September 26, 2008

French Stationery

I spotted these lovely pieces while walking past Olivier De Sercey's shop on Rue de Bac. I love the restraint and old-world elegance of engraved invitations and would like to see the return of traditional formats (like the book fold invitations shown below), but in letterpress of course!

Below are some samples of old-school correspondence and calling cards. Aren't these just stunning in their simplicity?

Olivier De Sercey
96 Rue du Bac, 75007 PARIS

September 25, 2008

La Belle France

I love the formal gardens of France; there's something about the symmetry and order of a well designed (and meticulously maintained) landscape that makes me feel balanced and inspired. One of my new favorites is the garden of the Hôtel Biron at the Musée Rodin. The contrast of Rodin's raw and emotionally wrought figures and the restrained elegance of the surrounding gardens made iconic works such as The Gates of Hell and The Burghers of Calais seem much more alive and interesting (to me at least!).

Musée Rodin
77, Rue Varenne
75007 Paris, France
+33 1 44 18 61 10

(The image at top is from the Musée Rodin Website. After Jean-François Blondel, Plan of the courts and gardens of the Hôtel Biron, after 1752, Pen and water colour with traces of graphite.)

September 23, 2008

Back in the Studio

Well, after a nice little break, I'm back in the studio. I have some interesting tidbits to share from Croatia and France as well as some new projects to announce, so stay tunned...