Dear Vintage Readers,
Maison & Objet 2015 is almost there, so today we head to Paris. For centuries Paris has been the laboratory where innovative architects and artists have come to test their ideas. This has created a city that has bit of everything.
Where the architecture of some cities seems to undergo phases of punctuated equilibrium, Paris’s architectural fossil record gives an impression of gradualism; all the missing links are there. This makes it easy to trace the origins of the most contemporary ideas throughout history. Nothing seems to come out of nowhere. If you look around you kind find the design’s inspiration running through the city’s Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Rocco, Neo-Classical, Empire, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary Architecture.
Seen in another context, many of Paris’s buildings might seem out of place, but the bones of this city support the newest iterations on the oldest and most profound questions.
As the most visited city in the world and arguably the capital of culture, it is impossible to capture the essence of Paris in 10 modern/contemporary designs. The list is far from complete and we realize that many iconic buildings are not yet on the list. We will be adding to it in the near feature, so please add more in the comments section below.
Institut du Monde Arabe / Jean Nouvel & Architecture-Studio
Foundation Cartier / Jean Nouvel
Cité de La Mode et du Design / Jakob + Macfarlane
Parc de la Villete / Bernard Tschumi
Louvre Pyramid / I.M. Pei
Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano & Richard Rogers
Villa Savoye / Le Corbusier
Le Cinémathèque Française / Gehry Partners
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