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At the heart of the exhibition ‘Buildering: Misbehaving the City’ at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, two of Didier Faustino’s works help to redefine urban and physical borders, to express his transgressive vision of architecture and the misuse of codes regarding housing, thus exploring limits to physical and psychological freedom. Lire la suite…

 

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Paul Coudamy has transformed a butcher shop in Bagnolet (France) into a private home. Renovating professional premises to change them into living accommodation is now a frequent occurrence in Paris and its surrounding suburbs, an exercise in architecture that requires thinking of new concepts of living, interchanging private life and public life. Blur is therefore a transparent environment made up of spaces that never totally discloses its fragile privacy. It is formed of a continuous succession of concrete and glass symbolizing a period that combines work and pleasure in a single movement. Lire la suite…

 

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For his second solo show at Michel Rein (after The Wild Things, 2011), Didier Faustino invites us to step outside of our homes and penetrate an ambiguous world, which strangely resembles our own but is haunted by other versions of us bearing armour built from the materials of our own homes. Lire la suite…

 

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For almost 14 years Electronic Shadow has articulated the fundamental truth “Atom is data” in order to consider reality and virtuality in a mutual continuation formed of inextricably linked comings and goings. A life heightened by information, a virtual space yearning to take over everyday life to make it even more tangible and rich. While their bright, interactive intervention on Jakob+MacFarlane’s building for the FRAC Centre hails them as forerunners of the digital generation, the duo celebrates the 10th anniversary of “3minutes²” and of the first video mapping ever patented. A very real anniversary for the pioneers virtually lost in the reality. A furtive oxymoron, Electronic Shadow the artistic duo comprising Naziha Mestaoui and Yacine Aït Kaci, originated in 2000, the fruit of an encounter between two worlds which were until then not necessarily connected: architecture and new media. Lire la suite…

 

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French architect Paul Coudamy has unveiled his design for an underground house called UNDERHouse. A small area of land, a house that takes up the greater part of the plot and vis-à-vis are common themes in dense urban surroundings. The UNDERHouse project explores an original underground architecture in response to these constraints. Lire la suite…

 

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Christian Bourdais, the instigator of the Solo Houses project (a collection of villas in spain by the new generation of international architects), unveils the house designed by the U.S. Agency Johnston Marklee  soon to be build.

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From 30th NovemberDidier Faustino fills the galerie Michel Rein with a remarkable installation, called We can’t go home again. Invited to enter an ambiguous world, a world strangely resembling ours and following a disaster that appears to have already taken place, we won’t go home anymore, haunted by the armour that this ‘other’ self has carved out of the carpet of his own home. We won’t go home anymore, strangely worried in front of our apartments and offices that have suddenly been made inhospitable. We can no longer cease thinking about the lives that animate our familiar environments and the fictitious boundaries that claim to separate art from our lives, the political decisions of our aesthetic models. And it is now the responsibility of Didier Faustino to haunt art galleries.

Didier Faustino, We can’t go home, from 30th November to 16th January, galerie Michel Rein, 42 rue de Turenne Paris 3rd, tel.: +33 (0)1 42 72 68 13, http://michelrein.com

Photo caption: Suit Home. 2013. Didier Faustino © ADAGP. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris

 

 

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The Architecture de Collection agency and the Saint-Gobain group are delighted to share the prize-winners of the second Saint-Gobain Archinovo  2013 prize with you, the only French architecture prize devoted to individual houses. The prize giving will take place on 17th October at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Invitation to follow. Request interview and visuals from Pauline@duendestudio.fr

Thank you for your support and many thanks to the ever-growing public for voting online! Lire la suite…

 

Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

“Nuctale,” the contraction of Nuage Fractal, is a tiny 35 m2 space lit by a monumental 5m long light: a disproportional geometrical cloud that provides a unique backdrop to this studio in the Buttes-aux-Cailles. As always, Paul Coudamy produces a maximum effect with minimal space and materials. Lire la suite…

 

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Mathieu Lehanneur is responsible for the interior design of the WikiBar, the first of many, that will open its doors 4 rue de Bouloi in the 1st district in Paris. A simple as well as radical concept: to offer good and eco-responsible food fighting addressing the problem of pollution from packaging. This Wiki Food incorporates the natural principle of grapes: a sphere with an edible coating to protect the food. A principle adaptable to drinks, cream and from now onwards ice creams created in collaboration with Philippe Faure, the maestro of ice creams. Ice creams that do not melt in your hand are available in this first WikiBar! Lire la suite…