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The GEM, a group of French furniture exporters supports French furniture professionals in their moves to expand internationally

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France has a long tradition of design and creativity in the furniture sector. UbifranceMission Economique in the United Kingdom is pleased to co-operate with Interiors’ Monthly and to promote 6 French companies designing and manufacturing their products in France, 2 of whom are currently looking for UK distributors or agents

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Ubifrance Mission Economique in the UK is a team of 25 professionals dedicated to assisting French companies in their development in the UK market. We mainly focus on trade development missions to find relevant partners, new distributors and identify customers. Our programme this year includes: • A French Design Forum showcasing 15 French artisans specialising in the luxury segment of interior design. We are also organising a seminar on French and British design with top international designers and renowned speakers from the Industry. • A French pavilion on 100% Design. We will present 10 bespoke French designers. The event will offer a unique environment in which British entrepreneurs can discover original products and find new business partners. UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for international business development, helps French companies to expand their business abroad. In connection with the commercial departments of the French Embassies abroad, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of products and services to support French companies in their development abroad : • information products, consultancy services, market research to work out their development strategy on an international level • promotional activities to favour partnerships with companies abroad

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For more information Please contact: Sandra Pini - Marketing Adviser Tel: 0207 316 4171 sandra.pini@ubifrance.fr French Embassy - Economic & Trade Department 21 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HU

Interiors Monthly Editor: Andrew Kidd T: 01732 766 333 E: akidd@interiorsmonthly.co.uk Furniture advertising (South): Tim Boden T: 01732 367 757 E: tboden@interiorsmonthly.co.uk Furniture advertising (North): Jarrod Bird T: 01565 659 414 E: jbird@interiorsmonthly.co.uk

Clement & Lise M. Vincent Letourneux ZA Le Borage 49710 Le Longeron - France Tel: 0033 2 4146 5829 http://clementetlise.com contact@clementetlise.com marketing@motard-meubles.com Fourrier M. Lambert Alison 12 rue des Serves 01340 Bresse -France UK Agent: Val Concept Design Ms Valerie Coutures Tel: 0033 5 5642 1489 Mob: 0796 318 6741 val.concept@free.fr info@fourrier.net www.fourrier.net

Subscriptions: T: 01732 766 344 E: subscriptions@interiorsmonthly.co.uk

Gautier M. Martyn Lincoln Unit 4, Curo Park St Albans AL2 2DD Tel: 01727 877 977 martyn@gautier.co.uk enquiries@gautier.co.uk www.gautier.co.uk

Published by Interiors Media Limited 124 Pembury Road Tonbridge Kent TN9 2JJ T: 01732 367757 F: 01732 352063 E: enquiries@interiorsmonthly.co.uk

GEM 28 bis,avenue Daumesnil 75012 Paris - France Tel: 0033 1 4468 1865 gem.ifa@mobilier.com www.thefrenchfurniture.com

Carpet and flooring advertising: Joanne Miller T: 01732 766 344 E: jmiller@interiorsmonthly.co.uk

J Bastiat M. Alain Bastiat Route d'Orthez 40700 Hagetmau j-bastia@wanadoo.fr www.bastiat-sieges.com UK Agent: Val Concept Design Ms Valerie Coutures Tel: 0033 5 5642 1489 Mob: 0796 318 6741 val.concept@free.fr Labarere 62 chemin Vignolles 64300 Castetis contact@labarere.com www.labarere.com UK Agent: Val Concept Design Ms Valerie Coutures Tel: 0033 5 5642 1489 Mob: 0796 318 6741 val.concept@free.fr La Boisselerie M. Christophe Vitard Zone Artisanale 85590 Treize-Vents www.laboissellerie.fr UK Agent: LBA Interiors M. Arnaud Lebarillec Mob: 07502020570 lba44@laposte.net

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CLEMENT & LISE NEW FOR OLD Taking a traditional look and give it a contemporary twist This is exactly what Clément & Lise has done, giving new life to traditional French design. Founded in 2007, it has sought to combine the traditional skills of cabinet makers with up to date design and patina. It has employed a collection of female designers with the specific aim of appealing to women, especially those keen on having something a bit different in their home ‘Based on French historical references, the style has clearly been revisited to make it trendier. Each model is thought as a jewel that is intended to be a masterpiece of home decoration,’ says the company. Special care is given to each product in terms of design, patina and functions. Designed and finished in France, the models are made in Europe mostly in

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solid cherry and beech. Focusing on creation and technological innovation, new models are introduced on a regular basis, mainly at major furniture trade exhibitions.

Clément & Lise has taken part in Maison & Objet in September and Meuble Paris in January. Within the next few years it also hopes to exhibit at major international furniture fairs over the world. The company says its designs – aimed at the upper end of the market – are suitable for both traditional and contemporary homes, with one, or perhaps two pieces, being used as the centrepiece of the room. Thanks to the success of the range, Clément & Lise is a fast growing brand. Already present in the US, Russia, Dubai and most continental European countries, Clément & Lise has set its sights on the UK, where it is confident its target end consumer has been unaffected by the recession. It hopes to supply one major retailer in every large UK town.

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BASTIAT TRADITION J Bastiat has been making chairs for two generations ‘Know-how and craftsmanship adapted to contempory settings; the art of carpentry and upholstery are perpetuated,’ is how J Bastiat describes its proud traditions and its future. Today, tried and trusted techniques are combined with an ever-widening choice of colours with top of the range textiles from international fabric makers. The finest materials of the cabinet maker, such as cherry and walnut, glow and mellow over the years. The workmanship of the chairs creates a unique, harmonious piece

FOURRIER HOUSE OF TRADITION Since 1923, Fourrier has been perpetuating its fascination for display cabinets. Located in the Bresse area, the Fourrier house gathers craftsmen who use materials, patinas and oils according to your personal taste resulting in furniture which people are be proud to have in their home. The collection includes units for virtually all situations, including corners, straight, curved, centre units and surved.

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which blends equally well with period furniture as with contemporary design. The company offers an enormous collection of dining chairs in many styles, along with carvers. It also has a dozen upholstery designs, all with showwood frames.


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LABARERE MODERNISM Since 1870, the family owned company has been making furniture Since its launch almost 140 years ago Labarere has specialized in making furniture for the home. Today it offers a wide variety of products across 13 ranges. Among the latest, is Heritage. This solid range covers the dining room, bedroom as well as a large occasional offering. Marie Antoinette is a Louis XV & Louis XVI period inspired collection offering a choice of lacquered fronts in an antique wood finish or bright colours with solid tops and drawers. Pieces include nine drawer commodes, coffee tables, two-door drinks cabinet, desk, consol table, buffet and dressing tables.

Les Parisiennes takes a more cheeky approach with several chests of drawers clearly influenced by the flowing curves of Folie Bergere skirts. The collection was one of the ranges on show at Meuble Paris last month, drawing admiring looks from visitors for its freshness. Maintenon is more classically French in style, covering dining room, display cabinets and occassional pieces. It has a choice of antiqued finishes. The company has been working with well-known designers for a number of years and today Jean-Claude and his wife Muriel Labarere continue the adventure

of juggling between tradition and modernism. All the current collections are a reflection of the soul of the family, whose history is so intertwined with the making of furniture. The furniture inspired by the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI is the essence of French charm and has a loyal customer following. The styles are enhanced through close collaboration with designers such as Didier Versavel and Philippe Di Meo. The company’s strength lies in its choice of finishes, with more than 20 available.

Labarere has been working with renowned designers for a number of years. The focus of the latest collection ‘ Les Parisiennes’ by Didier Versavel is modernity and femininity. Such collaborations allows Labarere to expand its horizons by combining tradition with modernity.

Contact: contact@labarere.com

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GAUTIER GLOBAL VISION After 50 years, the company has become one of the world’s best-know furniture brands Gautier is one of the best-known furniture brands in the world. The company started its operations back in 1958 in France and over the last 50 years has attained a global footprint with satisfied customers in every corner of the world. The company says its biggest resource is its dedicated and talented team of 1,050 employees worldwide who design and make Gautier furniture to exacting quality standards. The vision of the company is to anticipate consumer needs and deliver worldclass contemporary furniture solutions. This has been possible through its strong commitment to design innovation and creativity on one side and the adoption of high end manufacturing technology and stringent quality standards on the other. This dual focus on technology and design creativity has allowed Gautier to be at the forefront of the global furniture market and customers respect the brand for its

contemporary and innovative styling and the impeccable quality standards of its furniture. The international Gautier network enables the brand to be available to customers through 300 stores in more than 50 countries around the world. The Gautier home furniture range covers the entire spectrum of living spaces including bedrooms, living rooms, childrens’ bedrooms and nurseries, dining spaces, storage units and other furniture accessories. All the products are made in France

backed by skilled French designing and workmanship. At the heart of Gautier’s excellence is its contemporary styling and design philosophy which ensures that its furniture has a strong visual and aesthetic identity, is designed ergonomically for comfort and practicality, and makes optimal

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use of the available space. Gautier has long been acknowledged as a leading expert in furniture for childrens’ bedrooms and studio flats. Safe, intelligent, multi-purpose, evolutionary and attractive, it provides ingenious spaces for games, storage, work and, of course, rest. Space saving, in that the furniture can serve many different functions, is one of the main characteristics of the childrens’ bedrooms. As for studios, a modern line of innovative modular elements ideally meets this constantly changing segment’s requirements. Gautier’s commercial strategy has always gone hand-in-hand with a brandoriented marketing and communication policy. Through sustained media presence and a controlled and well constructed image, Gautier has been able to develop its identity, endowed nowadays with a strong reputation with professionals and the general public alike. Some 15,000 orders are dispatched every day, with a third of these exported. In 2007 the firm generated sales of 150m.


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LA BOISSELLERIE UNIQUE TIMBER By using the rare Grey elm, the company has created designs that stand out from the competition La Boissellerie makes a large range of innovating modern grey elm and oak furniture. The OdyssÊe by La Boissellerie is one of the firm’s flagship collections.

Customised The totally customised home cinema range consists of side-by-side elements in two heights (167cm and 215cm) and in two widths (56cm and 96cm) to better meet the space restrictions of modern homes.

due to disease, the previously already rare species now only mainly exists in the north of the US. Isolated within forests of other more common species, the elms are selected individually while standing before being shipped to France where they are sawn and dried for several months. All our wood comes from authorized forests. The collection includes a living and

dining room collection, including buffet, dining tables and chairs and display unit. Sales contact - LBA Interiors Arnaud Lebarillec 07502020570, email: lba44@laposte.net, fax: 00 33 (0)351 653 148, Postal address: ZONE ARTISANALE - 85590 TREIZE VENTS - FRANCE, web: www.laboissellerie.fr

Storage It features several storage features, such as niches, doors, drawers and display cabinet for maximum storage opportunities.

Innovating It has anti-pinch security drawers and doors with buffers. The table is supplied with easy opening and 2 integrated leaves.

Rare species Described as a contemporary design that exceeds fashion, it uses North American Grey elm. Decimated in the past century

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GEM UNITED GEM, a group of French furniture exporters, supports companies in their moves to expand internationally GEM is a specialist organisation, formed at the initiative of the National Union of French Furniture Industries (UNIFA) and a partner of CODIFA (the Committee for the Development of the French Furniture Industry). Its role is to inform and promote awareness among all the sector’s players. It also acts as spokesperson and ambassador for the French furniture industry outside France. GEM supports the development of its member companies in international markets by co-financing and organising group projects. Its activities revolve around three main focuses: • Reinforcing the representation of French manufacturers at international events; • creating and co-ordinating companies’ commercial activities and • centralising and meeting the need for information regarding international markets. By its nature, objectives and the structure of the French furniture industry, GEM provides advice and guidance to all types of company, regardless of their size and product range, their market niche or level of expertise in the field of exports. GEM currently comprises 110 French companies. These companies are representative of the sector as a whole, although the domestic market provides the largest number of members. These 110 companies generate a third of the turnover of furniture production in France. Craftsman and industrial leaders alike are welcomed by GEM.

Developing the sector In order to optimise the presence of its member companies at trade exhibitions abroad, GEM offers a series of operations tailor-made to meet the needs of each company: • Identifying and cataloguing events

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local professionals may be joint or individual, according to need. The main activities offered by GEM include information on production and distribution, detailed knowledge of the constraints and specific characteristics of the market and host country, factory and shop visits, meetings with local opinion leaders and potential partners.

Enhancing export skills In partnership with the public assistance network, GEM coordinates employment under the Voluntary International Business Placements scheme (VIE) on behalf of its members, particularly SMEs. The principle is to to identify specific export requirements and to unite two or three companies in a joint employment project.

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throughout the world to enable members to assess the benefits of participation; • Grouping manufacturers together under a collective French banner, to provide a single point of contact in dealings with the event organiser; • Logistical support for those companies under the collective banner (stand architecture, group transport, communication activities).

Organising assignments On behalf of its members, GEM organises assignments abroad with the aim of creating export opportunities and/or developing an international presence. GEM proposes the grouping together of companies with similar or complementary commercial interests in terms of market or country on a shared assignment. However, meetings with

A key event for the profession, the Meuble Paris exhibition was held from 22-26 January 2009 at the Paris Le Bourget exhibition centre. Sharing the same organiser, the trade show was held at the same time as the Maison et Objet show (23-27 January). On this occasion, GEM made a key contribution to the international aspect of this event. GEM’s role at the Meuble Paris show was to: • on behalf of its members, to manage the arrival and reception of their international customers and prospects at the show and to welcome foreign delegations - and any other sector professionals wishing to make contact with a French company - to its stand and guide them around the show. GEM skilfully fulfilled this dual role, which guarantees a high-quality reception and permanent representation for the French furniture industry both for member companies and their guests.


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