Paris is spectacular. Even the ordinary is spectacular. Ordinary life is somehow elevated to spectacular because it is carried off with such aplomb.

The city has the feel of an intimate village rather than a modern metropolis and the intimate spaces certainly dictate the way in which people behave. People are comfortable with one another and they visibly enjoy their lives. Meal times do not interrupt the events of the day – they are the events of the day. Meals can be minor cultural events.

My time in Paris has been most enjoyable. Innumerbable gallery excursions with a notable highlight being a visit to Fondation Cartier to see an exhibition of paintings by Japanese graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo. Yokoo has been a great inspiration for me and it was an incredible opportunity to see his work. Accompanying the paintings was a small selection of printed matter from the 1960s through to the 1980s including some exquisite silkscreen posters thick with multiple inks.

Centre Pompidou – I had to visit twice because there was just so much to enjoy.

My industry fraternising included a rendezvous with Jean François Porchez and another with Christophe Jacquet. I shared a most convivial dinner with Australian expatriate designer Philip Fimmano and made an exciting day trip to Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design de Reims with Australian expatriate designer and educator Ben Walker.

Of course amid the flurry of exhibitions and industry hobnobbing I managed to catch my breath and enjoy Paris and her extraordinary charms. Smitten indeed.

Marco in Europe
09 May 2006
Marco in Europe
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Jean François Porchez
Reims ESAD
Christophe Jacquet