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Frédéric Richard, Belgian cabinetmaker and designer

Frédéric Richard

Having studied visual arts, cabinetmaking and ornamentation styles from the 18th century, Frédéric Richard has taken the opposite view of a classical approach.
He shares his time between a design studio and a workshop where he crafts pieces of furniture and objects by himself.
A true craftsman in direct contact with material, he’s always pushing its limits thanks to his perfect knowledge of ancient skills.
The drawing is an important step in his creative process. He uses various techniques endlessly molding shapes in search of perfect balance.
Far from being extravagant, his projects aspire towards a deliberate simplicity, giving them a surprisingly poetic and timeless character.

The inspiration for the Albatross shelf

Frédéric has gradually extracted elements of his drawings to keep only what to him, constitutes the soul of this piece. You’ll notice a pursuit of lightness, which always is a result of an intense and elaborate process more than we sometimes care to think.

“Not only are we proud to present this shelf because it is an expression of our belief in quality assembly, but it is the first piece of furniture amongst a collection of designer objects for everyday ceremony, moving towards a collection of designer furniture.”

Preparatory drawing for Albatross shelves by Frédéric Richard, Belgian designer
Workshop Frédéric Richard, designer étagère DANIEL