Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day!

In honor of the heritage of Grange Furniture and the great influence that France has had on design, I thought I would write a little bit about Bastille Day.

Bastille Day is the French national holiday celebrated on July 14th each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, a feast and celebration that was held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14,1789. The Bastille was a prison in Paris, which the people stormed and seized in 1789, starting the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and the aristocracy. Bastille Day is a historical symbol of revolt against injustice and festivities are held on the morning of July 14th on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris

If you want to get your French fill on Bastille Day, New York City has a large Bastille Day celebration each year on 60th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the Empire State Building is illuminated in blue, white and red.

Take a look at some of these inspiring photos…How have the French influenced your design?

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