Bernard Lorjou on display in Paris

bernard-lorjouUntil February 26th next, the salons Aguado of the city hall of the 9th district of Paris host a retrospective dedicated to Bernard Lorjou (1908-1986).

This French self-taught painter is unknown by the large public. This militant artist born in Blois has always been a hypersensitive, straying from fame. This free exhibition shows more than 25 works and new lithographs, some of whom have never been exhibited. Besides being a painter, complete artist Bernard Lorjou was also a sculptor, an engraver and a ceramicist. In his works, we always find again his themes of preference, as the corrida scenes, the circus characters, the harlequins or the still lifes. This is the unique opportunity to learn more about this great master of the figurative painting of the XXth century.





“Rétrospective – Bernard Lorjou (1908-1986)” exhibition (“Retrospective – Bernard Lorjou (1908-1986)”), from January 5th to February 26th 2016.

Open Monday-Friday from 9:30am to 5pm, Thursday from 8:30am to 7:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm.
Free admission.. 

Mairie du 9ème (in French)

6, rue Drouot
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 71 37 75 09
Metro: Richelieu-Drouot (lines 8 and 9).


Crédit photo : Exhibition – Bernard Lorjou Bernard Lorjou - ©SDP

The wallpaper reveals itself at the Arts décoratifs

faire-le-mur-musee-des-arts-decoratifsThe musée des Arts décoratifs recounts the wallpaper history, from the 18th century to nowadays, with the “Faire le mur - Quatre siècles de papiers peints” (“Get over the wall - Four Centuries of Wallpapers”) exhibition.

300 emblematic pieces are presented, unveiling the different production techniques used over the years, to conceive this wall ornament. Divided into six rooms, this important retrospective bring us to the discovery of the greatest houses, as the Délicourt, Zuber or Sanderson factory. Contemporary pieces rub shoulders with others older, showing that the wallpaper’s role has evolved. From now on, it is similar to a real work of art, sort of wall-mounted installation where noble or unusual materials as leather, cardboard or metal mingle, and where trompe l’oeil invite themselves. Big names of current wallpaper are represented here, as Christian Lacroix, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac or Piero Fornasetti.





“Faire le mur – Quatre siècles de papiers peints” (“Get over the wall - Four Centuries of Wallpapers”) exhibition, from January 21st to June 12th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 9pm.
Closed on May 1st 2016.
Full rate: 10 euros / Concession (18-25 years old): 8.50 euros / Free for underage.

Les Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7), or Pyramides (lines 7 and 14).

Crédit photo : Faire le mur – Papier peint - Exhibition - Get over the wall – Four centuries of wallpapers - ©SDP

Paris Déco Off: the decoration festival is back

paris-deco-off-2016For the 7th consecutive year, Paris Déco Off is back in the French capital.

For the occasion, 106 prestigious French and internationals brands of the decoration open free of charge the doors to the public. From the right bank to the left bank, the curious ones are invited to discover the universe of the upholstery, the trimmings, the furniture or the lights. Routes have been set up as well as a free shuttle service, from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés square (6th) to the Petits-Pères square (2th), in order to discover the last collections of the creators, but also the trend of the 2016 year. Among them, we can name Pierre Frey, Sanderson, Boussac, Diurne, Christian Lacroix or Nobilis. Around the showrooms will be set up 140 giant lamps made of Masters of Linen, which have been dressed by the participant houses. Decorating coaches from the Union Francophone des décorateurs d’intérieur (UFDI) (Francophone Union of the interior designers) will propose workshops to those who wish to embellish their interior, at the Bel Ami hotel (6th). Finally, Paris Déco Off is in partnership with “Faire le mur – Quatre siècles de papiers peints” (Go over the wall – Four centuries of wallpapers”) exhibition at the musée des Arts décoratifs (1st).





Paris Déco Off, from January 21st to 25th 2016.

Open from 9:30am to 7:30pm.
Nocturnal on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at 11pm.
Free admission.


Hôtel Bel Ami
7/11, rue Saint-Benoît
75006 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 61 53 53
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (line 4).

Crédit photo : Paris Déco Off – 2016 edition – Official poster of 2016 Paris Déco Off © DR

Parmigianino: master of the Italian drawing presented at the Louvre

parmigianino-musee-du-louvreThe musée du Louvre dedicates a retrospective to one of the master of the Italian drawing: Francesco Mazzola.

Native of Parma, he was quickly nicknamed Parmigianino, which literally means “little native of Parma”. Precocious drawer, he was considered a new Raphaël. Why? He was one of the first artists to personify a new way of drawing, called “Mannerism”. It appeared during the first decades of the XVIth century in Italy, before spreading to the whole Europe. Parmigianino died young, at the age of thirty seven years old, and demonstrated a real drastic anticonformism all along his artistic career. He dealt with every subject, even the most insignificant ones, with ardour. The “Parmigianino 1503-1540: Dessins du Louvre” (“Parmigianino 1503-1540: Drawings from the Louvre”) exhibition comes back to the man, to his works and bring us to his native town in Rome, from Bologna to Casalmaggiore, in a real journey in Italy.





“Parmigianino 1503-1540: Dessins du Louvre” (“Parmigianino 1503-1540: Drawings from the Louvre”) exhibition, from December 17th 2015 to February 15th 2016.
Open daily from 9am to 6pm, except on Tuesday.
Nocturnal on Wednesday and Friday until 9:45pm.
Single rate: 15 euros.


Musée du Louvre
Pyramide du Louvre
Cour Napoléon
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 20 50 50
Metro: Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).

Crédit photo : Parmigianino – Musée du Louvre – Le Parmesan (know as), Mazzuola Francesco Maria (1503-1540). Paris, musée du Louvre, D.A.G.. INV6445-Bis-recto. - ©Michel Urtado

Best places

The best restaurants of the South-West in Paris


In Paris, it is possible to go for a gourmet stroll in the France’s regions, by tasting all the local specialties, especially the south-west ones. Three tables held our attention: Aux Produits du Sud-Ouest, Au Trou Gascon and Le Grapillon.



Crédit photo :Best restaurants – Cooking of the South West - Au Produits du Sud-Ouest restaurant room © DR

Aux Produits du Sud-Ouest

This restaurant-delicatessen located in Montparnasse belongs to the Maison Micouleau, a family from the Tarn et Garonne region, and is opened since 1986.

This Parisian institution owns a warm decoration with panellings, exposed stone walls and a fireplace. Concerning the set menu, we wager on a safe bet: the cassoulet with confit of duck. It is difficult to choose, all the plates are tempting: big salads (toulousaine, aveyronnaise, gascon), burger with foie gras, real homemade Toulouse sausage etc. Note that the semi-cooked duck foie gras of the restaurant has been several times awarded during the General Agriculture Contest of Paris, and received the 2015 gold medal! This represents another quality guarantee for this familial and gourmet establishment.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 11pm.
Open on Friday and Saturday until 11:30pm.
The store is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9am to 8:30pm.
Menus: from 18.90 to 32 euros.

Aux Produits du Sud-Ouest

21-23, rue d’Odessa
75014 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 20 34 07
Metro: Edgar Quinet (line 6) or Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (lines 4, 6, 12 and 13).

Au Trou Gascon

First Parisian table of Chef Alain Dutournier, this restaurant sings the flavours of the Sud Adour, and can boast about being the unique starred table of the eastern Paris.

Backstage, we find young Chef Clément Thouvenot who makes a generous local cooking, modelled on the cassoulet with haricots Tarbais, one of the flagship plates of the house. For the starter, we let ourselves be charmed by the meat pie with mallard duck and foie gras, and for the dessert, by a Mont-Blanc with chestnut confit, a delight. Au Trou Gascon is also renowned for its beautiful wine cellar which owns more than 1000 references and particularly a great collection of Bas Armagnacs.

Open Monday-Friday from 12:30pm to 2pm and from 7:30pm to 10pm.
“Le déjeuner passion” set menu: 42 euros.

Au Trou Gascon

40, rue Taine
75012 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 44 34 26
Metro: Daumesnil (lines 6 and 8).

Le Grapillon

Set up in the Montorgueil borough, in the center of Paris, this restaurant must be discovered with friends, in a convivial setting.

The menu proposes both a traditional and modern cooking from the south-west. In this way, the baked eggs and foie gras mix with a pan-fried foie gras burger, and the périgourdine salad with the fillet of duck breast lollipops and apricot, macerated in Armagnac, or a crème brûlée revisited with foie gras. Le Grapillon is really THE table of greed, where we treat ourselves without thinking about our figure! Concerning the decoration, the place is cosy with its slates on the exposed stone walls and its wooden furniture. The atmosphere is simple, with no fuss, perfect to celebrate an event with friends or family.

Open on Monday from 12pm to 3pm, Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm, on Friday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11:30pm, on Saturday from 7pm to 11:30pm.
Closed on Sunday.
Set menu: from 23.50 to 31.50 euros.

Le Grapillon (in French)

32, rue Tiquetonne
75002 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 28 96 04
Metro: Etienne Marcel (line 4).

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