Welcome to Atelier de Sarah, a handcrafted furniture studio-workshop situated in Paris.
Following a career in education and marketing within a multinational giant of the beauty industry, I decided to live my passion and devote myself entirely to a craft, now rare: furniture making.
My attraction for the applied arts is not new: sniffing out pieces of furniture in antique shops and bric-a-brac markets in the Cape – my birthplace in South Africa – then helping my parents to restore them was part of our childhood rituals.
But the trees have grown older…..40 years later, it was in France, thanks to the prestigious “Ecole Boulle” and l’INFA, coupled with numerous internships in the wood working industry, that I was able to transform an amateur hobby into a professional craft.
With French diplomas in both furniture making and carpentry, I created my company, Atelier de Sarah in February 2015, based in Le Perreux, a close suburb of Paris. To a demanding clientele, I offer bespoke furniture pieces, personalised built-in units and furniture renovation or restoration.
Passionate about architecture and the history of art, I am particularly interested in the decorative arts of around the beginning of the 20th century. The neighbourhood of my studio, overflows with Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings. My wish is to participate in the preservation of this heritage through the restoration of the wooden exterior and interior decorations.
Types of woods I use:
Concerning solid wood, I prefer using wood from French or European forests, like walnut, oak, maple, beech, ash, birch, chestnut, cherry, plane…
Working with veneers opens a multitude of creative options, allowing me to play with often colourful and highly patterned exotic woods as well as simply upscaling a less noble wooden structure.I do not work with chipboard, melamine or MDF (Medium Density Fibre).
BESPOKE FURNITURE I HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE
I create furniture pieces or copy existing pieces, crafting unique single items or in very limited quantities.
Optimising small or awkward spaces, housing books, creating cunning options for hiding “stuff”; personalised built-in units and shelving can be an efficient and aesthetic solution.
RENOVATION I RESTORATION
The upgrading and renovation of old, solid wood front doors includes insulating the surround, replacing glass parts with double glazing, inserting 3 point locking systems invisibly into the door edge and if necessary, sandblasting the surface in order to refinish with protective varnish or paint. In this way, the insulation and security of a home can be improved without sacrificing the charm of the original door.
In the same vein of preservation, I restore old pieces of furniture or sometimes modify furniture to adapt it to modern life or even a new living space.