The French Connection - Cinquième (Fifth) Note: Trendy furniture à la française!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Okay when I saw the name of this design group, I couldn't stop thinking of the reprise from one of my other trendy french favorites ... singer Inna Modja and her popular song "French Cancan" ♫ Coco Choco Chanel Coco, Coco Choco Chanel and Chocolat ...♫ but anyway I digress ... from this music to another music to my ears ...

Cocotte Metal, Immobilier Chick and Smart is a design group with a very cool concept! Their trendy site presents all sorts of flashy and flirty metal furniture pieces in all shapes, sizes and colors ... designed by You (the consumer).

After visiting and checking out all sorts of inspiring examples ... you can select the elements you would like (for example table base and top in a variety of shapes and sizes) mix and match (or not) as you can dream it up ... pick your colors ... and your piece will be put together to your specifications and delivered to you. There are tables, shelving units and consoles to choose from.

Ever inspired by the energy and creativity of my daughter and the young women designers of the bay area that I have met through her ... imagine how fun it was to learn that the designers of these fun pieces and concept are two young European WOMEN, Anna from Barcelona and Clémence from Paris. They met in design school (
l'ESAG Penninghen, School of interior design and architecture) . After five years in school together, they decided to partner and launched their studio "Twin Truc".

Their first project
was with a metalworking company, they were able to participate in making their first prototypes. This experience was where they knew they wanted to continue to create furniture in parallel with craftsmen.

In September 2010, they connected with fabricators Marie and Arnaud of
les ateliers de DVAI, in order to create a range of objects. Together, they visited the workshop to see firsthand their manufacturing techniques: laser cutting, bending, rolling, bending, machining and welding of sheet steel. They were immediately drawn to the same vision: pre-cut pieces of furniture in a flat aluminum sheet, like a sewing pattern. These pieces were destined to be "folded" into forms that fit together like a puzzle....

The concept was born: a range of furniture that comes flat, using self-assembly without nails or screws, for a simple system of fold and nesting.

Voila!! hip, flashy and functional ... designed in France, made in France, et malheuresement (and sadly), you have to live in France to have them, at least for now.

But take a gander and be inspired to support a local young artisan in your neck of the woods. These gals have created a small enterprise that employs 20 folks with pride!!

Small businesses need and deserve our support and encouragement so visit one near you today! Mignonne Décor for example ... !!

Our guest correspondent for The French Connection is Kimberlee Mancha, mother of Johnelle and co-founder of Mignonne Décor. Now living in France, Kimberlee started our sister shop "The Bohemians" in 2009. She will be providing live updates for all you Francophiles and lovers of beautiful European inspirations.



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