Tuesday, 09 April 2013 22:50

The Quiet City: Winter in Paris

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Paris won't ever not be Paris, but even the City of Lights needs a chance to rest a while. Andrew Julian recently visited France in the winter and was pleasantly surprised to find that the energy was quite different from the bustling city of the summer. Julian filmed his visit in timelapse so you too can experience Paris when it's quiet.

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Friday, 01 March 2013 18:15

Imago: The Musings of Meret Oppenheim

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Swiss Artist Meret Oppenheim wrote many texts, poems, letters during her time as a surrealist painter. She created her most famous work "The Fur-lined Teacup," when she was just 23 years old. Film director Pamela Robertson-Pearce recently made the film Imago: Meret Oppenheim and this is a short extract of some of Meret's written work, narrated by Glenda Jackson.

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An avid fan of graphic novels in Paris had an apartment so overcrowded with books that not a shred of light could come in, let alone Superman. Not allowing himself to wallow in misery and dust, said Parisian hired h20 Architects to redesign his man cave. The transformed home now lets in plenty of light, has an array of options for storage and display, and is probably the cleanest bachelor pad in France. With a bright, welcoming house like this, he won't stay single for long.

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 20:55

Exploring Art and Solitude: Path of Beauty

PathofBeautyA woman in France takes a day to explore the Musée du Louvre, enjoying the fine art, the fragments of ancient times and the historical gifts it has to offer. She is all by herself, refusing to invite friends or colleagues on her journey. There is no one else around, because Parisians were busy that day. I hope she realizes there will be no one to help her in the gift shop, either. A short film directed by Florent Igla.

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Ever since Gene Kelly pulled his bed into the ceiling, kicked open his breakfast nook and sat down to paint in the opening scene of An American in Paris, I've dreamed of what I would do with a tiny living space. This micro-apartment in Montparnasse, Paris is only 130 square feet but not an inch of it is wasted. The entire complex is organized into modular storage compartments and even the bed disappears beneath the raised kitchen floor. In this apartment, there is a place for everything. Everything but a girlfriend, friends and family.

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Happy Birthday, ‪Édith Piaf‬!

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Édith ‬Giovanna Gassion (December 19, 1915 – October 11, 1963) was a French singer born in Belleville, Paris to a street acrobat perofrmer, Louis-Alphonse Gassion, and Annetta Giovanna Maillard, a cafe singer. As an adolescent, she spent a short time performing with her father in his acrobatic street performances, but left his act to become a street singer in Pigalle, Ménilmontant. In 1935, she was discovered in the area by nightclub owner Louis Leplée, who nicknamed her La Môme Piaf, "The Little Sparrow". This meeting catapulted the singer to enormous fame, both in France and internationally. Her signature song "La Vie en Rose" was written in 1945 and was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.

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For the past three decades, the prop designer and graphic artist of the Palais Granier, the Paris Opera House, has lead a double life. By day, Jean Paucton builds big, beautiful sets for elaborate performances at what is perhaps the best–known opera in the world. By night, or perhaps just in his time off, Monsieur Paucton tends to the thriving apiary on the operahouse roof.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:02

They'll Be Fine! Putting Women in Bubbles

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Man, the '60s were a crazy time. In this photoshoot for Harper's Bazaar in 1963, Melvin Sokolsky put real women inside bubbles on the streets of Paris, giving us the impression that anything was possible before CGI.

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Friday, 23 November 2012 22:08

School Desk, Redux

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Remember when you were in school? You'd scribble down musings on Shakespeare, Monet and the Old Testament in your notebook, while Mrs. Beauchamp would stand behind you, judging the length of your skirt and slapping your hand with a ruler? Well I don't, because I wasn't a schoolgirl in nineteenth century Paris and neither were you. Have no fear -- now you can be. This slick, gorgeous schooldesk was created by French designer Julie Arrive for Singularite and brings back memories of the idyllic European school experience you never had. Sign me up.
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