Colourful art, culinary experiences, and vibrant street life
Bonjour Paris! We celebrated Adentity’s first 20 years with an inspirational trip to Paris. A homage to team spirit, the joy of creative work and passion for building strong brands. Paris inspired us with its beauty, art, culinary experiences, architecture, and vibrant street life. Come with us to Paris!
Pont Neuf in the soft autumn sun
We crossed la Seine over the beautiful Pont Neuf, taking a moment in the warm, soft autumn sun with La Tour Eiffel on the horizon. The bridge is one of Paris’s oldest bridges with its own exciting history. Pont Neuf is a popular location for both filmmakers, artists, and fashion photographers. In 1985, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude covered the entire bridge in woven polyamide fabric, known as The Pont Neuf Wrapped.
The art museum Musée d’Orsay – Impressionism and Avant-garde
Our first port of call was the Musee d’Orsay. Once upon a time, this building was a train station, the Gare d’Orsay, that was later turned into an art museum. Now it is one of Paris’s most unique museum buildings. Adentity started our visit on the fifth floor, with the great works of Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Degas and many more. We passed through the phases of Impressionism, Post-impressionism, and Avant-garde filmmaking. Exploring how Paris has been the centre of so many art movements and eras.
French culinary experience in Saint-Germain
Great art creates great appetite, so it was time for a proper Parisian lunch. We found a perfect place in St Germaine, where we feasted on a starter of classic snails soaked in garlic butter with baguettes whilst digesting the artistic influences from Musée d’Orsay.
Paris – Turning buildings into advertising
Paris is a city that knows how to use every building renovation project as an advertisement opportunity. During renovation the buildings are wrapped, cleverly hiding the messy construction project behind and providing a huge space for advertisements. Seen by thousands of Parisians and visitors passing by, the artwork on these mega-size panels is well executed with high quality design and print techniques making them really stand out.We photographed a few during our trip to Paris. The ”Cloud-ad” for Louis Vuitton was visible all over Paris.
La Basilique du Sacre Cœur with Montmartre ambience
After a short metro ride, we arrived at Chateaux Rouge where we walked up the hill to la Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and enjoyed the great view over Paris. Under the clear Saturday sky, we sat down for a relaxing break on the stairs enjoy the vibrant life around us and being entertained by a young man doing the most fantastic football tricks whilst hanging from a lamppost!
As the sun began to set, we wandered through Montmartre feeling the ambience of streets lined with small houses and the heritage of great artists. Picasso had his first studio in Montmartre at the Rue Gabrielle, also Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec had their homes close by.
Celebration Dinner at le Camondo
The restaurant La Camondo is situated in a beautiful Parisian Villa near the Park Monceau in the 8th arrondissement. We had a delicious dinner there with French Cuisine. It was a joyful evening with fun stories of memories and adventures we have experienced together at Adentity.
A fashion walk in the night – from Valentino to Gucci
In a strong, colourful light in a variety of colours from purple, pink, blue and green, the fashion houses presented the clothes for the upcoming winter season. Gucci’s green mega-sized installation for promoting the Gucci Bamboo 1947 bag caught our eye. The entire installation was made only of small, spring-green coloured balls that together created a 3D effect.
Paris landmark number one – La tour Eiffel
Paris was glittering below our feet and the fantastic view from the top made us breathless. The Eiffel Tower or La Dame de Fer – the iron lady – is a true symbol of Paris, and quite extraordinary in the world of marketing.
It is a city landmark like no other. The tower has been at the centre of lots of creative work since it was built in 1889. For example, the French car brand Citroën has used the Eiffel Tower for celebrating their concept of Créative Technologie in several campaigns over the years.
Between 1925 and 1934 the Eiffel Tower served as a marketing pillar for the brand. Using 250 000 lights to form the letters of Citroën, they managed to turn the whole tower in an advert. The Guinness Book of World Records actually recorded the Eiffel Tower as the world’s largest advertisement. There are no limits in the world of creativity – everything is possible.
Looking forward to the next 20 years
After some wonderful days in Paris, the entire Adentity team felt boosted with inspiration, ready to take on new marketing challenges. We certainly look forward to the next exciting 20 years!
Au revoir, Paris! A bientôt.