Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lafont glasses (again)!


I know that it's the 3rd time (last time it was also at the end of January) I post a photo of the window of Lafont, a French optician that has several outlets in Paris. This one belongs to the store located on Boulevard Raspail in the 7th by which I pass every evening to go home. Once again, I love what they've done with their window, it's extremely creative. Like I mentioned already, Lafont is a family owned business and it's their older son, Thomas, who is in charge of the window displays. One day I'll have to check out the other boutiques ;)

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  1. I wonder how Thomas got a hold of a photo of me, there on the right. Ah, well, if it sells glasses...

    I like these colors, Eric. I don't blame you for stopping.

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  2. USelaine wonders if she should sue for breach of privacy.

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  3. Exceptional!! This looks like the window of an artist's studio. wonderful use of color and very coherent. I can't pick a favorite.

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  4. What a fun job he has! It must be fun to pass by and see what he comes up with. I often find myself envious of what other people do for a living.

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  5. ...but then she thinks, who's going to know that it's her...

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  6. ...until she realizes she "outed" herself, so can't blame them...

    Oh! Hi! heh

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  7. lol UsElaine GF!

    I remember this opticians with the fab window displays Eric! I enjoyed your post before. What a clever chap he is. Really effective.

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  8. What do you think, Lynn? Shall I paint the crown in a "naive" style?

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  9. he he yes definitely. With a pair of glasses at the front.

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  10. Oh, I love it! I would hang every one on my wall at home.

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  11. Oh, heaving a big fat sigh ~ even the opticians' shops in Paris have that 'je ne sais quoi'! I'll happily look at as many of these as you like, Eric.

    USElaine, so funny!

    Lone Beader, are the Lafonts as Spectacular as we would imagine?

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  12. I see a retinue of retinas, a view of lenses through a most special lense, optimal optometrics, portraits that exhibit few poor traits. Let's face it, I too am too fond of Lafont, yet could I be cornier in expressing how much I look up to corneas so well-depicted by the blurring of the binocular visions of both Thomas and Eric? It brings me to tears.

    As I near the photo for a closer look, although not at all angry, I find myself becoming cross-eyed.

    I've written too many low-brow sentences here and now must put a lid on it or suffer the lashes of denigration.

    Please turn a blind eye to these written failures.

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  13. TG, you're a hard act to follow. I won't even try.

    Only in Paris would an optician have such a delightful window.

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  14. So funny, Tall Gary!

    It is refreshing to see a new and different approach to glasses! (I have them, but I wear contacts 99.9% of the time. I think I look mean in my glasses.)

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  15. Third time but it's always GREAT!
    I thought at first sight that it was a picture of paintings in a museum.
    I'll try to buy my next glasses there, at least to see the window!!

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  16. Yes, this is extremely creative and clever, Eric. What a fun neighborhood you live in. Merci.

    USElaine and Tall G-Man...you folks are a "cornea-copia" of laughs tonight. ;-)

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  17. Can't touch that, Tall Gary. Marvellous.

    However, Guille, I wonder if even Lafont has a lens for la Reine.

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  18. I often find displays in opticians' windows to be quite clever and entertaining—but these are expecially so!
    Thanks for sharing, Eric. You can post their window every time Thomas changes it, as far as I'm concerned. Wouldn't mind seeing their other stores, either.
    tall gary -- I am astigmatically stigmatized, but this four-eyes laughed until she cried.

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  19. This is one cool optician shop!!

    Keep on showing us their window whenever they have something that creative on display.

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  20. Fun to see! Bright colors work wonders in the middle of winter...

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  21. LOL Tomate! I had the same reaction!

    Maybe one day they'll have a window display with your photos as a theme Eric. I mean, what better way to view PDP than through a pair of Lafont glasses!

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  22. Are these sourced from the artists for a stipulated period of time?

    Or does the eldest son do these art pieces himself? That would certainly mean a lotta planning far ahead!

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  23. I thought this was an art gallery at first. BTW who is the artist - Thomas ?
    I see one pair of glasses down in the left corner, so it should be right, this is actually an optician shop.

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  24. Your eyes are really good Eric!

    I agree with Guille that at first sight I thought of paintings.

    BTW, I caught this sentence written on a wall in one of the great Picasso exhibitions that are currently held in Paris:
    "L'art n'est pas l'application d'un canon de beauté mais ce que l'instinct et le cerveau peuvent concevoir indépendamment du canon (...)" _ Conversation avec Picasso 1935.

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  25. Plus je regarde plus j'y vois de l'art primitif.

    Jeff, no lens for me! Since I don't wear them everyday, I prefer glasses.

    Well TG, all the admiration of LG... Can't compete. At all.

    Anonyme, j'aime beaucoup la citation, même s'il est vrai qu'elle n'est valable qu'à partir des années 20. Il aurait été inconcevable de dire ça avant...

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  26. @Guille. En fait, c'est discutable. El Greco au 16è siècle, par exemple, peignait ce qu'il pensait pas ce qu'il voyait... Exemple ? . Les proportions ne sont franchement pas respectées.

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  27. Love the graphics! If only I could get a few new pair of specs from this place!

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  28. Another place where you found a Frenchperson thinking outside the box.
    More, More, Encore!!!

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  29. One of my favourite ads showing at the moment in the UK is one for the opticians Specsavers. Here it is -

    Specsavers Ad

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  30. On first sight,I thought it was photo of another of Eric's 'little PDP gatherings'.
    Perhaps I need some new specs!
    - Hang on a minute though, isn't that USelaine on the right and Tomate in the middle?

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  31. The first time I saw the Specsavers ad, I thought it was an insult to the memory of Edith Piaf.
    -Still,no harm done just as long as none of our french friends saw it - oops Lynn!

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  32. I think the Specsavers ad is cute. I would be bummed if they dubbed over her voice, but they didn't.

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  33. Hey.... is funny and clever... I love art... and looks like they are watching us... insted the opposite.. LOL....
    I like the orange one!!!

    Bisous
    Lau

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  34. Drummond, you are funny !!!

    Personally, I had a little gathering earlier in the day which was not a PDP one, of course not, but still I spent such a wonderful time that it could have been one !

    And a big smile was on my face just like those in the middle, in the photo.

    Lynn, your link is really nice too!

    That reminds me of an old french Ad for glasses (don't remember for which brand): Someone who seemed happier than usual in life was asked : "Have you changed something in your life?"
    Then this person answered quietly : "No, no I've just changed my glasses!" ;)

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  35. But, Eric, the painting you refer to seems like a perfect example of Mannerisem, which was indeed the canon at the time. Guille: your thoughts?

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  36. Edouard glad you like it! Drummond I thought so at first too but as Suzy says, they kept her lovely voice, so it's just about getting Ms. Piaf out there more and more, as far as I'm concerned! Great.

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  37. What kind of "little gathering" Edouard???

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  38. So very clever. I'll have to be sure to walk by a Lafont store when I visit Paris this summer.

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  39. Superb. It's an art gallery, not an optician. The range of colours is so pleasing too - all blends so beautifully. Great designs.

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  40. I am betting about a billion euros that tonight's/tomorrow's picture (depending on if I stay awake or not) will be about the demonstrations in Paris today. A smart Golden Finger (GF) competitor would be smart to pre-prepare their comment if you want to beat the usual winners.

    Of course, it's just a guess...

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  41. I don't have a billion Euros, how about a billion Polish zlotys if you are right?
    But since the demonstrations were probably in the news by now, I will bone up on Le Monde and be on standby for GF. I'll take Euros, then.

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  42. Oh UKLynn, I just saw the Specsavers ad...hysterical!

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  43. Three stories about the demonstrations. On the London Times web page, a photo shows an empty platform at Gare St. Lazare. On the New York Times web page, a photo shows a platform at Gare St. Lazare full of people. Very odd contrast. These two stories said nothing of violence, while the International Herald Tribune says "100 youths clashed with police near the Opera Garnier, hurling various objects."

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  44. Hmmm I love that word !
    I had to catch it, and that's it!! I do agree. That's right.

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