TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
推開日式低矮拉門，琳瑯滿目的母嬰商品正悄悄療癒著眼球，撲鼻而來的陣陣木香氣息，令人忍不住駐足感受經百年繁華與衰微的老屋所捎來的懷舊溫潤，一如品牌創立七年來的初衷，「我們想給予所有成為媽媽的女性一種平和美好的育兒體驗。」Mon Bonbon 主理人 Teresa 溫柔說道，座落「榕錦時光生活園區」的 Mon Bonbon 二店正式啟幕。
As we slide open the Japanese shoji, a wide range of mother and baby products comes into view as we are surrounded by the nostalgic warmth of the heritage building and the history it carries. “We want to give all the women who became mothers a beautiful parenting experience,” says Teresa Lin, director of Mon Bonbon. Withholding the same concept for over seven years, the brand welcomes its second location at Rongjin Gorgeous Time.
Mon Bonbon 以縝密心思與細緻品味精選各國質感服飾與生活用品， 落實「美感體驗」於育嬰日常，一路以來受到不少忠實顧客的喜愛。說起創建二店的契機，Teresa 表示一直以來空間美感是團隊相當看重的細節，於選址上也循著如此思緒流轉。而初見榕錦時光，日本老屋所呈現的雅緻溫潤使她深深著迷，「相較於西方審美，老房子的簡約，屋子裡的木頭氣味，以及光影從窗格自然流淌的美，都是如此的獨一無二。」更笑說能在台北市大安區享受不疾不徐的慢活體驗，便讓她一眼認定 Mon Bonbon 二店的落腳處。
當乘載過往年華的日式老宅，邂逅代表著生命力的母嬰商品，陳舊與新生的交錯、靜謐和活力的共存，碰撞下的精彩花火產生了別具情懷的獨特美學。問及如何將 Mon Bonbon 的法式優雅完好融合於極具歷史人文的場域，Teresa 透露在文化結合上的確下了一些功夫，「因為想保有古蹟的原貌，我們和設計團隊仔細推敲，研究空間的光和影，最後決定只用了少部分的傢俱和些微的氛圍燈光，靠 Mon Bonbon 的選品和日本老房子做了奇幻又自然的結合。」提起最喜愛店內哪個角落，她則笑答每個角落都很喜歡，如櫃檯後復古美麗的畫框，以及日式房子特有的「緣側」，非內非外的空間設計，正完美還原日劇中的經典場景，愜意自在的氛圍使人流連忘返。
身為母嬰選品，Mon Bonbon 持續受到不少成年人的青睞，「每一個人心中都住著一個孩子，成年人的世界總少不了焦慮和壓力，不管最後我們有沒有為人父母，或多或少都想念那個曾經無憂無慮的童年。」Teresa 娓娓道來，置身大人們的商圈之中，Mon Bonbon 也彷彿是股治癒人心的所在。她期待無論是剛下班的疲憊身軀，或是在隔壁喝了點酒後的鬆弛，亦或週末前來約會的情侶，都可以在推開 Mon Bonbon 大門的那一剎那，回到那個年少單純的自己。而園區本身的綠化和空間設計也相當適合有孩子的家庭前來，隨意走逛市集，遠離平日裡的雜緒，也讓父母與小孩擁有各自喘息的空間，「有機會的話，歡迎走進 Mon Bonbon 逛一逛。」
Love at First Sight
Offering a selection of carefully curated quality clothing and daily necessities from all over the world, Mon Bonbon aspires to bring beauty experience into parenting and has been many loyal customer’s favorite. The aesthetic of space has always been Teresa and her team’s priority, which is why when she first saw Rongjin Gorgeous Space, she instantly fell in love with the elegance and warmth of the old Japanese building. “In contrast with Western beauty standards, the simplicity of old buildings, from the scent of the wood to the natural light pouring through the window, is incomparable.” Smiling, she points out that it’s a luxury to be able to enjoy a slow, unhurried experience in Da’an District in Taipei, which further solidified her choice for Mon Bonbon’s second location.
When Old Meets New
When the old Japanese building imbued with history meets the babycare products symbolizing vitality, an interplay between the old and new and the coexistence of tranquility and exuberance are created. The results of such a clash is a unique aesthetic enriched with special feelings. When it comes to perfectly merging the brand’s French elegance into a venue with great history, Teresa admits it did take some effort to combine the cultures. “We wanted to preserve the original interior of the heritage building so we carefully studied its lighting. We decided to use only a limited amount of furniture and some ambient lighting, relying only on Mon Bonbon’s selections and the building itself to create this fantastical but natural connection.” Loving every single corner of the space—from the vintage picture frame set behind the counter to the engawa unique to Japanese-styled houses—Teresa finds the design of the space extremely charming. Perfectly recreating the classic scenes from Japanese movies, the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere makes one linger.
Where Healing Begins
As a select shop for mother and baby products, Mon Bonbon continues to receive praise from adults. “In every person’s heart lives a child. As adults, our world is never lacking anxiety and pressure. It doesn’t matter if we become parents or not, there will always be a part of us that misses our carefree childhood.” Located in a shopping district targeting adults, Mon Bonbon somehow becomes a place of remedy. Teresa hopes that whenever someone—it can be an office worker who just got off, a city dweller after having a drink next door, or even a couple on their weekend date—opens the door to Mon Bonbon, they can immediately find their young and innocent selves. The greenery and spatial design of the creative park is also suitable for families to come visit. Take a stroll around the market and enjoy a short break from our quotidian troubles. It’s a perfect place for parents and kids. “If you have the chance, feel free to visit Mon Bonbon and have a look around.”