French Craft Collective Returns For 2020

Top Quote French Craft Collective, the exclusive event dedicated to French high-end craft and design, is back in a digital format from 22nd - 30th September. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 24, 2020 - French Craft Collective is back. The exclusive event dedicated to French high-end craft and design, is returning in a virtual format in September. 6 of the most exciting emerging and established names in French design have been selected to take part in this latest edition of French Craft Collective.

    Originally scheduled for the end of March, this flagship event will now take place between 22nd and 30th September 2020 centring around ‘Rendez-vous with the Makers’ sessions where artisans will have a series of short pre-booked online meetings with invited designers to present their craft and discuss ideas for collaboration.

    Direct from their studios, ateliers and showrooms, 6 world class highly-skilled French artisans will give British designers and architects a unique opportunity to discover their traditional craft coupled with new techniques:

    Beau & Bien: Bespoke light sculpturer
    Founded in 2005 by Sylvie Maréchal, Beau & Bien sculpts lights by using the best French know-how and innovative LED technology. From artistic bespoke sculptured chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps, their creations combine various French materials: Limoges porcelain, hand-blown glass, bronze and crystal with LED technology. At French Craft Collective, Beau & Bien will showcase how their mastery of LEDs combined with French craftsmanship allow the makers to step away from familiar shapes and to create original pieces.

    Blanc Carrare: marble masonry
    Blanc Carrare is a high-end French marble manufacturer which takes care of every step in the process of transforming natural stones into high-end architectural projects. From sourcing exceptional stones from across the world to installing projects with a dedicated team, Blanc Carrare offer in-house design, a technical studio and processing. At French Craft Collective, Blanc Carrare will share their mastery of marble, and the possibilities of this timeless material.

    Féau & Cie: wood panelling across eras
    Féau & Cie have been building up their panelling archive since they first opened in 1875. Their collection has been built up to now contain several thousand examples of room panellings dating from the 17th & 18th century, 1930s & 1940s France, from artists including Eugène Printz, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, and Emilio Terry and beyond. The atelier draws inspiration from this unique collection to inspire their restorations and creations. At French Craft Collective, they will be sharing examples of panelling from their work with various architects, museums and private collectors. Their scrupulous eye for detail, historic savoir-faire and impressive collection of references lead to creations that respect the tradition of French decorative art.

    Focus: contemporary designer fireplaces
    Established by Dominique Imbert in 1968, Focus is an internationally renowned fireplace designer. All pieces are custom made in France. Original creator of the Gyrofocus, the world’s first suspended, pivoting fireplace, Focus is celebrated for its technical and design innovation. In 2020, Focus revolutionised the fireplace world with 2 innovations: the patented gas Gyrofocus which fuels its burner through the flue pipe, and the Ergofocus Holographik®, a union of design and optical technology, which they will present digitally at French Craft Collective.

    James 1840: introducing Perrouin 1875
    The work of the James Group can be seen in hotels around the world, through their one-stop-shop specialised services which envelope the planning, designing and construction of beautiful spaces. At French Craft Collective the group will present Perrouin 1875. Best known for their chair-making, Perrouin 1875 makes custom furniture, fixtures & equipment. Thanks to the atelier’s knowledge of craftsmanship and its local roots, the family business - driven by a passion for gesture and a love of beautiful materials – has thrived, and today offers an impressive catalogue of contemporary products that remain faithful to the atelier’s values of artisanal excellence.

    La Robinetterie de Paris: taps fit for a king
    La Robinetterie de Paris has a reputation for beautiful, unique bathroom fittings that are built to last. La Robinetterie de Paris apply traditional methods to their work, and has been rewarded with the EPV label (French Living Heritage Enterprise) in recognition of their craftmanship. At French Craft Collective, the atelier will exhibit its taps which combine a range of materials, including wood varieties, crystal, porcelain and even concrete with high-quality brass, and a varied range of different finishes. The brand is renowned for excellent craftsmanship, elegance, originality and meticulous attention to detail, with all pieces custom made in France.

    French Craft Collective returns in a digital format for 2020.

    French Craft Collective is organised in partnership with Business France and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni

    Business France is the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for facilitating the development of French companies abroad, as well as promoting international investments in France. Business France also promotes the creativity and innovation of French companies, demonstrating how French talent extends beyond borders and throughout the world.

    Institut Français is part of a worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity. Founded in 1910, the Institut français of the UK houses a language centre, a cinema, a distinctive Grade II listed multi-media library, a children’s library and a café-restaurant. It welcomes 200,000 people each year.

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