A new indie concept store has just opened in Paris near Montparnasse. As its name suggests, the shop is commited to selling beautiful things made by people with a story to tell. Their international selection of design, decoration, accessories includes hand-made postcards by Paris designer Picrobulle, ceramics by Belgian creator Roos Van de Velde, or the Branca chair by Italian furniture manufacturers Mattiazzi. And from the end of the month the shop transforms into a gallery, exhibiting a new series of works on paper ‘God & Country’ by Paris based artist Matthew Rose for a month from Tue 30 Aug. 20 rue Delambre, 14th. 11am-8pm (closed 2-3pm); 11am-2pm Sun. Closed Mon. www.storieblog.com/
The cover art for Björk’s hotly anticipated new album Biophilia, released 27 Sep, has been shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and with art direction by Paris design studio M/M. Quoting Björk herself, her ambitious new multimedia project is “an album, an app, a live show and a new website…” and explores the intersection of music, nature and technology. The first single and app is called Crystalline and has a music video by another French talent Michel Gondry, see below. The live show premiered at the Manchester International Festival in June, and will tour the world for the next 2 years, click for tour dates near you http://bjork.com/
My maid of honor is an amazing florist. She once worked selling fresh bouquets in one of the beautiful passageways of central Paris but has recently decided to go off on her own and become an independent florist. Here are some photos of her amazing work for our wedding ceremonies in Paris and in Spain. Contact her if you are looking for incredible flowers in Paris.
Summer’s over for the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. As we heard elsewhere in the program, market pressures that have been plaguing the European Union, mainly pressing on Greece and Italy, are now creeping toward France, the eurozone’s second-largest economy.
Teri Schultz continues our coverage.
TERI SCHULTZ: Sarkozy had warned his government ministers not to venture far on their vacations, in case they needed to beat a quick path back to Paris for meetings. He finally rushed back from his own Riviera holiday yesterday as international speculation that France could follow the U.S. in losing its AAA credit rating caused a huge sell-off of banking stocks across Europe.
The European debt crisis is being blamed for a run on the shares of French banks. The stocks tumbled on the Paris stock exchange Wednesday, amid fears the country’s AAA credit rating was under threat. Government officials and the banks said the fears were based on speculators spreading rumors.
I’ll be getting married at the end of the month!!! We are having a ceremony in Paris and a Celebration in the Costa Brava. All this wedding organization means I’ve been spending much more time looking at lacy whites, romantic photos, dramatic gowns and vibrant flowers. Thought I’d share some wedding inspiration!
Few cities in the world are more identified with their subway systems than Paris. One of the busiest metro systems in the world, it carries more than 4 million riders a day on some 16 lines to 300 stations. The Chatelet stop in Place St. Opportune, in the heart of Paris was one of the very first stops built for the very first line in 1900. It’s also the world’s largest metro station, with five metro lines and three commuter lines running through it. One of the original archways keeps the art nouveau metropolitan style that’s the hallmark of the Paris Metro.
Standing inside the station, author Mark Ovenden says the style was the creation of “an amazingly young architect” named Hector Guimard. “He had the idea of building things out of this wonderfully laced wrought iron that looks like it’s kind of grown there, almost organically — the way that trees grow or that plants grow. It’s a very organic-looking form and quite advanced for its time.”
Ovenden is co-author of the book Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations and Design of the Metro. He believes the contrast between the Metro’s ornate entrances and the formality of the surrounding boulevard gave the city some sense of nature. That might be one reason that Parisians grew fond of their Metro so quickly, he says. “They were also so totally unique.”
In the late 1800s, Paris was well behind London and New York in building a metro system. Visitors to the 1889 Grand Exhibition that featured the Eiffel Tower had to ride a horse and buggy to get there — an embarrassment that spurred the completion of the Line 1 in time for the World’s Fair in 1900. Built in 20 months, this first line of the Metro connected all the major Paris attractions.
Inspired by her travels, Designer Paola Navone designed her Paris apartment to feel like an eclectic summer country house. I think this might be one of my fav apartments in Paris, the color pallette is both soothing and cheerful and the light is amazing. I also like that hand shelf thing a lot and the middle of the bathroom shower. See more of her Paris apartment on the Cote Maison website.
France’s most famous street artist, Invader, who has installed his mosaic homages to the world’s first video game around Paris will create, then celebrate, his one thousandth work at artist squat La Générale (14 avenue Parmentier, 11th) followed by a retrospective exhibition at Galerie Le Feuvre until 2 July. Unfortunately when we got to the gallery every piece had already been sold, Theo seemed to really like the milk mosaic.
Galerie Le Feuvre, 164 rue du Fbg St-Honoré, 8th. www.galerielefeuvre.com
10.30am-1pm (Sat, 1.30-7pm). Closed Sun.