Posts Tagged ‘cafe’

Everyone loves the lamps in the Palais de Tokyo cafe

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Various incarnations of the cafe in the Palais de Tokyo art museum in Paris, and its simple but excellent lamp array. A selection of Flickr photos by pavilion tone, Purple Cloud, roryrory, photocapy, and jennylampstand. Michael Lin’s flower floor was recently removed.

Lacaton and Vasaal- Palais de Tokyo, 2001

Palais de Tokyo

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Lacaton and Vasaal- Palais de Tokyo, 2001

Paris: palais de tokyo

How Greeks hang things on walls

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Postcard - House in Rhodes

There is something so beautiful about the way photographs and other objects are hung on the walls in traditional rooms in Greece. The objects have pride of place yet there’s also something casual and unprecious about the way they accumulate. The variety of frames is appealing, and so is the way shapshots are collected inside a single frame. Vintage family portraits in black and white are mixed with cheap colour prints but somehow it looks artful. The first two photographs here were taken on Rhodes; I’m not sure about the third. They are all by George Grigoriou, whose postcards of Greece often show interiors of houses and kafeneions (blog here). Other design features here are the pebbled floor and the tilted hanging of mirrors in the Rhodes cafe, below, and the practice of painting a sort of wainscot section of wall in cafes, to just above table height, as seen in the photo at bottom. But the best thing is the display of photos flanked by hundreds of plates in the Rhodes interior at top, and its enviable yellow built-in cabinet with dot detail.

Postcard - Cafe in Rhodes with pebble floor

Postcard - Greek cafe

Postcard - shop in Greece