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The Chairs, the Table, the flowers, the drapes (similar motif) , the pillows- one, two, and three.
Definitely one of my favorite activities to do anytime of year is to enjoy a latte in a cafe and people watch. The best spots usually are lined with the staple Parisian cafe chair faced out towards the street mimicking the cafes in Paris intended for specifically this past time.
Before seeing the city in person upon graduating college, I studied Parisian literature, architecture, and interiors in separate classes, and in all of them the cafe life was at the forefront of discussion. Since visiting, it's not difficult to understand since the cafes line every street in the city.
There is a very practical reason cafes and Paris are inseparable in our minds. Paris was a hot spot for creatives beginning in the 1920's because it was affordable (if you can imagine that!) and people flocked into the city. The cafes became popular partly because those creatives in Paris had small flats and usually couldn't afford to keep their heat on during the winter. As a result the cheapest option was to spend most of your time in French cafes for the price of a coffee or stuff drink.
Because the cafe life was so prevelant throughout the city, the furniture (as any hospitality designer will tell you) had to be extremely durable. The chair we have come to know as the classic Parisian chair is exactly what cafe owners were looking for. The rattan and rilsan chair proved to be up to the task of handling the crowds that swarmed through the public spaces. While they were popular for their durability, they remain in high demand today for their aesthetics and symbolism.
Ernest Hemingway wrote affectionately about the city, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
Now, aren't these chairs, exactly what you need in your life? Me too!
PS. Hope you like my cute pineapple blush roman shades I invented for this post! I think they are sort of adorable!
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