west France. “Leatherwork is still our baby,” he
says. “We color and age the hides using all natural products.” A passageway leads through various workrooms to the ironworking shop. “Ironwork
is the most challenging part of what we do here,”
he notes. “We create new designs and try to use
the material in a different manner. When we’re
successful, the result is something like our Lumière
chandelier.” One of the more rarefied processes
that takes place at the factory is reverse glass
painting. “I love eglomise, and we try to do reverse
painting that looks like antique eglomise,” he says.
“It took two years to perfect the technique, but we
Jean de Merry is renowned for shagreen pieces,
and every year the company imports 5,000 stingray hides from Thailand. “Applying shagreen to
a piece of furniture is difficult,” de Merry explains.
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