Fort Royal unveils new Paris showroom, a trove of refined French craft

French craft group Fort Royal recently moved into a new Parisian showroom
French craft group Fort Royal recently moved into a new Parisian showroom, which includes a selection of marquetry by Craman Lagarde
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Founded in 2010, Fort Royal is on a mission to maintain and preserve French craft and design heritage. From cabinetmaking to gunsmithery, the group brings together an exceptional band of artisans, and with the addition of its fifth and latest member – metalworkers Bétemps – it was time for a move from its home in the Bastille area to larger premises.

Last week, the company unveiled its new showroom on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris’ 8th arrondissment. Spanning 130 sq m and spread over two storeys, the brand new gallery has been conceived in-house by the Fort Royal team. The result is an immaculate space in which to showcase its wares – think chevron parquet flooring, pristine white walls, and accents of marble.

Jardins du Roi Soleil’s patented adaption of the orange tree-boxes created for the Château de Versailles on display here, as are its ‘Marie-Antoinette’ bench and ceramic vases. The ornamental banister rails and handrails, meanwhile, have been designed by Bétemps.

Nearby, Craman Lagarde showcases a selection of its classical, art deco and contemporary pieces in a room dedicated entirely to its striking marquetry. The furniture will be refreshed on a regular basis to unveil a wide range of the artisan cabinetmaker’s collection.

Master glassmaker Atelier Simon Marg is also represented: a duet of backlit stained glass panels illuminate the hallway, while Steven Richard’s ‘Pompéi’ wrought steel screen takes pride of place in the main room. Downstairs, the basement is home to an armoury department exhibiting beautiful guns and rifles by Darne.

Steven Richard’s ‘Pompéi’ wrought steel screen

Spanning 130 sq m and spread over two storeys, the refined space was conceived in-house by the Fort Royal team. Pictured (centre): Steven Richard’s ‘Pompéi’ wrought steel screen

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Craftsmen including master glassmaker Atelier Simon Marg

The group represents five artisanal craftsmen including master glassmaker Atelier Simon Marg

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The basement is home to an armoury department exhibiting guns and rifles

Downstairs, the basement is home to an armoury department exhibiting guns and rifles by Darne

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The ornamental banister rails

The ornamental banister rails and handrails have been designed by metalworkers Bétemps

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The showroom is located on Boulevard Haussmann

The showroom is located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris’ 8th arrondisement

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INFORMATION
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ADDRESS

Fort Royal
137 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris

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