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Manon Bouvier

  • Atelier Paelis
  • Straw marquetry maker
  • Lyon, France
  • Master Artisan
Manon Bouvier Straw marquetry maker
French, English, Italian
By appointment only
+33 975569727
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Straw of attraction

  • • Manon was awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2016
  • • She runs a sustainable and innovation-friendly atelier
  • • Her approach is collaborative, working with artists and designers

A made-up word derived from “paille”, meaning straw in French, Paelis is an atelier in Lyon dedicated to the craft of marquetry. Founded in 2016 by French craftswoman Manon Bouvier, Paelis has grown into a workshop that focuses on excellence, team work and sustainability. "No piece is achieved alone" says Bouvier, "I collaborate with carpenters, cabinetmakers, engineers.." adding that she is actively building a network to overcome challenges and always innovate. Having chanced upon this craft during the mandatory internship of her cabinetmaker training at the prestigious École Boulle in Paris, Manon has developed numerous trust-based partnerships from local producers of straw, contemporary artists to designers working with 3D-printed creations using starch filaments.

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  • © Atelier Paelis
  • © Cyrille Robin
  • © Samuel Cortes
  • © Eric Marin
  • © Thierry Depagne
Photo: © Atelier Paelis

SiO I is the first piece of a collection dedicated to straw and stone. The contrast between the warmth of the luminous black straw and the dense and uneven texture of the stone offers a captivating optical effect.

Height 120 cm
Width 120 cm

Photo: © Cyrille Robin
Screen Bamboo and Straw - Flavia De Laubadère X Paelis

Designed by Flavia de Laubadère and Manon Bouvier, this screen transcends know-how and combines two plant materials crafted using the same straw marquetry techniques. The pattern renders the bewitching feeling of chiaroscuro.

Height 162 cm
Width 147 cm

Photo: © Samuel Cortes

UNIO was born from a collaboration between the Yszé workshop and Paelis. Inspired by the concept of the tangram, each part lined with brass is modular according to the client’s desires. Both brass and straw abilities to reflect light creates a unique and refined piece.

Length 100 cm
Width 100 cm
Height 40 cm

Photo: © Eric Marin
Take Away Box

Made of plant-based materials, Paelis entirely imagined and designed this box for Chef Davy Tissot competing at the 2021 Bocuse d'Or competition final. The patterns executed in black and gold straw were designed to offer a unique display intended to present the exceptional dishes of Team France.

Length 28 cm
Width 28 cm
Height 28 cm

Photo: © Thierry Depagne
Screen Charlotte Biltgen X Paelis X Atelier Ysze

Curvaceous and rounded, this screen was designed by Charlotte Biltgen and crafted by Paelis. Enhanced by the shine of the brass and the choice of colours the straw marquetry pattern comes to life on this multi-faceted piece.

Length 48.5 cm
Width 3.5 cm
Height 180 cm

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