In fact I fall in love daily. I was walking along minding my own business yesterday on rue Saint-Augustin, when I happened to look up and fell instantly in love with the French typography all over this restaurant.
I even thought I might go in and have lunch I was feeling so in love but the menu at Drouant par Antoine Westermann was too steep for my pocketbook :) Still that's one of the things I LOVE about Paris is the gorgeous type everywhere.
Photo by Lindsay TramataYesterday expat Paris writer Lindsey Tramata had a photo on her Lost In Cheeseland post I think...or maybe in her beautiful Flickr pictures of Susan Hutchinson's blog biz card. A coup de foudre(love at first sight) for this flowing Frenchie script.
Naturally I tried to copy it. Hmmm...more practice needed.
Do look up when in Paris. You will see wonderful type faces, some from the 30s and still very much appreciated by the French.
Boulangerie Poilane knows how to do a classy logo chosen from the most traditional of French type faces going back to the 17th century
Most French wines and jams also follow in the classic 17th century tradition. Is this why we love them so much?
The 2 most beautiful words in the world maybe. Break fast.
Food and French type are joined at the hip. Even the most primitive French scraw has style and class no?
The brand new la Maison Plisson uses classic French scrawl to let you know their berries cost more than anyone else's. Hmm...
I just love this weird word meaning 'licoricerie' at the Foire de Paris.
French scrawl done beautifully with a loaded paintbrush will get you from the Vernon train station to Monet's gardens in Giverny.
Here's a French scrawl decal you can plaster on your walls (at BHV).
Last week friends took me to another Antoine Westermann restaurant, Le Coco Rico. The design of absolutely spot on including their all-chicken menu. The interior is done up like inside a chicken coop believe it or not and is darn elegant and witty.
89, rue Lepic 75018
Their daily lunch specials are terrific (note it's written clearly New York Times type face.
I wish my photo of Wednesday's special, saucisse de volaille Maison aux champignons de Paris pommes de terres sautees de persil was terrific but it tasted YUM.
My dessert (BTW not included in the 15 euros special) of French Toast brioche was prettier and just as fab.
Classic café type is always a treat for the eyes isn't it?
I fall in love everytime with the chalk scrawl on café blackboards (ardoise). Do you?
A trip to the shoemaker can be just as elegant as going to Dior in Paris in my opinion.
What's not to love about Frenchie type?