Photos: NoéMie Schwaller
Located in trendy Haut Marais (Paris), at 25, rue des Filles du Calvaire, Balouga offers specially constructed children's
furniture by the world's greatest designers.
A couple of years ago, Veronique Cota and her husband decided to build a new house.
After the architect didn´t show up any more because of a depression, Veronique, who worked 13 years as a journalist, took a class at Ecole Boulle and finished the house by herself. That´s when her love of contemporary design evolved. After the birth of her 3rd child Gabrielle, who is 2 years old now, Veronique discovered, that there has been great design for kids in the 20th century, that almost got forgotten.
She looked for vintage furniture and discovered, that famous designers like Arne Jacobsen, Harry Bertoia and Luigi Colani also designed children´s furniture.
As Veronique says, design furniture for children is a very unknown market in France. Her inspiration for Galerie Balouga is her hope, that parents everywhere will find that they can afford to bring the same beauty and practicality into their childrens rooms as they enjoy elsewhere in their homes.
Unlike many parents think, design furniture for children is not always unaffordable. The chair 'La Chica' from Decursu, de Pas, D'Urbino and Lomazzi for example is 55. Veronique´s gallery features a unique collection of 20th and 21st century reference pieces, embracing a wide variety of styles from the 1950s to the present: eclectic, personal, retro, and contemporary.
Veronique´s latest project is a balouga furniture line:
The first edition will be a limited number of desks by Natali Crasset exclusively designed for balouga.
They will be introduced in January 2007