Category Archives: simply cool

Looking up in the 13th

In parts of the southeastern section of Paris, small white plaster buildings give way to dozens of imposing apartment blocks jostled together. Monotonously repeating structures stretch along city blocks, mixed with buildings coated in lighter filigrees of steel, enormous murals,

Looking up in the 13th

In parts of the southeastern section of Paris, small white plaster buildings give way to dozens of imposing apartment blocks jostled together. Monotonously repeating structures stretch along city blocks, mixed with buildings coated in lighter filigrees of steel, enormous murals,

wooden bricks

I walked into a fundraising sale in a nondescript building, looked down at the floor, and saw these bricks made of wood. They form the floor of the Bastille Design Center, in a building that had been used in the

wooden bricks

I walked into a fundraising sale in a nondescript building, looked down at the floor, and saw these bricks made of wood. They form the floor of the Bastille Design Center, in a building that had been used in the

Blue elephants

Just off a street of bars and hardware stores, this quiet cobblestone path feels like a secret discovery. It’s home to metal workshops, artisans, design studios, and families. And magical items: tropical blue elephants, a plant that could gobble up

Blue elephants

Just off a street of bars and hardware stores, this quiet cobblestone path feels like a secret discovery. It’s home to metal workshops, artisans, design studios, and families. And magical items: tropical blue elephants, a plant that could gobble up

A subtle suggestion from Paris florists

Thank you to Matthew Rose for posting this sign, and Sailor Itis for her always-interesting photos of Paris.    

A subtle suggestion from Paris florists

Thank you to Matthew Rose for posting this sign, and Sailor Itis for her always-interesting photos of Paris.    

les arènes de Picasso

Brave New World

Notre Dame — that’s a big, impressive building. As is the new Fondation Louis Vuitton museum. But just outside Paris, two sets of vast edifices make humans look like tiny, computer-generated characters in science fiction film crowd scenes. These colossal

les arènes de Picasso

Brave New World

Notre Dame — that’s a big, impressive building. As is the new Fondation Louis Vuitton museum. But just outside Paris, two sets of vast edifices make humans look like tiny, computer-generated characters in science fiction film crowd scenes. These colossal

red building paris

Brilliant sunset colors on glass

On a quiet street near the blaring, traffic-filled intersection of Montparnasse, a flourish of bright red and yellow stands out from the usual creams and grays of Paris streets. It’s fantastic. The glass-enclosed building, a super-modern extension of a preserved 1908

red building paris

Brilliant sunset colors on glass

On a quiet street near the blaring, traffic-filled intersection of Montparnasse, a flourish of bright red and yellow stands out from the usual creams and grays of Paris streets. It’s fantastic. The glass-enclosed building, a super-modern extension of a preserved 1908