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Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition
by Emily Arden Wells Former cellar master George Clot said, “When you discover Louis XIII, you become a different man,” an adage that only scratches at the surface of the legacy of Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII cognac. Louis XIII was first created in...
CULTURE
NYC's Newest (and Only) French Bookstore, Albertine
For the past five years, New York City has—surprisingly, considering its international reputation and community—been lacking something: a French language bookstore. They had all shuttered, one by one, until the last, Librairie de France in Rockefeller...
TRAVEL
DIY Boards at Biarritz's Blank Surf Shack
by Jorge Grimberg Known by many surfers as the "French California," Biarritz is just a 20 minute drive from Spain along France's Basque coast. The city boasts truly world-class surfing, is home to the European headquarters of major surf labels including...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Amelie Mancini
by Eva Glettner The multi-talented Amelie Mancini is a Brooklyn-based French artist who works with a variety of mediums—from wood to linen to wool—to create her playful, colorful artworks. Her fascination with baseball, born from the first game...
DESIGN
Typorama: The Graphic Work of Philippe Apeloig
The unofficial French ambassador happens to be a trusted messenger for the cultural powerhouses—museums such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, publishers such as Éditions de La Martinière and Robert Laffont and luxury brands such as Hermès and Yves...
DESIGN
Altar by Mr & Mr
Rather than label themselves as a design studio or designer duo, Alexis Lautier and Pierre Talagrand of Montpellier, France-based Mr & Mr prefer to call themselves "maison d’édition indépendante" or an independent editing house. "We are designers...
CULTURE
Snowpiercer: The Escape
The 1982 French sci-fi comic "Le Transperceneige" would have remained in obscurity had film director Bong Joon-Ho not walked into a comic book shop in Seoul and devoured all three volumes in the store. Nobody could blame him. Within the black-and...
FOOD-DRINK
Original Recipe Pernod Absinthe
Starting today, one of the most historic drinks among Europe's creative community returns to its original 1805 recipe. This formula—which took Pernod Absinthe two years to redevelop—uses their remaining records from the 1800s, when absinthe was sweeping...
DESIGN
Xiral Watertower
As part of this year's Maison et Objet design tradeshow during Paris Design Week, the exhibition "Now: Le Off!" served to showcase young, up-and-coming designers. We were drawn to the smartly conceived multipurpose pieces throughout the show. One...
DESIGN
Jean-Marie Massaud for FPM
Founded back in 1946, FPM-Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano is a leather goods brand that has come back in recent years with new captivating projects, with the mission to work "in the name of movement". With the aim to connect with the world of design...
DESIGN
McBess
French illustrator, film director and creative polymath Mathieu Bessudo, or McBess as he is more widely known, is a London-based artist with an eye for incredible detail and a mind for a surreal rearrangement of the most simplistic of subject matters...
DESIGN
Metropole Aluminum House
As Design Miami/Basel continues to establish itself as the dominant satellite fair of Switzerland's Art Basel, Galerie Patrick Seguin upped the ante this year by installing a 1,000 square-foot aluminum structure designed by Jean Prouvé. The...
DESIGN
Wonderoled by Blackbody
Blackbody is an OLED home lighting brand launched in 2010 by the Italian-French company Astron Fiamm. Located in Toulon, France, the company develops and produces OLED-based lighting solutions with the help of established and emerging designers...
CULTURE
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
A collection of new works opens today at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City, showcasing the creative talents of Adel Abdessemed. The Algerian-born artist tackles a range of materials and mediums in a collection focusing on themes of violence...
DESIGN
Matthieu Lehanneur
For his first monograph, Matthieu Lehanneur has opted to express his design standpoint through the medium of his past works. Since his 2001 graduation from the ENSCI-Les Ateliers, he has stunned the community with a decade of innovative production...
DESIGN
Ligne Roset 2012 Collection
We got to preview the rich new collection from Ligne Roset at Maison et Objet, which reflected a range of larger trends seen throughout the show. Here, we highlight Ligne Roset's take on some of the most intriguing concepts coming up in design...
FOOD-DRINK
QOOQ
Scaling back the general capabilities of all-purpose tablets, the French-made QOOQ (pronounced "cook") delivers a highly specialized kitchen assistant. The recently upgraded model is about to hit the U.S., and, while it doesn't set out to revolutionize...
DESIGN
Gates
Nearly 300 years after King Louis XIV of France banned the game of croquet because it couldn't be played during winter, French-born designer Romain Lagrange brings the royal pass-time inside from the fields with Gates. This simplified interior...
FOOD-DRINK
Chocolats du CaliBressan
While walking along the shady tiled walkways to the quaint shops of La Arcada in Santa Barbara, a peek inside Chocolats du CaliBressan reveals a candy case filled with tiny turtles, ruby lips, glistening buddhas and classic truffle spheres...
FOOD-DRINK
Mariage Frères Thé Vert Nouveau
Over 157 years experience, more than 500 varieties of tea sourced from 30 countries and Mariage Frères continues to add to its already-impressive offerings. Their Thé Vert Nouveau (new green tea) collection features four varieties of Japanese...
FOOD-DRINK
Gaufrettes Amusantes
Gaufrettes Amusantes are traditional waffle wafers with a humorous twist. Written in either standard French or in our preferred Northern France's Picard dialect—also called Ch'ti by locals—the funny phrases stamped on each cookie reflect...
CULTURE
Crossing the Line
For their fifth annual fall festival, the French Institute Alliance Française turned the average museum audio tour into a mysterious game of fact or fiction. Made in collaboration with the conceptual sound collective Soundwalk, "Crossing the...
DESIGN
Jean-Baptiste Fastrez
Toying with high and low, mixing handmade craftsmanship with mechanized production, contrasting natural materials against plastics—the work of emerging industrial designer Jean-Baptiste Fastrez is a study in opposites, shedding new light onto...
FOOD-DRINK
Maison Bouche Chocolates
Berkeley pastry chef Diane Beaty's chocolate-centered universe is inspired by natural colors and flavors, including those of 18th century French royal courts. Her's is a bountiful world of hand-painted chocolate rabbits, exotic flavored milk and...
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