In the Halle Pajol, the concept store takes its place at the heart of this new urban hub - a model of ecological reconversion and diversity, bringing students, business people, local families and tourists into daily contact - and showcasing the originality and quality of the products. More than fty international brands with functional and sustainable design (Normann Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen, Watt a lamp, Matière grise, Bolia or Stelton...). A creative selection, from stationery to decorative accessories or furniture, which makes it the neighbourhood’s leading design showcase. Committed to the ght against global warming, BFT extends its adventure through events focusing on the protection of the planet.
The French youth hostel association dates to 1956. The Yves Robert hostel is located in the Pajol building, once a warehouse for French railways that has been converted into a low energy building, it is not just for the young. These days, youth hostels are for all generations and all nationalities. In an architecture that uses plenty of wood, the roof is dotted with solar panels and in a district that wears its green credentials on its sleeve the building has been granted the ‘Green Key’ label which recognises buildings for their environmental impact. 700,000 people have already used the concept. A success story.
Children’s books, rare books, pop-up books, attractive board books, graphical inven- tions, collages, photomontages, fabric books, colouring books, cut-out books, origami, old kamishibai (paper théâtres), Japanese man- gaka...it can all be found in this bookshop run by Alban Caussé and Jacques Desse, two individuals who share a passion for books in all shapes and forms.
On the Nathalie Sarraute Esplanade, DRAFT, Connected Workshops, designed by Quentin Billy and Anne Gautier offer workspaces for 15 euro a day as well as access to fast prototyping and small-scale production (3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, wood or fabric) for 12 euro an hour.
Christine Diegoni’s expert eye selects original production runs of furniture and lighting by designers from the second half of the 20th century, mainly Gino Sarfatti and George Nelson. A few other designers – some of whom may appear incongruous here – include Ettore Sottsass, Vico Magistretti, George Nakashima and the Castiglioni brothers. Come here to discover – and enjoy – the best in design from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
The Galerie Room has opened a 50 sqm space devoted to contemporary design. Violaine d’Harcourt and Ludivine Chabert, design devotees, rst embarked on the adventure in 2015. The gallery is divided in two: on the street side are pieces by young designers, on the courtyard side there is a “room service” space for self-publishing and advice on interiors.
The result of a meeting between two individuals and two complementary expertises – cabinet making and design – the Manufacture Nouvelle positions itself at the crossroads of materials. Whether wood, metal, or concrete the furniture created by the creative duo revolves around raw materials.
Le Bal opened in 2010 in a former dancehall off the place de Clichy. Devoted to press representations in different formats (photographs, video, cinema, new media), the result manages to convert a space that was once a party space during the 20’s into one that is open, transformable and alive to the new possibilities and meanings of what the word ‘documentary’ can mean.