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June 2015

Parisian News

Béatrice Delamotte

This week, PLUME VOYAGE invites you to discover jewellery by Jean Grisoni and the Elsa Vanier gallery, the superb collection of landscape loincloths from Bernard Collet at the Maison de l’Afrique, photographs of Calcutta by Patrick Faugenbaum at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson or even the work of Simone and Lucien Kroll on ecological urban architecture at the Cité de l’architecture. PLUME VOYAGE also shares the gourmet creations of three top chefs: vegetarian delicacies by Joël Robuchon at the Atelier Etoile, new innovations by Yannick Alléno at Stay at the Sofitel Paris Faubourg and those by Jérômes Banctel at Gabriel, the restaurant at La Réserve. Unless you prefer the discrete calm of Caveau du Palais, longtime frequented by the Signoret-Montand couple, Jean Hwang Carrant and his first Cookie shop, take a boules break at Méridien Etoile, make a chic barbeque on the Molitor roof terrace and a Salty stop at the Marée Jeanne. PLUME VOYAGE also suggests that you make the most of these beautiful days to check out a few exhibitions. Including one by Mathias Kiss with his ornamental creations. Unless you would rather reinvent your urban garden as part of the 12th Jardins Jardins or discover the dynamics of the contemporary design scene during D’Days. Or you can even amuse yourself with Clet Abraham’s deviated traffic signals. Happy Paris!

  • « Jean Grisoni, Rings and Chains » at the Elsa Vanier Gallery

    Amongst Jean Grisoni’s precious creations, his rings and chains take the lion’s share. When creating his first piece of jewellery in 1989, far from his world as a designer and image creator, he came across antiques coins and enthralled by modernity and graphic radicalness of these Gaul pieces. Deciding to turn them into gems, “the idea to develop rams and to play around with chain jewellery was born”. The exhibition presents a collection of highly alluring and delicate jewellery where the most fragile pieces rub shoulders with thick chains, evoking fire and hard graft.
    Until 28th July. B.D. www.elsa-vanier.fr

  • « Landscape loincloths, geopolitics of a world fabric » at the Maison de l’Afrique

    The history of loincloths is eminently geopolitical. The “wax” saga effectively began during the Dutch colonial military campaigns, which led to the Dutch recruiting Ghanaian mercenaries to fight against the English over the domination of Indonesian islands. On their return home, African soldiers carried back these cloths, triggering a fashion trend that is still alive today. Used as pedagogic advertising materials during times of election, these fabrics are true means of communication and even conversion, as evidence of religious loincloths. The exhibition presents a selection of original electoral cloths from the collection of photographer and inexhaustible collector, Bernard Collet. B.D. www.maisondelafrique.fr

  • « Patrick Faigenbaum – Kolakata/Calcutta » at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Winner of the 2013 HCB award, Patrick Faigenbaum takes us on a journey to the heart of the Indian metropolis, unveiling its historic profile through figures on the public scene, rituals and intimate landscapes. The exhibition displays 33 works that are analogous with the canvases. Parallel to this, the Nathalie Obadia gallery also presents a selection of photographs from the Kolkata/Calcutta project.
    Until 26th July. B.D. www.henricartierbresson.org

  • « Everything is a landscape, an inhabited architecture – Simone and Lucien Kroll » at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine

    An enlightening, joyful and engaging exhibition, Everything is a landscape… introduces us to the astonishing work of Simone and Lucien Kroll. It celebrates architecture that lends itself to the planet and its inhabitants. A standout figure in participative architecture, the couple has promoted a humanist, durable and holistic approach to urbanisation for over fifty years. Across their projects and writings, they fiercely oppose industrial modernism – its wasting of natural resources, its tendency to exclude and its taste for clean slates. The exhibition covers the focus of their work, the prefiguration of contemporary urban ecology.
    Until 14th September. B.D. www.citechaillot.fr

  • A menu by Yannick Alléno at Stay

    Expereince a breathe of fresh air at the Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg. Since its renovation, Stay restaurant has also entrusted the creation of its new menu to Yannick Alléno. It is alongside this that the starred chef of Ledoyen comes to watch over the kitchen team and to image dishes that combine native French products, which are so close to his heart, and more remote influences. On arrival, a totally fresh menu boasts flavours that mix a ceviche of sea bream, baked egg with peas and lardons, a fricassee of girolle mushrooms with yellow wine and even a superb beef tataki, grilled spring onions and baby turnips. And the dessert bar is to die for! B.D.

  • Le Gabriel unleashed

    The inauguration of new establishment La Réserve Paris was highly anticipated, especially its restaurant Le Gabriel. It is all thanks to the talents of Jérôme Banctel, masterful chef who has long been Alain Senderens’ right-hand man, who here has found the perfect space to offer high quality cuisine. In a classic décor, dreamed up by Jacques Garcia, he proposes a short menu from which each dish is a visual and sensuory piece of art. Here, the best products are elaborated: sometimes, blue lobster is served with a citrus fruit salad, while ravioli is sometimes accompanied with a Bo Bun broth. Racan pigeon marinated in cacao makes for an incomparable smoothness and crunchiness. The fish selection depends on the daily delivery: red mullet with caviar, steamed monkfish or turbot stew, it is all delightful! B.D.

  • A vegan experience with Joël Robuchon

    There is no need to introduce Joël Robuchon, multiple starred-chef with restaurants scattered all over the world. But it is in Paris, at the Atelier Etoile, that he launches a brand new concept: an entirely vegetarian (and gluten-free) menu, presented over seven courses, which are all more gourmet than the previous one. And the tasting experience is far from gloomy. On the contrary, every dish delights both eyes and taste buds. It may even make you think of a vegetable garden lover’s shopping list. All the seasonal vegetables are elaborated upon: avocado, beetroot, peas, asparagus and fennel, and let’s not forget the incredible pimiento risotto flavoured with saffron and accompanied by club-root couscous with frozen herbs. An experience in itself. B.D.

  • Le Caveau du Palais, a canteen for lawyers

    Place Dauphine is slightly on the edge of the capital. Frequented more by tourists than Parisians, it is a truly peaceful haven and a top spot for lunch or dinner on the Caveau du Palais terrace. This institution, a favourite haunt for the legendary Signoret-Montand duo and the leading lights of the Bar today, offers a very classic menu that avoids becoming stereotypical. Alongside the house speciality of Bourgogne escargots, there are also more contemporary dishes: duck samosas, spicy salmon gravlax, rice fricassee with veal and kidney and soft shell lobster. Enough to satisfy the appetites of both the most demanding as well as the most delicate constitutions. And savour a moment overlooking the calmest square in Paris. B.D.

  • Jean Hwang Carrant opens his first Cookie shop

    An American with Taiwanese origins who fell in love with a Frenchman, Jean Hwang Carrant cooks up surprising cookies. This young woman has recently settled on rue d’Aboukir in the heart of Paris and has opened her first boutique. The sophisticated and refined atmosphere – by interior designer Marion Rocher – acts as a backdrop to Jean’s creations. Extremely demanding in terms of the quality and selection of mostly organic ingredients, she has opted to preserve the charm of her savoir-faire: artisanal confectionary. Here, you will find an extraordinary collection of favours, inspired by Jean’s origins, desires and sweet sins, ready to taste straight from the oven or to take away. B.D.

  • A boules break at Méridien Etoile

    Boasting a proper pétanque lawn hidden on the patio of the hotel, with tables and deckchairs perfect for a glass of wine, the Méridien Etoile sets about preparing itself for sunny aperitifs. For these “Summer soirées”, which last until the end of October, the Méridien Nice has been solicited for its expertise in this area. The chef of La Terrasse restaurant, Eric Brujan, has dreamed up a tapas menu to share between two whilst the soundtrack to these evenings has been entrusted to bossa nova group Nouvelle Vague. Perfect for immersing yourself in a Mediterranean atmosphere. B.D.

  • A chic barbeque on the Molitor roof terrace

    Known as a top summer spot, the Roof Terrace at the Molitor is also the ideal address for the coming weeks, revitalising itself in a friendly fashion. Arranged around a large stainless steel bar and an aromatic garden, the Roof Terrace offers various spaces with an uninterrupted view over the Eiffel Tower, the Molitor’s legendary summer swimming pool and the West of Paris. Open until the autumn, it will soon also lend itself to chic barbeques, with a cocktail in hand or for a light lunch from a menu created by chef Julien Mercier. B.D.

  • Salty stop at the Marée Jeanne

    Already the happy owner of Jeanne A and Jeanne B, Sassotonod and Astier restaurant, Frédéric Hubig has recently inaugurated a new establishment specialising in seafood: the Marée Jeanne. Located in the Montorgueil area, this “bistronautic” restaurant places emphasis on delicious fish from our waters. The indisputable freshness of products speaks for itself on the plate, served in two sizes (depending on your appetite), allowing for a greater variety of delicacies: fried smelts (with homemade aioli, ginger and vegetable crisps), sea bass and seaweed tartar and razor clams with parsley to start. Next: souffled mousseline, lobster sauce (a sublime, extremely light quenelle) or fillet of hake from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, unless you would rather the croq’homard de Jeanne, the restaurant’s signature. Plus a lovely wine list. B.D.

  • "Mathias Kiss, Ornementation brutalise" at the Nextlevel Galerie

    For this first personal exhibition by Franco-Hungarian artist Mathias Kiss, the Nextlevel Galerie presents a previously unseen selection of works produced especially for the occasion. When historic décor comes undone, restaurateurs are quick to straight it out. This is a skill that has long belonged to Mathias Kiss, a compagnon painter-glazier. Until then, the function of a pier or a cliff face had been distorted and its reason for being totally lost. Habitat, ways of living and wellbeing between four walls has changed. From now on we must abuse both objects and ourselves.
    Until 18th July. B.D.

  • 12th Edition of "Jardins Jardin" in the Tuileries

    An event dedicated to gardens and exterior designers, to those “tiny urban natures” that we so appreciate, the “Jardins Jardin” once again establishes itself in the heart of the Tuileries. This year, twelve large gardens, created by renowned landscapers, plus around twenty terraces and balconies, one hundred exhibitors, nursery designer, conferences and workshops comprise this 12th edition, which revolves around a “happy city” theme. More than ever, the quality of life in a city is a central preoccupation. Major climatic stakes present us with various questions and are at the heart of current affairs. The role of the urban garden largely exceeds its purely aesthetic role. With the support of biodiversity, it is nutritive in the wake of the rise of city farms, short circuit generators and virtuous carbon records. “Jardins Jardin” is an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
    Until 7th June. B.D.

  • D’Days becomes the Festival of Design

    For its 15th birthday, D’Days maintains its initial freshness and continues to contribute towards reawakening the vitality of design, by becoming the Festival of Design. This edition, which revolves around the theme of “experience”, finds its roots in emblematic creative places including the Arts Décoratifs, which makes a natural connection with contemporary art and design workshops. Like every year, D’Days aims to unveil that design can impact upon all components of society. It also offers a way of seeing and conceiving our world that transforms spaces, objects and signs of daily life, but also organisations and services. Besides this, the Festival that reunites all main design players in Paris and beyond, this year a Forum attempts to contemplate cultural and economic challenges of tomorrow, starting with the instruments of analysis, experimentation, dialogue and innovation offered by design.
    Until 7th June. B.D. Full programme can be found at www.ddays.net

  • "Clet Abraham, Forbidden Games" at the Artistik Rezo Gallery

    Known for his re-workings of traffic light signals, Clet Abraham chooses to explore here the world of emotions and frustrations, by confronting different themes such as love, sex and innocence. Like a child in a park, this street artists uses urban space like playground and questions our attitude towards such taboos. How far how we push the rules and brush against the forbidden? “My work on traffic signals is illegal, I admit it. By definition, the law is always far behind reality and, as a consequence, it cannot assert itself without recognising its relative component” explains the Breton artist, who now lives in Florence.
    Until 10th July. B.D. www.artistilrezo.com

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