We fell in love with this little shop! It was a shop devoted to great design – from lighting to books to baskets to pottery. We found some really cool things there, plus tons of ideas!
We loved that the shop had a tiny espresso counter with three stools. After shopping, we sat down and had a (very well made) cappuccino, and talked with the owner, Benoît, about life and design and books and more. He showed us some of his favorite new items, and we talked about life in Austin. Such a fun idea – he installed the tiny espresso bar so that he could talk with customers and get to know them. How great is that?
Also, tiny sugar cubes, and tiny glasses of water. Lurve.
I really, REALLY wanted one of these rocketship lamps. They were a bit expensive, but they were so beautiful! I also loved the Space Invader stickers.
Every part of the shop was beautifully designed and displayed. And these lamps! Just hanging by a cord that’s covered in yarn or fabric or other such beautiful things. We loved the idea of showing off the cord rather than trying to hide it.
Justin had some great idea about this wooden thing at the entrance, but we can’t remember what. More importantly, the lamp on the table is just a light bulb on a cord that’s covered with a tube knit. WHAT.
We bought a few books and paper goods (surprise), along with a beautiful ceramic cup made in the south of France. And then, just before going through security at JFK, it broke. I was heartbroken – okay, I was ANGRY – and I had to throw it away because it was now broken shards of porcelain.
Thankfully, Benoît had given us his card so we could keep in touch, and now he is sending me a replacement cup, all the way from Paris. I can’t WAIT to drink my coffee in it. And seriously, we’d love to work with Benoît on opening a Le Rocketship in Austin.♥