On 10 May 2012, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will present 12 bespoke interior-design specialists at the French Design Forum — the fourth event of its kind in as many years. The all-day event will take place at Chandos House, in central London (UK).
On 10 May, from 10.00am to 8.00pm, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK will showcase French craftsmanship at Chandos House, in the heart of London. The all-day exhibition will give experts and other professionals in the field of decoration and architecture the opportunity to view samples of bespoke work by 12 French-based craftsmen from the interior-design sector.
Many of the French-based participants have been labelled Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (or Living Heritage Company): it is a mark of recognition awarded by the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment, which was set up to reward French companies’ traditional and industrial skills.
Below is a list of the companies that will attend the French Design Forum; more information is available on request.
Aigre-Doux designs and manufactures fine home linens, using traditional techniques developed by this family-owned business. Adding unique craftsmanship to a wide range of finishing styles, diverse colours, bespoke sizes and fine fabrics, the company believes in offering a unique service that allows clients to create their own bed and table linens in order to suit their individual interior-design projects.
Atelier Muquet experiments with wood, metal and polymer to recreate the effect that place and time have on materials. The techniques produce patina, fading and corrosion on decorative panels, wall frescoes, doors and furniture. The company is made up of a dozen craftsmen (including cabinetmakers, joiners, polymer specialists and gilders), who work on prestigious bespoke projects, such as luxury hotels and yachts, as well as residential developments. Atelier Muquet is a Living Heritage Company.
Aubusson Tapisserie Prestige
Robert Four set up the Aubusson Tapisserie Prestige workshop in 1952. Over five centuries of tradition, generations of master weavers have passed on their know-how in the creation of handmade tapestries and hand-tufted, hand-knotted, Savonnerie and flat-weaved carpets. The company’s colourists can create an endless number of colours, thanks to their own dye works. Aubusson Tapisserie Prestige is a Living Heritage Company.
The Benoît Toscan workshop was founded in 1999 and has, since then, reintroduced the unique know-how of the Manufactures Royales Bonvallet d’Amiens (in northern France). Benoît Toscan uses a variety of fabrics that are all dyed, finished and crafted in its workshop, including mohair, linen, silk, cotton, velvet and satin. The company’s specialty is the creation of Amiens velvet using traditional methods. Benoît Toscan, a Living Heritage Company, undertakes both historical-restoration and interior-design work.
Cinabre Hervé Obligi
Created in 1985, with the purpose of both creating and restoring objects made of precious stones, Cinabre Hervé Obligi is one of the few existing workshops to undertake such projects. The company continues to work with stones from around the world, using an artistic style akin to that of the 17th century. Cinabre is a Living Heritage Company.
Run by craftsmen with a passion for the work of 18th-century French furniture makers, Ebénisterie Générale is a modern workshop dedicated to the design of bespoke furniture, stylish wood panelling and interior fittings. Each one of the company’s creations is a rare and original piece, handmade for its clients, who include architects, decorators, private individuals, and corporate clients.
Jallu Ebénistes’ team of master craftsmen fabricates bespoke, museum-quality furniture using the materials and techniques that were popular during the Art Deco period, such as parchment, straw marquetry, horn veneer, gypsum, shagreen, precious metals and veneers. Whether contemporary, classic or Art Deco, the furniture is a combination of the highest quality craftsmanship, superior materials and attention to detail. Jallu is a Living Heritage Company.
Etablissements Romoli has been a specialist in marquetry for over 60 years, creating luxurious indoor and outdoor areas for homes, hotels, castles and yachts. The company’s manufacturing know-how allows for the customisation of ornamental parquets, turning them into friezes, rosettes and mosaics. The basic models can be implemented alone or assembled in the boldest combinations. Etablissements Romoli is a Living Heritage Company.
ME Dupont is a manufacturer of artistic bronze products. In its workshops, near Paris, the company’s craftsmen restore and reproduce beautiful period pieces, such as light fittings and furnishings in gilded bronze. ME Dupont creates original and customised pieces for clients who are in search of unique, beautiful creations. ME Dupont is a Living Heritage Company.
La Forge de Style
La Forge de Style has been based in the USA for the last 10 years. In 2009, the ornamental-metal-work company opened a workshop in Western France, employing 25 people in total. La Forge de Style is known for the high technical standards it achieves in all its projects. The company specialises in the fabrication of stairs, stair railings and gates, as well as high-end furniture in such materials as bronze, copper and titanium.
Tassin was founded in 1905 and is located in Faubourg Saint-Antoine — Paris’ traditional cabinetmaking district. The company makes embossed, hand-painted and gilded leathers, as well as embossed-leather objects in Henry II style. It also carries out leather gilding and leather-furniture finishing using kip, sheepskin, goatskin, shagreen and crocodile skin. Working on prestigious projects across the globe, Tassin continues to employ traditional production techniques and machinery, including century-old leather-embossing presses. Tassin is a Living Heritage Company.
Established in 1999 in Burgundy, a region known for stone extraction and transformation, Nicolas Bonnet has received numerous awards for its work. The company has proven know-how in designing, cutting and fitting stone stairways and Saracen vault stairways. With the ornamentation done internally, the company restores historical monuments and creates kitchen work surfaces, old-style flooring, fireplaces and fountains. Nicolas Bonnet is a Living Heritage Company.
About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities, mainly in London.
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising The French Design Forum as a showcase for 12 specialists in bespoke interior creation. The event will take place at Chandos House, in central London, on 10 May 2012. The venue will be open to visitors from 10.00am to 8.00pm.
Journalists wishing to attend should contact Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.
For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk