“Archibeau”, on Paris Première: the inspiring decoration program for beautiful spring Sundays


Lisalou Breux, Zoé de Las Cases and Jean Desportes present the program


Follow an “archiband” of five designers and architects in their “archivisits”, in search of “archibeauty”… Accumulation is fashionable, it seems. Also, the repetitive “archi” should not divert from the decoration magazine of Paris Première with which it is associated, so clever and cheerful is this weekly decoration appointment.

Clever, first, in its programming. Always orchestrated by the illustrator Zoé de Las Cases, season 2 returns for a Sunday and spring broadcast of twelve episodes, right at the time of the big spring cleaning and small interior design works. Smart, then, because its sections have been able to adapt to changes in our society.

Thus, the “shopping spree” in rather Parisian, chic and trendy boutiques gives way to “Archibroc”, a stroll among objects and furniture at affordable prices – like, in the first episode, the solidarity flea market of the neptune association, vast cave of Ali Baba installed in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis).

“Responsible” commitment

For the rest, no innovation but adaptations. In the “archibeau week-end”, Lisalou (vintage look à la Stone) continues to test dream locations in complete relaxation – to see, if only for the pleasure of the eyes. Similarly, the meeting with a craftsman always includes a practice in a workshop: of porcelain, at the Faïencerie Georges, of basketry, at the Atelier Marie Drouet, of colored concrete at The French Vikings, to speak chronologically only of the first three episodes. In the commentary, the voiceover, now male, insists on their commitment ” responsible “.

The “mini-visit” remains guided by Jean Desportes, co-founder of Sloft Magazine, a biannual dedicated to small areas hitherto surprisingly neglected by decoration magazines. For this new edition, the perky, teenage-looking architect has reduced the size of the apartments visited (from 9 square meters to 50 square meters) and begins with a 15 square meter, where bedroom, kitchen and living room each find a visual identity thanks to polycarbonate partitions, an aesthetic and inexpensive transparent plastic. Let’s face it, that’s not always the case. Nevertheless, all the mini-tours are worth seeing (season 1 is available on MyCanal), as they push the walls and teem with ideas.

Ditto for the much too short chronicle of Damien Pierre, design specialist from 1950 to 1970 and creator of the site The Good Old Dayz, which bounces on an element of the decor of the mini-visit – here, the mesh armchair designed by Niels Gammelgaard for Ikea in the 1980s. But it can also tell the story of a Dino neon light, a Serge Mouille wall light, Jean Prouvé’s No. 4 Chair or the Togo fireside chair by Ligne Roset…

Read also: Ikea furniture soon antiques?

Nothing to add or take away either from the chronicle of David Abittan, a graduate in architecture and specialized journalist, who encourages the viewer to look up and take an interest in the buildings of his daily life. With enthusiasm: after having defended, in season 1, the “urbanism of slabs” of the Olympiades district, in Paris, and of La Part-Dieu, in Lyon, he will take us to the Parc des Princes, in the 16e arrondissement of Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (8e), or on the green roofs of the Beaugrenelle shopping center (15e), For “reconcile the city and nature” : dreamy…

Archbeaupresented by Zoé de Las Cases (Fr., 2022, 28 min).


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