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Louis Teran © Michelangelo Foundation
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Louis Teran © Michelangelo Foundation
Louis Teran © Michelangelo Foundation

Lison de Caunes

  • Straw marquetry maker
  • Paris, France
  • Master Artisan
Lison de Caunes Straw marquetry maker
Contact
French, English, Spanish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+33 140560210
Louis Teran © Michelangelo Foundation

From humble material to luxury item

  • • Straw marquetry uses only rye grain straw
  • • Lison taught herself, since no straw marquetry masters remained
  • • She feels almost any design idea is achievable

Lison de Caunes grew up with the straw marquetry objects and furniture designed by her grandfather, André Groult, and worried what would happen to these beautiful pieces if no one knew how to restore them. No one did, and so she decided to learn. “I spent 20 years restoring antiques and Art Deco furniture. I learned my profession through the restoration of straw marquetry, which perfected my technique, and then I spent another 20 years creating.” From her Paris workshop, she performs the alchemy of turning straw into gold. “What interests me is the transformation of such a modest material into a luxury item. I’ve been gluing pieces of straw for 30 years, and I’ll never get tired of it.”

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Works

  • Louis Teran © Michelangelo Foundation
  • © Lucas Matichard
  • © Cristina Celestino Studio
Photo: Louis Teran © Michelangelo Foundation
Labyrinth tables

The surface of this pair of elegant side tables has been entirely inlaid with naturally dried, dyed straw. The marquetry design creates an intricate maze of geometric patterns that change with the light and viewing angle.

56 cm
63 cm
50 cm

Photo: © Lucas Matichard
Jean-Michel Frank cabinet

This cabinet was designed by Jean-Michel Frank and made in MDF. Lison covered the surface with marquetry in a repetitive geometrical pattern, using straw that had been naturally dried and dyed.

106 cm
45 cm
78 cm

Photo: © Cristina Celestino Studio
Mirage screen

The panels of this MDF room divider were inlaid with a shimmering landscape in straw marquetry, working visible rays of light into the design. The straw was naturally dried and dyed.

160 cm
180 cm

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