Selenite crystal, or more commonly known as gypsum, is a valued mineral that has been used for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians were one of the first to use it as plaster, and incorporated it into the construction of the pyramids. Gypsum can be found all around the world and holds many different purposes. Furniture… [Read More]
Atelier Viollet recently completed a cabinet in gypsum, palmwood & gilt bronze, designed by Jean-Paul Viollet. This is the newest addition to our line of gypsum pieces. The mitered joinery at the sides gives the gypsum a “waterfall” effect. We are excited to share this newest piece with you.
Jean-Paul Viollet was featured in a recent post on Artisanal Specs, a monthly online publication that showcases top artisans and specialty craftspeople. Read a sample of the post below: “It is not just anyone who possesses the gift of creating a literal object of desire. Thumbing back through time, through an infinite catalogue of mythical objects, it remains… [Read More]
In a recent article published in the Financial Times, Sandrine Viollet discussed straw marquetry furniture technique. “What fascinates me is that you start with such a simple material and end up with beautiful furniture,” says Sandrine Viollet, master of straw marquetry at Atelier Viollet. “You can’t use any machines to work the straw “ only… [Read More]
A new shipment of Gypsum arrived at our workshop recently. A very difficult material to process, it will be used in a new prototype for which fabrication will begin shortly. Here at Atelier Viollet, we pride ourselves in being on the front lines of exploration when it comes to innovative applications of our favorite materials,… [Read More]
One of our recent projects, inspired by the aesthetic vision of Jean-Royere and designed by Sean Johnson Interior Design, is a custom shagreen coffee table, featuring shagreen mosaic tiles. The color was created entirely in-house, and each of the tiles were carefully selected and precisely fitted by hand. The result is a sleek, modern, textured look… [Read More]