Jumping head-on from January to February, PLUME VOYAGE invites you to remember the rise of photography with the Circulation(s) festival at Centquatre, to immerse yourself in the work of one of the greatest architects – the Corbusier – in a cosy environment, to munch on the best fish&chips on the left bank, before getting your hands on a special poster, signed by the best up-and-coming illustrators at the Arts Factory gallery-boutique. Happy Paris!
From 24th January, the 5th edition of the young European photography Circulation(s) has invested in the Centquatre. On the agenda: around 50 young talents show off their worlds: the globetrotting absurdities of Epectase, an infants first new-born hours immortalised by Christian Berthelot, the flowing poetry of Juliette-Andrea Elie, thick shadows and fantastical nature by Kristoffer Axen, recycled décor from Petros Efstathiadis…and in response to these eight hand-picked photographs, visitors are given a blank canvas on their Instagram. The best ‘insta-snaps’ will be published by Fisheye and on the Circulation(s) and We are Social websites. Let the conversation commence…
Until 28th February, the Nyctalope review (their 8th edition this year) honours around twenty of its top associates at the Arts Factory gallery. Where? In this 4th-floor loft in Bastille, which allows you to discover the best up-and-coming artists, of the graphic novel, illustrations, graphics and photographs, all for just 10€. And what a way to enhance your office décor! This Nyctalope exhibition is presented in this instance as a pop-up special issue, so you must make the most of it. And don’t forget to check out the library space, for a glimpse of the smoking graphic novel collection and superbly illustrated books. A perfect present for the latest new arrival…
Just a head’s up: the perfect Parisian hideaway is about to reopen: from 31st January, treat yourself to an intimate visit to the home of world famous architect, by visiting his apartment, perched on the top two floors of the Molitor building, in the 16th arrondissement. Designed in partnership with Pierre Jeanneret between 1931 and 1934, this flat is where this architect housed his ‘lab’, where this avant-gardist could test out all his urbanising ideas. Few Parisians know about this tour and yet, this is the place to learn all about the immense legacy left behind by this visionary. Take the chance to also ogle at the Villa Roche volumes adjacent. Style.
Fish & Chips is to Paris as lentils ‘petit salé’ is to London in mid-winter: and it works! And yet, nestled between the Rue des canettes and Chez Castel, there is a most warming canteen, a gem discovered one winter’s lunchtime by the Bistrot Family. And this short, effective menu boasts several guest stars…with a choice of prawns or cod, a single tank that creates a refined and soft Fish&Chips experience. French fries are fully fluffy and, to finish, a light cheesecake (keeping in with the theme of the meal). This means, in short, no more bread and one to add to your ‘light bites’ repertoire, in the middle of the 6th. With or without kids. Open everyday except Sunday evening.
After establishing themselves in Geneva and Ramatuelle, the Réserve Paris, which has no more than 10 apartments, has recently opened its 40-bedroom hotel – 26 of which are suites, ranging from 50 to 225 m2! – decorated entirely by Jacques Garcia. The idea? To offer a new vision of relaxed Parisian chic, in the style of a particular hotel, with guests who share the same travel philosophy. Sublime volumes, flecked antiques, a private library exclusively for guests and their friends, a 16-metre indoor swimming pool, wine cellars in suites, a smoking room and classic French gardens…An absolute must? The chance for Parisians to indulge in the only Nescens spa (anti-aging experts) in France.
For the second consecutive year, graphics celebrate its glory days with a seat of honour at the Cité internationale des Arts. From 16th January until 8th February, here are 4 side-by-side exhibitions that each sharpen our critical senses. Firstly with “Underground”, which returns to independent and alternative editions from the French scene (amongst others) since 1960. And the result is uninhibited, shaking up the norms of the discipline. Then we have “Utopias and realities”, reuniting the works of Japanese artist Kazumasa Nagai and German Henning Wagenbreth, who confront two visions of a fantastical reality. Simultaneously refined and playful! And why not make it a family outing…
From Saturday 24th January, it is time for a dose of discovery, a dose of something different, a dose of culture and a few surprises, all taking place in the 35 best cocktails bars around the capital. This sounds like a return to the roots of the city, which cultivated the art of cocktail-making back in the 20s. Orchestrated with an itinerary, the organisation had the great idea to convince each partnership bar to create an iconic signature cocktail, offering interesting prices at a particular time, such as at the Bar Apicius. At these speakeasy, refined palaces, everyone can join in. Essentially, this is a more glamorous happy hour…and above all an opportunity to discover new places. We are all loving this first edition of PCW!
January has always been known as one of great decorative meetings. Firstly, we have the long-awaited Maison&Objet showroom, which has brought all the professional deco-sphere in Europe to Villepinte, following in the quirky footsteps of the capital itself. From 22nd to 26th January, around one hundred material experts and designs set themselves up in this showroom. Here is a chance to discover collections of textiles, furniture, wallpaper, light installations across settings, all of which honour the toucan this year. The range of backdrops expands the left bank with the rue de Seine as a new focus. Here are the must-sees of this 2015 edition: the return to roots with Elitis with a new collection entitled “the spirit of Elitis”, comprising of mural surfaces, wallpaper and materials that emphasise good-humour and imaginative work, with porcelains and wallpaper by De Gournay, precious carpets by Codimat Co-Design, the graphic furnishings of Bruno Moinard…a jury will select the most beautiful window display. And for those busy bees, a nocturnal opening is scheduled for Saturday 24th January, until 11pm.
Ask your mum and she will tell you, January is the month of white. For trendsetters too. From the 10th, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche teams up with the iconic concept-store The Webster who simultaneously presents their White Collection in Paris and Miami. A modish selection designed by the best in the business – ACNE, Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten, Maison KITSUNE… – who were given a blank canvas to chose a cult piece from their brand and to redesign it in a shade of white, no exceptions. Adding a burst of freshness to fashion, the house and accessories!
The Webster x Le Bon Marché Paris
After dedicating years to designing interior objects, Jonathan Amar decided to use all his knowledge to create a bike – becoming much more than just a form of transport, even a massive urban phenomenon – giving it all the prestige it deserves. Thus, Amar Cycles was born. The idea? To take apart high-quality vintage bicycles, conserving the finest parts, before intricately reassembling them by hand, and finally polishing and covering them in leather. Every creation is unique and inscribed. The result is an exceptional demonstration of artisanal skill, aligning functionality, art and design. A favourite for skaters and a brilliant classic. Available in Paris at L’Eclaireur Champ-Elysées.
Amongst the (limited) good news at the start of 2015, here is a story of height: 1000m2 in fact, set out over two levels, designed by Gilles & Boissier. Mathieu Pacaud, young chef and owner of 3-Michelin-starred L’ambroisie, now takes the opportunity to invest (following in the footsteps of Monsieur Bleu) in the 16th arrondissement, which establishes itself as an up-and-coming trendy area at a steady speed. Now is your chance to check out the Hexagone, which offers you a dining experience that is fabulous in style and classic at heart. The menu revisits French patrimony (as does the chosen name). The highlight: a cocktail bar. Still to come: a “culinary research firm” with several tables (all based on the demands of the client)…
Hexagone, 83-85 avenue Kléber 75016 Paris.
In the succession of food-fixation, one product eclipses them all: may we present Profiterole Chérie. A new spot dedicated to that dessert. It is here that Philippe Urraca, winner of France’s Best Worker award, recreates his little treat, filling it with ice-cream…or, even better, pastry cream, à la traditional! Fantastically fresh, this profiterole is baked in 45 minutes and the “look” depends on the customer’s request. An entire professional team gets to work immediately, under the eyes of clients. The result is thus: an instant tasting, in a mini tea-salon, if you are one of those who can’t wait for your profiterole, or a take-away that you can eat at home…A choice of 10 different profiteroles.
Profiterole Chérie, 17 rue Debelleyme Paris 3e.