He runs Chambre dot (French version of B&B) in LʼIsle-sur-la-Sorgue, a town in Provence in southern France. We wanted to deliver the comfort and fun of this area to everyone who comes to Japan, so we started selling it on the Internet. It is a select shop site that sells only our favorite old things and high-quality things carefully made by craftsmen.
Our Shamble dots have a lot of old things that have passed through time.
Tables, chairs, dishes, pots, table napkins, sheets...
Such aged items have a texture, and the quality of the fabrics, wood, and vessels is wonderful. And it makes you feel the good old and prosperous life.
The town we live in, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, is the third largest antique town in Europe after Paris and London.
Here, I steadily buy antiques in good condition, and I try to keep the price down to the last minute, with a wide range of genres and eras. Instead of keeping it away, if you use it on a daily basis, things will be happy.
It's just a thing. I think that things also have souls, and that after 99 years, things will become monsters called gods, which is unique to Japan, but it is strange because living surrounded by important things enriches your mind.
I couldn't be happier if I could propose such a way of life from this site.
The "Pannier of the Month" presents a selection of high-quality products made in Provence and France, with a different theme every month. We choose from the ones that we like and that we can wholeheartedly recommend, such as what we usually use, what we eat, and what is good for our body and the environment. They are all things that you can't get in Japan.
Introducing the quality and meticulous French products,
At the same time, I hope that it will also support the people who are working hard to make things in France.
For those who can't come to the south of France,
We hope you will experience French life through what we have chosen. And if there's something you like after using it, please let us know. I hope you think of it as a Provence-based community, not a one-way street.
Let's talk a little about Villa Monrose.
We made Chamble Dot in 2011. It was the town of Aix-en-Provence. I was already a charter guide, but at the request of a customer, I started with a one-room inn. It's fun to meet many customers,
Moved to LʼIsle-sur-la-Sorgues in 2016 and stayed up to 4 people.
It became a good inn. Charters, lodgings and meals are limited to one group per day.
The Villa Monrose website is here. https://www.villamontrose.com/
Moved to France in 2008. I like to plan things where the spirit of an editor never disappears, and I can share fun and interesting things. He has a great interest in environmental issues. I like Provence, which has delicious vegetables and fruits and is full of sun. I like antiques and brocanto. There is a collecting habit that has nothing to do with decluttering. Through Chambredot, SNS, magazine articles, etc., we send out messages from Provence in the south of France every day. I made countless books and magazines. He is the author of "French People Are Happy Even If They Can't Make Boiled Eggs" (Kodansha) and "Holidays in the South of France: To Provence" (Icarus Publishing). It is also serialized in the web magazine "Design Stories" by Paris-based writer Hitonari Tsuji, editor-in-chief.
After working in Paris and New Caledonia, he lived in Japan for 10 years. He is the owner-chef of the restaurant "Bandol" in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo. In 2005, he returned to his hometown of Provence in the south of France and currently teaches charters and cooking classes at Villa Montrose. He also does a lot of coordination work for TV, magazines, and the Hankyu Hanshin Department Store's French Fair. My specialty is food. We are also an agent to export wine to Asia. When I was a teenager, I helped with antique work, so I had many connections with specialists.