Discover "Eclecticism", a poetic setting highlighting our French savoir-faire in the United States
Trying to get more and more innovative to bring its clients with new solutions ideas, Jouffre sometimes work on Research & Development projects to inspire decorators and interior designer. It is also a way to let Jouffre's employees expressing themselves and releasing the power of their creativity. Through the creation of curtains, sofas or decors, craftsmen and all employees can thus work on the development of new collections and new concepts.> Visit website
Some time ago, we announced the inauguration of our new New York workroom located at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City, Queens. To celebrate this new beginning, we wanted to create an unforgettable moment through a unique scenography: "Eclecticism" imagined by Olivier Garcé of the Garcé & Dimofski agency. Within this space, furniture and other decorations reflecting exceptional craftsmanship are installed.
"Elegantly curved pieces of furniture, voluptuous velvet curtains, and a rug treated like a watercolor painting, among many others, take their place in this reinvented industrial setting" says the prestigious magazine AD, which takes a forward-looking look at today's creation and tomorrow's trends. Through this aesthetic universe, we wished to approach our art profession in a poetic way alongside artists and partners whose work deserves to be highlighted. We are proud to present to you through this article each of the pieces imagined and realized especially for this occasion as well as the artworks that have been lent to us.
Jouffre - Taylor Sofa, Polar Bear Armchair and Sofa & Curtains
To celebrate the beginning of this new adventure, we wanted to highlight our savoir-faire through unique creations specially designed for this long-awaited event. At the center of the showroom, we find the "Taylor" sofa. Mixing classicism and roundness, it was entirely handmade by our teams. This elegantly curved piece of furniture rests on walnut legs and offers great seating comfort. Through this piece, a harmony resides between the apparent wooden structure and the shapes of the cushions covered with a sublime curly fabric Tara Chapas.
To highlight our skills in confection, our seamstresses have given life to several pairs of curtains and sheers, strong elements of the scenography. The two beautiful houses Rogers & Goffigon and Declercq Passementiers took part in the birth of these window decorations. Our upholsterers took pleasure in handling their fabrics to realize these confections sublimated by colored trimmings and installed on magnificent leather-covered rods designed and shaped by Gauthier & Compagnie.
The showroom and the small adjoining scenography dedicated to Jean Royère, are decorated with seats imagined in the 40s by the famous French decorator and recently reissued by Maison Royère. The "Polar Bear" armchair and sofa, made by our upholsterers in Lyon, are among the most popular. These iconic pieces rest on four cylindrical oak legs and are covered with Bonvallet fabric. Also on display are a solid oak "Free Form" table and a "Persian" floor lamp, inspired by a bouquet of flowers, which fit perfectly into contemporary interiors. We are proud to count among our collaborations the Maison Royère founded in 2019 by Vladimir Markovic, Jean-Royère's grand-nephew, who gives a second wind to the handcrafted excellence of 20th century French designer Jean Royère.
Lison de Caunes workroom & Saint-Jacques workroom - Lison shelf
Through this project, we wanted to highlight the work of our partners from the Collectif Par Excellence who have created unique pieces in their French workroom. Created specifically for the occasion under the artistic direction of Olivier Garcé of the Garcé & Dimofski agency, these works were graciously lent to us by our friends of the Collective. Thus, the Lison de Caunes workroom, specialized in straw marquetry, and the Saint-Jacques workroom, working with wood, metal, stone and bronze, have combined their expertise to create a shelf made of plum straw marquetry with surprising curves. On it resides the liane lamp of Maison Royère and a sublime sculpture of Simone Bodmer-Turner.
Meljac - High-end electrical fixtures
Forerunner of high-end electrical equipment, Meljac, present in France and abroad, owes its reputation to its custom-made creations in noble materials. Meljac joined us by adding to the showroom switches and electrical outlets with a refined and pure design bringing a handcrafted touch to a sophisticated technology. Olivier Garcé selected a Dark Medaille Bronze finish from the Parisian brand's Classique collection.
Simone Bodmer-Turner - Ceramics
The New York-based sculptor was pleased to share some of her art and craft pieces with us. Created in collaboration with interior designer Athena Calderone, the sculpture "Vence" made of sandstone clay is part of a limited edition inspired by the shells often found in old European churches. The artist has also loaned us two chairs with fluid lines made to measure from sandstone clay. These chairs are each sculpted with the seats facing either right or left to fit perfectly into the space.
Ian Felton - Sacha Coffee table
Ian Felton's creations are inspired by the stories of yesterday and are full of history. For the decoration of our showroom, we partnered with this young designer who has been working for several years in our workroom as a furniture designer. Ian created the "Sacha" coffee table installed next to the Taylor sofa and the Polar Bear armchair. Its top is made of enamelled lava stone and rests on hand-carved and gouged oak legs.
Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne - Lewitt Carpet
The "Lewitt" carpet takes its place in the center of our "reinvented industrial setting" and maintains the balance between the different elements of this space. To bring this custom-made creation to life, the craftsmen of the Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne have hand-tufted the wool threads of this sublime piece of decoration treated like a watercolor. The various light brown and orange tones agree or intertwine, conferring to the carpet a harmony of softness associated with a comfort by its relief in weaving.
Minjae Kim - Varnished black Lamp & Lola chair
To enrich this space, Olivier Garcé proposed to Minjae Kim to exhibit his creations. The artist from Seoul, based in New York and known for his simple and offbeat creations has developed a sculptural lamp in black lacquered wood installed near the Polar Bear armchair of the Maison Royère and the chair "Lola". Composed of a sheet of fiberglass resting on a structure of solid wood stained and varnished, the Lola chair is also part of the creations loaned by the designer to decorate our scenography.
Joe Henry Baker - Painting
On the wall, we find two paintings by English artist Joe Henry Baker made with acrylics and fabric dyes on a pine wood frame. They illustrate light and movement in an abstract form, creating mysterious and ethereal works.
Finally, a selection of contemporary works on loan from the R & Company art gallery and Carvalho Park also completes the decor of our space. We are proud to collaborate with such beautiful galleries to promote art, design and crafts that reflect who we are and what we love.
R & Company - Contemporary works
The Haas Brothers are a Los Angeles-based creative duo known for their incredibly imaginative artworks such as the brass “Electra” stool and the biomorphic lamp in our showroom. The lamp takes place in a small colorful niche located at the entrance of the showroom. Imagined in 2013, this unique lamp is composed of polished hexagonal brass tiles with a melted and slumped plexiglass shade.
Considered one of the leading Brazilian designers of the 20th century, Joaquim Tenreiro created the Single Chair. Designed in 1948, it is distinguished by its plunging armrests and its back with oval bars. Serban Ionescu, an artist who incorporates elements of drawing, sculpture and architecture into his practice, imagined and designed the sculptural Arnolda chair. Made of steel, its orange color revives and counterbalances the right balance operated until now by the different creations that compose the space. Between heritage and modernity, these two pieces of furniture with respective sensibilities each take their place in this harmonious decor.
The sensual work of artist Nancy Lorenz is also on display at R & Company, who was pleased to entrust us with one of her creations especially for our event. On the wall, discover the sublime painting "Red Gold Relief" composed of gold leaf, gesso, pigment and burlap on wood panel.
Designed and fabricated in reinforced plastic and fiberglass by American sculptor and artist Wendell Castle, the "Neon Wall Lamp" in blue metallic paint has also been installed in our setting next to the space dedicated to Jean Royère.
Finally, imagined and created by artist Rogan Gregory, the "Fertility Form Composition" that sits on Ian Felton's Sacha coffee table is a sculptural object made of bronze. His work reflects his interest in abstract forms whose composition is drawn from traditional materials such as bronze, stone and wood. This work with different materials allows the artist to develop a unique aesthetic.
Carvalho Park - Garance Vallée
Known for her abstract and surrealist works, Garance Vallée, a Parisian artist and architect by training, has given life to sublime paintings. All of her works were used to decorate the walls of our showroom in order to bring perspective to the decor.
It is thanks to this common passion for crafts that we have the opportunity to bring to life such a beautiful and inspiring project marking a turning point in the history of our workroom. We thank every artist, partner and friend with whom we are happy to collaborate on a daily basis.