MARQUETRY & CABINET-MAKING WORKSHOP

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OUR STORY

The original marquetry workshop was created by a certain C. Rigollet over 150 years ago, in 1865. In the years since then, it has seen a series of prestigious owners who have imprinted their fine craftsmanship on the traditional furniture-making district of Paris, the Faubourg Saint-Antoine: Weinspach and Guilmet, Alphonse Immauville, Lacroix and Marrec, and now Lehuédé and Delépine.

1954

André Immauville, who trained Richard Lacroix as his apprentice.

1971

Robert Bonnefond, who trained Hubert Marrec as his apprentice.

1988

Lacroix and Marrec found the marquetry company Lacroix-Marrec (and later welcome Eric Lehuédé as apprentice).

2013

Eric Lehuédé and Martin Delépine take over the company.

Today, a new generation is carrying on the centuries-old tradition of fine marquetry craftsmanship, while also offering contemporary masterworks using the latest techniques.

THE TEAM

Eric Lehuédé

 

Eric Lehuédé was the first apprentice to be trained at Lacroix-Marrec, from 1992 to 1995. He earned his vocational degree in 1995, with highest marks, and moved into a permanent job. Eighteen years later, Eric took over the company, in partnership with Martin Delépine.

 

Martin Delépine

 

Martin Delépine, after being trained as a cabinet-maker, took marquetry courses at the well-known Ecole Boulle design and applied arts school from 1999 to 2003, studying under Pierre Ramond. During this period he also completed two month-long internships at Lacroix-Marrec. He received a decorative arts degree, with honors. After several months in the workshop in 2003-2004, Martin built up his experience in both cabinet-making and marquetry in a number of well-known companies: the cabinet-making workshops of the Royal Family of Denmark, Yannick Chastang (UK), SEMA, Meubles Rinck, ILEX/Hervé Van Der Straten.

THE WORKSHOP

COMPANY PROFILE

TECHNIQUES

Lacroix-Marrec’s main business is marquetry (inlaid veneers), applied to antique or contemporary style furniture and other objects, using traditional techniques such as scroll saws, or modern methods such as laser cutting and numerical control milling. We work for both private individuals and professionals.

 

Marquetry is generally used on furniture, but can be applied to a wide variety of substrates, including jewelry, musical instruments, lamps, parquet floors, murals, wood trim, cigar or jewelry boxes, billiards tables and much more.

 

We also offer refurbishment services for marquetry that needs to be retouched or totally restored, on furniture, or any other object.

 

In addition, we now make antique or contemporary furniture and other objects to your specifications, as well as straw marquetry.

 

TOOLS

 & MATERIALS

OUR WORKS

MARQUETRY CLASSES

Located in the center of Paris, in the heart of the traditional fine-arts furniture district, Lacroix-Marrec gives you a hands-on opportunity to learn this traditional craft, passed on from generation to generation in our workshop since 1865.

 

We accept no more than two students a week, to ensure the best possible learning environment. Everything you need for the class will be provided by our workshop.

 

Introduction to Marquetry

Advanced Marquetry

The introductory course generally takes a full week of about 40 hours, but schedules can be adapted to student availability.

 

This course has the following objectives:

 

-Learning and executing the basic steps in marquetry.

- Producing one’s first marquetry objects. .

- Learning about the specific tools used by the marqueter (scroll saw, other tools, glues, etc.).

- Practicing two types of découpage: super-positioning or piece by piece.

 - Introduction to the hot sand shading technique.

-Learning to recognize veneers, wood types and the main materials used.

- Experiencing the atmosphere of a well-known marquetry workshop.

The objectives of the Advanced course are as follows:

 

- Produce a relatively complex marquetry object, using either your own pattern or choosing from the many models in the workshop.

- Learning specific techniques for special types of jobs or materials.

 

The length of this course depends on the time needed to produce the object or learn a specific technique.

MARQUETRY

&

CABINET-MAKING

WORKSHOP

11, cité de l'ammeublement 75011 Paris

tel  +33(0)143790185

fax +33(0)9 78 63 44 33

lacroixmarrec@yahoo.fr

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