There are still people who are enthusiastic enough to carry out their ideas whatever the cost, even if they have to take one step back to take two forward, and that inspires me.
Nydia le Routier was born in RosnySous Bois, on the outskirts of Paris, 38 years ago, but now lives in Burjasot (Valencia).
This charming restorer by trade and training says that it is difficult and expensive to making a living in restoration today, so she restructured her initial idea.
Nydia has opened a curious little shop in a town in La Mancha called Alarcón. In this place where time seems to stand still, you’ll find El Arcón: a warm space where antiques co-exist with restored and recycled furniture, curiosities and loads of handmade gifts.
She confesses that she is mostly self-taught and that her passion is recycling objects, giving them a new use other than the one they were originally intended for. And the truth is I think they’re really creative! Even the cases are repurposed dining-room mirrors with glass doors like display cabinets.
It must be in the blood because her father participates in many of her projects, fixing and transforming objects and even working with iron to create impossible wrought iron pieces. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
She gets her treasures mainly from flea markets and street markets. Where other people see rubbish, junk and waste, she envisions innovative coat hangers, modern tables and vintage decoration.
One of her most common inspirations in Valencia is Angelitos Negros, which she recommends we visit.
Nydia, I love your little French-style shop!