Brockley Royale with Cheese

Celine: An imperialist country can use that kind of thinking to justify their economic greed, you know. I - human rights... 
Jesse: Is there any particular imperialist country you have in mind, there, Frenchie? 
Celine: Mmm, no, not really... 
- Before Sunset


BC is currently holed up in Le Marais, an area of Paris that defies both economics and the sensibilities of BC trolls. Every centimetre is occupied by shops selling seahorse wallpaper, antique bagpipes, miniature leather whatnots, rubber Lego-clad notebooks, pressed flower place mats and paper cut dioramas.

Perhaps we're just less attuned to the differences between French people, but Paris seems less easy easy to divide in to tribal areas - however in London terms, Le Marais is probably best described as a haunt for hipsters with money. All is beauty and cool and the menu prices would set off an almighty rumpus in the comments section if a Brockley business dared try them.

In the middle of this, the coolest part of Paris, is an achingly hip furniture shop called Sentou. And occupying pride of place in the middle of the shop floor is a piece of Brockley design - an umbrella stand by Barber Osgerby, the team behind the Olympic Torch, another Brockley icon. We promise we don't go looking for this stuff.

Brockley's cultural imperialism claims the fashion capital of the world.

24 comments:

John said...

Avant Garde is Brocklese for 'Bullshit'

NAT said...

But sounds like an area ripe for a branch of Sounds Around.

lol said...

This is ripe for satire.

Brockley Nick said...

@lol - not proven so far

Auto BC troll said...

Blah blah les mungs blah blah free range snails blah.

Devil in the detail said...

OMG is Design a global thing?...

Bless you Nick. The v.talented Barber Osgerby have been doing this for some time and are quite well established in the design world, hence why they're products and business are very much global.

Don't forget to nod to the Pompidou (Richard Rodgers) he may not live in Brockley, but if you bring back cheese and wine you maybe able to lure him in ;)

Viva la brocolis, encore des brocolis ;)

p.s. I think there is a 2cv parked on Wickham Road, with a Philippe Starck lemon squeezer for a gear shift...

Joking aside maybe, Brockley should be twinned with some of our European neighbours in the joint promotion of local goods... food for starters... thought.

If we're not already?

Anonymous said...

That's great!

However, it looks from the picture like it's a Porte Parapluie (umbrella holder), not a wine holder.

Brockley Nick said...

@ditd - re: your first point, yes I am aware, obviously. Just a nice excuse to celebrate local talent. Re: your second point, that is an interesting idea.

Devil in the detail said...

Okay maybe I was a little brusk, it's always good to see and celebrate the local talent.

Maybe there is a new position for you as a local envoy... when you give up the day Job.

Go venture fourth Nick.. to these foreign parts... a hum... do what is necessary and return jubilant.

Best of Brockley British... old boy.

You'll be our man in London, Paris... Peckham.... etc

Anonymous said...

So its a plastic pot with holes to put wine bottles in.

Going along with the Brockley theme, how many hundred quid do they want for that then?

Anonymous said...

90 Euros for 5 plastic holes... wow. Art really is bold these days. You could probably get similar from Poundstretcher, except Nick would never go in.

lol said...

hahahaha good one!

More please, let's have some proper laughs on here today!

Clenched fist salute! said...

Yeah, nice one anon. Saying the unsayable, speeding truth to power, pricking the pomposity as only a true prick can.

Please, more. What about sponges? £1 for 90% air! Tomatoes? 80% water!

It's a conspiracy. Please don't let them silence you, the honest folk of SE4 need your hand grenades of clarity!

Brian Sewell said...

Olympic torch - 10/10.

Wine holder - 1/10.

Anonymous said...

Cleched fister: no one is asking 90 euros for them.

Mock the Weak said...

Things in trendy shops are expensive - SHOCK HORROR!
Next you'll be telling me some people pay over one hundred of your English pounds for a shirt when Primark do one ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME for a fiver.

Spiny Norman said...

It's not a wine holder (whatever that is), it's an umbrella stand.

Clenched Fist Salute. said...

Then don;t buy it, but the one from Poundland. If you want. That's the thing about so called 'people'.

No issue, move along, nothing to see here.

gruyere said...

I thought it was a silicone muffin tray. (for tall muffins)

Mock the Weak said...

I don't think these Anonymii get out much...

lol said...

Art, schmart! What about comedy!?! Surely there's as many comedians in Brockley as artists, no???

Robert said...

Comedians? Well, DITD aside, judging by the comments above, I fear not.

Brockley Nick said...

yes, this is an umbrella stand, not a wine holder, sorry. I dislike umbrellas and like wine, so I obviously just saw what I wanted to see. Article now fixed.

Devil in the detail said...

@BrockleyNick your going to have to get over your phobia for umbrellas, they're incredibly useful, especially when it rains and such a British thing.

Have you completely missed the opening ceremonies for the Olympics and para-Olympics?

If you do decide to be our envoy for this our tiny enclave... you may need to start sporting a Bowler hat and Brolly.

The Edwardian facial hair maybe negotiable...

As for umbrella stands, my late grandfather had two, very useful for walking sticks, swords, fishing rods and various other long objects that needed storing vertically.

One stand I believe an elephants foot and the other an artillery shell.

Bless him, bless you, bless everyone, "Bang on" old beans.

... I hope that shell was decommissioned?

Best of Brockley British ;)

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