Atelier des Lumieres

Just before I left for my recent tour in France, a good friend and lighting designer posted about the Atelier des Lumieres exhibit on facebook. Once I realized it was in Paris, I quickly bought my ticket online. So late one Saturday afternoon I hopped the Metro and arrived at Atelier des LumieresRead more of this post

Greetings from the French Riviera!

While this is not exactly how I spent my summer vacation, a recent business trip to the south of France, most notably Marseilles, San Tropez, Cannes, and Antibes (tough ride, I know!), has proven to be a cache of inspiration. But what fascinates me most here are not the typical over-the-top-expensive, lux designer salons (and we saw plenty of those, too), but what retailers and restaurateurs were able to achieve in extremely small, unconventional spaces with amazing results. In most instances, bigger rarely meant better. Tiny alleyways became the most romantic and energetic bars and dining rooms.

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