Claire Delmar


Plates from Montmartre Concept Store
Vessel from Space Furniture
Linen from Hale Mercantile
Plates from Montmartre Concept Store
Jug from Montmartre Concept Store
Linen with black trim from Montmartre Concept Store
Light from Spence & Lyda
Chair from Montmartre Concept Store
Cup from Studio Enti
Plate from Batch Ceramics
Bowl from Batch Ceramics
Jug from Montmartre Concept Store
Plates and bowls from Batch Ceramicsand Studio Enti
Tray from Space Furniture
Vessel from Space Furniture
Bowls from Studio enti
Plates from Batch Ceramics
Plates from Montmartre Concept Store
Bowl from DEA Store
Kris Road bowl from Planet
Bowl from Alana Wilson Studio
Plate from Montmartre Concept Store
White linen table runner Montmartre Concept Store
Check napkin Montmartre Concept Store
Society linen from Ondene
Bowls and cup from Studio Enti
Chair from Montmartre Concept Store


I feel this story is pure & simple whilst also being graphic & detailed. I was inspired to shoot this after being drawn into a new retail store in Mosman called Montmartre Concept Store. It is ownedby the lovely Virginie Fontes whom some of you may be familiar with, as the original owner and founder of Honey Bee Homewares.

Virginie and I have worked together in the past on magazine shoots and I have always admired her fabulous French style and was excited to see that she had just returned to Australia after two years back in her hometown of Arcachon, near Bordeaux in France.

I love all things French and Montmartre Concept Store does not disappoint, its beautifully clean aesthetic and products are an inspiration. I urge you to visit, it’s a lot closer than a trip to Paris and yet it’s a little bit of France in the most sophisticated and elegant of ways that is quintessentially Virginie.That each piece is hand picked, edited and chosen with love is evident throughout this carefully curated collection.

The end result of our shoot encompasses a clean palette that is strengthened through texture and purity of form. My amazing photographer  Chris Chen and I try to invoke mood, on this occasionfrom the deep dark blacks to the crisp white by incorporatingdetails such as the black thin lined trims, a splash of gingham and the use of tissue paper as texture, resulting once again in a nod to the painterly masters of the 17th century. A theme that I find keeps resonating with my style.

Here is a little bit about Montmartre Concept Store from Virginie herself.


Travelling back to France regularly Virginie is able to source antiques and products made in France by small manufacturers. Products that are still made the traditional way, products that tell a story all whilstfollowing the latest trends from Paris. “I have always loved the mix of old / vintage and modern / contemporary pieces” VF


The idea of a concept store emerged when French friend and jewellery designer Emilie Costechareyre of Elvis et Moi jumped on board. Montmartre houses an exclusive jewellery workshop (E+M atelier), French antiques. homewares, textiles, linens, French designer clothing & shoes for women and kids, beauty, fragrance, gifts, decor, objects, art and French conversation classes.

“We want to re-create a piece of France and give our clientele a real French/Parisian shopping experience; Montmartre in the heart of Mosman”. VF


Photography – Chris Chen

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