To be able to see how some of Hermès’ artisans sew their scarves and make their saddles is quite unique and their week long demonstration (until Saturday 26) at Carreau du Temple in the Marais is a fun show.
The Bettencourt Schueller foundation gives many prizes every year but the one I prefer to attend, is the Prix de l’Intelligence de la Main, literally, the Prize for intelligence of the hand. It is devoted to craftsmanship and to lost techniques. From specific jewelers to wood carvers and glass blowers, every winner is the most excellent in his art.
Driving to the Grande Halle de la Villette at rush hour is really a pilgrimage and I only went out of curiosity for what Maureen Houel, the organiser, told me was a young generation’s fair. And I am glad I did, because Autonomy, this show of city transportation was enlightening as to what 20-40 years old are up to, these … Read More
I love Mondial de l’automobile which takes place every other year in Paris. I love the design of the cars, I love the lighting and the sound. I love all the men who are fascinated by the new technics and I love dreaming about my new car. This year, I concentrated on electric new models and I found two that … Read More
It is a long and grim drive from Paris to Lille on the Autoroute du Nord which also leads to Brussels and Calais. But if you are travelling with two very dear friends, an architect from Boston, and the daughter of the leading Texas architect Frank Welch, it is much more fun.
I will admit it straight away : Renzo Piano is one of my favorite acrchitects and Fondation Beyeler in Basel, the idea I have of a perfect art gallery. So when I learned that Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine at Trocadero, was holding an exhibit of the Italian master, I rushed. And was happily relieved to enter the quiet space, … Read More
Musée des Arts et Métiers is one of those strange little museums that encompass the universe. When it was founded in 1794 by Abbé Grégoire, the conservatory decided to create a place « for new and useful machines ». Thus the museum was started. And you can discover there all year round, the camera of the Lumière brothers, the plane … Read More