My furniture (chairs, benches and small tables) is directly carved in tree trunks. Most of the pieces are sculpted out of a single piece of wood, without any assembling: they are monoxyla.
The creation process starts in the woods in Châtillon-sur-Seine (21),
I seek the closest contact with the natural material. My technique of direct carving, on-site, is a blend of logging and sculpture. The shaping of a piece is done for a large part using traditional tools (draw knife, adze, spokeshave). Axes are replaced by chain saws, which I use to rough out the piece from the undressed timber.
The process continues in my workshop in Arcueil (94), just outside Paris. I use a specific technique for the drying of thick pieces of wood. For the finishing, I use biodegradable products.
I also perform operations of bleaching, superficial burning and wood
“Less is more”
The style is contemporary and uncluttered, so that the intrinsic qualities of the material may come to the fore. Clean, limpid design gives center stage to the natural patterns of the tree – veins, annual rings, variations of colour and fine structure. The simplicity of the form exposes the richness of the texture. Chairs and tables are stated firmly but concisely. In being functional and minimalist, the furniture aims at a kind of transparency that reveals the tree’s powerful presence. Its feel; its density; its smell.
Values at work
Each piece is signed and numbered, because it is unique: it bears the original features of a living material.
Some of the furniture is available in stock, or can be reproduced in small series. Objects can also be custom-made. The furniture is guaranteed.