Can you fathom possessing the title master?
To be named to the elite association
Les Grands Ateliers de France is to be honored
as a top tier master with a passion for
the arts, attention to detail, and a desire to
preserve French cultural heritage.
What if we were invited to peek inside
the ateliers of those masters?
Ahhhhhh, but we are.
Author Jean Bergeron and Catherine Laulhere
extend this invitation in their dreamy book
(Thames and Hudson, 2013)
which showcases masterful French artisans
devoted to restoration and preservation.
Le Grand Ateliers de France was formed by
Jean Bergeron and Laurence Bonnet
to promote expertise, ethics and respect.
Members are selected in secret by their peers,
and there are now 68 masters representing
more than 90 different craft disciplines.
In Master Artisans, we meet engravers,
printmakers, cabinetmakers, upholsterers,
weavers, jewelers, and more, all of whom
produce one-of-a-kind or limited editions
of the highest quality.
Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France
Consistent with its subject matter,
the book is gorgeously slip-cased
and simply a glory to behold.
Artisans featured inside the book include bookbinder
Jacky Vignon, harpsichord maker Reinhard von Nagel,
laquerworker Catherine Nicolas, and maker of
couture umbrellas Michel Heurtault.
If jetting to France and private entree into
the studios of the finest artisans is an option,
oui oui, send my regards and document it
all for us on instagram, s’il vous plait!
If it is not feasible, perhaps:
forego the jet lag,
reach for an adult beverage,
prepare to be inspired,
and curl up all cozylike
with this amazing title.
Peace to you
in whatever stage of masterful-ness
you find yourself, right where you are.