entrée sur l'avenue Foch avec l'oeuvre de Louis Leygue
It's rare that I mention in this blog my " tour guide " vacations but the opportunity present to a visit with the famous interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch and architect of his agency , Christine Cheng Lili . A pleasant meeting which inevitably leads to reflections. Luckily, we were able to enter in a building between Place de l'Hotel de Ville and Avenue Foch . The door is easy to spot with a sculpture of wing aircraft by Louis Leygue . In the style of famous ISAI , this building is , however, a further quality because it was aimed at well-off and not the " average family " . One can thus discover the same constructive care but with a more generous volumes and details for its construction cost would certainly be higher. As it is also designed by the members of the Atelier de Reconstruction du Havre, directed by Auguste Perret , the reflections arising from its observation are many: already , Auguste Perret (born 1874) is a man of his time and style construction is comparable in quality craftsmanship as the other major precursors such as Adolf Loos (b. 1870) or Frank Lloyd Wright ( b. 1867). It is important do not to confuse those men with young modernists who make their weapons during 1930s or 1950s ... Then, what is particularly striking here is the extreme feeling of luxury that gives the material - however poor - what the concrete . This seems related to the powerful presence of the structure, finesse nesting filling elements , the choice of components ( pink sandstone , white quartzite , brown flint, binders tinted) , and the contrast between the surfaces heightened and those where the mortar is left rough ( enhanced by a "pure cement" which gives a slightly darker it). One thing emerges : the feeling of preciousness is not obtained with the artifice of an original , rare or rich material , but only by the human eyes & hands. Furthermore, the use of poor material appears as the only guarantee of true genius - one who does not try to deceive ! Below , photographs of Pierre Yovanovitch and Christine Lili Cheng.