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Background, Designers, Buildings & Monuments, Showrooms, Exhibits, Green, Hotels & Bars, Seen on a tradeshow

Le Placide

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:59

For people watchers and left-bank aficionados, the recent opening of 4 stars Hotel Le Placide is good news. Comfortably seated at your balcony while having breakfast, you will enjoy the ballet of shoppers go in and out of Le Bon Marché. The chic lines and contemporary decoration of this former XIXth century family pension make up a cosy environment.

The makeover is the work of Bruno Borrione, associate interior architect for Philippe Starck, who signs here another project after working for Chefs Pourcel brothers at Le Jardin des Sens.

Date of publication: 
1
March
2008

Le Metro

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:45

Created by engineer Fulgence Bienvenue the Metro opened during the Paris World Fair on 19 July 1900. Though it was first conceived in 1845, a classic case of ‘conversation’ (read conflict) ensued for Paris: The railroad companies proposed extending the suburban lines to a newly built underground network (using London’s tube as a boilerplate), but Paris wanted nothing to do with the nearby banlieue (‘burbs), instead proposing a fully independent network. Paris won its autonomy from such soiled associations (until 1977 when RER line A debuted), taking care that the Metro trains traveled on the right, in the opposite direction of trains, to prevent a future link-up.

The system boasts 211 km (131 miles) of track and 16 lines, shuttling 3,500 cars on a precise schedule between 380 stations (not including RER stations), 87 of these offering connections between lines. Approximately 5 million passengers ride it per day, and over 15,000 RATP workers run it. The Metro-RER station Chatelet-Les Halles is the world’s largest subway station, according to Wikipedia. 86 of the original Art Nouveau entrances are by the hand of architect Hector Guimard (this station, N-D de Lorette, is not one of them. Photos to come).

Statistics aside, the system is efficient (though slightly noxious in the summer months), often music-filled and many stations are a museum in and of themselves, due to a campaign for themed stations launched by Andre Malraux in 1967.

by Charlotte Louise Ho

Date of publication: 
1
March
2008

Dior

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:42

The flagship store’s lobby at avenue Montaigne was just recently completed, as part of an entire renovation for DIOR’s 60th anniversary. In the centre, Peter Marino, who redesigned the store, installed collector items: Gingko benches by Claude Lalanne, as a reminder of Christian Dior’s love for art. Around the lobby, on the walls, DIOR’s accessories are showcased in shelves dressed in silver-gilded paper manufactured by ULGADOR.

A hot item, the paper was also used to decorate the runway set at the DIOR ready-to-wear fashion show at the Ephemeral Gallery in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. ULGADOR uses SHIRALY to promote itself in America, and has recently been awarded the label: “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” for its commitment to quality manufacturing.

Date of publication: 
1
March
2008

Paris Roof Top View Hotel Suite

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:29

Located at 13, avenue du Président Wilson, Museum “Palais de Tokyo” hosts on its roof top and for a year, a full-service portable-hotel-suite designed by artists Daniel Bauman and Sabina Lang.

€444/night for service comparable to that of a grand hotel! In addition, you get your private view on the Eiffel tower, just minutes away from your favourite boutiques on avenue Montaigne…

Date of publication: 
1
March
2008

Citroen

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:22

C42: CITROËN’s newly reopened showroom at 42 Champs-Elysées. Architect Manuelle Gautrand completes the first new construction on the Champs-Elysées in 32 years. The building, a technical prowess dressed in daring aesthetics, mirrors CITROËN’s philosophy, as explained by the architect: “the goal is for the interior to showcase the cars, and for the exteriors to explain the CITROËN brand.”

Indoors, the brand displays its iconic cars along a central mast with eight revolving circular levels. Spinning down around the mast, a Guggenheim-like exhibition-path starts at the top, where visitors first discover a magnificent view of Paris. A good enough reason to visit?...

Date of publication: 
1
March
2007

PIERRE PAULIN, designing for the powerful

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:10

Icon of the sixties and the seventies Pierre Paulin is celebrated by Mobilier National, at “Galerie des Gobelins” –in charge of managing the government owned furniture. Three French Presidents in the late sixties, and late eighties chose Paulin to design the French presidential palace: Elysée, and the Paris city hall.

Strongly influenced by Scandinavian design, Paulin is particularly known for “Mushroom” –a round shaped seat carved in foam, with a hidden structure and a cosy and humoristic look. Another major success is “Ribbon”, a chair in the shape of a colourful bow on top of a gift box. Paulin also worked for Citroën, the car chosen by most Presidents.

Date of publication: 
1
March
2008

Van Cleef & Arpels

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:03

Van Cleef & Arpels asked designer Patrick Jouin to redesign its 101 year old historical showroom, located at Place Vendôme in Paris. His challenge was to preserve and enhance the sense of Parisian elegance associated with the brand.

Patrick Jouin’s most significant actions are the extension of the 18th century wooden panels with contemporary arabesques and art deco-style silver roses, and in the center of the room, the addition of a giant Murano chandelier made of glass balls.

Date of publication: 
1
May
2007

Fauchon

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2011-11-26 23:55

Fauchon recently inaugurated its new concept designed by architect Christian Biecher, in the 23,700 sq feet Paris flagship gourmet-bakery, located at Place de la Madeleine.

This all-gold interior can be discovered sitting at the 263 feet long counter while biting into the gold crust of a freshly baked baguette or croissant.

Date of publication: 
1
May
2007

CHANEL Mobile Art

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2011-11-26 23:48

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with celebrity architect Zaha Hadid, Laureate of the 2004 Pritzker Prize,  to create ‘Mobile Art: an organically shaped traveling museum, set to travel the world from 2008 to 2010.  This 7,500 sq foot space will host the reinterpretations by 15 artists of a Chanel icon, the ‘Chanel 2.55’.

Date of publication: 
1
October
2007

Musee des Annees 30

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2011-11-26 23:41

 « Leleu, 50 years of Furniture and Decoration », this retrospective covers a period from the Art Deco period to the 70s, and showcases over 120 pieces of furniture, carpets, fabrics, lighting, drawings and decorative studies. Among other grand projects Leleu worked on the world-famous ships: le France, le Normandie… The exhibition is curated by Jean-Louis Gaillemin, founder of Beaux Arts magazine.

Date of publication: 
1
October
2007
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