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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

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.