Georges Zigrand's Blog

Old meets new

Posted in Branding, Colours, textures & surfaces, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 14/03/2015

Paul Smith shop facade, Albemarle Street


Paul Smith shop
in Albemarle Street, central London designed by 6a architects
A fantastic exemple on how to integrate a contemporary shop front design into a heritage environment, without resorting to pastiche. The intricacy of the contemporary cast iron panels & railings marries the texture of the old facade, making both old and new stand out.

3D signage

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3 dimensional signage rarely works, unless you have a distinct layout or feature in the area –  as it is the case on the Golden Lane Estate in London with the Great Arthur House. Despite a slightly unfortunate implementation this original cast iron signage seems timeless, has weathered well and is astonishingly clear.

The Golden Lane Estate, just next to the better known Barbican, was built in the 50’s and is one of the rare examples of fine modern architecture in London.

Window dressing

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 06/02/2015

Antwerpen

Chainsaw massacre

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Tree & chainsaw = very nice steps

The future has landed, a long time ago

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Engineering beauty, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 20/08/2014

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A beautiful 70’s swimming pool on a camping site in Larochette, Luxembourg.  The cherry on top of the cake: Half the building rotates and slides open in good weather.
Vintage on a different scale!

Functional beauty

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Engineering beauty by zigideluxe on 03/06/2014
ferry ramp, port of calais

Access ramp, port of Calais

Chop chop

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 16/04/2014

Chopping bloc at the Drimos Taverne in Crete, made from a single tree trunk, blood red.

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The right type of scale

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 11/09/2013

Scale-style tiles on a fishmonger shop front in Paris… convincingly simple and an impeccable contextual solution!

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Have a seat and enjoy

The City of Luxembourg commissioned us to develop an furniture and colour guidance manual for the terrasses on one of it’s most prestigious squares in the city centre.  After many years of wild west behavior of the restaurants and cafés, using mostly cheap looking plastic furniture, branded umbrellas, primary colours and endless clutter the city wanted to clean up.
The new scheme, involving a selection of muted colours and more attractive furniture typologies has now been implemented, giving the square a more dignified and calm appearance while focusing on the quality of the space, the trees and the architecture.
One of press critics wrote at the time that we want to take colour and life out of the City, thankfully the chap in his all red training outfit plus hat has turned-up on my photo (on the right) to prove that it is not furniture & umbrellas that are creating a colourful city life!

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Ponts & Chaussées

Some fine (and proud) signage on a depot of the Luxembourg civil engineering agency.

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Traditionally fashionable

Posted in Branding, Colours, textures & surfaces, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 16/03/2013

Stella McCartney shop flooring, traditional and innovative at the same time.

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Aging gracefully

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Retail environments, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 05/02/2013

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Beautiful and timeless tiles that still look great, even after decades of abuse!

No street art please!

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 31/12/2012

EGGBOX_soundwallNot only that it is sound absorbing and weathering friendly, it also is tag and graffiti proof. Keep those egg cartons!!

Thank you for your service

Barcelona street plate celebrating a traditional restaurant
I can’t speak Catalan but this plate set into the paving in front of the long established Deli/Restaurant ‘Can Ravell’ in Barcelona says something like: ‘In the name of the City of Barcelona – in recognition to Ravell for its many years of service to the city’.

The plate seems to regroup many symbols of trade and craft and I suppose the City of Barcelona sets these plates in front of their most long serving, authentic and traditional businesses that make the city so special. What a great initiative! And the food was even better!!

Paris bashing

It is well known that the bistro culture in Paris is a league on its own, sitting tightly packed on street corners, coffee & cigarettes, waiters that don’t care, gazing at the people passing by …
The typical Paris bistro table with a single foot and an oversized thin metal edging embodies this way of life quite well for me. Every bash and knock the metal edging gets adds character & texture to the table, making it age gracefully without aspiring to be perfect.

Typical bashed Paris bistrot table

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