France

Pull&Bear Bring VW Vans to the Citadium.

To mark the opening of Pull&Bear at the Citadium in Paris, the store contacted 4 international artist and asked them to unleash their creative juices on classic VW vans. The Vans were painted white and used as the canvas for each artist to work there magic.

Italian artist Michela Picchi, produces works for magazines, and multiple brands. She draws inspiration from collage works and psychedelia with a modern and sophisticated twist. Picchi is now based in Berlin Germany.

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Shoboshobo is a Paris native with a strong link to Japan and Japanese culture. He has worked in a range of disciplines within the field of graphic design as well as the music industry. His work is exhibited in multiple countries and can be seen in galleries through out Europe. His primary style features are a lack of color and a personal universe of half disturbing, half tender figures which he depicts with a pop touch.

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Martina Paukova is a Slovakian illustrator living and working out of London. Her career has provided illustrations for a wide range of clients ranging from international magazines, museums, ad agencies, schools and other institutions. Her colorful work is inspired by vintage images and texts.

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Kyle Platt is a prolific graphic artist and illustrator based in the UK. His career has taken many turns from entertainer to social critic, but he is primarily known for work he has done for such clients as the New York Times, and Vice. His work reminds me of artist Jim Nutt, and like Nutt’s works you will either love it or hate it, but you definitely won’t be left without an opinion on it.

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The Chocolate Factory.

This is the story of Alain Ducasse’s new chocolate factory. It is a visual feast of beautiful shots, exquisite lighting, and editing. Directed by , the 3 and a half minute short introduces you to the owner and his staff as the hand craft chocolate the old fashioned way in an old Renault Garage in the center of Paris. This makes me want to go back to Paris right now. It makes me want to go to Paris and visit Alain Ducasse’s chocolate factory.

Paris vs New York by Vahram Muratyan.

French graphic designer and illustrator Vahram Muratyan has created a set of wonderful flat, minimalist illustrations for his blog and a new book titled Paris versus New York. The series is a comparison between two of the greatest cities in the world, and offers a unique look at the cultural and cosmetic differences between the two. Vahram started by originally posting illustrations such as baguette vs bagel or Eiffel tower vs Statue of liberty up on his blog parisvsnyc which became popular enough that he has released 3 books of the comparisons. The illustrations are also available as framed prints up to 28 by 36 inches in size.

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This Made My Palms Sweat. “The Balloon Highline”.

This is just insane. Seriously watching this video made my palms sweat. Leave it to some crazy French guys to try and walk a slack-line between two hot air balloons. Oh and there is a clown, yes a clown in the video that ads to the scary factor. Yes, clowns are scary. If the ballon video below doesn’t scare you, and you want to see more high-wire acts, they have a documentary you can watch on Vimeo here.

7 Bis Repita, A Desk for Polit.

7 Bis Repita, designed by Cyril De Moulins for Polit is a compact secretary for a small office. The folded steel frame is done up in a spectacular blue print blue with a matte varnish top coat. The surfaces are solid beech, and there are a variety of accessories for the desk including folded steel trays, and lacquered cubbies for holding writing implaments.

The frame of the desk forms a single structure that creates two trellis style legs and frames for the writing surfaces. The writing surfaces themselves create additional stiffening support for the frame of the desk. I love the industrial feel to this, yet it remains light and airy, with a distinct minimalist feel to it.

7 Bis Repita is manufactured in France in the Pays de Loire and Nord Pas de Calais.

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“Carn”, a Lesson in Story Telling from a Student Film.

So yo u want to tell stories through film, or animation. Take a lesson from this film by director/animator Jeff Le Bars. Not only is there a superb eye for color, pacing, composition, and sound design, the plot doesn’t disappoint. Oh and this is a student film. That’s right, once a agin a French school is turning out some brilliant student work that rivals many established film makers.

Paris Kabbinet from Septembre.

A little over six months ago my wife and I made a very conscious choice to downsize my living space by moving from just under 2000 square feet of modern expanse into 1000 square feet of urban loft. I’m still getting use to the reduced footprint and the challenges that come with it. One thing I do know is, it requires a much more minimal lifestyle, and you use every inch of your space. There is no room for clutter, or things you don’t use. This is why I can appreciate the Kabbinet project from Septembre Architecture. This 85 square meter apartment (approximately 915 square feet) features smart built in furniture that functions as seating as well as storage.

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The former manufacturing workshop in a Parisian alley uses the multifunctional wooden cabinetry to line the perimeter of the space opening up the central living area to create a sense of larger volume. High end finishes and a simple black and white color pallet help make the small space feel larger and exaggerate the feeling of luxury living in a small footprint.

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