THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL

October 14, 2022

 
This autumn, I had the pleasure of visiting a remarkable showroom in Paris. Feau Boiseries, established in France in the 19th century, is located in a showroom on a small street in the 17th arrondissement. It is filled from floor to ceiling with carved panels, fireplaces and mantels, architectural objects, and lots of dust-something akin to a movie set. Guillaume Féau, the company’s third-generation owner, and his sister Angelique, now run the family-owned firm. Féau & Cie has been supplying architects and designers with period paneling since 1875. Many of the salvaged items come from dismantled chateaux or hotel particuliers, their histories carefully documented. Guillaume is enthusiastic and good fun. He gave us an incredible tour along with detailed story telling. With every corner turned, one discovers a hidden treasure. The Chinese lacquer panels are a sight to behold. As someone who appreciates detail and anything made with great care in this day and age, it was pure indulgence. They employ over 100 carefully trained carvers producing panels, rooms and backdrops for private residences, museums. You know those breathtaking booths at art fairs to display antiques and fine jewelry? These are often the work of Feau. (Just as interesting if not more so than the items on display!). Using plaster or resin, the panels are sculpted then covered in patina, paint or gold leaf. Old panels are restored, and reproductions are also an option. Top interior decorators such as Jacques Grange, Robert Couturier and Michael Smith are incorporating these period panels in their projects around the world. Everything is done sur measure, which translates to custom order. I returned home asking myself what room in my apartment can I have paneled?! Hands down this was a memorable experience and after so many years in Paris it is wonderful to be surprised-just when you think you have seen it all. The precision, intricacy and ornamentation are simply mind blowing and a testament that the art of grand interior decoration is still alive.                                                                                             
The entry hall of Feau Boisieries. I love the juxtaposition of the classic walls with this contemporary glass sculpture by Jean Michel Othoniel.

This Louis XV green velvet provided a much needed resting place as I meandered my way through the showroom.

 Everywhere one looks, it is a feast for the eyes. This is a trumeau-a painted panel that once sat atop a fireplace mantel. The glass ceiling in this section allows natural light to pour in enhancing the details. Installation of contemporary furniture by The Invisible Collection.
 Guillaume Feau giving us a guided tour.

This corner table caught my eye-every piece has a history.

A fireplace mantel covered in conversation piece trinkets.

Our Perrin Panier sitting pretty. Breathtaking hand-painted irises. Our pine green Perrin Panier atop a table by Italian artist Osaka Visconti

 

Le champagne est servi….
Gorgeous fall flowers for the launch of Aline d’Amman furniture pieces at
The Invisible Collection.

Afterwards we attended a dinner, (g)love the simplicity of the table with plates upon books!




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