Paris versus New York

Vahram Muratyan’s minimalistic visualization of his two loved ones

The double-decker macaron from Ladurée next to the honey-sweet cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. Marc Jacobs from Bleecker Street says hi to Karl Lagerfeld in Rue Cambon. Proust’s Le temps retrouvé and Salinger’s Catcher in the rye. Paris, je t’aime and New York, I love you! In his book Paris versus New York: A tally of two cities Vahram Muratyan introduces you to the clichés, details, and contradictions of La Ville Lumière and The Big Apple.

Different pages from the book Paris vs New York

©Vahram Muratyan

The graphic artist was born in Paris after his Armenian parents moved from Anatolia to Istanbul and via Gallipoli, Thessaloníki, Venice to Paris. During a long stay in New York in 2010, he started a blog on which he spread his vision of the friendly visual match between the two metropolises. In that same year, his humoristic diptychs were exposed and sold for the first time in the Paris based concept store, Colette.

La chute. Made for his weekly visual column in the magazine of French newspaper Le Monde between 2011-2013

Vahram Muratyan for Dior

The Dior Croisière collection 2014-2015 © Vahram Muratyan for Dior

After designing work for the City of Paris, the magazine of the French newspaper Le Monde and French design label Hermès, the signature of this rising star drew the attention of Prada. For their spring/summer 2012 campaign he designed their virtual lookbook Prada Parallel Universes and the Prada x Vahram Muratyan Prada T-shirt collection

© Vahram Muratyan

Prada Parallel Universes ©Vahram Muratyan for Prada

Prada x Vahram Muratyan Prada T-shirt collection

Prada Parallel Universes ©Vahram Muratyan for Prada

During a family trip to Paris in October 2011, the abstract and yet quasi-Pop Art drawings of Muratyan’s book caught my eye at the bookstore of Centre Pompidou. Since then, I am a BIG fan! The colorful graphics make me wanna go to Paris again and remind me to buy a plane ticket to New York City ASAP!