful range of stoneware from Manufacture de Digoin. The company has been crafting traditional stoneware at their factory in the Burgundy region since 1875, and recently has been revived by Corinne Jordan Gros. 

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When Manufacture de Digoin’s wheels stopped spinning, Corinne Jordan Gros, fascinated by the traditional French brand, took the leap to purchase the business and restore the ovens and production facilities.

Corinne’s mission is to approach traditional production in a creative contemporary manner, introducing new colours and more refined shapes - but still keeping the heritage and aesthetic of the brand.

We have a stunning array of colours here at Manon bis. The colours have been designed to sit harmoniously with each other as a set. Choose from blue, yellow, white and black.

Just perfect!

Ceramic pieces by Brickett Davda

A beautiful, simple collection of hand-made tableware.

Inspired by a very English palette Brickett Davda's colours reflect the grey and blue tones of the British coast and countryside. Every piece is hand crafted, pressed into a mould by hand rather than thrown on a wheel, so within each item there are singular variations resulting in a unique piece to cherish. With its natural earthenware base and soft, subtle glazes mix the colours together to create a work of art for your home.


Spoil yourself or loved ones this Christmas with some of the worlds best ceramics! 

To secure your favourite piece, please call 03 9521 1866 - these will be flying out the door!

Eau de Parfum by Maison Louis Marie

The subtly scented and tastefully designed collection of Maison Louis Marie continues to draw us in with their distinguished scents!

In our new arrivals is their fabulous new Eau de Parfum collection including the much sought after Bois de Balincourt fragrance!

“Each scent from my collection represents a person, place or memory of my family and childhood that is created through blends of notes that utilise vast arrays of the botanical world”. 

Shop these divine scents in our candles, perfume oil and now their Eaux de Parfum in-store and online at www.manonbis.com.au

Murano, the home of Nason Moretti

The renowned Venetian glass maker Nason Moretti was founded in 1923. Aiming to create elegant, refined and enduring design, they are one of the most important and sought-after heirs to craftwork traditions, developed on the island of Murano many centuries ago where their master craftsmen still make their glass today.

You can see the source of their inspiration when visiting the exquisite island of Murano, with its picturesque streets and canals of colourful architecture. 

Nason Moretti create pure, clean forms enhanced by contrasting white and coloured surfaces, which in turn introduce an original touch of cool elegance in virtually any environment.

We've just received some beautiful new glassware in a spectacular selection of colours. Come by Manon bis and see these glorious masterpieces and take a little piece of Italy home with you. 

Apuntob

We received an extremely exciting delivery today! Introducing Apuntob. With the belief that clothing is a way of life, a true representation of self; Apuntob creates timeless pieces that embrace simplicity. Effortless forms and rich textures define this collection. Apuntob stitches thought and care into every detail, creating a brand that is distinctive and full of life. “The goal is not to dress, but to live.” - A.B

Come by the store and feel these amazing fabrics. A really fantastic brand.

Manon bis Edit: The Basket

There’s just something romantic about a basket! We can't get enough of them!!!

The weaving of baskets is as old as the history of man. Traces of baskets have been found in the Egyptian pyramids, and woven basket liners have left their impressions inside the fragments of ancient pottery.

What we love about the beautiful basket ... the look and texture add so much to a room ... Use them as storage solutions in any room. Simply stunning!

Take a look at our basket page on Pinterest. Or shop our range in-store & online.


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Simple and Classic – The White Shirt

Nothing is more classic than a simple white shirt. The most timeless wardrobe piece you’ll ever own.

Throughout the history of fashion the button-down shirt has appeared in slight variations, but it's always versatile, current and enhances your own personal style.

We’ve gathered our favourite looks of fashion icons and their quintessential white shirt looks; from Princess Diana to Audrey Hepburn, to Françoise Hardy to Carolina Herrera. 

Simple and classic - we love it! Come into the store to see some of our lovely white shirts!

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New Henry Dean

"It is because hands have made them that people always want to touch them..."        

For almost 30 years Belgian glass designer Henry Dean has been creating inspirational glassware for collectors all around the world.

Revel in his latest designs at Manon bis, we have blues, roses, greys and the most amazing shimmer colour. Each is a unique, handmade one-off art piece to treasure. This collection is extremely limited - if you would like to secure a piece, please give us a call, or come by the store to see the collection.

New French inspired furniture

Some beautiful French inspired antique and vintage furniture pieces have arrived in-store.

Our vintage tables have been carefully hand-picked and restored in delicate chalk paint shades ... now in the shop for you to enjoy! All are for sale in-store and online.

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Above: Gorgeous French Antique 2 piece Dresser/Cabinet with a generous storage space and shelves underneath.
This is a must see piece! Perfect for a kitchen, lounge, bedroom or bathroom. Stylish storage!
Dimensions: H - 92cm, top shelf 140cm, L - 200cm, W - 69cm
$4350

Above: Pair of Vintage side tables

A gorgeous little pair of side tables featuring a lovely and minimal wooden decorative frame throughout the design, a painted matte finish. Restored beautifully at Manon bis.

Dimensions: H - 46cm, W - 45 cm
$260 for a pair

Above:  Vintage Gate-fold Table

A classic vintage extendable Gate-fold table with drop-down sides. Stunning legs and edges make this restored beauty a must have for entertainers. The versatility of this table along with its timeless appeal make it a favourite here at Manon bis.

Dimensions: H - 76cm, W - 90 cm, L - 150cm extended
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Above: This classic country style table has stunning tapered legs and edges and features a single drawer neatly tucked away. The versatility of this table along with its timeless appeal makes it simply a must-have for your home!

Dimensions: H - 75cm, W - 74 cm, L - 138 cm
$590

KristenseN Du Nord

We’re always over-the-moon when we receive a new KristenseN du Nord delivery. If you’re not too familiar with the label KristenseN du Nord is an amazing Danish-designed brand, hand-made in Italy. Their collection consists of simple cuts and elegant, timeless pieces, hand-made from silk, linen, cotton and cashmere in cool muted colours which can be combined with the new season KristenseN du Nord pieces year after year.

Each piece is hand-made in Italian workshops with perfectionism which inevitably limits production quantities and a garment by KristenseN du Nord is truly an exclusive piece of art and craftsmanship.

These are the pieces that you find in your closet one morning when hunting for just the "right" thing to wear, when you happen upon your favourite KristenseN Du Nord piece, and that moment of indecision is gone.

Dressed and ready!

Between The Natural And Artificial With Ugo Rondinone

In May 2016, a peculiarly colorful stone formation interrupted the stillness of the Nevada’s desert. Created by the artist Ugo Rondinone, ‘Seven Magic Mountains‘ is one of the largest land-based art installations in the US completed in over 40 years.

The installation consists of locally-sourced limestone boulders stacked in the groups and painted in fluorescent colors. Having been in the making for five years, the project continues Rondinone’s interest in natural phenomena and their relation to the human condition. Located ten miles south of the the city lights of Las Vegas, nearby legendary Jean Dry Lake, a place integral to the history of Land Art in the American West, it questions the borders between the organic and the artificial, reality and simulacra. It’s not the first time Rondinone has worked with stone as a prime material – the artist describes ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ as a direct reaction to his previous work, a series of colossal rock figures for the Rockefeller Centre in New York.

Feature documentary - Mimi Weddell

Hats Off is a feature-length documentary profiling the beauty and eccentricities of an extraordinary woman, 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell named at age 90 one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in New York" by New York Magazine. With the style and grace of Katharine Hepburn, the smoky wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, and her own personal philosophy of "rise above it", Mimi was truly an iconic American original, rising above the mundane and difficult confines of her daily life to reach for the stars and fulfill her dreams.

Watch the trailer here.

Winter Hues at Manon bis

We're making the most of Winter in Melbourne. As the sun shines into our little Hawksburn store, we're just going to sit back and embrace this dreary grey weather. We can't help but share with you some of these black and white pieces we have in store at the moment. 

The Astier de Villatte Cheese Board is truly a highlight piece. What an amazing inventive way to share some cheese with friends ... a real talking point!

The Miller et Bertaux Réf. 015 813 perfume is made from 1,000 antique Turkish roses, Sicilian lemon, pear, heliotrope & fine jasmine petals. A fantastic scent for all year round!

The Astier de Villatte Villa Médicis Candle is truly an art piece! It was created in partnership with the French Academy in Rome and seeks to recreate the Mediterranean atmosphere and perfume of its gardens. Lemon tree leaf, lavender and oregano make for a relaxing cedar infused scent reminiscent of Summers in Italy. 

NOPI by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully - the perfect Winter recipe book! If you haven't got a copy PLEASE do yourself a favour and pick one up. The recipes are all fantastic, delicious, and not too tricky. Invite some friends over and have a feast!

Winter Warmers Edit: Faliero Sarti

The scarf. Functional and fashionable, the scarf has always been a favourite staple piece for women and men, young and old! We just cannot leave the house without one thrown round our shoulders at the moment. Winter has really settled in the past couple of weeks in Melbourne, and we sure do know about it! 

Today we focus in on one of the greats, Faliero Sarti. Since 1949, Lanificio Faliero Sarti, located in Campi Bisenzio between Florence and Prato, has produced fine quality fabrics for haute couture and prêt-a-porter.

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Each Faliero Sarti scarf is created from the most exquisite natural fibres – wool, angora, cashmere, silk and linen, woven together with time-honored traditions of love and exquisite craftsmanship. This season we've chosen to go bright yet elegant. With some beautiful combinations of silk, modal and cashmere, these spectacular pieces will become your Winter essentials, to be worn for years to come.

Winter Getaway

One week into Winter we couldn’t resist sharing with you Maison Kamari on the island of Paros in Greece.  Designed by Natasha Deliyianni and Yiorgos Spiridonos of React Architects this glorious getaway presents a seamless balance between ancient island and modern architecture. Who could resist!

As much as we love to embrace Melbourne’s Winter we’re a European-inspired store, and at the moment it's one week into Summer on the other side of the world. With lots of folk preparing to head off on holidays to the sun, we've everything you need for the perfect travel wardrobe. We're stocking seasonal pieces including light linen, cotton and silk dresses and gorgeous sandals - perfect for your European getaway.

Some of our favourite pieces at the moment are from the always amazing Humanoid. With every one of their collections being created with a sense of freedom these pieces offer a simple, relaxed elegance for your travels near and far. So pack your suitcase with the latest designs and be ready to make the most of your time away.

 

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Humanoid - expressive, creative, authentic, but always functional and contemporary.

Dutch cult label Humanoid has remained faithful to its DNA since it first emerged in 1981, with founders Sandra Harmsen and Hans Boelens always choosing their own course. 

In the words of Sandra Harmsen, "the label can almost be likened to a wonderful person – a character with both feet firmly on the ground who feels comfortable in her own skin. She gets on with things but above all has a good time. Humanoid is about freedom, quality and the “here and now”. Every collection originates from our perception of freedom and the feel of the materials we choose; the way they drape, move and behave when treated and how they feel when caressing the skin. Every collection is a continuation of the previous one."

A large luxurious wrap scarf has come to symbolize the Humanoid feel. It’s been a staple in in every collection since the very start. 

The Humanoid style stems from their choice of materials - typically earthy, feminine, comfortable and contemporary. Using soft, lush fabrics such as fine wool, tactile cotton, crisp linen, soft poplin, suede and leather; quirky, natural fabrics which make their clothes come alive. Each garment and its chosen fabric are treated to achieve a unique look, using special washing techniques and dyeing methods such as garment dyes and cold dyes to create materials that often appear to be worn and washed. Their individual pieces benefit from layering – which in itself is integral to the distinctive Humanoid look.

 

Uninfluenced by hype or temporary trend, Humanoid is for women who love comfort and luxury. 

Women who are used to making their own decisions. 

Stylish people who make life special.