Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Sitting on a Park Bench...in Paris.
It's fall and the weather has segued into brisker temperatures here in the northeast. But with a minimum of bundling up, it permits sitting outside; perhaps to read a book or to write a love song smoking a Gauloise. OK, I'll take us out of the 1960's to save our lungs and replace that cigarette with its modern electronic counterpart, and the book with an iPad, but you get the picture.
|Banc bench from the Le Jardin collection at Cote France.|
At any rate, this is what came to mind when I espied this whimsical take on a traditional park bench from French furniture company Cote France. Like a refugee from the island of lost toys, "Banc" is its furniture counterpart. Intentionally forlorn and asymmetrical, it is functional sculpture. Instead of a traditionally weather-worn wood look, it asserts itself into a 21st century garden with a bold splash of color; very simple and exceedingly clever.
Though I was unable to locate a photo of Jacques Brel sitting on a park bench (I am sure he did sit on a park bench at some point), it took little or no effort to locate one of him smoking...perhaps a Gauloise. Don't try this at home, folks.
"Je ne suis pas a vendre. Vous comprenez? Et je veux vivre ma vie comme je le veux." ~ Jacques Brel
*Edited by Kristi Saare Duarte. Check out her awesome travel blog: http://amongbuddhasandbabas.wordpress.com/