Antoine Dode

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Friday 6 August 2010

The rough and frantic style of French graphic novelist Antoine Dode gives his panels an expressive and interestingly textured feel. Can’t wait to read hard copies of his work.

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La Photo Cabine

Lamia Larkin Reader Find

By Lamia Larkin in Cool Travel on Friday 6 August 2010

If you’re like me, pretending you are someplace else is all part of the process of getting through the day. And today I’ve decided I want to be in France sipping coffee at a cute cafe, walking my adorable poodle, and ending the day by getting my photo taken with my mysterious French boyfriend. Well, […]

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Bella Lula

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 3 August 2010

It’s a sweltering summer day. The air is sticky, the streets are hot, and the only thing you want is to throw back in a lounge chair, cooled drink in hand. Thankfully, there’s Bella Lula. From France, this all natural, organic lemonade rocks a taste reminiscent of your grandmother’s own summer time blend.

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Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle

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By Rob Smoughton Hot Chip in New Design on Tuesday 13 July 2010

Martin and Youle are British artists now based in Nantes, France. I got to know them through Hot Chip (Bevis is Felix Martin’s brother) and Charlie designed the cover for my first single (Nitemoves/Wallflowers). There’s a sense of play in their pieces, especially Pythagoras Table. I love the way they work with objects and expand […]

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Sang Bleu

Kira Heuer Reader Find

By Kira Heuer in Cool Websites on Thursday 8 July 2010

I don’t have any tattoos, and to be honest, I cannot imagine my life or my skin with one. Maybe that’s all the more reason I find them alluring, enchanting, and so brilliantly self-expressive. Well, except for the dork in high school who thought it would be cool to put the Coor’s Beer logo on his shoulder.

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If I Were President by Joseph Ford

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Thursday 3 June 2010

Ok, so this is some clever trick photography by Joseph Ford for French Magazine, Amusement. But heck, why doesn’t someone just go ahead and build one. Kinda what the world needs right now. Right? Right!

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Maldo Nollimerg

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Design on Tuesday 25 May 2010

The heavily political, provocative, and pornographic themes and images in French artist Maldo Nollimerg’s collages remind me of awesome punk album covers from the early 80s, but with a slightly more baroque quality to them.

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Logorama short animation

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in Video on Tuesday 18 May 2010

Directed by the French animation collective, H5, this short animation screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 and opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Oh, and it won a 2010 Academy Award, too. Nice.

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A Year of Fauchon

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Products on Wednesday 28 April 2010

Rich pralines, vivid petit fours, wispy French meringues, and deep pastry creams piped into light éclairs, then coated with iconic works of art. Only at Fauchon. And now, happily, no matter where you are, you can capture a year’s worth of this hyper-luxe French foodie haven’s sweet and savory delights right on your coffee table.

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The Furtivo knife

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Products on Saturday 24 April 2010

The Furtivo pocket knife, designed by Ora-Ito (the designer behind the futuristic building on the cover of Air’s 10,000 Hz Legend) for French knife company Laguiole, looks like something Patrick Bateman from American Psycho would use on his well-dressed victims.

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Yankee Gal

Mike Daly Reader Find

By Mike Daly in Video on Thursday 11 March 2010

A visually stunning short 3D-animated film directed by Antoine Perez, Celine Desrumaux, Francois Pons and Gary Levesque. Yankee Gal took a year to complete and was produced at the always formidable French computer graphics school, Supinfocom.

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Anastassia Elias’s Toilet Tube Dioramas

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Design on Thursday 21 January 2010

A good artist doesn’t necessarily need expensive materials to do good work. French painter/collage artist Anastassia Elias proves this with the tiny scenes she creates inside of cardboard toilet-paper tubes.

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Living the high life in Biarritz, France

Katrina Whitehead Reader Find

By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Friday 13 November 2009

Seriously, is there anywhere in the world more glamorous than the French holiday town of Biarritz? I recently visited Biarritz for the second time, and this visit, was even more wowed by the endless array of buffed, leggy, chain-smoking Europeans — each of them dripping in jewellery, swanning about in their caftans, and sipping champagne like it was water.

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France regulates photoshopped images

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Monday 28 September 2009

The big media news of the past few days has been the proposal by fifty French lawmakers that would require all altered images be labeled with a disclaimer that they have been digitally enhanced.

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Château d’Estoublon’s olive oil

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Monday 28 September 2009

It was the haute couture perfume-like bottles that first sparked my interest in Château d’Estoublon’s scrumptious olive oils. So on a recent trip to Provence in the South of France where the Estoublon estate has its roots, quite literally, a quick stop for a tasting was on the agenda. Set on a massive 48 acres, replete with vineyards, olive groves, gardens, a pond, and of course, a massive château, the space is inspiring, as are its products.

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