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The next time I’m in Marseilles, in the south of France, I’m definitely staying Au Vieux Panier, a 17th Century Corsican marketplace converted into a hotel that caters to design lovers, offering lovely accommodations in various works of art. Each room has it’s own theme and has been painstakingly designed by an individual artist. The rooms usually change yearly, so you never stay in the same room twice, creating a truly unique experience.

Current artists include: Avexciters, Julien Colombier, Pascale Robert, Thomas Canto, and Pixtil Studio.

For bookings, or other information, check out their website.

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The streets of France are always peppered with really amazing street art by artists from around the world, but Mademoiselle Maurice stands apart from the rest with her distinct style of creative urban installation, not only with the works themselves, but because she involves the community in the process. She brightens up certain neighbourhoods with splashes of bright colours and engages the viewer with inspiring messages made of origami elements. She’s decorated everything from staircases, schools, sidewalks, community centres, buildings, and most notably, even a prison.

Recently, she was a participant in France’s 2013 ARTAQ Festival, and every Tuesday she would lead workshops for all ages and demographics that brought people together to work on large-scale public installations in urban areas. Over several months, in almost 20 locations, they collectively constructed origami works that involved over 30, 000 folds, and revived urban landscapes, as well as creating a deeper link between individuals and their community.

To see more, check out her website.



Internationally-reknowned graffiti master Stinkfish isn’t interested in the art world. His feet are firmly planted in the realm and purpose of graffiti – to vandalize an object is to subvert an underlying agenda.  The bulk of his work revolves around the people who live in the areas where he works. He wanders the streets, photographing the people that pique his interest without their knowledge. Then he translates their essence into a singular work, never to be reproduced again. Like snowflakes – like humans, really – they are all independent and characteristic of themselves, and exist nowhere else in time and space.

Born in Mexico City, and currently residing in Bogotá, Colombia, the busy urban environment is where he dwells. Surrounded by chaos and crowds he draws inspiration from everything around him.  Evolving out of trial and error, he focuses his efforts on illegal surfaces – permission walls have no business being a part of his execution. He likes them to be clearly visible, accessible to all, and most notably, located next to something you are forced to look at every day, such as a street sign.

His approach is pure expression. Bold explosions of bright colours and patterning – almost psychedelic – with an untamed style that is both random and well-thought-out. No two works are alike, and he continues to grow and adapt to each piece as he delves deeper into experimentation.

His work can be seen all over the world, most notably in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Holland, Austria and Nepal.

To see more, check out his website. Or view his Flickr gallery.

There’s also a great interview with Stinkfish on Bombing Science’s website that’s worth reading.

Check him out in action:

OFFPROJECT Presents: Stinkfish

ALMA INK x Saks & Stinkfish // 2013

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Hailing from Nice, France, Flow is one of the awesomest graffiti artists, specializing in really gorgeous portraits of popular icons. Not much is known, other than the fact that he is a member of the popular TWE crew. Let’s keep it that way. 😉

Check out his artist page on Fat Cap.

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Belgian jewellery designer Liesbet Bussche made a bold move from creating a typical accessory collection and took to the streets of Amsterdam and Cagnes-Sur-Mer in France, adding oversized jewellery accents to the usual city accoutrements. Transforming grimy, mundane urban elements into objects of class and distinction creates a sense that each city’s characteristic elements are unique and why not accessorize them, as we do ourselves?

Bussche’s urban jewellery consists of huge baubles and charms are placed in unexpected locations, adding a touch of whimsy to the city environment. Toying with scale, butterfly earring backs, spring ring necklace clasps, and woven beads are added to existing elements, transforming their everyday context into something more imaginative, and extravagant.

Her exhibit in the lovely streets of Cagnes-Sur-Mer is a reflection of the infamous 1930’s-1940’s Parisian icon Suzy Solidor – nightclub owner, model, singer, writer and actress. The collection of enormous charms and pendants mirror the extravagant urban chic lifestyle which she was most famously known for flaunting. Larger than life, her impact on the fashion and art of the day transcends into contemporary society.

Visit Liesbet Bussche’s website to learn more.


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ImageFreelance graphic designer and illustrator Florian Nicolle hails from Caen, France – a Northwestern city on the coast near Le Havre that was all but destroyed during WW2’s Battle of Normandy. His work is as dynamic and spontaneous as the modern street art movement that’s invaded Europe over the past couple of decades – fresh, bold strokes, splashes of realism that fade into abstraction, and simple, raw expression.

His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed – he’s got a huge client base now, with top guns such as Nike, Puma, Nokia, ESPN classic, EA Sports Games Studio, Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros, Harajuku Lovers (by Gwen Stephani), KHL, Tanishq… just to name a few. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this young talent.

Check out his website to see more amazing work.

Also check out his gallery on the Behance Network.


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