METRO-POLIT(ICI)AN



 

When “Métro, boulot, dodo” becomes “Métro, resto, speedo”.

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The rhyming French expression “métro, boulot, dodo” is a wonderfully succinct way of saying that you live to work (Métro refers to a subway commute, boulot is an informal word for work, and dodo is baby talk for sleeping; nothing to do with the bird, or the jewellery). It could be translated literary by “commute, work, sleep,” but really means “the rat race, the same old routine, work work work” and doesn’t quite capture the poetic sense of movement of the French expression.

GCSE French lesson aside, election campaigns for the much-coveted role of mayor are currently rife in Paris. As the tradition in politics dictates, promises, pledges and prevarications by the hopeful candidates are in order. Centre-right candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, aka NKM, is proposing to renovate abandoned métro stations in the City of Lights and to transform some of the derelict, disused spaces into a swimming pool, a restaurant, a performance theatre, a garden, an art gallery and une discothèque. Genius, n’est-ce pas! Wouldn’t it be fun if these subterranean tunnels would become a place to go and relax instead of the grimy, noisy, smelly and over-crowded tunnels we, urbanite mortals, have to endure on our daily grind?


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NKM commissioned French studios Oxo Architectes and Laisné Associés to conceptualise and design these century-old spaces (the métro de Paris opened in 1900) and turn them into capacious, urban environments (A-Gent of Style is not quite convinced a watercolour by Jeremiah Goodman or Walter Gay would quite cut la moutarde here; CAD drawings can be brilliant).

Between 1930-1970, sixteen underground stations in Paris closed and have been abandoned since, additionally to the ones which were also built but never opened and those which have been used as sets for films like the Porte-des-Lilas, notoriously used as a backdrop in the 2001 film Amélie.

Arsenal station closed in 1936

Arsenal station closed in 1936

 

As expected, the proposal has encountered obstacles primarily because of the prohibitive cost of implementing such a huge project (was the Eiffel Tower or President Mitterand’s Bilbiothèque Nationale cheap?) and also because of security and safety issues (aren’t over-crowded tube stations already a threat to the public, every day?).

We will have to be patient and wait until the elections on March, 30 to find out if these conceptual ideas to reclaim these phantom stations ever see the day of light (literally). Who knows, in a few years, one might be able to say “Yesterday, I went swimming dans le métro“!


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Have a great weekend everyone. A-Gent of Style will be celebrating his thirty-something birthday.







CATCHING THE NEXT WAVE



 

'Wave' wallpaper by Katie Ridder

‘Wave’ wallpaper by Katie Ridder

 
Over the past six months, A-Gent of Style started noticing around him the ancient Asian pattern of the wave and also fish scales. Suddenly, these two scalloped designs seem to appear everywhere before him and A-Gent soon realised they were ubiquitous – in shops or restaurants,  in the streets, in fashion, design and home magazines, online of course and many other appearances. What turned into a game of ‘spot-the-pretty-fish-scales-pattern’ almost ended up in an obsession and even hallucinations.

This is a compilation of all the images and photographs A-Gent of Style has accumulated featuring waves and fish scales in all their various shapes and representations. Now, you too might start noticing them everywhere.
Will you catch the bug!?

 

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard in Jean-Paul Gaultier, Oscars, 2008

 



Jarrod Lim Koi Chair

Jarrod Lim’s ‘Koi’ Chair

 

'Pot Pourri' Wallpaper by Neisha Crossland

‘Pot Pourri’ wallpaper by Neisha Crosland



Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel

Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel





Owl lantern by Soane

‘Owl’ lantern by Soane

 

Korla’s Grand Kyoto Koi

Korla’s ‘Grand Kyoto Koi’

 





Mountains tile by Ann Sacks

‘Mountains’ tile by Ann Sacks

 

Ashanti by Fortuny

‘Ashanti’ by Fortuny

 

'Fish Scales' iPhone by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ iPhone by Jonathan Adler

 

Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

Gate at Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

 

'Easton' fabric by Dvid Hicks, 1968

‘Easton’ fabric by David Hicks, 1968

 

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

 

'Fish Scales' shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

 

'Caducee' clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby's http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

‘Caducee’ clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby’s, 11-12 March 2014 http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

 

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

 




Koi Dining Table

‘Koi’ dining table

 

Nippon wallpaper by Mimou

‘Nippon’ wallpaper by Mimou

 

‘Feather Fan ‘wallpaper by Cole & Son (Photo by Domino)

 



Cole & Son feather fan wallpaper

Cole & Son ‘Feather’ fan wallpaper

 

'Acid Drops' hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

‘Acid Drops’ hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

 

Restaurant MANGER, Paris

 

Gaston Blood Orange wastebasket

Gaston blood orange wastebasket

 





By Atelier XJC

By Atelier XJC

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

'Chou Chou' wallpaper by Sister Parish

‘Chou Chou’ wallpaper by Sister Parish

 

Haveli Pollen tile by Neisha Crosland

‘Haveli Pollen’ tile by Neisha Crosland

 

By India Mahdavi

Interior by India Mahdavi

 

Table by Al Deco

Marble and brass table by Al Deco (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Kyle Bunting Cow Hide Rug

Kyle Bunting Cow Hide rug

 

Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

Staircase at Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

 



Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14

Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14 (from Hamish Bowles’ Instagram – it’s an obsession!)

 

Piccolino Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

‘Piccolino ‘Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

 

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors



'Mountains' linen by Galbraith & Paul

‘Mountains’ linen by Galbraith & Paul



Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

 

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Arch in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

‘Arch’ in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

 



Glass Scales by Bob.Fornal

Glass Scales by Bob Fornal

 

By Tami Ramsay

Bed linen by Tami Ramsay and ‘Moon’ fabric by Katie Ridder on the headboard

 

Surface by Brian Gennett

Various surfaces by artist Brian Gennett

 






Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Musuem, Cambridge

Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge



Silk screening

Silk screening

 

Iphone cover by Cle

iPhone cover by Cle

 

Napkin

Napkin

 

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

 

'Mermaid' mirror by Tse Tse

‘Mermaid’ mirror by Tse Tse

 

Penhaligon's at House & Fraser, London

Penhaligon’s at House & Fraser, London

 

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

 

Potomak Studio

Ceramics by Potomak Studio (as seen at Maison&Objet 2014)

 

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

 



The Mayfair Arts Club

The Mayfair Arts Club

 

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2013)

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

TL Furniture brass and marble table

TL Furniture brass and marble table

 

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

 

Ann Sacks tile

Ann Sacks tile

 

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

 

Cafe Pinson, Paris

Cafe Pinson, Paris

 



'Demi' wallpaper by Harlequin

‘Demi’ wallpaper by Harlequin

 

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 'Ecailles argent by Le Manach

‘Ecailles argent by Le Manach

 

le Manach's 'Ecailles' (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

Le Manach’s ‘Ecailles’ (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

 

Urban Outfitters rug

Urban Outfitters rug

 

Australian Aboriginal design

Australian Aboriginal design

 

Coordonne tiles

‘Coordonne’ tiles

 

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800


Gents at The Zedel restuarant, London

Gents at The Zedel restaurant, London

 





Finally, a shelf at home with some of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite packaging.
Not strictly waves or fish scales, more of an (Art Deco) fan shape this time
but that’s another blog post!







FLORINE ASCH IN WONDERLAND



 
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A-Gent of Style is delighted to have recently come across another great illustrator, not of interiors this time (some of you might remember the blog posts on
Jeremiah Goodman and also Walter Gay), but of an artist who creates sumptuous, original cards through watercolours. Whether they are greeting cards, invitations, birth announcements, catalogues, menus, table decorations or press releases, Florine Asch captures the joy, life, energy, spirit and sometimes humour of her subjects and also of the locations and memories from her travels in Italy, Egypt, Africa or her native Alsace, ranging from snake charmers in Morocco, the Kremlin domes, Maharajas palaces to Flamenco musicians, wild life in safaris or the Paris Opera ballet dancers. Some of these works have now been published into beautifully sketched books.




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Over the years, Asch has imposed her talent as an illustrator for many prestigious companies. The antique dealer Patrick Perrin exhibited her drawings in 1991 in his Parisian galerie and her first client was Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and many others followed suit: the Prince of Liechtenstein, Guerlain,  Dior, Cartier, Hermès, Vuitton, the Paris Opera House, Fauchon, Ladurée, Plaza Athénée
(chef Alain Ducasse is a fan) and The Ritz to name but a few . She also illustrates for various magazines.


A-Gent of Style is a week away from celebrating his 30+ birthday and could think of a way or two to use Asch’s services to send his invitations.


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Copyright FLORINE ASCH

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– All drawings by Florine Asch –




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