Dispatches From France: De La Luce

Contributor post by Deborah Beau of Kickcan & Conkers

Let there be light!
{Today we welcome our first "Dispatches from France" post by Deborah Beau of Kickcan & Conkers.  Deborah is joining us as a new contributor and we're looking forward to seeing France through her eyes, so please help me welcome her!}

I'd like to stay local for my first post here on Poppytalk, so today I am taking you through the narrow, Medieval streets that make up the historical centre of Montpellier to visit one of my favourite French concept stores de la luce


Founded and owned by Olivier Badou, a talented, self-taught jeweller, who loves light and shadow, de la luce has evolved considerably over the past seven years. It recently re-opened its doors after a one-month makeover that reflects this natural transformation. Light, simplicity and the senses are key to the shop's new look.


De la luce offers a beautifully curated selection of handmade objects for the home, in addition to books, clothes, designer toys, accessories and shoes. Olivier carries big names such as Comme des Garçons and Marimekko alongside smaller, lesser-known artists, makers and designers, sourcing his products from all over the world. It's the kind of shop I could spend hours in, wanting to touch everything (those leather bags, those printed Indian cashmire and silk shawls, those old, distressed boxes...) and also just soaking up the atmosphere and seeing how people react.

Everytime I visit de la luce I discover something new - Olivier has a gift for finding local talent, and I have to say, a knack for surprises! I find that both refreshing and inspiring at a time when 'pins' seem to travel faster than the speed of light...

Are you like me I wonder? Do you ever ask yourself where design bloggers actually shop? De la luce is my little shining star in the heart of Montpellier. It's where I go for birthday and Christmas presents, for family and special friends.

I'm thrilled to be able to share it with you here!

2, rue Saint-Côme, 
Tel: +33 (0)4 67 06 90 75


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red road studio said...

Great design find Deborah - I can see why this little jewel of a shop is a favourite of yours. The set of wooden boxes really took my eye. Olivier seems to have a strong eye for detail as well as finding real talent. This shop is on my map.

Sonia / COZY MEMORIES said...

Since I'm in Montpellier, this will be a mandatory stop next time I have the time to go (window)shopping in town. (I must say I almost fell from my chair when I read "Montpellier" !! What an amazing exposure for this shop !!) Thanks Deborah & Jan too.

TheYoupiTouch said...

merci pour la visite !
great post and great pictures !

call me debbie said...

This bicycle outside of the shop is so great! Oh i really like these wooden boxes, so vintage!

(New blog needing some love: http://inwhirlofinspiration.blogspot.com)

summerhousejo said...

What a beautiful shop! I want to go there... the geometric sculpture is awesome, the things are just right. Oh yes, this place is pure style! Thank you Deborah!

alessandra said...

Great place, so inspiring, what a great taste.
Congrats to Poppytalk for the talented addition! :)

superbadfriend said...

Huge congratulations to Deb, and Poppytalk. Wonderful find, Deborah. Can't wait to visit many of the places you have introduced us too. :) Best of luck!


misako mimoko said...

Love this place! Thanks for sharing :)
Fantastic new contributor!!

Pinecone Camp said...

Beautiful shop! Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

Unknown said...

Deborah, the way you describe this shop and Olivier Badou's finds is the way I'd describe your impeccably curated blog and vintage boutique. I guess it takes one to know one! Hahahaha! Yes, I agree with you about De La Luce. I would love to spend hours in it too.

Kickcan & Conkers said...

Thank you all for your encouraging comments; I'm thrilled to be able to share some of my favourite places / designers / artists / makers with you.