Carol and I had conflicting schedules for October so we couldn’t do our monthly day trip.
We are making up for it today with a double header: a museum opening and a restaurant tasting.
Typorama, Philippe Apeloig is an exhibit at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum showcasing 30 years of Philippe Apeliog’s prolific body of work as a graphic designer. Apeloig originally studied art in Paris and eventually turned to graphic design joining the Wim Crouwel Total design studio in the early 1980s. His first big commission on his own was a poster for the opening show of the Musee d’Orsay. For the poster for the show Chicago, Birth of a Metropolis, Apeloig focused on using strong typography. It became his signature and throughout the show you could find his clean, bold use of typography, very much linking to the Swiss school of typography. The prodigious portfolio includes books, posters, videos, and animations, throughout various rooms of the museum. Most of the work is concentrated on the arts including theater- Apleloig designed the iconic logo for the Theatre du Chatelet, museum and gallery exhibitions plus art fairs.
The smart looking fashion and art crowd was mostly dressed in black and Carol fit right in wearing a black puffy coat and her black T-shirt decorated with colorful macarons.
We whisked over to the 7th arr. to a newly opened restaurant, Les Climats. We were given a tour of the various parts of the restaurant including the main dining room, the garden terrace, the kitchen, and the bar/lounge area. We both loved what we thought was Art Nouveau decoration but it also turned out to be one of the first Arts and Crafts buildings in Paris. Built in 1905, the commercial building originally housed young female workers for a communications cable company La Maison des Dames des Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphone and the present restaurant space was the former cafeteria. Decorator Bambi Sloan- don’t you love that name- has transformed the restaurant back to its former Art Nouveau splendor by restoring the stained glass windows along with the splendid light fixtures and also added a whimsical modern touch by trimming the plush red velvet dining chairs with leopard.
We were seated in the cozy bar area right next to the inviting fireplace and we warmed ourselves after walking many blocks in the freezing rainy night. The main focus of Les Climats is it features wine exclusively from the Burgundy region with a selection 8500 bottles from their main cellar with an impressive 184 winemakers. Carol enjoyed a glass, then a few more, of sparkling Cremant and I savored some red Marsannay Les Finottes from Domaine Bart.
A succession of classic savory French treats including gougeres, saucisson, and andouillette were attractively presented on black slate boards. Next up was a hearty country pate followed by the creamy, dreamy house made foie gras. For the main course, Carol had the sea scallops served with caramelized endive and I had sea bass with artichokes and mushrooms. The piece de resistance was the chocolate and coffee dessert and meeting the tall, dark, handsome chef, Julien Bosous, who formerly worked at the prestigious Pierre Gagnaire restaurant.
We shared our table with the lovely, young Caroline Peiffer who writes the French food and cocktail blog http://the-wanderer.me
More than sufficiently stuffed, we waddled out of the very satisfying meal and presentation at Les Climats at about 10:45.
Click here to read Carol's post.
Typorama, Philippe Apeloig
Till March 30, 2014
Les Arts Decoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Metro: Palais Royal/Musee de Louvre
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11AM-6PM, Thursday 9PM
41 rue de Lille, 75007
Metro: rue du Bac or Solferino
Open Tuesday to Saturday 12PM-2:30PM, 7PM-10:30PM
Tel. +33 (0) 1 58 62 10 08
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Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
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