Poupy, co-owner Numero74 | Tips, trends and notes

Bijgewerkt: 11 okt 2018

Numero74 offers timeless artisanal creations, unique in their texture and 16 exclusive colors. Handmade with love in Thailand, collections are created in limited series with a great respect of traditions by qualified artisans and women’s self managed cooperatives, heirs of ancestral knowledge. We talked to Poupy, co-owner of Numero74.


Poupy, co-owner of Numero74

How did you come up with the concept of Numero 74?

It was almost 10 years ago now, my friend Nancy had 2 boys and she wanted something nice for their rooms, I was passionate about Vintage things and handmade products. I went to a flea market in Paris to buy the furniture and I began to make duvet covers and knitted blankets for the 2 little boys… And we decide to go on with this adventure by creating Numero 74.


In the beginning, we were focused on vintage furniture and toys for kids that I was buying everywhere in the world at flea markets or second-hand shops, online and offline.

At the same time, we were producing very small quantities of bed linen, mainly crochet blankets and embroidered bed linens. The prototypes were made by me and some of the production, but when we realized that it took 2 days to make a blanket by myself we ended up thinking that we had to find a different way of producing, so I decided to start giving work to Thai women.


In love with Thailand for a long time, it was so evident to me that I wanted to work with these people, this culture. We made an exhibition in 2009 at Maison et Objet Paris, and big surprise; people began to really appreciate our work so we had to find ways to satisfy this demand without losing the artisanal way of producing. And here we are now!


I never get tired of things, I don’t need to change. I love all that is around me with the same new eyes every day, I’m wearing the same necklace for 7 years and every day I discover it like it was the first day.

How would you describe your interior style?

My interior style is really a mix of different things, some design pieces from 60’ 70’s, some handcrafted products that I purchased locally, and some Numero 74 products. I don’t have many things, I feel in peace when I’m surrounded by the essentials. This explains the intention with Numero 74 to go for permanent things, not to have seasonal collections, to learn how to love things with no timeline.


My house in Ibiza is completely white. I can restore myself there and escape from the outside world. It feels like a cocoon. In my home in Chiang Mai, there are some touches of colors, concrete and old wooden pieces and big mats on the floor. I transformed a bed in a swing sofa. The rooms are quite small and there is only space for one bed and a mosquito net.


I never get tired of things, I don’t need to change. I love all that is around me with the same new eyes every day, I’m wearing the same necklace for 7 years and every day I discover it like it was the first day.


What are your favorite interior brands and why?

To tell you the truth, my house is furnished mainly by vintage things or recycled stuff, or pieces made by myself.


Poupy

What are your top 3 beauty tips for pregnant women?

Be natural, be authentic, don’t seek for validation, listen to yourself, love yourself, and never stop dreaming. I believe these are the most beauty tips all humans should experiment.


If you could take your dream vacation, where would you go and what would you do?

I don’t go on vacation actually, I am lucky to live in two places that I am in love with, Chiang Mai in Thailand and Ibiza in the Balearic Islands. I feel so good at these two places, I like to live in nature.


So let’s say that my dream vacation would be staying in an inhabited Island in the middle of the Andaman Sea… or an Old Junk Sailing Boat in the middle of the Andaman Sea. My work is my passion, I love all that I do, even at difficult times I deeply love all the experiences. So I don't know what weekends and holidays mean, at all!


Be natural, be authentic, don’t seek for validation, listen to yourself, love yourself, and never stop dreaming. I believe these are the most beauty tips all humans should experiment.


When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do most?

Be in the water! Water is my favorite element, I feel so at peace as soon as I put my head in the water. I love to dance in the water with music in the ears, I love the freedom to move with less sense of gravity.


In Ibiza I am very lucky; I only live 15 minutes from the beach. I go there early morning around 8AM, before other people arrive, I’m often alone until 11AM. And then I come back home.

In Chiang Mai, it is quite different because I am in the mountains, so I just take the time to walk and listen to sounds of nature.


What’s your favorite restaurant with kids?

La Paloma in San Lorenzo Ibiza. It's a restaurant in the middle of an Orange Orchard, there is a place for the kids to play. We feel in the family there with people coming from all around the world, kids can play with no need to understand the language of each other, playing is the language.

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