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.

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

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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".

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!

You can find the french version of this article here.


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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.

Par Excellence Partners

Par Excellence Partners

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

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.

Dominique Dutronc, our photographer for the event : (732) 397 8389

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.

Find more on Jouffre’s website here


Martin Massé is a young Parisian architect, graduated with honors from ESA and Penninghen.

He started his career in renowned agencies such as Tristan Auer, Wilmotte & Associates and Joseph Dirand Architecture for which he intervenes in particular in the design of his collection of furniture.

With his experiences in the luxury domain, he launched his own agency in 2018 and now is involved in projects ranging from architecture to interior design apartments and restaurants through the creation of high-end furniture.

It’s creative approach wavers between tradition and the ultra-contemporary displaying the exceptional know-how of French craftsmen.

His furniture collections which are sold in limited edition and product by Ateliers Saint Jacques in France express themselves through simple proportions and purified highlighted by materials skillfully selected.

The search for atmospheres and poetry is omnipresent in his work as a way of magnify everyday life through architecture and design.





Interview with Lison de Caunes, the Master of art in straw marquetry by Signatures Singulières

Interview with Lison de Caunes, the Master of art in straw marquetry

For Lison de Caunes, the straw marquetry is a childhood memory born in the workshop of his grandfather and master of Art Deco, decorator André Groult. She revolutionizes this technique by means of bookbinding tools such as this bone bender that never leaves it.

Signatures Singulières: What made you want to go into straw marquetry?

Lison de Caunes: straw marquetry has always been very present in my life thanks to my grandfather André Groult who introduced me to it. Indeed, I spent a lot of time in his studio. And then, I was surrounded by my parents objects and furniture in straw marquetry. When my grandfather died, I had the desire to restore his furniture. That's how I started straw marquetry.

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

Lison de Caunes: it's a very French specialty since the 17th century. For a long time this art remained very confidential. But since about fifteen years and especially thanks to my work, the marquetry of straw has regained an interest with the public. It is now well known and fashionable in the United States, Russia and Europe.

Signatures Singulières: What kind of welcome did you receive in New York?

Lison de Caunes: I joined the American market thanks to Peter Marino. He was the first decorator to incorporate straw marquetry into his interiors. The revival for art deco also played a role in the enthusiasm found for this matter. And now for fifteen years many decorators have decided to work with my workshop and offer their customers straw marquetry.

Signatures Singulières: You have joined Par Excellence, which promotes French talents in New York. What do you expect? Do you already have benefits in this way?

Lison de Caunes: Despite the fact that we already have a lot of projects in the United States, it was important to have a place to be represented. It seemed all the more interesting because we are alongside talented artisans. They all contribute to show the excellence of French craftsmanship. We decided to embark on this adventure to expand our repertoire and meet new decorators. We have already had a big project with Drake / Anderson which is a direct result of our presence at the showroom Par Excellence.

Signatures Singulières: What challenge would you like to meet in 2019?

Lison de Caunes: my challenge for 2019 is to continue to innovate and modernize this material to show the infinite and unexpected possibilities of straw marquetry. We are currently working in association with other craftsmen to combine our know-how and to always present novelties.

Interview with Guillaume Bouchez

Guillaume Bouchez recent interview in french magazine Signatures Singulières to talk about Par Excellence.

What are your criteria for selecting your craftsmen?

Guillaume Bouchez: our partner companies must be French and have an artisanal know-how; the definition of an EPV (Living Heritage Company) in sum. By the way most are.

Eight artisans have joined Par Excellence. How much do you want to receive?

Guillaume Bouchez: we have set ourselves not to exceed the threshold of 12 partners; we are currently in discussion with several craftsmen and we expect to end the year at 10, the aim being to integrate new know-how. We have been asked a lot of glass lately, and I am in contact with a company specializing in architectural embroidery whose work is incredible.

French know-how is very popular abroad. What are the most requested trades by your American interior designers?

Guillaume Bouchez: everyone manages to make their mark because of their unique know-how and they’re complementarity. This is the beauty of the project Par Excellence! In some agencies we find many projects on which several of our partners intervened.

In your opinion, what is the hallmark of French know-how as a factor of choice for your foreign clients?

Guillaume Bouchez: our crafts and our cuisine, benefits from this international aura. Here we speak very easily of know-how "à la Française" as we speak about our savoir vivre!

The made in France in the craftsmanship is synonymous with quality of course, but also prestige and tradition.

Is there a strong demand from your American customers for French craftsmen?

Guillaume Bouchez: Made in France is on the rise, our customers love it. What they like is the tradition from the Old Continent associated with hand work. They want unique pieces and if more is done in France, then there ... As I really like to tell our customers, working with Par Excellence is like having a little piece of France in your New York penthouse !

Is your showroom also open to private individuals?

Guillaume Bouchez: Of course our doors remain open to all, but our customers are the designers and decorators, so apart from the pieces presented in the showroom we only make the tailor-made, unique piece.

Do you make a positive assessment after the first 3 years of existence of this New York showroom?

Guillaume Bouchez: yes! Proof of this is that we will accelerate our development: we open the capital to new shareholders. I'm part of it. We are opening a new showroom in September 2019. A great French designer will be associated with our partners. Finally we are thinking about opening offices on the west coast and in Asia where the demand for made in France is very strong.

Interview with Donna Glubo-Schwartz

This week we would like to introduce one of our favorite women on Instagram. She is doing incredible work, which looks like it could be from another universe. We interviewed her about her life, her work and her passions.  Introducing: Donna Glubo-Schwartz.

With this interview we also start a new section on our news page, in which we would like to show you new and interesting accounts, pictures and impressions of Instagrams world of interior design. Come and join us to explore the variety of art and design, starting with 3 dimensional sculptured fabrics.

Donna Glubo-Schwartz   Instagram: donna_glubo

Donna Glubo-Schwartz

Instagram: donna_glubo

Thank you very much Donna for doing this interview with us. We have been following you on Instagram for a while now and are always amazed by your pictures of these colorful fabric sculptures. First, I would like to know “Who is Donna Glubo-Schwartz?”.

I am from New York, currently living in Fort Lee, NJ with a studio that overlooks the Hudson River. I studied fiber arts, sculpture, painting and most influentially Color Theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. One semester, I took a class in Shibori, a Japanese resist dye technique and I experimented with the general intention of the processes and adapted it to gain a more dimensional result. My study of color has also informed my work.

Oh nice! That sounds fun! So, how did you became a designer? How did the idea of doing the pieces, on your instagram referenced as “3 dimensional sculptural fabrics”, how did that start?

Since graduating, I formed my own fabric company Spatial Element. I developed the concept of having my pleated fabric laminated in glass. The technology was not available when I first developed the idea, so I had it cast in clear resin. It was juried into Material Connexion, a materials resource library, as a new material. A new glass company, Livinglass, Inc. developed the process of laminating dimensional materials in glass, and found my work through Material Connexion. Since then we have been working together (starting 2004) and have completed many projects both domestically and internationally.

Amazing! And how do you install your sculptures, because it should be used as decoration in rooms right?

Yes, exactly. For example my newest work, Twisted Objects, are made with the intention of mounting them on a wall, either attached to a canvas or directly to the wall. I envision grouping multiple pieces for a full installation in a grid pattern or if directly hung, in different forms and shapes.

Okay, and are those sculptures the only thing you are working on at the moment? Or is there something else? What would you say is your main focus?

My focus is with the 3 dimensional fabrics, either with the Twisted Object series or with Livinglass, Inc. for laminated glass for my Kimono and Halo series of glass. The laminated glass has been used in multiple projects installed anywhere from Hotels, Airports, Casinos, Health Care, Residential, Restaurants, and Corporate venues .

And do other designers do the same? Do you know anyone working in this way?

Not exactly. Although there are other fiber artist that use more traditional shibori techniques, I do have my own unique interpretation.

Okay, nice. Now we have already talked a bit about your pieces. Can you tell me something about how you are making them? On your Instagram, you explain that everything is handmade and one of a kind.  It must be very special to craft such pieces.

My technique includes multiple degrees of folding and crimping the fabric. It can involve one or two color combinations to complete the second part of the process. When completed, I manipulate the fabric to create its form, then sewing it in place. I came to this process through years of experimentation, research and development. It can take anywhere from two days to a week or more to complete a piece or series of pieces.

Wow, a week is quite a long time! How does it work if someone would like to order your work? How do you ship and manage the whole process?

I would work directly with designers to determine color and size and overall desired result. Although I plan on offering specific sizes: 20” by 20” and 12” by 12”, I can do custom work in color and size. You can order directly through my site. Designers can direct message me for custom work. Each piece will be specially packed for shipping through FedEX.

Alright, my last question is, which projects have you worked on so far, or further more what clients have you worked with? Also, which rooms do you think are best homes for your bespoke creations?

I have worked most successfully with the Interior Design industry. Hospitality projects are the most receptive to color and experimentation. I can see the Twisted Objects, which can be made in any size, as feature walls for hotel lobbies, reception area, restaurants, airport lounges, etc. I have completed projects for Delta Airlines including LAX, San Francisco, Seattle, and Atlanta. Other projects in Las Vegas include McCarran International Airport, Aria City Center Las Vegas, Red Rock Resort and Casino, Mirage Hotel and more. In New York, for example,  you can see my work at the Shoreham Hotel on West 55th.

Oh nice! I think I am gonna check this out then! Very cool. Well, that’s all for now! Thank you very much Donna, for answering all my questions.

You are very welcome! Thank you very much for having me for this interview!


If you are interested in Donna´s pieces, check them out at her Instagram page here or you can also contact her via email or phone, to order your very own special 3D sculptured fabric.

Mail: donna@spatialelement.com
Phone: 917.701.9134

Trends of 2019

We searched down the internet to explore the future design trends of the new year 2019, and we found some interesting statements of different designers. We know that is all supposition, because in the end design is art and art has its own living life and behavior. But to know what some of the best designers would like to create and what not, is a very good start to see where 2019 is leading regarding interior design and decor arts. So here are 5 IN’s and OUT’s for 2019:

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IN: Floral Fabrics and Wallpapers

According to Erin Gates Design, the traditionell beauty of floral pattterns will bloom in the year 2019, wether its straight up chintz or abstracted.

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OUT: Cooler Gray

Jeff Andrews Design tells us, that cooler. gray tone neutrals are not gonna be his favorites this year. He prefers warmer and brighter neutrals in 2019.

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IN: Suistainable Pieces

Pieces made out of rice paper, jute or clay will be the future regarding the year 2019. Being more in touch with mother earth and nature is goign to be a big thing according to K Interiors.

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OUT: Only One Look

Rooms with no color or texture will be present in 2019 according to Dekar Design.

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OUT: Lacquered Furniture

According to J Randall Powers Interiors overlay polished pieces can become trite very quickly, and for that reason they wont be part of 2019.

2019 is going to be very colorful, with a lot of textures and vintage patterns

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OUT: Copper Furniture

2019 is going to be the year of more natural looking metals.
K Interiors

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IN: Buy Once, Cry Once

Do not skimping on comfort when it comes to buying new furniture in 2019. As J Randall Powers Interiors always says: buy once, cry once.


IN: Passamenterie

Vibrant color combinations and unusual shapes will make passamenterie “hip” again. - Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates

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OUT: Geometric Trellis and Ikat patterns

“Geometric trellis and ikat patterns will let your room look dated.” - Erin Gates Design

2019 means “For a better life and living in both ways happiness and sustainability!”

IN: Rich Jewel Tones with an Edge

Paints, fabrics and accessoires in these colors going to be a trend in 2019 by creating a drama against backdrop of white architectual elements, according to Jeff Andrews Design.

"Brass Forever"


noun \ ˈbras  \

An alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions.

Prized for its high workability and durability, along with its bright golden color, brass has been used since around the 1st century BCE for various items of societal and decorative value including Roman coinage, West African casts and European religious vessels.

Meljac continues this tradition of craftsmanship and beauty in brass through its use as the base material for many of the products in our collection of exquisite electrical hardware.

“Brass Forever” was the event in honor of the launch of our new partner Meljac North America on Tuesday October 31st in our showroom in Chelsea.

We are happy having you on board!
In a plastic world, brass forever.