Merci’s “Upcycling” Collection Spotlights Sustainable Luxury

Coinciding with Paris Design Week, the high-end concept store's shoppable installation

Merci, an eclectic concept store in the Marais, contributes to the lengthy itinerary of Paris Design Week (6-14 September) this year with an exhibition of their own. The shoppable display, titled Upcycling: A New Lease on Life, features dozens of products made by skilled craftsmen and talented designers—each employing sustainable materials or highlighting a reused object. The collection comes complete with call-outs to the source …

Champagne Besserat de Bellefon’s Future-Forward Design Developments

From biodynamic farming to all-new bottles, an elegant advancement for the historic brand

Few references evoke as much sensation as Saint-Tropez in the ’60s. To think on this glamorous sliver of sunshine, starlets and the jet set conjures nostalgia and desire. That’s what managing director Godefroy Baijot sought to encourage with the updated design of Champagne Besserat de Bellefon. The family-owned brand, which Baijot will take over when his father retires in 2020, claims more than 175 years …

French Inventor Flies Hoverboard Halfway Across English Channel

Last week, French inventor Franky Zapata previewed mobility technology that he claimed would propel him across the English Channel (from France to England) in only 20 minutes. His first formal attempt occurred earlier today. Though Zapata didn’t quite make it all of the way—waves in the channel displaced his refueling station (situated 11 miles from the English city of Dover) by centimeters and he ultimately …