Boris Chouvellon is exhibited at La Maison Rouge

exposition-boris-chouvellon-detournement-de-fond-2010-mediumThis summer, La Maison Rouge hosts the work of French plastic artist Boris Chouvellon at the heart of his patio. He designed a work which is perfectly set in space, playing with the very architecture of the place—such as with the floor, the bay windows and the walls. 

BBoris Chouvellon endeavours to reproduce the modern ruin, abandoned construction areas to the agricultural, industrial or commercial, forgotten and given up zones. “Modern Express” is a mobile hitched to a bracket held by chains. This modern sculpture embodies recurring issues in our modern society. By the way, every year, Friends of La Maison Rouge select an artist to produce a particular creation for the foundation’s patio.




Exhibition “Boris Chouvellon. Modern Express”, from July 8th to September 18th, 2016.
Open every day, except on Monday and Tuesday, from 11am to 7pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 9pm.
Full rate: 10 euros / Reduced rate: 7 euros / Free under 13.

La Maison Rouge
10, boulevard de la Bastille
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 01 08 8
Metro: Quai de la Rapée (line 5).


Crédit photo : Boris Chouvellon - Maison Rouge - Paris © Boris Chouvellon, Détournement de fond, 2010



The plant art enters the Cité de la Mode et du Design 


Until October 15th, 2016, the Cité de la Mode et du Design honours plant art in its atrium. For this, it called on scenographer-landscaper Christophe Ponceau who thought out a nursery of a new kind. Indeed, the free exhibition “The Bulk Garden” presents a pending garden. 

The artist wanted to pay tribute to the primary use of docks—where the Cité is established—which used to serve as a storage, transit and passage space. In fact, this plant installation which goes down to the Seine is a micro-forest with Ginkgo Biloba. By the way, this tree was the only one to resist Hiroshima. Since then, it stands for nature in danger—of course exploited—but still strong enough to adapt and survive. This ephemeral creation invites us to wonder about the place granted to the vegetal world nowadays.



Exhibition “Christophe Ponceau: The Bulk Garden / Le Jardin en Stock”, from May 31st to October 15th, 2016.
Open every day from 10am to midnight.
Free entrance.

The Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10).


Crédit photo : The Bulk Garden – Christophe Ponceau © Brigitte Baudesson



A romantic evening at Vaux-le-Vicomte

les-soirees-aux-candelles-vaux-le-vicomte-mediumWant a romantic getaway? Go for it and discover the mythical Candlelit evenings at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Throughout summer, it suggests to visit its ceremonial rooms and its garden by the light of almost 2,000 candles.

This intimate walk enables to admire the monument as suspended outside of time. Great novelty this year, Vaux-le-Vicomte presents two shows interpreted by compagnie Quidams: “Bilboquets” and “FierS à cheval”. Actually, these two creations are luminous and sound ballets which invite to daydreaming. Artists take a walk along the paths all night long. To fully enjoy this evening, the castle has a very good restaurant—Les Charmilles—or suggests enjoying the show on deckchairs with a glass of champagne and macaroons.




Candlelight evenings, from May 7th to October 1st, 2016.
Every Saturday, from 7pm to midnight.
Full rate: 19.50 euros / Reduced rate: 17.50 euros / Free under 6.
Glass of champagne and macaroons: 24 euros.

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
77950 Maincy
Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90
Access: (in train+shuttle) from Paris / Gare de l’Est in 50 min.



Crédit photo : Candlelit evenings  – Vaux le Vicomte © Yann Piriou



Best Places

Marine break at Fichon


Open since April 1st, 2016, Fichon suggests a brand new concept in Paris—the fish cellar. This address is at the same time a wine bar, a restaurant dedicated to sea products and a wine merchant.  

The marine decoration of the place was thought out by interior designer Charles du Pouget in blue shades. By the way, Fichon set up in a former ironmonger’s and kept the floor of the time. About the menu, fish lovers will be delighted since here it is available in all its forms—smoked, raw, poached or steamed. The menu suggests pell-mell homemade tuna rillettes, a semi-cooked sea bass with blowtorch, strong jus, pistachio, red pepper pearls and daikon or trout eggs on hen-egg and ricotta emulsion. As for dessert, we let us be seduced by the date compote with olive oil and yoghurt with goat’s milk. Fichon is also famous for its nice organic wine list, its craft beers and its cocktails prepared by Sylvain, the mixologist of the restaurant.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Lunch formulas for 17 and 21 euros.


Fichon Boissonnier (in French)
98, rue Marcadet
75018 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 70 94 52 14
Metro: Jules Joffrin (line 12) or Marcadet-Poissonniers (lines 4 and 12).


Crédit photo : Restaurant Fichon – Fish cellar © Fichon

La Louve: the Franco-Italian bistro


La Louve is Nicolas Fabre’s second address—already owner of Au Loup wine bar located rue Bergère in the 9th arrondissement. Established avenue Trudaine—in the same neighbourhood—La Louve is a bistro which serves Mediterranean cuisine concocted by Chef Dimitri Gris

We love its raw decoration with its brick walls, its industrial-like beams, its wooden counter and its open kitchen. All the dishes are prepared from seasonal products. Here, the menu changes every day. Therefore, it is possible to enjoy squash leaves, frog legs and dried whelks—or spaghetti with cockles, poutargue, black garlic and mint—or a cockerel with milk and honey. The cook does not lack in imagination and makes dishes each one more coloured than the other. A lovely, casual and gourmet address at the same time which can be tested with your family or as a couple.

Open from Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 2pm and from 8pm to 11pm.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Lunch formula for 20 euros.

La Louve (in French)
4, avenue Trudaine
75009 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 85 19 35
Metro: Anvers (line 2).


Crédit photo : © La Louve – Simo Laraki

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