Although located downtown in Paris, the VIIIe arrondissement is considered one of the "new" districts of the French capital city. Mostly fields and gardens till the mid-XVIIIth century, along with the western part of Paris, it became a place for expansion of the city from the XIXth century. A place for tremendous real estate speculation, too: the newly designed lavish environment rapidly made the VIIIe district of Paris one of the most sought-after places…Continue
...and the troubles about the use of it.
During the early thirties, the City of Paris decided to replace the old metallic Pont du Carrousel (Carrousel Bridge), one of the 37 bridges over La Seine, by a new one. The structure of the bridge, built in 1833, was now too low for the constantly increasing navigation over the river.…Continue
It wouldn't be fair, I guess to end this very brief review of what Paris has to offer in the regard of Art Deco museums and exhibitions without mentioning the Musée... des Arts Décoratifs. Even though the location of this major national museum isn't exactly Dieselpunk style - it is set in the western wing of the Louvre Museum - the place provides a gorgeous frame to its extensive collections in the very heart of Paris downtown, literally one block away from the room where…Continue
Paris has a love affair with Art Deco, well... since Art Deco exists. No wonder: it's not to brag it, but although the word was coined later, Art Deco - Arts Décoratifs - is originally very much a French thing. While many star creators and designers of the era came from various foreign countries, it is in the welcoming, artists friendly, very cosmopolitan Paris of the 20's and 30's they studied, perfected their skills and talents and met success, making Art Deco the trademark of…Continue