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Par Excellence invites you to
The Event in honor of our new partner MELJAC NA.
Tuesday October 30th
Par Excellence Showroom
459W 18th Street, NY
(between 9th and 10th avenue)
MONACO YACHT SHOW 2018
From September 26th until September 29th
Five artisans d’art, all Living Heritage Companies (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant), have been selected for the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show, taking place in September, from 26th to 29th.
Marbrerie Fochesato, Jouffre, Ludwig & Dominique, Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne and Atelier Bernard Pictet presented their breathtaking creations in a 35 square-meter space designed by François Zuretti.
François Zuretti used glass by Bernard Pictet, furniture by Ludwig & Dominique, rugs by Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne, marble by Patrice Fochesato and upholstery by Jouffre as a superb living area for a luxury yacht. This event brought together the quintessence of craftsmanship and artistry.
ICFF High End Luxury Furniture Fair
From May 20th until May 23rd
From May 20th until May 23rd, ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) comes to New York City yet again. The North American platform for international design will present exclusive custom furnishings for your next design challenge. But this year is even more exceptional: it's the 30th annual ICFF edition. This is an excellent event for real estate agencies to remodel their furniture and market them. The event allows visitors to connect and network with top most building, remodeling and design professionals. The event includes seminars based on latest trends and technologies to remodel your house and it also includes the types of accessories and furniture that go well with your house.
This year, we are pleased to inform you that some of our partners will be giving a design talk at ICFF on May 21st and 22nd from 12pm to 1pm at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Join our partners Ateliers Jouffre, Atelier Premiere NY, Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne, and Declercq Passementiers to discover more about what's so special about French design and if there is such a thing as a French touch. You can also just relax at ICFF on the custom hand-tufted rug called "Let Back" designed by Joran Briand and Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne.
ICFF will also be hosting an exhibition presented by VIA (Valorisation de l'Innovation dans l'Ameublement), a non-profit association dedicated to providing services and innovation to the French Furniture Industries in France and abroad. VIA's "NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE, so Starck, so Bouroullec... so le French Design" will be making its 6th stop of their worldwide tour at ICFF after traveling to Milan, Venice, Montreal, Miami and Los Angeles. Showcased in a poetic scenography by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, 40 iconic masterpieces of the 21st century will be highlighting the very best of French Design. Organized by VIA and in collaboration with the Institut Français, "NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE" celebrates VIA's 40 years of devotion to tomorrow's design.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House
From May 1st until May 31st
Each spring, well-known interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan apartment on Upper East Side into an exhibition that’s called Kips Bay Decorator Show House. This project began back in 1973 when the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched it as a fundraiser for New York City children.
This year’s show takes place at 110 East 76th Street, in a seven-level townhouse. The most outstanding features of this estate are its spiral staircase, lots of windows and high ceilings. The project is a high-profile showcase with both young and experienced designers and some of the field’s top brands. More than 20 interior designers put their stamp on the mansion’s rooms that go from classic to colorfully modern.
One of the rooms shows a magnificent salon and bar in a yellow hue. Here is where all the magic happens. Caleb Anderson and Jamie Drake designed this space with the goal of creating a grand but also intimate living room. It is a combination of modernism and classicism. The salon has deep gold upholstered walls by none other than Ateliers Jouffre, with hand-sewn beads by Ankasa. Jouffre is one of our partners at Par Excellence and excels in the field of upholstery, window treatment and stretched wall fabrics, mixing know-how and French luxury.
In a different room you can find another one of our partners, Atelier Premiere NY. This New York based company is specialized in high-end residential and decorative painting, ranging from traditional treatments to contemporary finishes. In one of the hallways, that Dan Fink designed, Atelier Premiere NY provided the decorative finish in glazed marmorino.
During the whole month of May 2018, the house is open to visitors, with all proceeds benefiting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Don’t miss your chance!
"Stereotomy 2.0" by Par Excellence
From April 20th until April 29th
On April 20th, Par Excellence hosted the opening of the event "Stereotomy 2.0". The exhibition was in collaboration with NYIT School of Architecture and Design and showed prototypes of stone architecture from ancient stereotomic construction systems to the most modern stone experiments for architecture and interior design.
From April 20th to April 29th, Par Excellence exhibited a proposal for constant stress arches constructed from voussoirs (building blocks) that were 3D printed using binder jetting technology. The exhibition was co-edited by Giuseppe Fallacara, associate professor at the Polytechnic of Bari and visiting professor at NYIT, and boasted an amazing line-up, including entries from ZHA Code, p.ART and AKT II, the Block Research Group etc.
One of the most outstanding pieces was the Lapella stone lounge chair from Zaha Hadid Architects, ZHA Code, AKT II, New Fundamentals Research Group and Generelli SA. The chair is made out of unique Palissandro Classico marble and carbon fiber, and is a reinterpretation of the iconic 1963 design by Hans J. Wegner.
"Démesure" by Par Excellence
From November 5th until February 5th
"Démesure" ("lavishness") is a disproportionate exhibition created for Par Excellence. This brand new scenography exhibits new pieces designed and realized by our eight talented craftsmen through a collaborative work inspired by Le Corbusier and its Modulor, and by the 432 Park Avenue Tower!
From the infinitely large to the infinitely tiny, human beings always perceived the universe using their very own size/dimension. Le Corbusier even used the human size as a measurement standard for his study of "inhabiting". But how is it possible to inhabit the lavishness of cities, of architectures, of dreams?
Every day, the craftsmen represented by Par Excellence have to deal with the lavishness of the projects they work for such as the 432 Park Ave tower or even with the craft they practice. Thus, each piece of work reflects the great architecture in New York and lets us experience the "Démesure".
Welcome to Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne
We are really glad that the Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne joined Par Excellence. This company has been designing and manufacturing hand-tufted and hand-woven custom rugs, carpets and tapestries in France since 1958. They already work closely with renowned designers worldwide and are known to have produced rugs and tapestries signed by great artists such as Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Victor Vasarely, Keith Haring, Vassily Kandinsly, Amedeo Modigliani, or Piet Mondrian.
Two beautiful rugs are now in display at the showroom: one, "Twins", is signed by the artist Roswitha Doerig, the other called "Nautilus" represents the golden number through its conch shape. Don't hesitate to find more about our new partner at this address: http://manufacture-tapis-bourgogne.com/en/
Focus on Gilding
Gilding is a very ancient decorative technique first used by the Egyptians in 2300 B.C. to decorate sarcophagi, and in many artistic movements – from the Byzantine mosaics, the medieval illumination, and during the Renaissance in Europe.
Atelier Premiere has been using the gilding process since the creation of the company more than ten years ago – in private households as well as in public spaces. Atelier Premiere is a master of the technique: its decorative painters are qualified to handle renovation projects as well as creation projects. They have all extensively studied in art and decoration schools, and are trained on-site where the skills can be transferred from the most experienced painters onto others. Today, Atelier Premiere employs a dozen decorative painters qualified in leaf gilding. As the process requires a lot of practice to be perfected, only a few of them are able to utilize checkerboard gilding to achieve the best result. That is what makes the achievements of Atelier Premiere so rare and outstanding.
Atelier Premiere is indeed known for its work in the Palais Royal in Florida – a 60,000 square-foot Beaux-Arts mansion. With a worth estimated at $139 million, it is currently the most expensive home officially on the market in America. With all the gold, Atelier Premiere turned the house into a gilded age mansion. 22-carat gold leaf is everywhere: on the marble staircase in the entryway, the cabinets in the kitchen, the 26-foot fountain in the entrance, and the entrance gate.
Here is how they proceed:
First, the painter prepares the surface, the same way as he would do for a lacquer. He also applies a color if needed. Then, he spreads some paste, which is called mixtion. The type of paste is chosen according to various criteria such as gilding type, surface type, drying time, outdoor or indoor, etc. and is determined by the expertise of the painter. Next, the leaf is cut on a cushion and handled with an electrostatic brush to be applied on the mixtion. Different treatments can be performed on the leaf on demand: dusting, age effect, patina, etc. It is common to associate matte and shiny by polishing the flat and the protruding parts with an agate stone to obtain a perfectly gilded item.
Apart from gilding, Atelier Premiere is also specialized in high-end residential and decorative painting, Venetian plasters, embossed leathers, and wallpapers. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information about their craft.
Interview with Etienne & Eric, founders of Ozone
Ozone is a lighting design company from Paris who joined Par Excellence in February and now displays a floor lamp, a ceiling light, a desk lamp, and two wall lights at the showroom. All of their products are designed and handmade in Paris, and are available for American customers. Let's get to know Etienne and Eric, the founders of Ozone.
When did you start working in lighting design? In 2000.
Can you give us a roadmap of how you found your way to this career? We had been friends and work colleagues for a few years. We wanted to start a business together and associate our industrial first step to a creative approach. Plus light is magical!
What were the biggest contributors to your learning? Meeting with craftsmen and interior designers has been very enriching. We were complete beginners, with both our skills and our professional network. Craftsmen and interior designers are passionate people who take the time to listen and pass on their knowledge despite their busy schedule.
How long does it take for someone to really build some confidence in this craft? It requires at least 10 years to develop esthetic, conceptual and technical sensibility and skills of lighting and light making.
For the young upstarts, what’s your advice for learning how to become skilled in their craft? There is no real school in this field. You have to take the plunge for real and learn.
To what or who do you owe your success? We do not know if we can speak of success, because success can be relative and short-lived. We try to last in the long term by enhancing our models each year. The changes might be imperceptible, but contribute to catch the eye of the enthusiast. Although the shapes we design are sleek and geometrical, we commit to make them more beautiful and couple the latest technologies with the past. The seniority of artists matters in this field as the truth of know-how and consistency. We actively collaborate with the Cristallerie Saint-Louis, which was founded in 1586 and we currently light the new store of the Monnaie de Paris, which has existed since 864.
Tell us a little about the inspiration behind some of your pieces. That is very hard to answer in a few words. We discussed this topic in a very beautiful text written by an author for the last Ozone magazine. It speaks about walks in Paris, contemporary art, meetings with architects, and the sky.
Do you have a “key” realization? What is it? The L line for the simplicity of its shape and the beauty of its light. A discreet piece designed to serve the atmosphere of a place. Actually, it is more a sunset than a beacon.
Why did you choose to come to New York? To us, New York is a city that focuses and brings out the maximum amount of energy and creativity. Like Paris, but stronger and more open to the world.
According to you, how can Par Excellence support your development in the United States? It is better to be accompanied by others and well supported to succeed in this city and country.
What question would you most like to be asked? Etienne: Do you like questions? The answer is no. I am quite introverted so I prefer to ask. Eric: Would you have some time to see John Pawson this afternoon? (John Pawson is a British architectural designer born in 1949 whose work is known for its minimalist aesthetic.)
What is your favorite food? Etienne and Eric: Asparagus.
If you weren’t a craftsman, what would you be? Etienne: Photographer or filmmaker. Eric: Doctor or physicist.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work? Etienne: Doing yoga, reading and meditating. Eric: Surfing, playing the piano.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Etienne: To the moon. Eric: Right now I would like to go surfing in Bali.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? Etienne: A bird, to fly. Eric: A fox.
What do you dream about? Etienne: Nature. Eric: I often dream about the ocean, waves and surfing. This is actually the reason why I started to practice this sport.
And last but not least, what’s your mantra? Etienne: One day at a time, live in the present. Eric: “Take good care of this day, because this is life”, by Mawlana Rumi.
Focus on Theodora & Animalia, collections designed by Declercq Passementiers
There are some new arrivals from our talented partners!
Declercq Passementiers just presented Theodora, an original collection realized in partnership with Brigitte Guillet, a French weaver and textile designer.
This collection has been modeled on the Byzantine art masterpieces and its gilded mosaics. By the way, Jérôme Declercq gave us an insider tip that the most beautiful pieces can be seen in Ravenna, Italy. Around 550, after regaining the last capital of the Western Roman Empire from the barbarians, the Emperor Justinian ordered several pieces of mosaic. Some of them aimed at depicting this recapture and demonstrating the power of the Roman Empire. Others were more emotional and rather meant to praise the wife he was madly in love with. Born with humble origins, Theodora was a dancer and a courtesan before she became an Empress. Since then, she has been known for her scandalous reputation as well as her strong influence on her husband’s policy. Through the masterpieces that represent her, Theodora is the one who inspired the creation of the last trimmings designed by Declercq Passementiers and therefore naturally gave her name to this golden collection.
Theodora comes in four references: gold, gold with blue, gold with red, and gold with green. These precious weavings couple large checkerboard patterns (available in 8 and 12cm) with short fringes. Two assorted models of tiebacks have been designed: the THEODORA tiebacks with a triangular shape top and pendants and the BELLISSIMA tiebacks with intersecting guipures and a double fringe.
When it comes to fabrics, Declercq Passementiers went into partnership with the interior designer Guy-Marie Kieffer to create Animalia, an amazing textile collection. This fabric assortment reinterprets classical animal patterns. Three versions have been developed:
FARFALLA: inspired from butterfly wings, this model is made of cotton, silk and cupro. Farfalla comes in six different colors.
TARTARUGA: this version revisits turtle shell patterns in a nice mix of gold and colors.
KAA: this reference reproduces the lines of the snakeskin with golden embroidered anthracite grey cotton for a very contemporary effect.
You can find more information about Declercq Passementiers and their collection on their website here: http://www.declercqpassementiers.fr/ Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in this product.
Ateliers Saint Jacques at the European Artistic Craft Days
Ateliers Saint Jacques – known for their cabinet making, stonecutting, and metal/art foundry activities – will participate in the 11th edition of the European Artistic Craft Days. The event will be hosted at the Fonderie de Coubertin next weekend on the 1st and 2nd of April, located at Domaine de Coubertin, in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (78470) in France. Several demonstrations have been scheduled from 11am to 7pm, showcasing their know-how: joinery & cabinet-making, stonecutting, copperware, and metalwork/art foundry. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the workshops and meet the students enrolled in the training program run by Fonderie de Coubertin. Ateliers Saint Jacques will also display and present pieces they are currently producing or restoring in the Orangerie, the Serre and the Amphithéâtre. For example, there will be the Bartholdi Fountain of Lyon (taken apart and currently in Coubertin), some of the Louvre balconies (Marsan pavillon) and one banister rail of the school of the Legion of Honor in Saint-Denis.
Ateliers Saint Jacques has been taking part in the European Artistic Craft Days since 2013. Every edition is a big success as more than 1,400 people attended last year. Don’t hesitate to visit them if you want to discover a talented ambassador of the French know-how!
European Artistic Craft Days
Created in 2002 upon the request of the French government, the European Artistic Crafts Days (Journées Européennes des Metiers d’Art) are organized by the French National Institute for Arts and Crafts. For 3 days in the early spring, workshops open their doors, demonstrations are held, and training schools are open. European Artistic Craft Days are a chance for people to see skilled craftsmen in action across Europe. Visitors can discover more about the arts and crafts through open-door days at studios, and training events or through special events along with themed tours.
The European Artistic Craft Days have been running for over a decade in France and are now expanding with 19 countries taking part. They aim at gathering crafts companies, professionals and people to celebrate and advertise their artistic crafts. The theme for this year is ‘Forging Links’. These links are cultural, social, and economic. The idea is to promote the diversity of crafts and the connections they establish or induce between generations, disciplines, territories, and professionals, while focusing on the things that create these links and bring us together.
The European Artistic Craft Days are free. You can find the program here: http://www.journeesdesmetiersdart.com/retrouvez-toute-la-programmation-de-nos-partenaires-europeens