4 Seasons

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The iconic Four Seasons restaurant, located in the Mies designed Seagram’s building with a Philip Johnson designed interior of landmark status will be closing July 16th. The restaurant will reopen in a new location within walking distance of the current location. I stopped in last week for lunch and inquired about the new location finding it is a well kept secret, not even the staff have been informed yet! Cheers to the Four Seasons— bonne chance! G-

Coller

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Coller  [kuh lay] English translation: to glue The origin of collage is from the French word coller an art technique popularized in the early 1900’s by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The collage shown here is one of many designed and produced by my creative consultant, Michele. You can find more examples of her photo and paper/found object collages on her Coller Pinterest board. G-

Happy Bastille Day!

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Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790 was a celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the unity of the French Nation during the French Revolution. Each year since 1880, celebrations are held all over France on 14 July commemorating the 14 July 1789 storming of the Bastille prison. The French celebration, La Fête Nationale, is referred to in America as Bastille Day. This is also the 14th anniversary for my design studio- ARIG DESIGN GROUP LTD. m- ps- Chef Grenouille has the day off.

temps

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temps [tɑ̃] pour avoir le temps English translation: to have time Time is the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues. Time is something we all wish we had more of these days. There are seminars that you can attend that promise to help you make better use of your time, apps for your electronic device, or at this time of year resolutions made to organize your time more efficiently. I travel daily between Buffalo, NY and France. The clock I have chosen for my kitchen is the “Two Timer”, shown above, it is perfect for keeping track of time in two different timezones. The “Two Timer” is manufactured by Established & Sons, UK and can be purchased through the Retail Facility. My secret to saving time is not to waste it, make every minute count with an action, process or condition that will make the world a better place for everyone. Happy New Year! G-

lunettes

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lunettes [loo-net] Chef Grenouille egare souvent se lunettes. English translation Chef Grenouille often misplaces his eyeglasses. Eyeglasses are optical devices worn to aid vision. Eyeglasses are important not only for correcting our vision, but they have become a fashion accessory with an unlimited number of styles to chose from. But, “for many people living in the developing world, impaired vision is a way of life. The inability to see correctly can negatively impact a person’s education, employment, safety and quality of life. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, nearly 95% of people who need eyeglasses do not own a pair.” James Chen is the founder of Adlens variable focus eyewear and the Vision for a Nation Foundation with a goal of providing universal access to eyeglasses. adlen p.o.v. eyeglasses

trompe-l’oeil

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  trompe-l’oeil [tromp-loey] English Translation fool the eye It is not a new concept, but I never grow tired of the fabric scrim trompe l’oeil that depicts an image of the building it is covering, hiding the messy construction work taking place behind it. The intention is not to fool the casual observer, but to enhance the visual experience. The image here is The Casino de Monte-Carlo undergoing a restoration and if you look closely, you might see Chef Grenouille waving from one of the balconies or is it trompe l’oeil?