store’s light is on even after closing.
This is one clothes store in the avenue Champs-elysees. This store’s light is on even after closing.
In Korea, all stores and buildings should light off after closing, and there is a restriction of light after 10p.m. (10p.m. in Korea is really different from France-almost all stores, restaurants, cafes open until midnight)
So, this is really weird to me, and sometimes i confused because of its light.
I think it’s impossible for Swarovski to not be eye-catching. The whole brand is based on something that is so eye-catching. A crystal shimmers in the light and reflects so many colors while still being clear and is so incredibly smooth and sleek with well defined cuts and angles. If you just sit one of those crystals in the window and light it well that right there can trigger an interest in many. With that it could be easy to fall behind on actually designing window displays with concept and not relying solely on the beauty of the crystal, which I think Swarovski does to some extent. However, this staircase is something that says constant within the shop, but calls a lot of attention to passerby’s, even being a little distant from the window. I suppose it could possibly draw people not interested in buying anything in, but just want to take a closer look or a photo with the stairs. Then once you’re in you might find something you thought you didn’t need. I suppose the stairs could also be an inspiration for much more wealthier customers to create their own staircase at home, which I’d imagine would be very expensive, but a good profit for Swarovski. I tried finding how much this staircase cost to produce or how much it would be worth based on how much Swarovski sells their crystals for or even how many crystals were used, but I couldn’t find any of that information, unfortunately.
Passing through the Marais I noticed that some of the crosswalk marks looked a bit unusual, especially when being next to some other “normal” ones like in the photo above. Also there were some very similar (and apparently fresh painted) marks on other parts of the sidewalks that don’t seem to have any purpose at all, such as this.
Searching on the internet I found out that there are currently various new types of crossings around Paris that are being tested.
Here is the page of the Mairie de Paris that explains the project.
And here’s another cool one:
This is the walkway that connects the Les Halles shopping centers. The first time that I saw this space, I thought it was an odd and awkward place to put a sound and light movement piece because I don’t think it makes any sense, but after a couple of times walking back and forth through the space it became sort of an ambient sound and really interesting place to keep you energetic and also calm in a way to make you contribute to the plenitude.
Im still trying to figure out if the sound and lights are triggered by people that pass as a interactive piece.
One of the nice things in Paris’ streets is that some of them are free (or partially) of cars, it is called “rue piétonne” that we can translate to walking street. These streets are mostly touristic. When I go take a drink in these streets like for example Rue Montorgueil the atmosphere of Paris suddenly changes to something more family-like more ‘democratic’.
The fact that rue Montorgueil has really few cars passing by makes me feel more aware and closer to the people surrounding me. I find it a very jovial atmosphere. They are mostly full of cafés, restaurants and often really nice markets.
These streets are dedicated to the people and this is maybe why I feel more free when I walk through them.
Here is a painting by Claude Monet called Rue Montorgueil, this depiction of the street reflects perfectly what I feel.
This past sunday I had the pleasure to visit cimetiere montmartre. I felt it was very interesting to look at the different of gravestones or tombs or each grave lot. Many graves dated around the last 19th century seemed to have old, decaying chairs inside the tombs, as if left there for the person buried underneath. I’ve never seen this done as a tradition back in Montreal, and I’m not sure if this is a French or European tradition but found it pretty interesting.
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The news that broke my heart this week ? The announcement of the Marc Jacobs quitting Louis Vuitton after 16 years. You can’t say one’s name without associating the other. Well, this is the end, beautiful friend…
The last défilé was an hommage to Jacob’s career at LV, reinterpreting and mixing all the most astonishing catwalks he designed : the train station, the huge carroussel, the elevators, the fountain… All in black, celebrating the “bereavement”. Every major design Marc jacobs did, like the new codes and monograms, or the collaborations the brand did with famous artists (Stephen Sprouse, image below…), all was represented in that show. 16 years of creativity in a nutshell.
Marc, I will miss you in Paris.
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