Magical Paris: Galeries Lafayette Christmas 2016

Over the years, we have enjoyed the pleasure of being in Paris at the holiday season. We cherish our memories of the French capital being transformed into a Christmas wonderland. It becomes a magical fairy-tale city, all decked out in her holiday sparkle - just waiting to enchant visitors, children and Parisians alike. One must-see is the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store.  Our 2016 memories of decorations and window displays are still fresh in our thoughts, all designed with exquisite paper artistry, all staged beneath the majestic art nouveau stained-glass dome.

Galeries Lafayette holiday theme (2016) is An Amazing Arctic Christmas.  It specifically features remarkable design and innovation, with the first-ever fine, hand-cut paper Christmas tree.  All handcrafted in the same style as their animated Christmas window displays on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, France.
Designed and created by Lorenzo Papace a French artistic director, producer and composer. Over the years, Papace has specialized in the delicate art of paper shaping. His unique artwork is found in displays, stop motion and photography.

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       Galeries Lafayette's first ever hand-cut all paper Christmas Tree                
Under the art nouveau stained-glass dome - Christmas 2016

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Replica of the grand staircase in Galeries Lafayette all made of paper

To bring Lorenzo Papace’s paper artworks to life for its Amazing Arctic Christmas, Galeries Lafayette called on the Creative Papers and Graphic Papers divisions of Arjowiggins, an Anglo-French fine paper supplier. Arjowiggins has been making fine papers for the most demanding creative requirements and techniques since 1770, with a relentless focus on innovation and environmental consideration.

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The Amazing Arctic Christmas is part fun, frolic and fairytale with a subtle nod to the environment.  Bringing awareness to the disappearing of the Arctic ice caps.
          all image credits to Galeries Lafayette Press Department

The 8 minute video below is about the amazing craftsmanship and the one-year journey of creating the Galeries Lafayette Christmas displays

Making of GALERIES LAFAYETTE Christmas 2016 from Lorenzo Papace on Vimeo.

To see more of the artistic paper creations follow this link

1 comment:

  1. Christmas in Paris, France.
    Magically beautiful!

    Posted by J. Christina!


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