French Design Forum showcases bespoke craftsmanship on 15 March

French Design Forum showcases bespoke craftsmanship on 15 March from BUSINESS FRANCE UK

By: BUSINESS FRANCE UK  04/03/2011
Keywords: Business Development

The French Trade Commission in the UK, in partnership with Rabih Hage, the famous architect and interior designer, will present 15 bespoke craftsmen from France at the Design Forum – a unique event to be held at Chandos House, in Central London, between 9.30am and 6.30pm on 15 March 2011. Members of the press are invited to visit the event in the company of Rabih Hage and his fellow designers.

 

For the third consecutive year, in partnership with Rabih Hage, the French Trade Commission in London will be hosting a conference on bespoke interiors with top international designers and renowned speakers from across the industry. The event will offer a unique environment in which architects and designers can discover original craftsmanship and find new business partners.

 

As part of the event on 15 March 2011, a round-table discussion, which will be held from 10.00am onwards, will seek to foster bespoke projects, while encouraging the participating designers and craftsmen to discover new ways of working together. Questions surrounding collaboration between craftsmen and designers will be discussed and debated by a carefully selected panel of design professionals such as Vanessa Brady, Eléanore Halluitte from META, Rabih Hage and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. This panel will be chaired by design connoisseur Max Fraser.

 

VIP seats for the Forum are available on request by contacting Ms Agathe Barbier at the French Trade Commission (on ). The French Design Forum is open to press and industry professionals by invitation only, with a limited number of places available. Interviews with speakers at the event can be arranged on request.

 

The participating designers are listed below; further details are available on request.

 

123 Matières


123 Matières specialises in decorative mineral coatings for floors and walls. The company manufactures and distributes earth, clay, lime and cement coatings. Founded in 1995, 123 Matières uses age-old processes. The company also creates natural coconut, stone and pearl coatings. 123 Matières has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, or EPV).

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Atelier Jean-Yves Le Bot

 

The Atelier Jean-Yves Le Bot, which was founded in 1981, restores and conserves furniture. The company respects the traditional ethics and rules of conservation, and works for both private-sector and institutional clients. Clients include museums, regional cultural affairs departments, the Ministry of Culture, and Mobilier National, which is the French institution for conserving furniture.

Atelier Jean-Yves Le Bot has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV). 

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Ateliers Bataillard


Ateliers Bataillard specialises in fine decorative ironwork. The company produces a wide range of bespoke pieces, as well as original Ateliers Bataillard design pieces. Clients include well-known interior designers, large private-sector companies, as well as public-sector entities, which the company assists with the restoration of listed items. Atelier Bataillard, which was founded in 1901, manufactures bannisters, railings, doors, light fittings and furniture. Atelier Bataillard has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV).

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Ateliers Pinton


The original Pinton mill was created in 1867. Today, the company specialises in bespoke carpets and tapestries. Its activity is divided into two types of production – tapestry weavings and hand-knotted rugs on the one hand, and hand-tufted carpets and rugs on the other. Design remains an important activity for the company.  The mill works with contemporary artists and designers to create ever more striking patterns. The client’s imagination sets the limit as to what Ateliers Pinton can create, the company explains. 

Ateliers Pinton has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV).

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Bronzes de France


Bronzes de France has been manufacturing exclusive fine decorative hardware for over 100 years. The company has developed technologies that allow for the adaptation of existing designs, as well as the creation of new designs for international clients who are looking for unique pieces. A number of well-known designers have created their own collections in collaboration with Bronzes de France. One such example is the Las Cases collection, which was created by India Mahdavi.

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Billards Chevillotte
 

Billards Chevillotte has been designing and making billiard tables since 1860. Today, Chevillotte is a reference in this very specific sector and has demonstrated its capacity for innovation in design and functionality. The company’s unique expertise is illustrated both in the restoration of the traditional billiard table, and in the innovative, bespoke design and production of billiard tables for the 21st-century connoisseur. 

Billards Chevillotte has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV). 

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Charles Interior Jewellery
 

Charles Interior Jewellery has been in business since 1908. In the Charles workshop, 10 artisans perpetuate 100 years of exceptional expertise. Charles Interior Jewellery’s standards of excellence are widely recognised and are motivated by a passion for creating unique lamps, which act as interior jewellery pieces. Each item, explains the company, is "a jewellery-maker’s dream".

Charles Interior Jewellery has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV).

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Ercuis-Raynaud

Ercuis-Raynaud is a design specialist, which combines the passion of a porcelain maker (Raynaud) with that of a silversmith (Ercuis) in order to create a refined gourmet table setting. Both Ercuis and Raynaud have been in existence since the 19th century and, together, are a name synonymous with skill and tradition. Today, Ercuis and Raynaud creations can be seen at luxury establishments throughout the world, such as the Four Seasons George V in Paris, or The Dorchester and Sketch in London.ERCUIS-RAYNAUD has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV).

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Lutson Goudleder

Lutson has manufactured embossed and gilded leather for over 20 years. Today, the company offers a range of contemporary and traditional designs. In an increasingly industrialised world, Lutson has chosen to fight uniformity and to stick to tradition.  Customers’ projects are at the centre of Lutson’s consideration, and leathers are crafted to individual specifications. 
Lutson Goudleder has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV).

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Marbrerie Rouillon

Marbrerie Rouillon works exclusively with natural stone, blending traditional building stone, marble and granite with traditional techniques. The Rouillon family’s expertise and its passion for working with stone have been passed down through six generations. The company’s creations take into account the relationship between the customer, the designer and the stonemason, from the simplest of projects to the most ambitious ones.

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Marqueterie d’Art Spindler
 

For almost 120 years, the Spindler family has handed down the secret of the assembly of rare wood. Whether the subject is contemporary or traditional, the quality remains constant. Marqueterie d’Art Spindler’s creations use an artistic process that follows the same passion for texture as that found in the natural grain of the woods chosen. Spindler prides itself on making the finest of marquetry panels. 

Marqueterie d’Art  Spindler has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV). 

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Miroiterie Dutheil & Gaufier


Miroiterie Dutheil & Gaufier creates and produces exceptional tailor-made furniture through a process developed out of a passion for glass. The company’s creations come out of a mastery of techniques such as engraving, sculpting, lacquering and gilding, and also stem from the designer’s own creativity. This results in original and bold pieces.  

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M.E. Dupont

M.E. Dupont is an artistic bronze manufacturer. In the company’s workshops near Paris, M.E. Dupont’s craftsmen restore and reproduce beautiful period pieces, such as light fittings, furnishings and objets d’art in gilded bronze. The company also creates original, customised models for clients and designers in search of unique, beautiful creations. 

M.E. Dupont has been selected by the French government as a Living Heritage Company (EPV).

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Novidis

Novidis custom-makes ornamental mouldings. The specialist company advises on project conception, supervises the design and pattern layout, and manufactures the moulded elements, which include stone, gypsum and rosin, whilst always ensuring the quality of its creations.

For further information, please go to:

 

Savouret 
 

Savouret has specialised in joinery since 1987. Today, Savouret is also a cabinetmaker with a range of expertise: the company handles solid-wood processing and produces veneers for moulding (as well as for laminated wood), synthetic resins (such as Corian), cladding materials, varnish, and lacquer finishes. Savouret has a passion for the way in which materials can be transformed, and for using technical expertise in order to make beautiful objects. The company is focused on developing its activity at the top end of the market. 

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About EPV


The French Design Forum is being organised in partnership with the EPV label (which stands for Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant – Living Heritage Company). This label was introduced by the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry to recognise French companies’ expertise in traditional crafts and manufacturing.


Over 900 businesses, in France, are recognized as EPV, across sectors including decoration, gastronomy, culture and leisure, fashion and beauty, professional equipment, building heritage, and tableware.


For further information, please go to:

 

About the French Design Forum
 

The French Design Forum is being organised in partnership with Rabih Hage, the famous Franco-Lebanese architect and interior designer, who is based in London. Rabih Hage was awarded the title of Interior Designer of the Year in 2004 by the British Interior Design Association (now known as the British Institute of Interior Design).
 

About the French Trade Commission

The Trade Commission of the French Embassy in London assists trade development between France and the UK; it offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. The Trade Commission organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities, mainly in London.

 

The French Design Forum will be held at Chandos House on 15 March 2011, from 9.30am to 6.30pm. Members of the press are invited to visit the event in the company of Rabih Hage and his fellow designers from 9.30am.

 

VIP seats for the Forum are available on request by contacting Ms Agathe Barbier at the French Trade Commission (on ).

 

The French Design Forum is open to press and industry professionals by invitation only, with a limited number of places available. Journalists wishing to attend will require a formal invitation. Interviews with speakers at the event can be arranged on request.

 

Journalists wishing to attend the event should contact Ms Mary-Ann Williams, Press Officer, or Ms Agathe Barbier, Trade Adviser, at the French Trade Commission.

 

Ms Agathe Barbier can be reached on telephone number 0207 024 3671 (direct line), and by email, on .
 
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Ms Mary-Ann WILLIAMS - Press Officer
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