"An Office for a French Spy" by MGHerod

God where do I even begin with this? I put a lot of sleepless nights into this room, which was actually the student break room for the art building. This five week project was intended to showcase what exactly a Cold War French spy’s office would look like and it was rather well received by the classes that came to see it and it earned me an A+ in the class.

A lot of this stuff I had to either buy or make from scratch and I had to make sure that almost everything, from the shoes to her portrait, fit Clarise’s personality. It had to be sharp and a little brooding, but if I went too far it would come across as creepy and unwelcoming. Plus it’s also hard to create a space that looks lived in and have it seem natural That being said, I love all the little details that went into this piece.

-The globe in the corner is marked with red and silver tacs, red being important missions and silver ones that were run of the mill. 

-The newspaper clippings on the wall sport (besides the german one which was pulled from a 1980’s headline) all sported little references to either fictitious French spies or real ones. They included Le Chiffre from the Bond film Casino Royale, Rene Joyese ( A WW2 french spy) and Charlotte Corday (actually an assassin from the French Revolution) among a few others.

-Cigars not scene here (due to a bit of a kerfuffle on the day of the showing) were Montecristos, the cigar of choice for many of the Bond films.

-The letter obscured by light in the third picture reads in French:

Dear Clarise,

I have gone to the grocery and I won’t be long. Don’t worry about the mission. We will receive more.



(The envelopes in the briefcase, which also dates back to the 1980’s, all sport a MISSION FAILED stamp in bright red. Evrard and Clarise aren’t the best spy duo in the world)

-The song that played during the showing was La Vie en Rose. While this was scrapped for song choice at first due to being a bit cliche, it was chosen because of how well it fit the theme of the room

-Also not pictured here was a rather large black Minx cat that was brought in. He was an amazing little actor, and was jumping up onto the desk and laying on the armchair. Wish I could have gotten pictures of him but sadly he had to leave a bit early.

David Evrard / The Spirit of Ecstasy / 2012

Publié aux Presses du Réel avec Komplot.
Conception graphique : Pierre Huyghebaert (Speculoos).

paru en décembre 2012

édition française

16,5 x 23,5 cm (broché)

224 pages (ill. n&b)

21.40 €

ISBN : 978-2-96012-071-4

EAN : 9782960120714

« Spirit of Ecstasy est un roman où tout est raconté comme un long trip d’acide où se mélangent les lieux, les époques, les personnages, les choses rêvées et les choses vécues, et où les gens se réveillent simplement pour aller voir le lever du soleil. Le livre semble avoir été construit à partir de visions. C’est rose et orangé et mauve et scintillant. Il y a de la fumée, des formes géométriques planantes, de la danse, du sexe, et du rythme. Des uppercuts et des swings. Il est difficile de renouer avec la chronologie, et on aurait presque besoin d’une carte pour s’y retrouver. Spirit of Ecstasy est un roman écrit par David Evrard qui nous livre son expérience joyeuse des expositions. C’est même une grande exposition qui constitue le noyau dur du récit, avec un curateur fou aux dents de cuivre qui n’organise d’ailleurs rien du tout, et des artistes qui parlent, qui s’amusent, et qui construisent des espaces et des formes. »
Jill Gasparina



Krancenblum: Georges, Regine (age 10)

Associated City: Paris, France

This website is pretty much amazing: www.ajpn.org (This is the second post I’ve found on here! The Arama family is mentioned on there too) Unfortunate for me, its in French. Google Translate saves the day again, alas its still a bit hard to follow.

Here’s what I’ve gathered:

George and Regine were hidden by a network run by Marcel Moussa Abadi and Odette Rosenstock. Abadi and Rosenstock ran the main Jewish rescue “circuit” in France with the help of the Bishop of Nice (Paul Remond), Pastor Evrard, and Rev Paul Gagneir. Together from 1943 to 1945, they saved 527 Jewish children. At the end of the article it simply states that “they are hidden under the name of fox”. The French sentence is Ils sont cachés sous le nom de “Renard”. I’m guessing this means that while they were in hiding, their last name was changed to Renard? Can anyone confirm or deny this? I don’t speak French.

Looking to lob a few with your small fry Federer or baby Billie Jean? (Or just want a fun way for your kid to get some physical activity inside?) You’re in luck! Court 16, a new tennis club designed just for kids opened its doors in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus this September, and tennis pros are standing by to teach your little athlete about serving, sportsmanship and (in time) perfecting a killer backhand.

The Where, Who and How
Strategically surrounded by Brooklyn neighborhoods brimming with kids of all ages (Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Fort Greene are all a ball-throw away), Court 16 is the brainchild of Anthony Evrard, a former tennis wunderkind in his native Belgium. (Evrard ranked in the top five of his country’s national junior team until age 16; a tennis scholarship to Loyola Marymount University in California brought him to the states. The club is named after the court where Evrard learned — and came to love —the sport back home.)

Evrard’s vision is to create a stimulating and nurturing tennis facility that not only teaches kids the sport, but promotes confidence, social fluency and self-esteem as well. From a vacant warehouse space on Baltic Street, Evrard has created a tennis club for kids that’s the first of its kind in the country.

Why It’s Unique
Court 16 is filled with natural light and accents of bright yellow making it an inviting and cheerful space for both parents and kids, but don’t let the friendly atmosphere fool you: the facilities are totally pro. The courts are designed to the United States Tennis Association’s specs for children’s courts (they’re smaller), and use customized, lower nets manufactured in the UK. The courts’ surfaces are made with Premier Court, the most advance cushioning surface available, and the material on which the Davis Cup is played. The upshot: Court 16 is a professional caliber tennis facility sized for kids, and the first indoor tennis facility for children in the U.S.

The Little Extras
Other features catering to Court 16’s clientele include large Nerf-like tennis balls for the tiniest of players, cute and colorful targets in the shape of animals such as a bear and an owl, kid-friendly restrooms and a court-side area for where parents can relax and watch lessons if they like. All members of the club also receive a backpack, polo and hoodie from Court 16’s partner LaCoste.

Getting With the Programs
To find Court 16 coaches, Evrard looked to his colleagues from the world of competitive tennis. The club’s programs are tailored by age group and include private and group tennis classes as well as tennis conditioning. The club’s programs include Freshman for ages three and four; Sophomore for ages five and six; Junior for ages seven and eight, and Senior for kids nine to 11. Kids are never evaluated upon joining, and all skill levels are welcome. While competition is not stressed at Court 16, the club is equipped to train and support any student interested in pursuing competitive play.

Join the Club
Annual membership to the club is $500, with class packages available for an additional fee. Members can book court time for parents and kids to play together, and the club will also be hosting a speaker series, member events and mini tournaments. Plus: free breakfast on weekends! Families wishing to check out the club before signing on the dotted line can purchase a three-lesson package to see if Court 16 is the right fit for them.

Parents and kids from Brooklyn and beyond are currently enrolled at Court 16 (Manhattanites from Battery Park, the Financial District and Chelsea count themselves as members) and the club will open an additional three courts (and 8,000 square feet) in January of 2015. The facility also plans to offer a winter session during school break.

For more info on Court 16 and its programs, go to court16.com.

Court 16
526 Baltic St.
Online: court16.com

What’s your favorite indoor sports venue for kids in NYC?

— Mimi O’Connor

photos: Court 16

http://redtri.com/new-york/opening-of-tennis-club-court-16/pregnancy and baby blog - http://www.25weekspregnant.org/

Princess Isabelle of Orleans-Braganza marrying Henri, Count of Paris (April 8, 1931)

  • Princess Isabelle of Orleans on her wedding day to Friedrich Karl, Count of Schonborn-Buchheim (September 10,1964)
  • Princess Helene of Orleans on her wedding day to Count Evrard de Limburg Stirum
  • Princess Anne of Orleans on her wedding day to Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria (May 12, 1965)
  • Princess Diane of Orleans on her wedding day to Carl, Duke of Wurttemberg (July 21, 1960)
  • Princess Claude of Orleans on her wedding day to Amedeo, Duke of Aosta (July 22, 1964)
  • Princess Chantal of Orleans with her parents on her wedding day to Baron Francois Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue

J.Cole - She Knows (ft. Amber Coffman & Cults) from Sam Pilling on Vimeo.

Music video by J. Cole feat. Amber Coffman & Cults performing She Knows. (C) 2014 Roc Nation LLC

Director: Sam Pilling
Producer: Sarah Park
Executive Producer: Laura Tunstall
DP: Pat Scola
Focus Puller: Jake Bianco
Editor: Ellie Johnson @Speade
Colourist: James Tillett @MPC
Sound Design: Luis Almau & Henning Knoepfel @Sound Tree
Casting Director: Ivy Isenberg
1st AD: Kenneth Taylor / Evrard Salomon
Production Designer: Mandy Cheng
Sound Recordist: Martin Kittappa
Commissioner: Chaka Pilgrim
Director’s Rep: Jamie Kohn Rabineau @LARK

Kyle: Armani Cooper
Dad: Harold Perrineau
Mom: Rochelle Aytes
Friend: Taqwa Thomas
Cop: Mike Tellez
Lover: J.Cole

Copelan Hackwith
Zak Razvi
Rik Green
Gerry Lindfield
Ore Okenedo
Dylan Mulick
Bryan Younce

Par Fanny Laison, Vaihere Tauotaha et Thomas Evrard, étudiants IJBA. Master 1.

Score honorable pour la ville de Bordeaux : 63 aires de jeux pour 24 000 bambins. Mais entre un enfant des Chartrons et un autre de Bacalan, les possibilités d’accéder à des aires de jeux proches et en bon état sont loin d’être les mêmes. Dommage pour une ville qui affiche deux priorités : la proximité et l’enfance.