3D printing has already shaken up the world of design. Yet, chances are you haven't had many chances to experiment with the 3-D–printing craze. This might just change if you happen to be in Paris, where you can get a figurine made of yourself in the time it takes to do your shopping.Read More
There are three types of retailers that "color" the current landscape: mass retailers, high-end speciality (concept) department stores and community entrepreneurs.Read More
This beautiful “Unseen” house by French architecture studio Septembre, is based in the 19th district of Paris. It’s minimalistic and clean design, makes for a super useful, inviting space for a modern family of four. By removing the partition walls they had created a larger living area, with an open kitchen becoming the main featureRead More
YES! Isabel Marant will be designing for H&M.
Her signature look, a mix of urban appeal, bohemian themes, and rock 'n' roll mentality will serve as the core elements of this exclusive H&M lineup.
"I aim at creating something real, something women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carefree style. I think this is very Parisian: you dress up but don't pay too much attention to it, and you still look sexy.”
Isabel is the ultimate arbiter of the “cool-girl Parisian” style. The collection will be infused with this kind of easiness and attitude.
After countless of collaborations H&M is doing better and better, already loved the Maison Martin Margiela collection and the choice of Isabel Marant designing is the right way to go.
The collection, which will feature clothing and accessories for men and women, will arrive in stores on November 14.
I’ve already wrote it down in my agenda, because I won’t be missing it!
Below a couple of collection 'sneak peaks.'
Who designed the “@ symbol,” what was the very first search engine? If you have ever wondered how the internet came to be, The Big Internet Museum will give you a tasteful interactive tour through the ever-growing existence of the “World Wide Web.” Aside from that it’s a museum like any other, with curators READ MORE
Google has finally learned how to show instead of tell. Shot from the point of view of the Google Glass wearer, the video below, shows skydivers, ice skaters, ballerinas, skiers and pilots enjoying all of the augmented-reality and photo-capturing goodness of the glasses. Also, images on the Google Glass website show more uses for the READ MORE
These photos might seem like the surfaces of Mars, Venus or any other (undiscovered) planet, but in reality, they are far from. Christopher Jonassen, a Norwegian photographer shot these beautiful and otherworldly series called ‘Devour of frying pan bottoms’, which are visually similar to the craters on a planet. By removing the handles, Christopher brings READ MORE
The Lumino Kinetic and Beyond media project explores the properties of light and perception of space. The project has been presented at the digital media installation event IDAS (hongik university and has been developed by Japanese designer Yuri endo. Yuri developed the project for the final phase of his thesis project, elaborating on the previous experimentation, ‘luminous specimen‘ which READ MORE
While poorly made infographics are being called the “plague” of the internet, its awesome to see artists like Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) create something truly original. You might remember the famous 1999 Stefan Sagmeister poster where the designer carved text into his own body with an X-acto knife. Needless to say, his unconventional method is READ MORE
The future of space travel is closer than most of us think and last night, at the “future of space travel” conference in Amsterdam, scientists Gerard ‘t Hooft, Bas Lansdorp en Michel van Pelt all gave us amazingly clear explanations on how we will be returning some time soon. Nowadays several space agencies are taking second looks at historical READ MORE
As drones, facial recognition technology, and cellphone snooping are starting to affect the broader culture, the New York-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a line of high-tech garments made with sophisticated fabrics that can block signals and thwart cameras. Set to launch next week in London as part of a collaborative project with fashion designer READ MORE
These creatures aren’t some futuristic insect-bots developed by the government or some shadowy conspiracy group to infiltrate our homes. No, they’re little sculptures put together by London photographer Luca di Filippo, using pieces of electronic waste for his series, “Daily Contaminations”, in which they have been posed with food and photographed. These bugs with their READ MORE
Im loving this Publicis Switzerland campaign “For Any Hair Type” for Garnier Fructis, as between many boring or overly edited advertising photos this definitely finds some originality, shampoo that features guys with long beards that aren’t really beards and aren’t really attached to the guys. With the ad Garnier is responding to the fact that shampoo is for both READ MORE
Take TNT’s new dramatic entrance into the Belgium market, where TNT literally brought drama to this tranquil country with the placement of a big red push button in the small town square of Flanders. A sign with the text “Push to add drama” invited people to use the button. People daring to push it were confronted with a flash mob of ambulances, fist fights, police shootouts, bikini-clad motorcyclists, and finally a banner that reveals the message, “TNT. Your Daily Dose of Drama.”
Since the video of the flash mob has gone viral, it has already racked up over 28 million views in less than a week. Of course, flash mobs and viral videos are not new. Last month in France, a young woman in Paris sampled the new Q10+ Nivea cream and ended up being encircled by a flash mob of handsome flower vendors, joggers, policeman, firemen, and even a modern day shining knight on a white horse. Needless to say, this execution was a huge viral hit with the French ladies with nearly a half-million hits.
Or just the amazing T-MOBILE London Heathrow "welcome home" commercial, welcoming people from their flights in these amazing circumstances!
What I love about these advertising ideas is that they are based on product benefits and creatively brought to life through fresh, non-traditional executions, engaging consumers in a fun, memorable way.
These should be good reminders that today’s most successful ad agencies are in the ideas business, not the advertising business.
Who needs to visit the Palace of Versailles, when you can also RIDE in it? The complete interior of a train on Paris’s main transit system, the RER, has been dramatically transformed into a replica of the grande Palace of Versailles, which once had been the centre of political power in France. The isles of the train are lined with golden sculptures, and the ceilings feature beautiful, intricate paintings. The interior, which was funded by the Palace itself, mimics the Hall of Mirrors, Marie Antoinette’s estate, and the Gallery of Battles. If you’re in Paris, you’ve got to check this out.
If you happen to be in Paris, definitely go and check it out!
A this is Louis Vuitton's first ever TV commercial, the film signifies a new chapter of communication for the French fashion giant.
Photographer and director duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin created and directed the commercial, which follows Muse as she ventures into one of the world’s most iconic museums, the Louvre. The story is one of travel, both physically and metaphoically and invites the viewer to become master of their own destiny.
Hopefully this is one trend catches on with other luxury houses. If new lines are introduced with this much intrigue, effort and passion, we can only surmise that a wider audience, not just fashion aficionados, will be tuning in more to what brands have to offer.
http://vimeo.com/51700038 Drawing inspiration from traditional record players, French new media production company Avoka has created Dyskograf, an interactive sound installation in which visitors are able to create music with just a pen and piece of paper. Instead of using a needle and a vinyl record, Dyskograf is equipped with a camera and custom-designed software that detects felt-tip pen marks drawn on paper records, each of which will create a different sound depending on their locations and how they are drawn. Since the camera is in a fixed position, the musical sequence is read as a loop and sounds like it would be a perfect fit for an electronic music track. In the video above you can see the "graphic disk reader" in action.
Slow food is going rather fast these days and if you ask me, the faster the better. I'm excited to see small scale joints around the globe, offer healthy, seasonal organic food and products, along with the warm tradition of shopping that goes way beyond our routined and unpersonal visit at one or the other huge supermarket store. The "organic" trend evolved beyond its goat wool socks phase and officially became an embraced, rewarding and lucrative trend.
Causses in Paris offers ‘Slow food à Pigalle’ and all of the above is exactly what you get in the small corner shop that also has a bistro. They have a fine selection of food consisting of mainly regional products. For Causses it is of great importance to offer seasonal food and because whatever we eat also meets the eye, they created a nice and cozy atmosphere where you can enjoy your shopping to the fullest. Their products generally fulfill bio standards and come without flavor enhancer, preservative, dyes, etc. Tradition and sustainability is what they put their focus on and the assistants seem to know everything about good food and fine dining. A lot of costumers come here regularly, to shop as their grandparents did and to get delicious cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, meet or freshly baked bread.
Causses is keen on offering the best quality for a reasonable price and is very successful with the concept ‘sain, savoureux, simple’ – healthy, tasty, simple -.
To talk about what people "actually" do with the images floating around our Google Street Views, well, sometimes a bit of art. Street art artist Paolo Cirio creates real-life replicas of people captured by Google’s Street View cars, then pastes them into the locations they were photographed. The Italian artist blows up, then prints out the Google images, then visits the precise spot they were captured by the Street View car. Using wheat paste, he glues their life-sized likenesses to where they appear on Google Maps, creating an ephemeral feedback loop between the on- and offline world. Right now, the ghosts have only been found in New York, London and Berlin.
Privacy matters are not that big for him, yet I wonder what might stir up the moment people start realizing to what purposes their images are being used for through Google Street Views, especially in New York City.
British designer Christopher Jenner shares his vision of the Eurostar, a train which shuttles endlessly between Paris and London. Two great capitals, famous for their fashion, style and culture. In his designs, the carriages were given a soulful injection of colour, futurism and luxury to reflect this journey. Finished in hardwood, brushed Brass and Carbon fibre presents a hybrid of the golden age and the new. Now… if only these designs will materialise, I would definitely think it would be a huge hit.
Part of my internship at it fits! and fullinsight was to create a shopping guide of Paris. I had the chance to rediscover the city where I am studying and I really enjoyed it. I made a personal choice of interesting shop addresses and I hope the pictures will inspire you to prepare your own Paris shopping tour. An area map will help you to easily find every store and district.In the following picture we are showing you a few shop examples. If you are interested in having the complete guide, you can just send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a pdf.
The exhibition Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs at the Arts Décoratifs Museum tells the story of two men in exceptional course. Each in their time, they changed the fashion industry, able to express the moment by what was happening around them.
Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs 9 March–16 September 2012 Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et textile 107 rue de Rivoli 75001 / +33 (0)144555750
It is counterintuitive that Paris, the host city of the Tour de France finish line, was ever not a bicycling capital, but until it got a bike-share program — and an expanded network of bike lanes — cycling was not a mainstream mode of transportation there. Now it’s de rigueur, thanks to the Vélib’ system’s more than 20,000 bikes at 1,800 stations. The Vélib’ app, available on iTunes, tells you where to find the nearest station and the number of bikes there. A couple of cool ones below.
A charming, 1980s-inspired store in the 18th Arrondissement,Vélo Vintage refurbishes yesteryear’s beauties plucked from the French countryside. And there is no shortage of high-end shops: the museumlike biCyCle Store Paris stocks everything from California cruisers to lowriders; Cyclope is for the fixie-obsessed; and Bicloune is packed with bikes of all shapes.
If you have only one day to do Paris by bike, make it a Sunday, when a city program called Paris Respire (“Paris Breathes”) closes some of the loveliest areas to cars, including Montmartre, the Marais and some roads along the Seine. For spectacle, time your trip to coincide with a Béret Baguette ride, in which Parisians put a very French twist on London’s Tweed Run: bérets, Breton stripes, vintage Peugeots and a picnic of baguettes, brie and wine in the Bois de Vincennes.