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About
Frederic

Why have you decided to set up this company?

We live in an age where trends and consumption evolve rapidly. We are forced to consume, increasingly, without moderation. Not only in terms of food or clothing, but also interior design and furniture. Exhibitions launch new fashions and the "color of the year" is trending, but seems, after a year, quickly replaced by another to satisfy new needs. The path to durability and the passing on of beauty to the next generation is getting lost. We answer, with our furniture and our custom-made products, to sustainable consumption.

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Frederic

I had the luck to encounter beauty from a young age.
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How did it all start?


I had the luck to encounter beauty from a young age. My grand-father was a printer and had an eye for all that is proportions, a refined taste, and a passion for fine and polished work. During his spare time, he would visit old and dusty flea markets to find rare pearls. He had taught me why something was considered beautiful: light, architecture, a church’s stained glass windows, meticulous musical compositions, fine and unique furniture... behind all that hid not only intuition and emotion but also detailed and brilliant work of mastery.

Thanks to my other grand-father, I live a in beautiful manor house, in my family for many decades. The manor was erected in a Louis XVI style. I took the decision of restoring the place while respecting the style. Where to start? When looking closely, we can learn a great deal on patinas, colours, forms, materials... We begin by paying attention to chandeliers, to parquet floors, and furniture is not immune to our inspection: the seat height, the furnishing fabrics, the soft red colour filtering through a fine leaf of gold. That is why the timeless look is so interesting to us. Bringing a little eternity to passing time.

Wouldn’t it be better to restore instead of producing?


Being able to restore something that has been fabricated with patience and technique, sometimes centuries ago, is incredible. In this resides my great conviction. Our projects are the best examples of that. However, my research on classical furniture deeply disappointed me. The offers visibly decrease, and usually we are left with only two options: if the state of the furniture is perfect, the price is by definition exorbitant. If the price is acceptable, the furniture is not fit for use and in need of many related restoration costs. The reproduction of furniture is the ideal reply to this duality.

Frederic

There was always something that went wrong; or a blatant lack of quality, or a style mistake... The only solution that remained: tailor-made.

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Aren’t there a lot of companies
that sell this kind of furniture.

What makes your furniture
any better or different?


The supply is indeed high, but during our prospecting, our feeling rarely revealed to be positive. There was always something that went wrong; or a blatant lack of quality, or a style mistake... The only solution that remained: tailor-made.

The whims of fate, brought me in contact with a manufacturer that revived classical furniture, handmade, and custom-made! Furthermore, this company already had an honourable reputation: supplier of several royal courts, remarkable collaborations with different prestigious museums, renowned artists, famous designers... After a first visit, we found ourselves on the same wavelength.

Hence, my wife and I succeeded, after years of thorough research, in creating our company "Furniture & Artcrafts" (equally representing our initials: Frederic and Anna).

 

Do you additionally make
interior projects in their totality?


The people in search of our furniture are often sensitive to the surroundings and the framework of the era. The high demand leads us to frequently travel to assist and advise our customers when they feel the need. A total embodiment, if you will. Our complimentary partners then show to be an added value. The personal engagement and our passion lead us to meet talented people equipped with creativity. To improve, we need to surround ourselves with partners that know how to transmit their knowledge and guide us with experience. Thus, as of today, we work with one of the oldest and most renowned English fabric editors. Finding an associate of this calibre needs research, patience, and a bit of luck. Once the collaboration settles, it’s a matter of thinking and working together. The common passion is what drives us: the perfect finishing! The process leading to it improves naturally. In the same way, we work with a master flooring contractor, a blacksmith, a epochal chandeliers supplier, also working with mouldings and other decorative elements.
 
Frederic

The personal investment and our passion lead us to meet talented people equipped with creativity.

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The quest to find a person provided with the necessary expertise regarding gilding turned out to be more difficult that expected. So, I personally developed my technique with the help of a professor gilder and decorator. Knowing how to do something precisely and master it is important; a symbol of patience and precision. Applying gold leaf slows down time, allowing us to enjoy it completely.