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Number 15. The French say «En mai fais ce qu'il te plaît» (In May, do as you wish)… So enjoy! The pleasures available are varied and consequential. Starting with BB Brunes' guitarist who is this week's contributor to our Junior Suite. As well as the memories, this issue commemorates all sorts of ideas and viewpoints. But if you prefer to celebrate birthdays, the Billiards column is for you then... Next issue out on May 15th. And if that seems too far away, get your daily dose with the La News qui Court!

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    13 mai. Pour beaucoup c'est la reprise, et certains sont noyés sous le boulot ! Petit clin d'oeil signé Artfield afin de vous souhaiter bon courage pour cette nouvelle semaine !

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    La Liberté guidant le peuple - detail. E.Delacroix 1858

RED WHITE BLUE !

May 8th is one of those days where buses drive round with little French flags attached to the front. Will this be applauded or will stones be thrown? Times are tough. Not like July 12th 1998 on the Champs-Élysées. The French football team had just won the World Cup and an explosion of French flags coloured the entire avenue like an expression of pride and togetherness around a team that reflected its country's multiculturalism.

What has happened since then for our flag to engender so much polemic or shame to the extent that some even refuse to sport it? It is true that the republican values that it symbolises have been taken over or denatured by politicians that it is difficult to look at it without thinking of excessive campaigning from both left and right. The issue is that a flag also stands for a state of mind. Like in Delacroix's painting from 1858. The depiction of a bare-breasted woman holding our flag aloft tells of our freedom and emancipation. Our tendency not to do like everyone else and to be proud of that fact. Our obstinate, determined, independent side. The French flag also honours our cultural identity: gastronomy, fashion, architecture, art. A subtle blend of terroir, classicism and sophistication. It is a mishmash of democratic, intellectual and human imprints. In the end, there is way too much going on behind those three simple "red, white and blue" bands.

So, is the problem aesthetic? The vision is a tad superficial. But, let's take a look at what other countries have done with the same three colours... With its fifty stars, the American flag pays homage to its states while retaining the glamour of Sunset Boulevard. The British flag, with its asymmetric stripes evokes the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but also the island's rock and roll aspect. And we like it. We wear it. Even on t-shirts! So, is it time to call on Jean-Paul Gaultier to provide us with an interpretation of our flag? At least then we might wear it as a dress, a bag or a jacket. Maybe even as trousers. A little revolution might suit us...

Virginie Achard

 

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    Photo © l'Acharnœur

THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG

Do you want to know what people think about you, physically that is? All you need to do is go to a perfume store, buy something and then check what samples the "advisor" slips into your bag. They can be very telling, and not always in a good way.

There was a time when these samples were related to the purchase itself. You just bought a perfume, why not try the body lotion? A lipstick? Try out the new foundation. And should the shop assistant decide you needed some skincare, she didn't highlight your dull skin but your soon-to-be "glowing" skin. One felt spoilt. Today, you still buy some perfume, but with no other explanation find yourself leaving with an anti-wrinkle cream. You buy a lipstick, and leave with a weight loss cream especially for "those difficult areas". Your moisturiser is accompanied by a serum for "dry or damaged hair". And it's not just the women, men get the treatment also. As now, they too have a whole range of dedicated products, they are also on the receiving end of "anti-shine" product when all they really wanted was shaving cream. Help!

In the era of target marketing, what an amazing way not to spoil the customer but to really spoil customer relations! No more accompanying speeches, no more chummy chats that flatter you into perhaps considering trying a new product. No, just an impression of having been observed without realising it. Then having been observed only through one's imperfections. Worse, to have been looked at in a way that might give rise to new complexes. It shows a lack of tact and delicacy.

At the same time, the samples are now essentially a concentrate of "Fault emphasisers", "correctors" as they say. We must look elsewhere for a little sweetness in a rough world. At least we have our inner beauty...

Marie Veyrier

 

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HISTORY COUNTER

The year 2013 is filled with anniversaries that are remarkable thanks to the huge space between the numbers being celebrated – from 40 to 400! - and the diversity of the areas involved…
Every dog must have his day. Let's begin with the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Albert Camus. Time to reread «L’Etranger» or to discover « Le Premier homme ».
Then let's mention a few in decreasing order:
-400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, Versailles' gifted gardener. To be seen as an invitation to visit or to go back.
-300th anniversary of the "Petits rats de l’Opéra de Paris". Called the "little rats" as the gifted children used to run all around the dark corridors of the old institution.
-150th anniversary of the establishment of the "kiosques de Paris". The famous newspaper kiosks that, like buses with platforms, were proof that one truly was in Paris.
-100th Tour de France. Or the "Grande Boucle" with different heroes according to generations from  Anquetil to Laurent Fignon…
- 80 years of Jean-Paul Belmondo who just hit eighty with a smile. The guy we thought was "à
bout de souffle" (at the end of the line) is still "magnifique".
-70 years of Johnny Hallyday. Still the "youth idol", however ridiculous it may seem for the person who actually brought rock and roll to France.
-40 years of "Libération", the paper that brought a youthful breath of fresh air to the French daily press, even though it has never managed to reach 200 000 in sales.
This varied list of the highlights of our ancient and contemporary history clearly tells us that an anniversary is not just a routine homage but can be seen as a stage, a pause, a time for calling into question (or for discovery), a chance to take a step back, for some new thinking to remember... It is like a booster jab, so we don't forget anything on the way when we don't know where we are or where we're going.

Maurice Achard

 

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Un livre, un film, une musique... quelques années, décennies ou siècles plus tard.
Quand la culture n’en finit pas de fleurir.
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    Cover Folio editions. Detail.

DELICACY

Whatever one says, our inner child is still alive and kicking, even though the outer layer has changed somewhat... So it is comforting then to come across a fairytale for adults from time to time. If you are one of the lucky ones not to have read "Delicacy" by David Foenkinos, this is how you will feel. It is a wonderful poetic parenthesis in our hurried daily lives. It is important to dissociate the book from the film as the latter was unfortunately not up to scratch. Once this is clear, you are ready to immerse yourself with pleasure in the story of Marcus and Nathalie, two souls that are definitely not on the same wavelength.

She is beautiful, he is insignificant. She's the boss, he's the ordinary minion. She appears to have everything going for her, he has only his faith in the goodness of the world. In fact, he has so much more but they don't know it yet. As for Nathalie, as with any perfect happiness, grief descends in a brutal, absurd and hopeless manner. Her world collapses. Despite the unwanted good will of her entourage, despite the fact that the world keeps turning. Marcus, on the other hand, goes through life with a vaguely surprised and disillusioned look…

A wonderful hymn of praise to a second chance when all hope has disappeared under the weight of sorrow, "Delicacy" is also a lesson that undermines our old reflexes made of cliches and quick-fire judgements. And this is a good thing. As Marcus, weighed down by his outer toad since birth, has yet to realise that he is in fact a prince. Thanks to his character, you will float away into a deliciously off-kilter, tender universe, out of touch with pragmatic and often limiting reality, and like Nathalie, you will fall for his charm. We haven't even gone into his matchless sense of humour. A little glimpse of Marcus: "How should he dress for dinner with Nathalie? He wanted to dress up to the nines. But that number seemed to small for her. He would at least have liked to dress up to the forty-sevens, or the one hundred and twelves, or the three hundred and eighty sevens." That's delicacy.

Stéphanie Norris

 

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TREE OF LIFE

Ths story of a young tree, taken from its forest to experience thousands of adventures. The destiny of man is inextricably linked to that of the tree because they depend on one another. Searching for roots or fleeing them, the question has always been to figure out where one feels best. By Samuel Hense.

Series taken in 2011 in Latvia with Arno-Rafael Minkkinen

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    Photo © Odile Berthemy

ALL THE PRETTY FLOWERS

No, no, whatever you do, don't eat a lily of the valley! Despite the culinary trend for blooms, this lucky charm is in fact toxic. But do not despair, you can still choose from over 250 edible flowers. So, why the craze? Flowers are poetic and have lovely colours (especially when fresh). They bring refinement and originality to any dish, and the surprise is guaranteed. Just the sound of their names is enough for our imaginations to take flight, conferring them with extraordinary powers. Their effect is well known and has been since ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Japan as flowers are both tasty and healthy. One word of warning however: the flowers eaten must be grown without the aid of pesticides or fertilisers!

We don't just mean the flowers on aromatic herbs (anise, chervil, sage, thyme...) nor those associated with herbal teas (lime, mint, hibiscus…), but those that urge us to create inventions as good as the top chefs. Let's start with flowers in salad, a huge trend (you only eat the petals). Beginning with the nasturtium, a flower that merits it's own separate article, so let's just mention its spicy taste, reminiscent of watercress, that brings out the taste in other ingredients such as the mushroom or the avocado (guacamole on nasturtium petals is the best!). The poppy, sweet with an after-taste of hazelnut, is also used in desserts, as is the gardenia. A more eccentric flower to eat is the begonia, with its crunchy, slightly acidic and lemony petals, that go well with fish, shellfish and... foie gras!

The pretty blue flowers of the borage with their cucumber taste of the sea can be eaten alone, they have their fans. In the blue corner, we should also mention artichoke-tasting cornflowers, pale lilac with its musky flavour and the sweet but bitter violet. Bright yellow marigold or calendula, slightly bitter and peppery, is used to spice up food instead of saffron. But you should look out for the French marigold, "Mexico's tarragon", a sacred and medicinal plant for the Aztecs and Mayans as, when taken without moderation it is hallucinogenic... Bon appétrip !

Elido

 

NEWS STRIKE

When France Info, the all-news station and website loses 550 000 listeners in the space of three months (January to March), according to the latest Médiamétrie survey, and at the same time the local radio network France Bleu gains 471 000 listeners, reaching fifth place, it is hard not to make the connection between this upheaval and the extreme, overly dark and negative news that surrounds us every morning. France Info brings what's happening on the entire planet into your home. France Bleu brings what's happening in your neighbourhood into your home.

So hundreds of thousands of people have decided to boycott bad news in favour of a less uncertain, more peaceful, more liveable proximity. Even Europe 1's listening figures are at an all-time low.

For some time now we've been hearing here and there from people who admit they no longer wish to be woken up by the sound of Kalashnikovs or bombs, nor by the announcement of dismal figures or by empty speeches. They just want to hear some music or the simple ringtone of their mobile phone, they are easier to take.

And the trend is being confirmed by the results of this new wave of audiences. As if "Here is the news" was being replaced by "No news today".
Current affairs turned upside down, public opinion has them in its sights, and it is fed up! We should point out that the facts themselves are walking backwards as the fact of trains actually arriving on time has become the news...

M.A.

 

L'Avenue
LA BOUTIQUE EN LIGNE DE L'ACHARNŒUR.
Pour en savoir plus sur les pièces uniques ou
en édition limitée, cliquez sur les différentes vitrines!

Cyrto

Cyrto is extremely shy and prefers the shadows to the light. She is an illustrator and graphic artist and is spending more and more time on her true calling: creating fantastic worlds from her own emotion, impulse and imagination. She invents but does not reinvent. She follows no trend or influence but instead takes all her inspiration from her inner self. Her uniquely artistic approach will soon be visible through her writing and directing.

 

CYRTO GLOVES

 

The whole idea comes from the glove as second skin. Cyrto creates indelible designs on gloves evoking ramifications, sketches… connections. Each piece is unique and comes only from her imagination. There are no rules, no hierarchy, the cells form every instant and grow together through paths and encounters. Her lines tell of a fantastic world that is almost invisible to the naked eye. Between tattoo art and a pseudo-botanic vision, the lines of the hand take on a new meaning.

 

Gloves made to order. 

 

The approach is entirely artistic. The final piece is handed over in exchange for an envelope in which the client « gives » the amount they wish.

 

The Acharnœur will act as intermediary but takes no commission. For more information: avenue@acharnoeur.com

Illustration from Cyrto Art.

Caractéristiques produit

- Light-coloured gloves supplied by the client
- Unique drawings done in indelible ink 
- Time required: two weeks
- Price of piece fixed by the client
- Delivery costs extra (6€ minimum for France)

Let It Be Men - 54€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!

 

THE LET IT BE SELECTION
FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from leather and white magnetic metal, it is both male and chic, elegant and rock and roll. Perfect alliance between sobriety and confirmed style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur.

 

Price: 54€ 

Caractéristiques produit

- Leather bracelet with "piqûre selleir"
- Magnetic clasp in silvered Zamac 
- Sizes available: 20cm or 22cm (made-to-measure on request)

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Let It Be - 63€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!

 

THE LET IT BE SELECTION
FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from soft leather and white metal, it is both chic and gothic, ultra-precious and rock and roll. The clasp dresses the wrist with a refinement and originality that attracts all women, regardless of their age or style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur and also available without the skull.

 

Price: 63€ with skull.
58€ without skull.

Without skull item or with a bow also avalaible.

Caractéristiques produit

- Leather bracelet
- Bracelet chain in plate silver
- Skull clasp in stainless Zamac 
- Sizes available: 32cm, 34 or 36cm (made-to-measure on request)

Aline Lang - 80€

Aline Lang is a photographer and graphic artist who one day, for fun, drew a bracelet watch like a piece of film. A designer at Cartier, Omega, liked it and oriented her into watch face design. Her first watch was for the bicentenary of the French revolution. Since then she has designed over forty watches, including one for the Bibliothèque nationale. Her rare and unusual creations are born from her inspiration and are produced as limited editions.

 

THE ACHARNŒUR’S SELECTION

 

The Gallops watch. An homage to chronophotography (the decomposition of a movement by a succession of photographs) and to Muybridge’s work that in 1878, proved that the four legs of a horse leave the ground at the same time when the horse gallops. This watch was first made by a big luxury house before being edited by the Musée d’Orsay. Its leather bracelet and particularly flat face makes this version timeless.

 

Limited edition. 10 pieces available.
Price: 80 €.

Gallops Watch

Caractéristiques produit

- Case in chromed brass
- Black leather bracelet 
- Quartz movement
- Made in France, Alsace.

Gabriella de Galzain - 125€

She used to work under the name «Frénétik». Today Gabriella de Galzain is coming out of hiding and is launching her eponymous brand. She makes baroque, romantic, rock n’ roll jewellery that expresses a bohemian spirit of elegance and freedom, paying homage to the most beautiful icons. Her undeniable talent can be seen in brooches, necklaces, earrings, cuff-links… She counts many stars among her greatest fans and some of her pieces tell the most beautiful stories. 

 

A GABRIELLA DE GALZAIN DESIGN ONLY FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

We requested an homage to the Eiffel Tower. Only for l'Acharnœur, Gabriella de Galzain came up with this timeless yet contemporary brooch. The blend of off-whites means it can be worn at all times. Pearls, chains, crystals, ceramic flowers… The codes of elegance and femininity with an essential touch of impertinence. All the audacity of the “Grand Dame” herself.


Item made to order. 
Special price: 125€ taxes inclued

«La Parisienne» brooch

Caractéristiques produit

- Resin beading and icons
- Resin flowers, glass cabochon, crystal Swarovski rhinestones
- Base in silver-plated copper
- Silver-plated brass chains
- Icon high : 10cm
- Total high (with chains) : 24 cm 

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Ils nous ont demandé d'en parler.
Comme on a aimé ce qu’ils proposaient, on l’a fait... À notre façon !
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    Picture © Hic et Nunc

THE SCRUNCHY IS BACK

Everyone remembers the famous scrunchy from the eighties and nineties that decorated all of our heads before becoming obsolete.
When fashion goes out of fashion, it always comes back, look no further: a Parisian brand run by the young designer Marie Aragon is bringing this accessory back to our hair.

As she was in the habit of creating her own elastics in her workshop, Marie came up with the idea to set up her own brand. After all, her scrunchies are more intricate than a piece of rubber: they match an outfit, hold up a hairdo in a sumptuous manner, accompany a chignon, decorate a ponytail, beautify a plait and even a wrist...

The project came into being in November 2012: "Here and now" is the motto and is also the literal translation of the brand name "Hic et Nunc". A philosophy that reflects the young designer's candid state of mind and she has already launched her second collection. Her influences include objects she has picked up here and there, new wave music, cake shops, her childhood travels and films, she reworks scrunchies in her own way. Her designs associate names and materials, blending memories and nostalgia, faraway lands and feelings, attractive colours and appetising shapes: the financier cake becomes floral, the crumble takes on a psychic aura, the macaroon in velvet and the opera in Vichy fabric... They are then nicely folded, draped and shaped by a thin thread that follows the flow of the fabric. The designer even adds a personal touch by scenting them with a tiny touch of vanilla before postage, delicious!

As for the fabrics, they are carefully selected: soft, pleasant and authentic, whether it be the cotton, denim, velvet or polyester. And while there is already something for everyone in the range, that's not all: they are also available in different sizes according to hair thickness or the style chosen! So it's up to you to choose your travelling companion, the lucky charm that will tie your hair up in a bun this summer, or even your bracelet! To find out more, check out the website www.hic-et-nunc.fr !

Daniella Matoso

 

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LES NEREIDES

Feel like a lily of the valley that won't wilt? Wear this ring and your lucky charm is always with you!

55€. Available at Les Néréides or on www.lesnereides.com

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PATISSERIE – BORDEAUX
Station Grand Théâtre
Tramway B

With its candy pink facade, boudoir decor and deliciously presented little marvels, Les douceurs de Louise rhyme with "Yes please"! Not surprising when we know that the genius behind these pastries is the master chef Philippe Andrieu. Metallic green, gold or delicate pink, here the cannelé come in a number of shades and the macaroons are as good as any of the big name houses. Feeling like something new? The specials of the moment inspire all taste buds... A must, for Bordeaux natives and everyone else!

Les Douceurs de Louise
10 Place des Grands Hommes, 33000 Bordeaux

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    Picture © l'Acharnœur

DECIBEL OVERDOSE

Who hasn't dreamt of living in a quiet cocoon where everyone respects the golden rule of silence? Unfortunately, our neighbours don't seem to be on board as their number one rule appears to be maximum decibels...

Monday morning, eyes still swollen from a bad night's sleep, you bump into Madame Michaud in great form. Of course she is, she's deaf as a post. In general, her day begins at six thirty with the radio as loud as it will go, following that with morning television, and as she doesn't go to bed until after the last news bulletin... And you have to live on the same floor!

Not in the mood for conversation, you come across Roger at the bus stop, your downstairs neighbour, your Sunday nightmare. He tells you about his trip to the DIY store on Saturday. You don't actually need to listen, you already know all there is to know about his new drill, screwdriver or sander. Like every Sunday, you "heard" everything especially at nap time. You might say, it's no worse than the Duponts on the 3rd floor who have decided that Pierre, their son, is a piano virtuoso and that practice makes perfect, seven days a week. In the meantime you have thrown all of your classical CDs into the bin.

The smart one is Richard, the single party boy. He understood early on that in order to have a little peace, you had to invite the whole building to the party, but the novelty wore off when he averaged 345 bashes annually…

On the way back from the office you meet Xavier who doesn't work Mondays. He has a restaurant and doesn't get in until one thirty in the morning. You liked him well enough until he bought himself a Harley Davidson that he parks downstairs. He even gets up at 4am to go to the central market at Rungis. You used to think Harleys were great.

So the minute the weekend arrives you take refuge at any opportunity at a friend's place in the country to recharge. Of course you hadn't taken into account the fact that the neighbouring cocks were suffering from jetlag (so that they crow at 2am and at 4 pm) and the dog suffering from depression. Roll on Sunday night!

S.N.

 

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Ce que les placards, les murs ou les tiroirs de notre chambre d'adolescent
racontent sur nous aujourd'hui.
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    Picture © Dounia Slimani

MEMORIES OF A BB BRUNES

Félix, the BB Brunes's guitarist tells us about his Junior Suite.

"What object marked my childhood bedroom? I hesitate, a fraction of a second, then my thoughts go instinctively to that little pink plastic box. Yes, pink... The colour wasn't really an issue. The object in itself is nothing special. It was on my shelves and one day I got the idea to put my ticket for a Jamel show I had seen, two franc coins from 2001 (I had been told they were rare !), and even my marbles in it. (I had a lot of marbles as I tended to win all the matches in the yard!).

I distinctly remember the noise they made against the sides of the box when I picked them up. The box itself even had a special smell, a pleasant but totally indescribable one. The olfactory memory brings me back a few years: it's time for the "gouter", I'm just back from school and I'm ready to proudly add to my marble collection... I can still see my small hands on the lid of the box and I can still remember the unique smell of the plastic. Opening the box meant good news, a nice memory to be cherished, a treasure to be protected. Little childhood secrets that I loved to contemplate.

I find it strange that this object often reappears in my thoughts. One day I decided to try to get the box to bring it to my place. I was bitterly disappointed to find out it had been thrown out. I felt a twinge of regret as it corresponded to a reassuring and innocent time in my life. Those things we loved, and we think we have forgotten provoke strange feelings when they pop into our heads. Today I have a drawer where I keep tons of stuff that I will perhaps never use: a pair of glasses with no lenses, a broken torch, some used sello-tape... Perhaps unconsciously I need to keep a treasure box that links me to the past. Why? I still don't know..."

D.M. from an interview with Félix Hemmen

 

Collaborateurs

  • Directrice de la Publication et de la Rédaction
    Virginie Achard
  • Directrice Artistique
    Perrine Lebas
  • Concepteur web
    Franck Biehler
  • Chroniqueurs
    Maurice Achard, Bianca Alberti, Bruno Lancelot, Elido, Marie Veyrier, Stéphanie Norris
  • Traductrice
    Tresi Murphy

Invités

PHOTOGRAPHE METAPHORE
Samuel Hense

PHOTOGRAPHES ÉDITORIAL
Odile Berthemy, l'Acharnœur, Daniella Matoso

ASSISTANTE COMITÉ ÉDITORIAL
Daniella Matoso