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The Art of Craft: Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism in Paris and Brussels

June 2-9, 2018


Daily Itinerary (subject to change)

Day One – Saturday, June 2
Depart the USA for your overnight flight to Brussels.

Day Two – Sunday, June 3
Individual arrival into Brussels. You have time to relax and settle in at your 5-star hotel ─ located just steps away from the Grand Place ─ before the journey begins. Meet your Frank Lloyd Wright Trust trip leaders and fellow travelers. Our afternoon begins with nascent masterpieces of Art Nouveau style, including works by Victor Horta, whom Frank Lloyd Wright openly admired. Visit the Autrique House (1893), Victor Horta’s first important building, and Ecole Number 1, a wonderful Art Nouveau school. Visit the exteriors of the Hotel Tassel ─ generally considered to be the first Art Nouveau building because of its innovative floor plan and ground-breaking use of materials such as glass and steel ­─ and the Hôtel van Eetvelde, another work by Horta. End the day with a private visit to Horta’s opulent Solvay House, from 1895. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during the welcome dinner amid splendid Art Nouveau surroundings.
Hotel Amigo, Brussels D

Day Three – Monday, June 4
After breakfast at the hotel, a full day of sightseeing includes the Van Buuren Museum, once the 1920 house of Dutch financier David van Buuren and his Belgian wife Alice Piette. While the exterior appears to be influenced by the Amsterdam School, the interior decoration characterizes an "Art Deco" whole by Belgian, French and Dutch designers, carefully curated by the philanthropic couple. After lunch, continue to the Max Hallet House ─ designed by Horta in 1904 ─ for a private visit with owner Michel Gilbert. Hallet was a lawyer and socialist, and desired a house devoid of opulence. However, wide-open spaces, beautiful woodwork and a lovely stained glass “winter garden” are typical, lavish Horta. Next is an exterior visit of the Palais Stoclet, a private mansion built by Josef Hoffman between 1905 and 1911. This architectural masterpiece is renowned for its integration of architecture and art, which Hoffman and the Secessionists practiced. End the day with a private evening tour of the Horta House Museum, once the private home and studio of the architect, built between 1898-1901. The evening is yours to explore the local cuisine of Belgium.
Hotel Amigo, Brussels B L

Day Four - Tuesday, June 5
After breakfast, view the 1899 girded steel and glass exterior of the Old England department store designed by Paul Saintency on the way to the Musée Fin de Siècle in the Fine Arts Museum. Here, examine the extensive Gillion Crowet Collection of Art Nouveau decorative arts and architectural documents. After lunch at the museum brasserie, enjoy an exclusive tour of the privately owned Cauchie House. This classic example of Art Nouveau design was built by Paul Cauchie for his own use and is known for its beautiful sgrafitto façade. Then, enjoy an exclusive interior tour of the ground-breaking and influential Hotel Tassel (1893-1894). Your evening is at leisure.
Hotel Amigo, Brussels B L

Day Five - Wednesday, June 6
After breakfast, travel overland to France. Just across the border, in Croix, visit Villa Cavrois (1929-1932) by Robert Mallet-Stevens. Soak in this luminous, elegant vision of modernity by the talented architect and designer. After a simple lunch, continue to Paris, then take off on foot to explore the city’s Art Nouveau and Art Deco treasures by Hector Guimard and other architects who were influenced by Victor Horta. Guimard further refined and expanded upon Horta’s iconic “whiplash” style, spreading it across France and abroad. Your route will include the 16th arrondissement, several metro stations, and more. From Guimard’s 1898 Castel Beranger, the first Art Nouveau building in France, witness the hallmarks of the new Art Deco style in the architect’s own home (1909), the Hotel Mezzara (1910) and Villa Flora (1924-1927). Check into your centrally located, Art Deco-style hotel. Gather for dinner at a nearby wine bistro.
Hotel du Collectionneur, Paris B L D

Day Six - Thursday, June 7
After breakfast, we study Paris’s Art Deco style in the residential neighborhood of Boulogne-Billancourt. See works by Le Corbusier, George-Henri Pingusson, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Raymond Fisher, Pierre Patout, Louis Faure-Dujarric, Auguste Perret, André Lurcat and Tony Garnier. Our morning ends with a visit to Le Corbusier’s studio apartment. After lunch at a brasserie, stroll Rue Mallet-Stevens, an elegant street filled with houses from the 1920s and 30s. We end our day with the famous Villa Savoye designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret between 1928 and 1931, now known as a classic example of the International Style. Your evening is at leisure to explore the exciting nightlife of Paris. Stroll along the Champs-Elysées or visit the nearby Arc de Triomphe.
Hotel du Collectionneur, Paris B L

Day Seven – Friday, June 8
After breakfast, visit the Decorative Arts Museum (part of the Musée du Louvre) for a special curator-guided visit of its Art Nouveau and Art Deco collections. After lunch on your own, rendezvous for an afternoon visit of the early modernist masterpiece Maison de Verre “House of Glass,” a poetic study of variable levels of transparency using glass, glass block and steel by Pierre Chareau. This iconic house reveals ingenious surprises at every turn, and is not open to the public. Toast the end of your journey at the legendary Maxims-de-Paris, amid splendid fin-de-siécle surroundings.
Hotel du Collectionneur, Paris B D

Day Eight - Saturday, June 9
The journey ends after breakfast. Transfers to the airport can be arranged upon request.

Due to the size of the private residences and museums included on this journey, the maximum group size is 22.

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