As we worked on the Spring Summer 2013 collections, the jungle was our main inspiration. We went on a trip to rural Thailand to find the essence of the jungle, but we also tried to find this idea in our everyday lives in Paris. This started us on our quest to find the jungles of the city - the places where we could find that bit of nature and wildness on our lunch breaks - and we found so many amazing and inspirational jungles within our own stomping grounds. The next one on our lists is the National Library of France!
France's national library's main buildings are four book-like L-shaped high-rises that are so explicitly modern you would never expect to find a jungle in the middle. But between the four rises and their extensive series of hallways, atriums and balconies, is an outdoor botanical garden so full of gigantic trees and pathways you could almost get lost in it, if it weren't for the high-rises ever visible in the background. The best part is that you can see the jungle from almost anywhere in the building, making your book-browsing all the more exciting and all the more relaxing. It's the perfect place to read the Jungle Book! They also have a rotating exhibition hall that is currently displaying "100 Masterpieces of Photography" (until February 17), with works by everyone from Edgar Degas to Man Ray to Diane Arbus. What better time to check out this Parisian jungle?
BNF, 11 Quai François Mauriac 75013 Paris