They originate as far back as the 17th century, and owe their longevity not only to the schools of applied arts and crafts but above all to direct transmission from one indivi- dual to another in the workshop. In the Mériguet-Carrère workshops on the rue Chapon and the rue de l’Abbé-Groult in Paris, craftsmen use the old methods and materials: whiting, animal hide glue, and pigments.
Here, skilled experts continue to pass on the age-old secrets of the decorative painter’s and gilder’s trades to new recruits. They can imitate wood and stone, cloth and mother-of-pearl. They can produce wallpaper and painted fab- ric, not to mention splendid tooled and gilded leatherwork. They can restore the sheen of yesteryear to neglected wood-work, and return forgotten or abused furniture to its former glory.
The company carries out its decora- tion and restoration work in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. It was founded by Paul Mériguet in the 1960s. Over the last fifteen years, under the direction of Antoine Courtois (a reg- istered architect with a diploma from the Arts et Métiers school) and Laurent Gosseaume, its workshops have been transported to every corner of the globe, installed in historic monuments, pri- vate mansions, luxury boutiques, and dream apartments. The 75 staff of the Atelier Mériguet-Carrère can as easily save an endangered historic house, res- cuing its painted ceilings and reviving its gilding, as they can implement a con- temporary décor in accordance with their client’s wishes. Their clients run the gamut from senior architects in the Historic Monuments Department to well-known decorators and individuals who appreciate work of the highest quality.
We invite you to step behind the scenes, moving from the Paris Opera to the private mansion, and to enter a truly remarkable world.