Georges Zigrand's Blog

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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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

Cheap & cheerful

DIY street stall made from an off the shelf ladder
Creating a street stall for a one day event to sell hand made scarves from Bangladesh is not my usual design brief, especially if the budget had to be kept at an absolute minimum. But there is always a way, even if it means going to the DIY shop..

Scarves designed by Luxembourgish designer Anne-Marie Herckes with the assistance of the Vocational Training and Employment Generation Project of the NGO ‘Friendship’.

RAL 2005 Leuchtorange

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces by zigideluxe on 30/08/2012


Another beautifully functional colour, RAL 2005 is the standard safety orange for sea rescue boats.

RAL 1016 Schwefelgelb

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Signage & environmental graphics by zigideluxe on 24/08/2012

Schwefelgelb RAL 1016 on ship
The beauty of functional colours!

Pondicherry shows the way

Signage in Pondicherry, India
Some years ago I took this photo in the city of Pondicherry, India. Amazingly low-tech this hand-painted and sculptural road sign shows the way, also by its expressive and truly functional shape. Love it!

Bring back the craftsmanship – Embossing leather

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 24/04/2012

Embossing leather is another one of these crafts that are very difficult to still find but have a great creative potential. This very old, worn and grotty  leather embossed folder almost blends in with the wooden desk and is getting more beautiful by the day.
Beautifully crafted natural materials have this quality of ageing well and are able to take the wear and tear of life. Something that many more contemporary materials and finishes simply can’t take.

Bring back the craftsmanship – Art & Craft

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 19/04/2012

Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

Another fine example of upholstery craft – by the artist Yannick Pouliot in his work Régence: monomaniaque.

Bring back the craftsmanship – upholstery

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 26/03/2012

innovative upholstered bench

Good craftsmanship is key to produce fine quality objects. Unfortunately, outside the luxury industry, they are hard to find. With labour costs going constantly up are we loosing all the fine techniques that made objects special? It seems a shame, but it motivates me even more to collaborate with skilled craftsmen on the next projects!

Grey is also a colour

Wick Lane / A12 Underpass, East London

Whoever wrote this is right to say that to many places are boring & dull – although a bit of paint, mixed with road dirt, would make this wall look a lot worse then it is now. But it is worthwile thinking about what else would work better…

Nice packaging

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 04/03/2012


A piece of streetfurniture, still partially wrapped after installation. Textured surfaces could be really nice in the public space!

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