A Nordic Gem and the City of Light

Chefs across Scandinavia and the greater Nordic region have catapulted restaurants in their respective countries to some of the world’s greatest, and garnered long-overdue attention to the area’s local ingredients, by importing French culinary techniques and putting their own unique interpretations front and center.  The results, in places like NOMA and Geist, are impressive to say the least.  The French are returning the mutual admiration in a different area, albeit one which still centers around the home.  NØRDIK MÅRKET has opened at 13 rue Charlot in the Marais and the locals cannot get enough of the concept store which features genuine Scandinavian / Nordic home goods and vintage items.

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The Louvre is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest museums.

It’s only drawback is the same that characterizes other urban collections of art–its inability to showcase truly large-scale works.  The Paris branch of the Gagosian Gallery, however, can.  The prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel designed the building which sits at 800 Avenue de l’Europe, Le Bourget in a former airplane hangar, near the French Air & Space Museum.

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As is typical with Nouvel’s work–he is, after all the genius behind Barcelona’s Torre Agbar and New York City’s Tower Verre / MOMA–the exterior is light, fluid, and experimental and more than hints at the great spaces within.

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Fabien Baron…

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…is not a household name but he is, without question, one of the most creative directors of our time.  Formerly the editorial director of Interview magazine, he is almost single-handedly responsible for the look and feel–the branding, if you will–of Burberry, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Prada, to name just a few. Just one of his many accomplishments was the launch of the best-selling fragrance in the world, cK One, along with Armani’s Acqua di Gio.  He is one of those rare individuals whose keen insight and brilliance in fashion, graphic design and photography combine to launch, or sometime re-launch, companies, products and ideas in our collective consciousness.  To appreciate his talent, follow his work on Instagram and see the world you know, or thought you knew, in ways you’ve never experienced.