#MerciaimeParis: Paris versus New York

What an incredible night!

Last week, I was invited to the opening of merci’s latest installation, “merci aime Paris,” based on Vahram Muratyan’s incredibly successful blog and book Paris versus New York. The crowd was beautiful, fun, and international, and guests enjoyed delicious hors d’œuvres, cocktails, and wine while browsing around the store.

I loved the colorful arrows pointing down toward the center floor decal with the words “Paris” and “Merci” printed on them. One of the intentions of Muratyan, who worked with merci to create this exposition, was to show that we were in Paris at the bookstore and to have the floor logo serve as the Seine, a crucial reference point in Paris. With his yellow and orange “whirlwind of kisses” with the installation’s name inside, his idea of using uplifting colors is a success. You can’t help but feel happy in this space!

The graphic designer also focused on showing the world’s love for Paris. As a result, the chic concept store is oozing Eiffel Towers and all sorts of declarations of love for the capital. It’s an exhibit after my own heart in one of my favorite places in the city. Absolute perfection. This must-see installation is open through August 25, so I encourage you to stop by to enjoy a coffee and the views.

It was so much fun to catch up with some of my fellow Paris bloggers, Melissa of Prete-Moi Paris, Kasia of Love in the City of Lights and Kasia Dietz Handbags, and to meet the fabulous Lisa aka Ella Coquine that evening. What an amazing group of ladies!

Many thanks to The Parisienne, Vahram Muratyan, and merci for a wonderful soirée.

xx PatriciaParisienne

Merci
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris

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With the stunning Nathalie of The Parisienne

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Kasia, Lisa, Melissa, and I – Please note our gorgeous Kasia Dietz handbags!

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Paris bloggers with Paris versus New York author Vahram Muratyan

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If you look closely, you can see merci’s classic red Fiat.

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Holiday Window Displays (Part 1): Louis Vuitton & Galeries Lafayette

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” croons Andy Williams.

I love December. I love everything about it! The cold, the holiday spirit, the carols, the winter attire, the advent calendars, The Holiday, Love Actually, the mulled wine or Glühwein or vin chaud, or whatever you may call it, the beautiful trees, the bûche de Noël, the Champs-Élysées lights, the marchés de Noël, (now) the mincepies, the Christmas crackers, the posadas, and, of course, the decorations.

If you are in Paris for the holidays, you must add “go see window displays” to your Parisian to-do list.  Let me clarify; these are absolutely NOT your ordinary window displays. When Dior and Louis Vuitton are involved, you don’t just get beauty, you get magic. And if Vogue raves about it, you know it’s good.

In this three-part blog series, PatriciaParisienne will take you on a tour of this year’s vitrines.

 Galeries Lafayette

The department store’s theme “Christmas of the Century” (Noël du Siècle), along with its Disney Princess addition, makes this a fairy tale holiday all month. The gorgeous Louis Vuitton window displays will be available for your sight-seeing pleasure through January 1, 2013.

Galeries Lafayette Disney Carriage christmas paris noel 2012 vitrines

Galeries Lafayette Disney Carriage

Swarovski tree sapin galeries lafayette noel du siecle

Swarovski tree in Galeries Lafayette ~ There are over 5,000 Swarovski crystals on this tree.

Louis Vuitton Dancers in the Galeries Lafayette Window Displays noel vitrines paris 2012

Couples dancing at the ball ~ Galeries Lafayette Homme window display

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Panda dancing in the window

Galeries Lafayette

40, Bd Haussmann
75009 Paris

PatriciaParisienne has had over 1500 visitors! Thank you!

We’ve had over 1,500 views on the blog!!!!

To all of my readers: Thank you, merci, gracias, danke, grazie, ありがとうございます。Спасибо, dankie, شكرا, Obrigada, 謝謝 , Dík, dank u wel, Kiitos, გმადლობთ, ધન્યવાદ, תודה, Makasih, Go raibh maith agat, 감사합니다, Ačiū, takk, مرسي, ਧਨਵਾਦ , Mulţumesc, Хвала , Ďakujem, Hvala, tack, ขอบคุณ , Mālō, Teşekkür ederim, Cảm ơn ông!!!!!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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United Buddy Bears in Paris!

Buddy Bear Exhibition ~ Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower)

If you haven’t been able to make it to Berlin, you can come see the famous United Buddy Bears in Paris!  Last Thursday on the Toussaint holiday (loved that surprise day off!), a lovely German friend of mine and I went over to Trocadero to see these gorgeous works of art.

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Some of the bears at the Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower) in Paris

United Buddy Bears Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

United Buddy Bear – Paris 2012 – Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower

Lined up along the Champs de Mars, the Buddy Bears add some most welcome accents of colors to the City of Lights. Each bear represents a different country, and the local artists came up with some brilliant ideas to showcase their country.  All of the bears are visually stunning; some even went beyond the canvas and added unique accents.

Irish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Irish United Buddy Bear

French United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

French United Buddy Bear

Israeli United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Israeli Buddy Bear

Polish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Polish United Buddy Bear

The idea behind the bears is of peace.  The United Buddy Bear website explains, “Under this motto, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promote living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. Around 140 Buddy Bears (each 2 m tall) represent as many countries recognised by the United Nations.”

Great Britain United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Great Britain United Buddy Bear

Mexican United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Mexican United Buddy Bear

American United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

American United Buddy Bear

Germany Mexico USA United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Exhibition Tour Eiffel Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Germany + Mexico/USA

Chinese United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Chinese United Buddy Bear

Irish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Back of the German United Buddy Bear

The bears will be in Paris through November 18, 2012.  If you can’t make it across the pond, check out all of the bears and their artists here.

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With the German United Buddy Bear

L’art de Paris: Dominique Fury Exhibit Debut at Galerie Caplain-Matignon

Femininity Encompassed by Art: The Works of Dominique Fury

Thursday, September 28, 2012, marked the debut of the French artist Dominique Fury’s exhibit at Galerie Caplain-Matignon, a chic gallery in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.  Renowned for her use of untraditional canvases and materials, Fury’s works are captivating, stunning, and compelling pieces of art.

Electric Lady by Dominique Fury Galerie Caplain-Matignon

Electric Lady by Dominique Fury

In an enlightening interview with the artist, PatriciaParisienne learned about her adventure into the art world.  Originally a political science student, Fury realized halfway through her studies that she truly wasn’t cut out to be a student of politics.  Her heart and passion were in the arts.  She delved into the world of art and has never looked back.  She has collaborated with many artists around the world, and her works have been exhibited at festivals and galleries around the world, including Kyoto, Shanghai, Brussels, Bogota, Istanbul, and, of course, all over France.

Painting by Dominique Fury Galerie Caplain-Matignon Electric Lady

Regarding her artwork, Fury says (translated from French), “I have always been interested in collaborating with other artists…I have worked on several projects with other artists and especially enjoy working with a variety of materials…like the Americans, who would tell stories of a certain region with different materials. It really tells their story. For me, the starting materials are those that touch your skin, very beautiful gold materials that make a lacquer, that are sexy. Voila. At the beginning, when I would create my paintings, I didn’t want anyone to know that it was a woman who was painting them. So I called myself Fury. And Dominique Fury is a name [that can be male or female]. I would make these enormous paintings. I absolutely did not want anyone to know that it was a woman who was making them. It was more of a masculine work and quite harsh.”

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Dominique Fury Painting Galerie Caplain-Matignon Paris Art Gallery Women Artists

Dominique Fury with her painting "Tea Time" at Galerie Caplain-Matignon Paris Art Gallery Women Artist

Dominique Fury with her painting “Tea Time” at Galerie Caplain-Matignon

In regards to her choice to become an artist, she states, “Finalement, on fait ce qu’on doit faire.” (“In the end, we do what we must do.”)  Fury’s Electric Lady exhibit shows off this artist’s vast capacity to encompass femininity and human emotions and project them onto a canvas through various fabrics, textures, and materials. An absolute must-see if you’re in the City of Lights.

Dominique Fury Press Poster for Galerie Caplain-Matignon Paris art gallery

Dominique Fury Press Poster for Galerie Caplain-Matignon

We are happy to have this artist back in Paris with us for a short time. Fury’s works will be on display until November 6, 2012.

Check out the exhibit at the Galerie Caplain-Matignon.

29, avenue Matignon

75008 Paris

+33 (0)1 42 65 04 63

Grand Reopening of Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine

Looking for some Asian-fusion cuisine and deco in Paris?

The newly-renovated Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine is back!  Though the design store and restaurant officially opens to the public on Saturday, September 22, at 10 a.m., the company celebrated their reopening and opened its doors Thursday night to a gorgeous crowd for a festive soiree.

View of Compagnie Française de l'Orient et de la Chine Chinese dragon dance Paris restaurant opening grand opening Asian-fusion in Paris

View of Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine

The party began with a Chinese dragon dance from the AFDDLC, Association française de danse du dragon et danse du lion chinois (French Association of the Chinese Dragon Dance and Lion Dance). Very appropriate, as we are in the year of the dragon (yours truly being a dragon herself!), according to the Chinese calendar. Guests were absolutely captivated by the dragons!

AFDDLC Performing the Chinese Dragon Dance at Compagnie Française de l'Orient et de la Chine

AFDDLC Performing the Chinese Dragon Dance on the red carpet at Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine

Dragons Dancing Compagnie Française de l'Orient et de la Chine

Dragons Dancing at Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine

The rest of the evening was just as impressive!  On the ground level, the two bars served an assortment of Asian beers and drinks, as well as a variety of delicious teas. On the second and minus one floors, the guests were also treated to fantastic wines and champagne.  It’s not a true French celebration without champagne!

Compagnie Francaise de l'Orient et la Chine window display Stephanie Moisan

The crowd downstairs at Compagnie Francaise de l'Orient et la Chine

Display at Compagnie Francaise de l'Orient et la Chine

The guest list had people from all walks of life and a variety of industries.  At the opening party, we chatted with Stephanie Moisan, the designer of the stunning window displays (scenographer), as well as Héloïse Mérat, the commercial director of la Compagnie Francaise de l’Orient et de la Chine.

Stephanie Moisan for Compagnie Francaise de l’Orient et de la Chine

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Some of the APR girls at Compagnie Francaise de l’Orient et de la Chine’s grand opening soiree

Héloïse Mérat - commercial director for Compagnie Francaise de l'Orient et de la Chine

Héloïse Mérat – commercial director for Compagnie Francaise de l’Orient et de la Chine

The event was a huge success, and the room was buzzing throughout the night with excitement and delight. Visit the Compagnie Francaise de l’Orient et de la Chine to spruce up your home or office decor, or to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner.

Compagnie Francaise de l’Orient et de la Chine

170, boulevard Haussmann

75008 Paris

+33 (0) 1 53 53 40 80