« Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art ». A.k.a "Oh, that's pretty".

The cutting edges (3D)

We now know a little more about the history of one of the emeralds of Catherine the Great of Russia. Just for sport, how about trying to 3D model […]

The empress emerald

Have you ever looked at a gemstone for so long its shape and reflections start to make no sense ?Make it move just a little and it worsen !

Light […]

You can’t handle the truth !

TL; DR: “Victorian” and “traditional” often means “can’t really date but looks old”.

As with most of the good stories, it all started with a finding in an old box […]

Talk like me : joinery and woodworking

As we’ve already mentioned here, it is of the utmost importance to be able to describe a piece we’re working on as precisely as possible .

When furniture and wood […]

Christmas log

A few years ago, if you were in France by the beginning of December, you’d have witnessed a strange thing appearing on the windows of the Patisseries. A fad […]

French Cuisine

Some of you, foodies and culinary shows aficionados, may already know it : french cuisine has been listed as the intagible heritage list of UNESCO in 2010.
The mayonnaise recipe is […]

And don’t forget the ashtrays.

“The DS”, Gabriel Orozco, 1993, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris . Inv N°iFNAC 94003.
The DS is one of Gabriel Orozco most famous creation. It is one of his most important […]

Y’all iz Trippin’ !

A trunk is an adaptation of the Antiquity and Middle age chest. Lighter and cheaper, their production number increases with the development of transportation means by the middle of […]

The grapes of softness.

«The Virgin of the grapes », Mignard Pierre (1612-1695), 1640-1650, Musée du Louvre. Oil on canvas. The painting entered Louis XIV collections before 1710. Like Le Brun, Mignard is […]

Scented owl

An aryballos is a small spherical or pear-shaped flask with a narrow neck used in Ancient Greece. It contains perfume or scented oil, either for personnal hygiene or for […]

Dying to know

What is the difference between a pigment and a dye ? And why does it matter !
Colors come either from dyes or pigments. Both dyes and pigments are colored because they […]

All around your blues

The chemical mix that includes Prussian blue, Ferric ferrocyanide, and gives its mesmerizing dark blue colour to cyanotypes has a bewildering behavior. It’s “alive”. Magic ? Better, chemistry ! […]