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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Chairs at the Pompidou!

I thought I would spend a lot more time at the Pompidou though I did visit multiple times to see several special exhibits (Dali and Eileen Grey). We missed the Brancusi atelier however, I did spend several afternoons perusing the permanent collection. I remember some avant-garde furniture from my last visit, but it seems they have expanded their furniture collection which is beautifully displayed amongst the art.
So, in honor of all the wonderful chairs and chaises at the Pompidou here's a selection...
The Musee des Arts Decoratif  has a wonderful selection of chairs too, beautifully displayed on a large modern platform. If you're interested in furniture I'd recommend their Art Nouveau and Art Deco galleries, along with the selection of Art Nouveau decorative arts from across Europe at the Musee D'Orsay.
I loved this Italian piece (below)which was very sculptural.
The more contemporary chairs are found with  the contemporary art in the fourth floor galleries. I love the contrast of the two pieces below.

Who could resist the display of modern orange and red chairs at the top of the post? The color, texture and undulation is fabulous. This is also a story about the modern mass production of design as these inexpensive stackable chairs attest.
If you need a further design fix see my post on the Design Museum in Lisbon.

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