Well-dressed wildlife in Paris

Paris is seen as one of the fashion capitals of the world, but now it’s also home to some rather dapper wildlife.

Artist Julien Nonnon projects images of well-dressed wildlife onto Parisian buildings, adding plenty of colour to the landscape at night.

Described as an ‘urban safari’, the collection of ‘digital graffiti’ depicts a wide variety of animals in interesting ourfits, from a cheetah in a bomber jacket to a besuited eagle.

The project has a serious message behind it, according to Nonnon: ‘[it] question[s] our ambivalent desire to be both unique and wanting to belong to a well-defined group. In our way of dressing, we express our vision of the world, while indirectly revealing our social position and financial power. fashion is nothing other than a means of communication, of integration and belonging to a group.’

Take a look at this dapper menagerie here or watch the video below.


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A Night in the Paris Catacombs

Airbnb are hosting one creepy competition for two lucky people to sleep over in ‘the world’s largest grave’. On Halloween.

The catacombs of Paris, which are home to over six million human remains, has had a section nicely revamped with a candlelit dining area and spacious double bed.

Along with the unique opportunity to sleep over in the supernatural suite, the prize includes the trip to and from Paris, breakfast and dinner, and even a private tour of the Catacombs themselves.

To enter, all you need to do is write a 100 word story about why you think you’ve got what it takes to stay in the ancient burial ground overnight.

Other requirements include the following: “Please respect the Catacombs as you would your own grave. Don’t forget your toothbrush and pajamas. Bonus points if they glow in the dark.”

Read more about this Halloween special here and tell us if you’re brave enough to enter the competition.

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A restaurant inspired by street art and Parisian glamour

A French restaurant in Hong Kong offers more than just amazing gastronomy – it provides an immersive creative experience by famous artists.

Design agency Substance has given Bibo a unique interior design, inspired by the glamour of 1930s Parisian saloons.

Work by renowned artists, such as Banksy, JR, and Damien Hirst, cover the restaurant from floor to ceiling, transforming Bibo into an elegant and bohemian ‘abandoned French tram station’.

Creative director of Substance, Maxime Dautresme, says, “we wanted to connect the decade, street art and gastronomy. Street artists often begin their careers spray-painting trains and trams”.

Discover this amazing restaurant here and tell us if you would like to visit.

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Museum paintings pasted onto city streets

A French artist and filmmaker has come up with a creative cultural project, with unusual instructions for participants.

Julien de Casabianca created a worldwide participative event called the Outings Project.

The idea is quite simple: you just take a picture of an obscure figure in an historical painting, print it out, and paste it on a building.

The results can be found in eighteen different cities, including Paris, Barcelona, and Portland, and the concept continues to grow across the world.

Have a look at Outings here and tell us if you’ll be getting involved.

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Natural design for Ecole Polytechnique

Sou Fujimoto Architects has revealed its competition-winning proposal for a Paris campus.

The firm teamed up with local architects Manal Rachdi Oxo and Nicolas Laisné Associates for its Ecole Polytechnique design.

Based at the Université Paris-Saclay campus, the building unites six prestigious Parisian schools: a grand atrium will be full of greenery, with a glazed façade opening out to the park, connecting with nature and fostering a sense of openness.

The team said “the building is seen as an open space revealing the activities taking place in its heart and stands as an architectural and academic emblem of the future neighbourhood”.

Have a closer look at the designs here and let us know what you think.

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Digital waterfall on the Grand Palais

The Grand Palais’s facade has beeen transformed for Art Paris Art Fair 2015.

The iconic Parisian exhibition hall has had three different videos projected on its facade.

The Art Paris Art Fair selected TeamLab, Dominic Harris, and Mounir Fatmi for the project.

The art collective TeamLab turned the Grand Palais into a cascade of running water, as pictured.

Watch the installation below and let us know what you think.


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Innovative concrete wave built in Paris

A concrete wave has been built in Paris suburbia.
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Espace Bienvenüe in Marne-la-Vallée has a very innovative structure, thanks to techniques used in bridge construction.

Designed by architect Jean-Philippe Pargade, the wave houses a laboratory, in which scientists and engineers can develop the future of urban spaces through improvements in transport and energy management.

The building also includes a relaxation space on the roof, with wooden huts designed by Tadashi Kawamata.

Take a closer look at the wave here.


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