2. Left bank, right bank… and in the middle
Ty Kodak and the Max Jacob footbridge, in Quimper
The clichés of Brittany are well-known: earthenware items, half-timbered houses, etc. But on the quays, something attracts the eye. The avant-garde design with rounded edges is striking. It’s the work of Olivier Mordrelle, who in 1933 had just designed Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye. The idea of returning to regionalism, to picturesque design, did not appeal to him! He persisted and designed the garage at 24 boulevard Dupleix, just opposite, now home to the editorial office of Ouest France. Between the two buildings is the Odet river and its footbridges. Among them is a particular gem, dedicated to Max Jacob. It was designed by Elisabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, the “Bonnie and Clyde” of contemporary design. On one of the piers, a portrait of the poet after Modigliani appears and disappears with the tide. “Brittany is a miracle,” he wrote, “it absorbs the cars, the Corbusier houses, lipstick…”. Without ever stopping to be Brittany.
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