An incredible discovery on my recent European trip was in Paris, where chocolate becomes art sculptures at Maison Georges Larnicol. You’ll find a wide variety of art forms on a chocolate: from ladybirds and spiderwebs, to stilettos, fish, cars, musical instruments, frogs, and even an NBA basketball. All edible, of course. You can also try a delicious macaroon at his latest store at 132 Blvd. Saint-Germain, or at his first location, at 14 Rue de Rivoli.
I need you to be my best cyber friend for seven minutes. I need 200 cyber friends to do Cyber Portraits blurred and pixeled and without background like any other cyber relation. I want to shoot all my new cyber best friends. And after I shoot you, you can cyber delete me again. Interested? Let me know.
I’m presuming that most of you haven’t experienced what Paris was like ninety-eight years ago. Maybe you’ve seen a few black and white images of the Eiffel Tower, but have you seen colored photographs of other aspects of Paris in 1914? Doubtful. Here are a few that make me think about how amazingly different life is after a hundred years worth of ongoing change.
It’s tough to recall the times when the world didn’t have Photoshop, but it’s probably fair to assume photographers have never stopped creating visual illusions in photography for the longest time. In 1963, a certain Melvin Sokolsky shot in black and white for Harper’s Bazaar as model Simone D’Aillencourt floated in a bubble through Parisian streets and sights. So surreal, so eccentric — what kick-ass images.
When you’ve got a piece of land that measures 11 meters by 200 meters, you really don’t have much space unless you think like Slovenian design firm OFIS. In a seemingly small space, OFIS have managed to fit service areas, public function rooms, and 192 studio apartments. So what? People build high rise buildings everyday. […]
Bertrand Lavier is a contemporary French artist with an eye for seeing beauty in the mundane. I saw his retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris a few weeks ago and I really liked its simplicity and boldness. My favorite objects were old white freezers with boulders and furniture on top of them. How cute and awkward. If you are in Paris you should definitely go see it. It runs until January 2013.
Owen Gatley, an illustrator based in Berlin, has made some wonderful maps of London, Paris and New York. Using symbols to show where major landmarks such as London’s Big Ben and New York’s Statue of Liberty are, Gatley has created a unique view of the famous cities. The maps were featured in the Luck issue of Ideas Illustrated. We wonder if anyone’s used them to get around the cities?
When ArchTriumph arranged the competition to design a contemporary bridge in Paris, the French Atelier Zündel Cristea decided this should be fun. So they came up with an inflatable bridge that consists of trampolines, permitting the Parisians to cross their beloved Seine in a very playful and innovative way. And this lovely idea let them achieve an excellent third place.
Nuit Blanche – or White Night – is the French way of describing an all-nighter. But the annual Nuit Blanche festival isn’t just about partying, it’s about art and encouraging Parisians to explore the city from sunset to sunrise, guided by large-scale installations and projections, concerts and dances performances. Now in its eleventh year, the director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Laurent Le Bon, has come up with the theme, Paris à l’infini, and for the first time, has arranged for the city to open several major buildings and structures to the public so they can enjoy amazing, high panoramic views over the city. The best part is, it’s all free!
Paris or New York: which is your favourite city? This charming animation created by motion graphic designer Tony Miotto and based on the book Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, can help you decide whether you lean towards macaroons and the metro or cupcakes and the subway.
I love these mass transit map bracelets made by Brooklyn designer, Tiffany Burnette. They are the perfect combination of form and function and they keep you from looking like a tourist.
Little Red Lauter is an indie pop-folk band based in Paris. The voice of Claire, the singer, can really carry everyone in the room, while Boris, the guitarist, keeps the mood up with sweet, swinging rhythms.
Aerial is a new work created by Paris-based artist, Baptiste Debombourg. At an old Benedictine monastery called Brauweiler Abbey, near Cologne, Germany, Debombourg used sheets of shattered laminate glass to create an imaginary flood which crashes into the room in a magnificent explosion of beauty. Trippy, to say the least. Magnificent, in sum.
Mathilde Roussel, a conceptual installation artist from Paris, created this series of paintings that chronicle the suspended sculptures of growing grass and slowly transforms as time passes by.