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The Tiny World of the Eurasian Harvest Mouse

Thursday 06.14.2012 , Posted by

These little mice might be the most endearing little creatures out there. Known as the Eurasian Harvest Mouse, they are the smallest european rodent – only about half the size of a normal house mouse – and live in fields of tall grasses and cereal crops like oats and wheat. Their long tails are prehensile, giving them the ability to wrap around their playground-like living space and climb high into the air. They build circular nests and raise their young, unlike other mice, regurgitating food into their mouths much like birds. French photographers Jean-Louis Klein & Marie-Luce Hubert spent a year and a half with the cute little creatures, capturing the intricacies of their community in an astoundingly intimate way.

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An Illustrated World of Patchwork Fantasy

Friday 06.01.2012 , Posted by

Paris based artist Emmanuel Malin imagines fantastic etherial illustrations which see worlds made of wild splashes of patchwork color. His works walk a fine line between perfectionism and wild flourishes of free expression, giving his viewers the dreamlike experience of, at once seeing the image, and simultaneously being unable to fully grab hold of it. [Read more...]

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A Rainbow of Origami Street-Art

Friday 05.25.2012 , Posted by

Like rainbows of flowers popping from the walls of the city, Parisian artist Mademoiselle Maurice’s artwork adds color and vibrance to otherwise stark places… and in this case, she does it with folded paper. Unlike any graffiti/street art we’ve seen before, this artist uses hundreds of hand folded origami shapes in various colors to create her staccato of hues across cement and wood walls around the city of Paris. Though her work may at first appear simple and even naive, they soon reveal themselves as beautiful catalysts for our deeper connection to the city surrounding them. [Read more...]

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Interactive: Learn Good French Wines Like a Pro

Friday 05.04.2012 , Posted by

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Have you ever been at a fancy hobb-nobbing party and said something like:

“Today most wines are fully mature. It has proved to be a delicious vintage but perhaps just short of the density, complexity and ultimate longevity for greatness. The whites were probably under-rated because they appeared, on tasting, to have little acidity. In fact it was there, but masked by the tannins from thick skins. This phenomenon, curiously enough, was repeated in both 1995 and 2005. Even so, 1985 whites will now be past their best.”

Ok… neither have I, but if you have ever wanted to sound like a fancy-shmancy wine snob, there has never been an easier time. [Read more...]

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What will your Baby be when he grows up?

Wednesday 03.14.2012 , Posted by

When you have a child, do you wonder what it may be when they grow up? Will he be a Doctor? Will she be a ballerina? Will he be the President? Malo, a freelance photographer based in Paris, decided to have fun with his little son by dressing him up in a number of outfits predicting his potential future selves. Will he be a judge? Will he be a butcher? Will he be the Pope? We hope you enjoy the cute photos. [Read more...]

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A Hotel Room With A Split Personality

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

The Marseille France based hotel Au Vieux Panier has rooms that will either put you to sleep in aesthetic comfort or keep you wide awake with fascination. Each room features the designs and artwork of an artist, graphic designer or painter from around the globe, bringing their unique style to the blank canvas of a hotel room. The latest completed room is not their most relaxing addition: it’s very fittingly called “Panic Room.” [Read more...]

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Au Poil! French Animation Takes It To The Toilette

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

It’s not to often that you find a story with decided toilet humor which keeps you captivated for 5 minutes, but that’s just the case with this new short: Au Poil! The French language animation brings to life a large cast of interesting characters in its brief running time, introducing us to a host of bathroom accessories with attitude and very different levels of hygiene. It’s a battle for privilege and freedom, all wrapped up in one small bathroom. [Read more...]

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Romantic Art: Fantasy in Self-Portraits

Wednesday 01.11.2012 , Posted by

It is always such a pleasure to discover a new artist and get a glimpse into the beautiful and creative nature of their psyches. 20 year old, French photographer, Olga Valeska grants us this opportunity through her dramatic and fantastical photography. [Read more...]

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Dancing Pieces of Paper in Stop-Motion

Tuesday 12.13.2011 , Posted by

Scraps of paper come to life, dancing and transforming in Steven Briand’s captivating short films. Also known as Burayan, the Paris based director uses combinations of live action and stop motion to create seamlessly flowing pieces of video art. Here we bring you two of his newest pieces, Friction and Protéigon. [Read more...]

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Defying Reason: Baselining Is the newest Craze

Monday 11.28.2011 , Posted by

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Back in the 70s, a Frenchman named Philippe Petit bravely and illegally walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers in New York. He was arrested for this stunt, but his legacy lives on in the documentary about his exhilarating accomplishment: Man on Wire. Now, a new incarnation of tightrope walking has been born.  Instead of using a wire, a 1-inch piece of high strength nylon climbing webbing is the material of choice and, because of the increased flexibility of the webbing, the sport has been dubbed Slacklining. Popular with climbers for decades as a method to improve balance, Slacklining has caught on and now has international competitions with stunts like backflips, spins and a variety of other incredible feats of balance. [Read more...]

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