When did you set up your own workshop?
We opened our workshop in 1980 and were lucky to open at a time when there was an important upsurge in the popularity of Art Deco furniture. That meant there were collectors who understood and sought out restoration experts.
What are your particular specialisms?
Shagreen and straw marquetry. But in fact, we must master all materials related to the restoration of furniture. First we have to understand them, and then find solutions for how to work with them and how to allow their characteristics to be properly expressed.
© Jean-Yves Thibert
Where do you look for inspiration?
When you are passionate about something your eyes are constantly open everywhere you go, capturing certain moments and interesting ideas. This mostly occurs within nature, because nature is key to a surprising number of things. You just need to look, adapt and then transform.
What are your latest developments?
Lately we have created an amazing method for working with charcoal, which is an extremely fragile product. Also we recently won an award for Argo, a protective crib made of fine walnut, covered with projected fused copper, carefully combined to shield an infant from damaging electromagnetic waves.