Primavera tells the story of a stunning artistic adventure spanning over six of the most creative decades about French Art Décoratifs.

In 1912, the department store “Au Printemps” in Paris is the first of its kind to give itself an original art creation studio. The purpose of this art studio is to develop modern Arts Décoratifs and to facilitate their diffusion.

Conceived by René Guilleré, founder of the Société des Artistes Décorateurs and Pierre Laguionie, the young and dynamic manager of the department store ” Au Printemps “, the project is called Primavera (“Spring” in Italian) a name which cleverly echoes the department store’s own name, “Spring” in French.

As soon as WWI comes to its awaited end, Primavera rapidly grows up. The ideas behind this art creation studio are to have ensembles of hand-crafted furniture and art objects produced by traditional workshops, to promote young artists. Its purposes are to introduce art into interiors by making affordable to everyone useful or decorative objects, both beautiful, modern and of good quality.

Creators are appointed, a pottery is bought in Touraine-France to ensure part of the production, other art workshops’ collaboration is asked in various fields such as glass work and ceramics…Soon an original production is born.

The immediate success of Primavera prompts other parisian department stores to found their own art creation studio. Big names are recruited : Paul Follot creates Pomone for “Au Bon Marché“, while Maurice Duchêne takes the head of La Maîtrise for “Les Galeries Lafayette” and “Les Magasins du Louvre” hire Kohlmann for their Studium.

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow – The Tomb of Terror

Posted By on March 13, 2012

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the “Detective Story” radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we’ll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

Click on the link below to download this old time radio broadcast in MP3 format.

This week’s episode is…
The Shadow – The Tomb of Terror starring Orson Welles (originally broadcast on August 28, 1938).

The Shadow comic

Special thanks to John Picha for collecting all of the classic Shadow covers for us!



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