Cuirothèque de Paris: when design and crafts meet ...
The leather makes its show in the new premises of the French Federation Tannerie Mégisserie. Patrick Nadeau, architect and designer, had the mission to work this noble material in all its forms and to imagine the first leather library ...
You are probably wondering what is a leather library ... This is a showroom where we expose leather in which professionals (designers, tanners ...) meet and work together. This first leather library is located in the premises of the French Federation Tannerie Mégisserie (Paris 8th); it was designed and created by Patrick Nadeau, designer and architect who mainly values natural materials. Located on the 6th and 7th floor, the premises offer incredible views of the capital. From the offices to the terrace, to the leather library, the work done by Patrick Nadeau gives new life to French craftsmanship and this noble material. Discovery in photos.
Leather worked in all its forms in the officex
Patrick Nadeau valued leather treatments, for example he used leather laces to create separations between the corridor and offices. A little like the canopy, these leather laces create a separation without partitioning the rooms. The rendering is modern and very original.
Many plant touches have been made in the design of the new offices of the French Tannerie Mégisserie Federation. Sophie Hivert, General Delegate of the Federation wanted to bring freshness to the premises. The plants cover the walls and are arranged everywhere in the offices. Patrick Nadeau has therefore imagined hanging leather pots for plants. The result is very successful, with this noble material worked in different situations.
A space was even dedicated to plants, and as usual, Patrick Nadeau was happy to make large leather pots for larger plants.
From the walls to the lamp, the leather invades the premises of the Federation
The lighting of the conference room is very design, and guess what? It is entirely made of leather. Patrick Nadeau wanted leather to be worked in all its forms. For the luminaire, it is a primary leather that has not been transformed. A rustic craft in a very contemporary spirit.
The leather library, the dream space of the Federation
At first glance, the leather library offers an impressive range of leather. From lamb to sheep to python and crocodile, nothing is forgotten. Patrick Nadeau wanted to offer a simple place, in a workshop spirit, where professionals can meet and interact. The result is incredibly successful! In the middle is a large wooden table to display the products and value the natural materials.
The choice is wide; professionals can choose a leather for textiles as well as a stronger leather for a sofa or a chair.
The breathtaking view of the premises of the Federation on Paris
Located on the 6th and 7th floor, the premises of the French Federation Tannerie Mégisserie offer a 360 ° view of the capital. The Sacred Heart on one side, the Eiffel Tower on the other, perfect!
3 questions to Patrick Nadeau, designer of the leather library
On the terrace of the premises of the Federation, Patrick Nadeau returned to the sources of his work: the plant. A multitude of varieties of flowers put the terrace in value and the leather is obviously present. Between two cafes and a look at the Eiffel Tower, Patrick Nadeau gave us an express interview.
What was your bias in creating these premises?
Patrick Nadeau: the idea was to promote a material, a trade and a know-how, while offering something contemporary through the interior architecture, which refers to a leather tradition developed in the 17th and 18th century.
How do you use leather in your creations?
Patrick Nadeau: honestly, this is the first time I use it on this scale. It was a discovery, and it required a lot of knowledge and research between all the types of leather and treatments used now.
You work primarily on jobs with an environmental issue behind. Is the leather library a continuation of your work?
Patrick Nadeau: Yes, this intervention is in the context of my work. What interests me at the beginning, it is the vegetal matters, but through that, it is also all the natural matters which call to me. Leather is in this branch. In this project, we valued wood, leather and even brass. Traditional materials but reworked in a contemporary way.
French Federation Tannerie Mégisserie: 122, rue de Provence, 75008 Paris. www.leatherfrance.com. Access to the leather library by appointment: 01.45.22.96.45.