A work of art need not be monumental, brightly colored, or placed for all eternity in the middle of a traffic circle in order to be public. It may find its place on the cover of an album, on television, or on a little island at the heart of a verdant park in Burgundy. It can give rise to derivations on another scale and in some other material, or be massively reproduced and appear at the click of a web page, the way a sculpture takes us by surprise on a street corner. It can become a place of high traffic pilgrimage, generating tens of thousands of digital images that anonymously swell the banks of information held in data centers, or it may fall into oblivion in some rarely visited spot.
We may, today, define a work as public insofar as it occupies the world, whether materially or as information. The classical opposition between private and public space thus no longer suffices to account for the way in which works offer themselves to the beholder. It is now necessary to distinguish the duration and mode of appearance, degrees of publicness and circulation. And this is a game at which Xavier Veilhan has shown himself particularly adept. He masterfully titrates the visibility of his works, either pushing their stealth to the point of disappearance (The Horse is entirely dissolved in its environment, Shadow Moonvisible from a single position) ⎯ or else fully embraces the constraints of the hyper-touristic sites that major museums have become, and of which the Chateau de Versailles is merely the most spectacular avatar. In this particular context, the assertive simplicity of his sculptural language, combined with a vocabulary straight out of classical statuary (human and equestrian portraits, funereal gisants, figurines...) acts as a promise of accessibility.
The photogenic quality of Xavier Veilhan's work has already been amply commented on. Today, however, it informs us of something that transcends the modern phenomena of mass tourism and the increasing mediatization of art or its incorporation within the industry of culture: it indicates the appearance of a new mode of existence for sculpture, and still further, a revolution in what we mean by the term "matter."
To put it differently, when we say that his sculpture is photogenic, this is perhaps no longer merely because it generates two-dimensional visual manifestations that are simultaneously numerous and faithful, but also perhaps, due to a capacity of images to circulate much more freely than matter. Veilhan's works get around. Sometimes literally, like the Carosse or Rhinocéros, which are, you might say, on tour. Sometimes this movement takes place through documentary manifestations of a photographic sort. But even Le Lion, Les Habitants, Le Monstre, or Jean-Marcseem to suggest to the viewer who stands before their unmoving matter that they might well escape the singularity of their localities.
Of all the artist's oeuvre, it may be Le Gisant, exhibited at Versailles in 2009, that most brilliantly allegorizes this veritable ontological revolution. The sculpture, which represents the famous astronaut Youri Gagarine, creates a historical bridge between the thousand year old Christian tradition of the gisant (recumbent tomb sculpture), or more specifically, the entrails gisant (the entrails, after removal from the body of a monarch, were buried in a separate tomb), and one of the greatest scientific and technical accomplishments of the modern era: space travel. In Le Gisant, not only does the surface of the sculpture bear witness to computer modeling, but the flesh itself. Violet and faceted, this flesh is of a new kind and an era to come: that of a fusion of bits and atoms, thinking objects and printers able to produce living, organic matter (remember that the gisant figure, as opposed to the transi, is alive). Everything comes together: the touristic quality of the site and the mass reproduction of Versailles by its thick crowds of visitors evoke an ideal of circulation that is echoed by the materiality of a body already constituted by coded information, programmed to be circulated in space, or online, unendingly; and, like an image, to appear on demand, everywhere simultaneously.
Perhaps this is why, as I tried to recall the different places where I had encountered public sculpture by Xavier Veilhan, I was haunted by nagging memories of Zone, a poem by Apollinaire in which an accumulation of spatial indications across the synthetic progression of the poem structures an illusion of the poetic figure's ubiquity.
"Now you walk in Paris all alone amidst the crowd [...]
Now you are on the shores of the Mediterranean [...]
You are in the garden of an inn not far from Prague [...]
Here you are in Marseille surrounded by watermelons [...]
Here you are in Coblence, at the hôtel du Géant [...]
Here you are in Rome, under a Japanese medlar [...]
Here you are in Amsterdam with a girl you find beautiful and who is ugly [...]
You are in Paris before the examining magistrate [...]
You are at night in a great restaurant [...]
You are walking towards Auteuil you want to go home on foot. [...]"
In the same manner, I might write: now you are on the fourth floor of the Centre Pompidou. You are on the island at Pougues-les-Eaux. You are in Paris in front of the Hôtel de Ville, but you cannot enter. It is Nuit Blanche; the crowd blocks your way. You are at la Bastide on the right bank of the Garonne River. You are in Lyon, at the Cité Internationale, wandering amongst the Habitants. You are at the market square in Tours. Now you've arrived in Strasbourg. You are at home, listening to Air. Years have passed. You are in the courtyard of the château de Versailles. Here you are at the Place de la République, in Metz. Now you are walking towards the Northeast corner of 53rd Street in New York.
Apollinaire, the high priest of a techno-poetic modernity whose foundations are often called upon to explain the work of Xavier Veilhan, devoted an entire novella, "Touching at a Distance," to the topic of ubiquity. In it, the baron of Ormesan invents a device that can transmit not only images, but bodily presence. This invention extends, in the arena of fiction, possibilities created by technical developments contemporary with Apollinaire, the radio broadcast in particular. It explores the technological fantasy of tele-presence, of matter that might circulate in the ether as fluidly as information, thus escaping all singularity of position. It is a dream that appeared with the dawn of modernity; today, enriched with the technological capacities of our time, it haunts the thoughts of Le Gisant, and all of Xavier Veilhan's statuary.
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NORKI - synonymous with the best quality, the quest for perfection, the mastery in the use of materials, and innovation in designs.
NORKI is a french firm based in Strasbourg, in the east of France. Our company works with hides – cowhide, sheepskin, lambskin, reindeer hide – and furs to create luxurious collections – furnitures, rugs, throws, cushions or wall-coverings.
Motivated by our passion for the materials we use, our love for work well-done, and the inspired input of our design department, Norki has been making world-renowned furniture, rugs, accessories ranges for almost 10 years.
Norki is synonymous with the best quality, the quest for perfection, the mastery in the use of materials, and innovation in designs which are timeless. Norki’s designers and craftsmen give life to these beautiful pieces of furniture and decoration, using well-kept secret manufacturing techniques. Over and above the obvious details of comfort and aesthetics, the NORKI signature and contemporary design express a unique personality marrying tradition and modernity.
Since it's creation, our company works closely with famous interior designers, such as Jacques Garcia, Philippe Starck, Alberto Pinto, Nathalie Ryan, to name a few, and private clients in Europe and all over the world. We produce bespoke items for every order and deliver in the shortest time possible.
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Boboboom creates furniture and decorative objects for the personalization of living spaces. Boboboom claims a diversion and valorisation of already existing objects with an asserted environmental concern: stop throwing away to preserve the planet.
Designer and owner, Mitri Hourani takes as his maxim Antoine Lavoisier's quote "Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed" of the major rules of physics, the idea of a new life. The result, a dramatic and ebullient display of clusters of light, layered tapestries, and creative kitsch.
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Anouchka Potdevin - upcycling, metalwork, patterns, each axis mixes with the other in a general harmony.
Trained to the applied arts and the smetalwork, Anouchka Potdevin affirms since 2003 a strong identity, making dialogue design and artisanal know–how, while freeing herself from the trends, with elegance and poetry. In Gaël – Brittany, France –, its workshop is a true space of freedom creative.
Its first years of creation are worn by design and realization of furniture and objects based on upcycling. Convinced that the upcycling can provide resolutely new and modern creations with a high degree of finitions, Anouchka brings new and innovating proposals.
In 2011, the Dsàt collection is presented during her first participation in Maison & Objet Paris, a turning in her career. The Maxi-Siège manufactured from a structure taken on old kitchen chairsgives a determining impulse. Since, the Dsàt family increases in the course of time. A low armless chair, a chair, a bench, a bench forthe children, the history continues to be written.
In 2013, the designer joins again with metalwork and carries out a singular seat. The Cage suspended or posed on the ground releases a romanticism which does seduce. We can find it now in a casino in Las Vegas, in Parisian hotels or at the edge of the North Sea.
In 2014, with the Screen in pattern paper made by friend artists and craftsmen, Anouchka repeats how much she is attached to all constructive and aesthetic collaborations.
Up–cycling, metalwork, patterns, each axis mixes with the other in a general harmony.
Today, Anouchka Potdevin falls under an exhaustive approach, evoking that of the artist–decorators. It brings a modernity which belongs only to her, which is distinguished in the landscape.
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Created in 1991 by Sylvette and Alain LE STRAT, and named after Alain’s grandmother who came from the village of Saint-Jean-Brévelay. This family business has it's atelier located in the heart of Brittany in an old school building in 1899. The charming and calm environment is the perfect place for Sylvette to design elegant and luxurious home collections.
This is the passion and inspiration behind Amandine de Brévelay, a French well known embroidered bed, table and bath linen family factory. Its artistic creations have always been faithful to its core values:
Refinement and Delicacy
Inspired by French lifestyle heritage, half way between tradition and modernity, its collections bring comfort and harmony to luxurious interiors, bridging the gap between a tough world, poetry and well-being. Designs and softness of fabrics discretely celebrate retro shabby chic and romantic styles.
Designed and made in France, Amandine de Brévelay is perpetuating the “Savoir-Faire à la Française”, incorporating time-honored techniques and high quality fabrics. By treating old patterns to new designs and arranging elegant mix of fabrics, its genuine know-how pays homage to the traditions of fine linen.
The company has been exporting since 1999 and the brand is now known and distributed on every continent. In 2017, most if its production is exported and available in stores located as far as Japan, South Korea, Russia, Australia and the U.S.A.
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Modul Distribution designs and manufactures switches and sockets under the Modelec brand in France since 1976. The Modelec signature is distinguished by constant innovation on technical aspects and design.
Forerunner in the use of wood, Modelec opens the Brass line to home automation, gives character to plastic and works an unexpected material: enamel. Modelec switches and electrical outlets are selected by architects for the development of prestigious places, historic monuments, luxury hotels, individual houses and luxury apartments, yachts, luxury office buildings.
The design of each new range is exclusively carried out in France by the design office of Modelec. Many technological innovations resulting from his research have been made to our products. The well and the facade of the wooden outlets are machined in one piece. Our mastery of the technical specificities of the different wood species allows a real work of cabinetmaking. The brass switches do not need to be grounded, for easier installation, and their fronts are secured without visible screws.
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ENOstudio is a French editor of objects signed by the most gifted current designers.
Our philosophy is to create simple, beautiful, useful and curious objects to enchant our daily lives. We observes the evolution of our everydaylive’s behaviors and asks the designers to imagine the objects that match with.
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Concrete LCDA - the leader in Europe in the contemporary furniture and fibre-reinforced concrete interior fittings sector.
Revitalised by three young entrepreneurs with complementary skills, LCDA (set up in 2003) became Concrete LCDA in 2011.
A turning-point came when the designer Matali Crasset agreed to become the brand’s artistic director (2011-2015). This adventure started in 2010, when Julien Gay, Julien & Valentin Delalande, three young thirty-year olds, decided to take over the craft activity of LCDA. A wonderful moment for the material for each of them will use his experience: Julien Gay in relations with the specifiers, Julien Delalande in terms of international deployment and Valentin Delalande as engineer.
Established in Avrillé near Angers in the Maine et Loire (49), the company has a 4,000 sqm production workshop which enables it to easily respond to the requirements of production in long runs or made-to-measure. Engineer, designer, artistic cabinet-maker, expert in composite materials…composed his team of 30 persons structured to succeed with the most ambitious projects.
The company is now the leader in Europe in the contemporary furniture and fibre-reinforced concrete interior fittings sector with references such as Balenciaga, Saint-Laurent Paris, IKKS, Galeries Lafayette, Groupe Accor, Kenzo...
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Design Objective: To realize an idea or a need in product.
Its expertise in design and production enables the project owner to obtain a product optimized for the manufacturing cost, targeted for a precise and original "market" in order to distinguish itself from the existing competition and develop the brand image of The company.
Objective: To develop a brand / brand / business through creation. Ensure and develop the brand image. Thanks to his knowledge of "markets", distributions and manufacturing, Olivier Toulouse accompanies the company to consolidate and develop the brand image. Its role is to (re) define the DNA of the company or the brand and to ensure its consistency with the collections and the different sectors of communication. The values of the brand also pass through the product.
Why use O TOULOUSE Design?
Whether it is to create or develop a brand or a company, or to design a specific product, Olivier Toulouse will accompany you in making the project a professional and efficient way. The ultimate goal is to develop the brand image and the company's turnover thanks to the work of creation and consistency between the DNA and the product.
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Our contribution in the research of new bulbs did not lead us to the realm of modern and sophisticated engineering inventions that alter the light source, a mystery without which things would not be what they are.
We merely perpetuate this, by improving it, a willingness which meant for centuries, lighting chandeliers was confined to candles and to mimic candles. Our bulbs burn the color of a flame with longevity… If logic follows, the medium allows the freedom to play with more decidedly contemporary forms.
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"Creation is an uncontrolled muscle" according to Arik Levy (born 1963).
Artist, technician, photographer, designer, filmmaker, Levy's skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures - such as his signature Rock pieces -, his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels "The world is about people, not objects."
Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in 1988, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris.
His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as his art and graphic design studio, took up much of his time back home. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991.
After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas producing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to Europe where he contributed his artistry to another field - contemporary dance and opera by way of set design.
The creation of his firm then meant a foray back to his first love, art and industrial design, as well as other branches of his talents. Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levy also creates hi-tech clothing lines and accessories for firms in the Far East.
Considering himself now more of a "feeling" artist, Arik Levy continues to contribute substantially to our interior and exterior milieu, his work including public sculpture, as well as complete environments that can be adapted for multi use. "Life is a system of signs and symbols," he says, "where nothing is quite as it seems."
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Light is essential in any place: for the aesthetic beauty of a room and for the well-being of its occupants.
You are an art collector, an Interior designer, an architect or a hotel owner and you put all your talent into designing spectacular spaces. For you, tired of ordinary lights, Semeur d’étoiles creates exceptional pieces. Chandeliers, ceilings and walls become illuminated sculptures, so delicately crafted and lighten that they seem to come alive. As a result of our dialogue with you, we design and manufacture a unique piece for you, according to our ideas or based on your sketches.
Our numerous awards and the trust of our renowned customers attest to the quality of our fabrication and services. Visit our website or visit us in the workshop, between Paris and Versailles to discover our light creations and our expertise!
Ludovic CLEMENT d’ARMONT is the creator of Semeur d’étoiles. That is the continuation of a family tradition of centuries of gentle glassmakers, painters, carpenters and artists. Both engineer and artist, he imagines new lightings combining creative emotions with optical, electronic, thermal, environmental, electrical, chemical, color, energy, mechanical and medical knowledge. His pleasure is do discuss with his clients to achieve the ideal model.
Ludovic presents his approach: “First, the simplicity of my work is based on a fundamental thought: an artistic evocation of nature. My creative process marks the new identity of mathematics and nature: the selective experimentation of the nature and human research lead to the same decisions. That is why, analysis and experimentation mingle in my creation. Because the intelligence of nature is only the long time of his experiments, just like that of man is only the number of its research.
The aesthetic result aims to illustrate and proclaim this, in a dreamy and amazed shout, showing the fusion of sciences and life. The place of the Man inside the Universe becomes clear. Emotions and sexes are the result by elimination aiming to perpetuate: without absolute, humanism becomes the demonstrated organization of society.”
Semeur d’étoiles gathers around Ludovic CLEMENT d’ARMONT artists, engineers and craftsmen to design and manufacture exceptional light creations. As decorative lighting is often disappointing, Semeur d’étoiles creates more than just lightings: we make art pieces. Semeur d’étoiles is not limited to a material or a technique: we find new ways of manufacturing blown glass, crystal, porcelain, metal. Simultaneously, we work the light in theoretical and experimental ways so that it echoes with these materials, textures and shapes. This enables us to offer new and various light effects. To put these effects in volume, Semeur d’étoiles relies on its mastery of technical complexity. Nevertheless, we hide the technical components so that only the beauty of light and materials can be seen.
Semeur d’étoiles is committed to an eco-design approach with ADEME (recyclable materials, manufacturing processes, reduced packaging, transportation, reduced consumption, recycling). And as ecology is nothing without human respect, Semeur d’étoiles also takes great care of supply. A creation can result of your own inspiration: each of our pieces can be customized. We propose numerous models of LEDs (a variety of shades of white, lens shapes and light intensities), a wide range of materials, dimensions, shapes, finishes, etc. If you wish, we will create for you a unique and spectacular piece.
The originality of our creations and our technical skills are evidenced by the loyalty of our customers, by our internal laboratory, by the grant of patents and models, and by the obtained distinctions. And you, what is your project?
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Pierre Cardin, is the most established brand all around the world with holding 900 different product licences in 140 countries. Strong brand image as within its genes, Pierre Cardin has become the most wanted brand in office furniture by consumers. With modern industry understanding and following recent trends, Pierre Cardin has put ethical and honest values above everything and is moving forward to become one of the most distinguished name in sector.
It is our duty to provide suitable solutions in order to match our consumer demands. Pierre Cardin Office Furniture has begun its journey with prestige and quality within its genes and introduces reasonable price list to its consumers. Merged between consumers trust in our brand and our corporate identity is in fact an important factor. Pierre Cardin is building strongly its corporate identity every each day in the furniture business.
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In its workshop nestled under the trees in France, ADJAO Maison designs & manufactures lighting, furniture & unique pieces, created from sensuous, quality natural materials; basking in the luxury of simplicity to enhance, illuminate & create a warm, unique & contemporary atmosphere in your home.
Originally “l'atelier” (l'astelier) meant a place where wood was worked.
Our workshop is set in beautiful countryside, and nature acts as our muse.
As nature-lovers, we are constantly aware of the impact we have on nature, and seek to minimise this by utilising natural, recycled and recyclable materials as much as possible for our creations.
Eco-friendly design, eco-friendly creation, echo of nature… ADJAO MAISON brings the feel-good factor into the very heart of your home
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Here, time is the material, erosion is the concept and wear is the beauty.
Founded in 1995, Bleu Nature came of Frank Lefebvre’s unique vision for driftwood. His passion is to breathe new life into driftwood, to combine it with other material like pebbles, lacquered wood, lacquered metal, leather, skins or acrylic glass.
Every year, a team from Bleu Nature combs beaches for pieces of driftwood. Large or small, straight or twisted—each piece deserves special attention. This drift wood needs no further processing because the water has frozen it in time forever. All Bleu Nature creations are born of an encounter between the technical mastery of a Bleu Nature’s craftsman and the prolonged work of nature. Nature has fashioned each piece of driftwood over time, rendering every item we produce unique in both form and dimension.
With the expert combination of craftsmanship and industrial design, Bleu Nature creates stylish and luxurious furniture and lighting which radiates exquisite taste.
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Flora Danica restaurant’s interior design project, curated by Danish duo GamFratesi.
The Danish brasserie is located in the heart of the French capital, and is characterised by a warm and friendly atmosphere. The name, Flora Danica identifies perfectly with the inspiration behind this wonderful and elegant location characterised by natural features, enhanced by the Scandinavian style of design, creating a final effect that gives a simple and refined aesthetic.
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After several years spent in the fashion world as a visual identity / merchandiser for: Harris Wilson, W.M.K, Tehen, Morgan. I decided to use my experience for my passion "interior decoration".
I decorate, lay out and relook apartments for individuals, anime sections for Magazine: DIY House and decoration, C.DECO, Femina, Practical house, TV pocket. As well as for DIY workshops at the BHV workshop Farrow & Ball and I stage products for photos: photo styling.
In parallel I joined the team of Valérie Damidot then that of Sophie Ferjani in the program D & CO broadcast on M6. I presented my own makeover on the show Interiors on Paris Première animated by Marie Montuir.
I am in constant search for new trends, I draw my inspiration at the various trade shows, during my travels and china in flea markets. I offer my know-how, guiding you in your project and developments: apartments, shops, offices, medical offices etc. Matching you according to your tastes, your needs and your budget. From the simple advice: association of colors, styles, materials ... To the overall realization of your project: Planning, orders, purchases, interface with contractors and site monitoring.
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GILLES CAFFIER’s pieces are creatively chaotic, a reflection of soft extravagance which is exceedingly rare, GILLES CAFFIER has the unique combination of creative vision andproduction capabilitiesto put his “couture” stamp on any project.
Gilles Caffier, born in France, he studied textile and fashion design there. He started his textile career in the Parisian couture, Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne were among his clients. He moves to Tokyo at 22 and becomes an international fashion school art director. A few years later he opens his design studio.
In 1993, he begins to concentrate his energies on interior design and decoration.
Living abroad since he was 22, has given GILLES CAFFIER a unique international vision. He has enticed buyers on 5 continents that include design and interiorboutiques, galleries, antique showrooms, and concept stores.
His first clients came from the fashion industry such as Brown’s in London, Corso Como in Milan, and The Link in Singapore. International department stores such as Au Bon Marche in Paris, Harrods in London, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and Neiman Marcus in the US are loyal customers as well. Gilles work is also prominently featured in influential furniture showrooms such as B&B ITALIA and Minotti. Visionary interior designers have selected his pieces for their most sophisticated projects.
Gilles also works with influential hotels and restaurants. He created a few accessories for Alain Ducasse’s SPOON restaurants, Parrot Cay Hotel-Turks and Caicos, Metropolitan Hotel-London, The Prince Hotel-Melbourne, and Cheval Blanc Hotel-Chourchevel have large selections of Gilles’s pieces. The new Mandarin Oriental in Paris has selected many of Gilles limited edition works for its suites.
His lines are pure, sensual, sometimes unexpected. He plays with the nature of materials, exploiting contrasts and diversions. Leather becomes metal, rough becomes soft, minimal becomes exuberant. He plays with beauty and its natural marks, embellishing case by case, sophisticating the exception.
Each piece is the result of meticulous work, and a unique mixing of knowhow and permanent questioning. A large part of his collection are limited editions, couture.
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La Cornue is a very different French company. We have been enjoying manufacturing exceptional products since 1908, sharing pleasure, refinement and conviviality with the world, federating a unique lifestyle: the French art de vivre.
Albert Dupuy was passionate about cooking and in 1908, he filed a patent for the first vaulted gas oven which would become the masterpiece of La Cornue kitchen ranges.
Through his own passion, his son André Dupuy decided fifty years ago that La Cornue would focus solely on producing excellence and creating the most beautiful ranges in the world. And so, the first superlative range appeared in 1964: the Château La Cornue.
Every Château range created today is an original, individually numbered by the craftsman who created it. It is manufactured as a single unit, to order, assembled by one craftsman. This person will take as long he must to make it unique.
In 2010 and in response to increasingly specific demands for excellence, founder’s grandson, Xavier Dupuy, has provided La Cornue’s Culinary Architecture service, the creation of a complete and bespoke kitchen around La Cornue’s ranges and products. Unique in the world, this service brings together the grand instrument and also the furniture and fittings, the ventilation, refrigerators, wine cellars and utensils…the dream of every exacting amateur cook.
The desire for excellence will always drive connoisseurs and enthusiasts forward. The quality of our work is the cornerstone of our excellent reputation. And success is on the cards: we now have a presence in forty countries through an international network of over seventy galleries.
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