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This in-demand Parisian designer is rewriting the rules of French decorative arts

French interior designer and architect Pierre Gonalons feeds on the rich history of the decorative arts, with a particular penchant for the end of the 19e century, and is based on the rich know-how of French and Italian craftsmen. I tell him about his practice which gives a new perspective to traditional shapes and materials. …

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Sustainability is ambitiously chic at Louis Vuitton’s new workshop in France

“Modular and agile, the Oratoire workshop is a reflection of our new generation of workshops,” said Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke at the inauguration. It is also the cornerstone of Notre Parcours Engagé, Louis Vuitton’s program to improve its environmental performance and reduce its carbon footprint by embracing circular creativity on all fronts. In the …

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As a statue of Joe Orton is torn down amid a row over his sex life, is anything certain?

Can anyone be safe from today’s cancel culture and the modern thought police that smash statues and erase history? First, the woke culture warriors came for their historical hate characters. They pulled down the statue of Bristol merchant and Tory MP Edward Colston for his links to the slave trade. They campaigned for the statue …

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France plans fashion revolution with climate impact labels

France plans fashion revolution with climate impact labels

Is it better for the environment to buy a new cotton t-shirt or a recycled t-shirt? Actually it depends. Recycling has apparent advantages, but the process shortens the cotton fibers and therefore usually needs to be mixed with an oil-based material to keep it from collapsing. Such compromises make it difficult to determine the true …

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They wear: Corsica, France

They wear: Corsica, France

After two years and three confinements, the French, and their summer style, have flocked to Corsica. Known for its turquoise waters, local rosé and stylish seaside villages, the mountainous island 230km southeast of Nice is a Mediterranean holiday classic – and the style on the island in 2022 does not disappoint. Outside of Paris, pre-COVID-19 …

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