Six bright young French designers showcased in Rising Talents exhibition at Maison&Objet

The work of six up-and-coming French designers is on show at the Maison&Objet furniture fair in Paris, revealing an emerging trend for handmade rather than mass-produced objects. The Rising Talents exhibition shines a light on six home-grown designers and studios: Natacha & Sacha, Laureline Galliot, Mathieu Peyroulet Ghilini, Wendy Andreu, Julie Richoz and Adrien Garcia. […]

Ski-in-ski-out hotel Le Coucou boasts interiors by Pierre Yovanovitch

Nature-themed artworks and bespoke furnishings feature throughout Le Coucou, a design-focused ski hotel completed by Pierre Yovanovitch. Le Coucou is a 55-room hotel nestled amongst the snow-capped peaks of Meribel, a popular resort that forms part of Les Trois Vallées – the largest ski area in the world. The hotel’s staggering mountainous surroundings became a […]

Competition: win a three-night stay at Le Pigalle in Paris

In our latest competition, we’re offering one reader the chance to win a three-night stay for two at Le Pigalle in Paris, France. Named after the high-spirited neighbourhood in which it’s located, the hotel is designed to be an urban social hub and meeting point. One winner and their guest will be invited to stay […]

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter creates Corten steel structures along Chemin des Carrières trail

A grand gateway and a hillside belvedere are among a series of structures that Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has built in eastern France, to direct tourists towards a historic quarry. The Oslo-based studio, led by architect Reiulf Ramstad, created the landscape interventions along the Chemin des Carrières, an 11-kilometre trail through the rural villages and landscape […]

Concrete grid forms student housing block in Paris by Atelier Villemard et Associé

Atelier Villemard et Associés used a structural grid of exposed concrete to define the exterior and interior of this student housing block on the outskirts of Paris. The nine-storey residential block in Champs-sur-Marne centres around a full-height atrium. This housing scheme by Atelier Villemard et Associés is the latest addition to the Campus Descartes. The campus […]

Prison clad in perforated weathering steel has pastel-coloured sports court

Local Architecture Network has built a minimum security prison with a perforated metal facade of weathering steel in Nanterre that has a sports court in pastel hues. The minimum security prison is also the headquarters of the Penitentiary Services for Integration and Probation (SPIP) – which monitors those under arrest. Local Architecture Network (LAN) built […]

FREAKS wraps French warehouse conversion in corrugated steel

Architecture studio FREAKS has clad an old printing warehouse in France shiny corrugated metal cladding and converted it into a research centre for lighting company Sammode. Located in Lamotte-Beuvron close to Orléans, the converted offices combine highly controlled testing areas and well lit work spaces. To achieve this, four wooden boxes clad with spruce house […]

Moustache opens Paris store that looks as if it is carved out of stone

En Bande Organisée and Julien Dufresne Architecte used pale polished concrete to create the cave-like interiors of French brand Moustache’s Parisian store. White polished-concrete walls dotted with curved alcoves and ceilings with organically-shaped skylights feature in Moustache‘s recently-opened Paris store. Located in the city’s Canal Saint Martin district, the 120-square-metre space is the brand’s first […]

Round windows of Archery House echo shooting range targets

A wooden shutter slides to uncover the target-shaped window of a brick building in France by architects Boman that provides facilities for an archery range. Called Archery House, the building is located in the greenbelt area of Fontenay-aux-roses on the outskirts of Paris. Measuring just 49-square-metres in size, the building provides space for storage, a […]

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners creates “fortress-like” archive for the Louvre

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has built the Centre de Conservation du Louvre in Liévin, northern France, to securely store 250,000 works of art from the museum’s collection. Located on a former car park for the nearby SANAA-designed Louvre-Lens, the building houses the Musée du Louvre’s archive and conservation centres. Graham Stirk at Rogers Stirk […]

Oursin restaurant by Simon Porte Jacquemus is designed to “perpetuate summer”

Whitewashed walls, colourful ceramics and rattan furnishings help channel sunny climes inside this Parisian restaurant, designed by the eponymous owner of cult French fashion label Jacquemus. Simon Porte Jacquemus – with the help of hospitality-focused Caviar Kaspia Group – has designed Oursin to recall “the eternal summery beauty of the optical white house shimmering along […]

Jean Nouvel sues over “totally disproportionate” Philharmonie de Paris late fee

Architect Jean Nouvel is counter-suing the Philharmonie de Paris over the €170.6 million fine he was slapped with when the concert hall opened late and over-budget. Nouvel’s lawyers William Bourdon and Vincent Brengarth said the fee was “totally disproportionate” and “unprecedented in the world of architecture”, reported the Guardian. They argued that the €170.6 million […]

Sophie Dries renovates Haussmann-era apartment in Paris for clients who are “really into colour”

French architect Sophie Dries has combined a pair of mid-19th-century Parisian flats in a design that brings together street art and colour blocking. The apartment was previously two separate homes, built during Haussmann’s major reconstruction of Paris. The renovation sees them brought together into a 100-square-metre residence for a family of four. Dries designed a […]

Rei Kawakubo creates Parisian beauty store Dover Street Parfums Market

High-end fashion department store Dover Street Market has opened a beauty-focused branch at the heart of Paris, where products are displayed inside towering textured columns. Located just a few minutes walk from Paris’ Musée Picasso, Dover Street Parfums Market is solely dedicated to selling perfumes, make-up and grooming products. This marks a change from the […]

JCPCDR Architecture’s tiny timber pavilion invites walkers to “pause and observe”

A small elevated viewpoint projects from this tiny house-shaped pavilion, which JCPCDR Architecture has built for hikers to observe Lake Annecy in France. Named L’Observatoire, the pavilion is nestled below the trees on a secluded mountainside site in Giez. It was designed and built by Parisian studio JCPCDR Architecture with local fir wood. Though it […]

Foster + Partners’ Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

A glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport designed by Foster + Partners has come under fire from France’s environmental authorities over fears it could hinder France‘s target to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The Autorité Environnementale (AE) issued a report calling on the developer Aeroport Marseille Provence (AMP) and the French state to “demonstrate the compatibility of […]

Gensler designs Pavilion Notre-Dame as temporary worship space

International architecture firm Gensler has proposed creating a pavilion alongside Notre-Dame as a temporary place of worship following the fire, which destroyed the cathedral’s roof. Situated on the square in front of the cathedral, Pavillon Notre-Dame is designed to host church services and markets for residents and visitors while the 850-year-old cathedral is being restored. Notre-Dame’s […]

Digital artwork called Symbiosia depicts effect of climate change on trees in Paris

Dutch artist Thijs Biersteker collaborated with scientist Stefano Mancuso to create this installation at the Fondation Cartier that shows the real-time impact of climate change on nature in Paris. Biersteker creates interactive installations about environmental and social issues. His project with Mancuso is titled Symbiosia and seeks to promote awareness of the impact of climate […]

Birkenstock 1774 showroom occupies a classic Parisian apartment

Footwear brand Birkenstock has worked with design studio Vinson & Co to create a showroom inside a grandiose Paris apartment, where shoes are displayed in living-room-style spaces. Nestled amongst the high-end boutiques that line Paris’ Rue Saint Honoré, Birkenstock 1774 is a dedicated space for the brand to present special projects and collaborations. It takes […]

India Mahdavi’s striped scenography provides backdrop for furniture exhibition

French architect India Mahdavi has distorted the familiar coloured stripes found at seaside resorts to create the scenography for this exhibition of 20th-century furniture from the Centre Pompidou‘s collection. The exhibition presents more than 60 pieces from the Parisian institution‘s 20th-century collection at the Cercle Naval de Toulon – a heritage-listed 1930s building designed to […]

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