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What is French Style to you?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by someotherstyle, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    A bit of French architecture..
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    Hehe. I'm sure there are Aston Martins that leak or rust... Okay, then you were obviously not "caught" the way I was. Like I said: it gave me a feeling of freedom, so I didn't find it cold, stark or in-humane at all, au contraire. But I tend to like sober, unornamented stuff, in all kinds of fields (including clothes), so for me it was like coming home.
    Well, I understand that, I like simple spaces too, but I also understand that there are others who don't, there are others who like decoration and ornamentation, that doesn't make them 'fools' or 'degenirate' as was Loos' view, and that's the important point, Le Corbusier wanted to impose his view onto others without considering what they wanted. That's a conceit. Corb. is a very divisive character, with as many admirers as detractors. Architecturally I put myself squarely in the latter camp. His furniture designs, I'm a little more open too.
     
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    A bit of French architecture..
    I love the picture of the Chataeu de Chambord.
     
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    I have to post these pictures..
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    This thread is depressing.

    George is right about Jeanneret, of course.
     
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    +1 on Dulwich Picture Gallery. The area also has some outstanding examples of Deco/Modernist architecture such as Six Pillars in Sydenham. Unfortunately IMHO LC & Modern(ist) architecture in general receive undue criticism due to the more brutalist aspects of the style & the fact that post-war town planners used l'Unite d Habitation as a template for failed housing estates. Partly as a result, particularly in the UK , Modern design is associated by many with socal housing. Fortunately this perception is changing particularly amongst discerning younger people.
    Yes, Urban Splash have recently re-furbed Park Hall in Sheffield. http://www.urbansplash.co.uk/projects/park-hill There seems to be something of a re-evaluation (rehabilitation?) of modernist architecture in Britain with some listed building applications going in to save them from the wrecking ball. Also, there was recently a review of Le Corbusier work at the Barbican that an architect friend wanted to take me to, but I couldn't make the time.
     
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    Cote d'AZUR..........
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    What's a French thread without a bit of Lautrec? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    ...oh and a chanteuse. [​IMG]
     
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    ..oh and Anglo-French expertise... [​IMG]
     
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    A photo from a couple months ago from my favorite cheese shop in Paris, Chez Virginie. She's also a delight.

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    Things that are both personal and excellent seem a particular talent of the French at their best.
     
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    This thread is depressing.

    George is right about Jeanneret, of course.


    You are an elitist among elitists, HM. Consistently among my favorite on the forvm
     
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    Well, I understand that, I like simple spaces too, but I also understand that there are others who don't, there are others who like decoration and ornamentation, that doesn't make them 'fools' or 'degenirate' as was Loos' view, and that's the important point, Le Corbusier wanted to impose his view onto others without considering what they wanted. That's a conceit.

    Corb. is a very divisive character, with as many admirers as detractors. Architecturally I put myself squarely in the latter camp.


    I agree on the first part. But I kind of like artists that want to impose their esthetic views on the whole world; they should be convinced about and committed to their work, shouldn't they? There are always other authorities and mechanisms that will tame their fire.
     
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    A photo from a couple months ago from my favorite cheese shop in Paris, Chez Virginie. She's also a delight. [​IMG] Things that are both personal and excellent seem a particular talent of the French at their best.
    Great photograph and quite delectable looking -- made me hungry.
     
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    I agree on the first part. But I kind of like artists that want to impose their esthetic views on the whole world; they should be convinced about and committed to their work, shouldn't they?
    Yes, but a building is more than just a piece of art. That's an important distinction.
    There are always other authorities and mechanisms that will tame their fire.
    You would like to think so, but history tells us otherwise.
     
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    One of Mrs George's favourite shops... Outside: [​IMG] Inside for a decant. [​IMG] She does insist on the finer things does Mrs George.
     
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    Yes, but a building is more than just a piece of art. That's an important distinction.

    I wrote 'esthetic views', because that's the part that I'm interested in, but there are more parts of course (which, admittedly, I'm less interested in).


    You would like to think so, but history tells us otherwise.

    Let's just say that the world hasn't turned in white concrete.
     
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