Versailles is extending on Marie Antoinette’s territory

There is not a week without a new event at Versailles and the opening of the Queen’s hamlet, newly restored is major news. At the same time, a new prize for historical books is created and given to a biography of Camille and Lucile Desmoulins by Hervé Leuwers (Fayard). From Revolution to restorations, the old palace is constantly on the … Read More

Nendo, a Japanese designer for Sèvres

When I visited the Sèvres workshops last year, the Sakura vase by Nendo was just being completed and its magic immediately struck me. The Japanese delicacy fitted perfectly the four century long porcelain technique and suddenly  it all made sense. The modernity given to its collections by Ombeline d’Arche, the creative director, was crowned with success. On Thursday May 24, … Read More

A visit “chez Caillebotte” in Yerres

You probably identify Gustave Caillebotte with his paintings of umbrellas around Gare St Lazare. Left apart from the Impressionist craze, he was rediscovered two years ago with a large retrospective at Musée des Impressionistes in Giverny and now, he has his own house outside Paris, a charming 1824 building which was renovated by the city of Yerres. It is an … Read More

Tapestries, true witnesses of their times

The new exhibition “Au fil du Siècle” at Manufacture des Gobelins is devoted to chefs d’oeuvres of the 20 th century and it is a firework of colors and political themes. Conceived in four months and inaugurated by Brigitte Macron and Stéphane Bern, it comprises the best pieces of tapestries owned by the Mobilier National. Furniture and carpets, from 1918 … Read More

Alvar Aalto so inspiring at Cité de l’architecture!

We all know Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto‘s emblematic Savoy vase and wooden stools but at Cité de l’architecture‘s retrospective, we learn more about him, his many churches and office buildings, and we discover his own house and offices. It is a beautiful show under the brick arcades of the museum at Trocadero. And since Aalto was mostly preoccupied … Read More

Valérie Maltaverne creates magic with design

When you walk into Valérie Maltaverne’s showroom in the Batignolles area, you immediately  know that you are entering a special world. That of perfect materials and craft. When she founded her company Ymer&Malta, she knew she wanted to create products with industrial designers and artisans. Nine years later, she partners with Tapisseries d’Aubusson on a few contemporary tapestries used with … Read More

Tokyo-Paris a long lasting love and a year of celebrations!

When Richard Flahaut introduced pianist Gen Tomuro in the salons of France Amérique, he talked about the great understanding of music that the Japanese and the French share. And this young man who studied with Philippe Entremont and is finishing a masters in London, is proof of it. His program of Granados, Schumann, Poulenc and Stravinsky was absolutely delightful and his … Read More

Magical Genoa in 36 hours

The occasion was the wedding reception for Serena Cattaneo Adorno with Thomas Repelski and I would not have missed this long coveted visit to Genoa for anything! On the 75 mn flight from Paris, guests to the wedding conversed with Cecilia (formerly) Sarkozy, who was visiting the shipyards with her husband Richard Attias and young art collectors who wanted to … Read More