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Steven Leprizé

  • Arca, Créations Et Ébénisterie
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Chennevières sur Marne, France
  • Master Artisan
Steven Leprizé Cabinetmaker
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Exploring wood in new ways

  • • Steven developed a flexible wood product called WooWood
  • • He won the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'intelligence de la main in 2017
  • • He created his company with friends from École Boulle

Steven Leprizé’s father managed a museum of historical agricultural machinery, the highlight of which was a sawmill, made in 1880, which required continuous maintenance and restoration. Steven spent many years repairing the machines with his father, developing a deep passion for working with wood. He first studied carpentry, then focused on cabinetmaking with the intention of restoring furniture. During his studies, he discovered fine arts and a talent for sketching, and he realised he wanted to focus on creating furniture rather than restoring it. He went on to study at École Boulle in Paris, then created ARCA Ébénisterie, his own cabinetmaking workshop, with other alumni of his school.

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Desk lamp – Coudes (Elbows) C5 L6

A handy desk lamp, this piece can be placed in any position to allow light to shine from different angles or even to create a soft ambient light. Double Japanese paper, one of designer Jörg Gessner’s favourite materials, attached to an oak frame dims the light source. The lamp is one of many collaborative projects between ARCA Ebénisterie, founded by Steven, and Jörg Gessner.

Length 275 mm
Diameter 275 mm
Height 145 mm

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This satchel was created using WooWood technology developed by the ARCA Ebénisterie workshop founded by Steven. The technique consists of setting marquetry on rubber. This flexible material enables the bag to adapt to the shape of the objects inside while maintaining its own shape. The bag was developed with Octave Grehal, a student designer from Ecole Boulle.

Length 400 mm
Width 30 mm
Height 350 mm

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Mado dressing table

This tribute to a ladies’ dressing table combines solid wood with veneer (taken from the same tree), creating an interplay between fragility and strength. The sides, sculpted from solid wood, seem to wrap around the veneer-covered aluminium legs, which are designed to be as thin yet as solid as possible. The flap opens to reveal a curved mirror, sculpted ash “pockets” for storage and a push button to open a secret drawer.

Length 1.34 mm
Depth 650 mm
Height 750 mm

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Fuso Chair

Fuso is a chair that looks like a bouquet. The piece was developed as an experiment, using industrial rather than traditional cabinetry techniques. The idea was to adapt craft tools to industrial techniques, using 3D moulded oak divided up and recomposed before being fixed to steel legs, bringing lightness to the whole structure.

Length 0 mm
Diameter 780 mm
Height 580 mm

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