Quentin Garel, Animal Sculptor

Son of a painter, the artistic universe is familiar to Quentin Garel since his childhood. Thanks to his father who covered all the themes of the history of art – portraits, landscapes, still lifes, Garel drew a lot. The only subject that had not been treated at home being the animal, this one became his main subject.

Animals, a universal subject

His elephants, gorillas, giraffes, bird skulls, etc. have conquered Signatures Singulières. At first, Quentin Garel was confined to farm animals to make trophies and restore their coat of arms. A satirical work on the pride of man in some way, like a Jean de la Fontaine. Then the artist became interested in wild animals and the details of their anatomy.

A huge preparatory work

Because Garel likes to represent reality, he makes preparatory drawings as faithful as possible. Therefore he introduces as much information as possible about the light and the volume to come. His technique is classic. Indeed, he uses paper, charcoal and brings some highlights with white chalk to give relief. Like industrial drawings with a front view, from above and in profile, those of Garel is very technical, almost to scale.

Wood, his favorite material

Indeed, beams, planks, etc. He willingly confides that the touching moment is the discovery after cleaning all the effects of wood. It is especially when the veins of wood accompany to the eye and the touch, the drawings and movements of the sculptures. The artist plays with shine and dullness. Sometimes he mixes cast iron with wood, adds plexiglass eyes. Whatever happens, the wooden sculpture always ends up being melted in bronze!

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You can find the article in french on the website of our partner Signatures Singulières here.



On thursday, May 16th, an event was held in the newest project of Macklowe Properties.

The company was founded in the mid-1960s by Harry Macklowe, a successful developer, owner, and manager of a wide range of real estate investments. Macklowe Properties’ latest project, a 35-story residential tower, the 200 East 59th street is located between Midtown and the Upper East Side. The development of these residential condominiums respected Macklowe Properties’ commitment to classical modernism. Each residence has a wrap-around terrace, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

The developer Harry Macklowe collaborated with the interior designer Cyril Vergnol for the 22nd floor’s two model units.

Vergnol worked with three partners of Par Excellence for the decoration of these units. Jouffre, who works within the beautiful tradition of upholstery and French luxury, created the curtains for these New York apartments. Ozone, specializing in lighting design, has constructed the chandelier and many other lighting fixtures for the model flats. The exposed carpets were produced by, the Manufacture des Tapis de Bourgogne, a company which has designed and manufactured custom rugs, carpets, and tapestries (tufted and woven hand-made) in France since 1958. All our partners (Lison de Caunes, Les Ateliers Saint Jacques, Declercq, Meljac and the Marbreries de la Seine) were present in addition to the three partners who collaborated for the design of the apartment. This collaboration was an opportunity to invite all our partners and customers into this exceptional setting with a wonderful view of Central Park.

Harry Macklowe (Real Estate Developer) & Guillaume Bouchez (General Manager of Par Excellence)

During this event, our partner was able to present its know-how to more than 150 guests. Par excellence wishes to thank them for their presence.

All in a good mood a flute of champagne in the hands and the sunset in the background.

Enjoy the photos of the event below.


Declercq Passementiers, "c’est le pompon!"

Declercq Passementiers, a family home marked by the excellency. Jérôme Declercq and his sister Elisa embody the sixth generation of trimming manufacturer. Indeed, the house began in 1852 with their great grandparents who were settled on Quincampoix Street. Today rue Etienne Marcel houses the showroom while the creative workshop is located in Montreuil aux Lions.

The jewel of decoration

The term passementerie comes from the word “passement” which designates in decoration any ornament woven with threads. Geometries and colors that are infinitely different. The names are funny sometimes enigmatic as “bouffettes bouclées”, “trililis”, “claws”, “galons” or “cocorinettes”. These small elements ennoble the interiors and give them a final touch. Trimmings have an old-fashioned side but new things come to wake her up. Since the house is working on new techniques and new materials such as steel or fiber optics.

The know-how of a trade community

Because 80% of the items are entirely hand-made by specialized master craftsmen: the twister, the warper, the reel, etc. These work mainly with silk, gold (gold threads 24 carats), fibrane (commonly called “viscose”), cotton and wool. Prestigious places like the Elysée, the Palace of Versailles, the Opera Garnier, the Peninsula Hotel in Paris etc. are full of creations signed Declercq Passementiers. But many individuals around the world also make up his clientele. Declercq Passementiers is a Living Heritage Company (EPV). Margot, the daughter of Jerome Declercq, will eventually take over the reins of the family home.

Singular Signatures wishes him the same success as his predecessors.

Interview with Jérôme Declercq CEO of Declercq Passementiers

What made you want to go into the trimmings?

Jérôme Declercq: My desire goes back to childhood, when I accompanied my father. I spent a lot of time in the workshops, I watched the trimmers work, I ran between the trades. I have always loved this workshop atmosphere, the smell of materials, the soft “singing” of silk and the regular sound of looms. It is a particular universe, where beautiful things are played out. I like the human relationships that are created in a workshop. The virus took me very young, he never left. I like the idea of perpetuating know-how and this freedom to create.

It is an art recognized in France. Is it the same abroad?

Jérôme Declercq: I would say rather a craft, but yes, it is recognized throughout the world, even if it enjoys a special status in France because it is in France that trimmings have historically taken all its rise, and that the most beautiful pieces were created. In the world, trimmings symbolize an important part of the art of living “à la française”.

During this event, our partner was able to present its know-how to more than 150 guests. Par excellence wishes to thank them for their presence.

All in a good mood a flute of champagne in the hands and the sunset in the background.

Enjoy the photos of the event below.

You have joined Par Excellence, which promotes French talents in New York. What do you expect? Do you already have any benefits in this way? What kind of welcome did you receive in New York?

Jérôme Declercq: previously, we used distributors who sold our trimmings. Thanks to Par Excellence and the synergy it generates, we can promote our own brand and our identity Declercq Passementiers. We have been working for a long time with the United States (for example, we have made beautiful trimmings for the Frick Collection), and Americans are very fond of this kind of products. But with Par Excellence, we are developing our contacts with American decorators who are enthusiastic. This initiative of high-end French artisans is very well received by American customers, it is a guarantee of excellence and therefore a legitimacy for the partner brands. We have already achieved good projects, the prospects are good, and we are very motivated.

What challenge would you like to meet in 2019/2020?

Jérôme Declercq: I would like the success and the influence of Par Excellence to open a second pole on the West Coast: that’s a very nice challenge!


Jouffre at Révélations 2019

Initiated by Ateliers d’Art de France since 2013, Révélations is the international fine craft and creation appointment not to be missed.

The 4th edition of the biennial took place from 22 to 26 May 2019 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

This year again, Jouffre was present to share the know-how of its craftsmen around a set of singular creations called Introspection.

The stall’s scenography, designed by the interior design duo Lally & Berger, highlighted a research and development project initiated three years ago by the upholsterer from Lyon.

With the help of prestigious partners, Jouffre has created “Introspection”, a collection of six pairs of unique curtains and sheers. Craftsmen, but also members from the office and the design studio, worked hand in hand to reinvent the way decorators think, design and manufacture window treatments.

Five fabric houses contributed to the project to showcase their fabrics; textile atelier Toyine Sellers Texture & Design, American company Rogers & Goffigon, British company Holland & Sherry and finally two Italians, Dedar Milano and Rubelli.

The leather used to make a curtain and some decorative elements come from the Turin-based manufacturer Foglizzo. The trimmings were hand-made by the century-old company Declercq Passementiers.

Finally, the decorative brass rods were manufactured by Gauthier & Cie and the solid oak rod by the English manufacturer Tillys.

In addition to this show, Jouffre organized a behind the scenes party in its Parisian showroom through an exhibition of photos and videos illustrating the realization of these creations. The materials, the different skills and the details of the production were highlighted, immersing the guests in the heart of Introspection.

Jouffre thanks all the partners who participated in this wonderful project as well as the interior designers Margaux Lally & Luc Berger for the scenography that made it possible to highlight all these creations.

Jouffre also thanks and congratulates each of the seamstresses and upholsterers who, thanks to their expertise, have perfectly crafted the six curtains in the collection as well as the two sofas on display at Révélations.

Jouffre finally would like to thank all the visitors who came to the stall in large numbers. The company’s employees are very happy to have welcomed you and to have had the opportunity to unveil Introspection.

Charles and his teams are proud to have been part of this prestigious event around the arts and crafts.