Photo credit: Vincent Baldensperger
L'Aubusson belongs to a cutlery creative renewal, and cuts an original spot in the new companies committed into keeping alive French local heritage. The pocket knives collections are the expression of an encounter between two crafts: tapestry and blacksmiths work, respectively practiced by L'Aubusson two founders, Marie-Armelle and David Baldenspenger.
At a time when the French law is extending the rights concerning the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) to industry products, L'Aubusson, whose workshop is based in the Creuse area two steps away from the eponymous town, is developing exclusive handcrafted folding knives. Borrowing its name from the iconic Aubusson tapestry, acknowledged UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, the young cutlery house has relied on this traditional art worldwide recognition.
The craft duo has chosen to use noble materials such as brass, ebony wood and damascus steel, and revisiting the tapestry history through their knives which handle include an antique Aubusson cardboard piece or an original tapestry scrap. These gouache cartons made by painters were used as models to supply the craftsmen.
Each piece is unique coming with an authenticity certificate, offering a particular metal work, with blades sharpened in different steel shades, just polished, coming straight out of forge or treated with the damascus technic. Aubusson, I am writing your name...
In 2014, L'Aubusson's knives are on Made in Town summer inventory list.
Made in Montréal. Magali An Berthon wears two hats: textile designer and journalist. Graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, she works as a freelance textile designer for fashion and decoration collections, with a preference for patterns and ethnic textiles. In parallel, she works as an editor and she is specialized in textile know-how all around the world.
A rare milliner’s workshop-laboratory, Antica Manifattura Cappelli is a monument of Italian craftsmanship that still preserves an infinity of moulds dating back to the early twentieth century. Opened by the Cirri family in 1936 in the Roman neighborhood of Prati, it now produces custom-made hats for men, women and children as well as for film studios and the theatre.
Under the title "Complément d’objets", Made in Town is exploring the field of design through the work of designers, architects, craftsmen, artists and furniture manufacturers, and focusing on the most distinctive features of designing, handcrafting or industrially manufacturing objects, furniture and accessories. The first edition highlights the work of wood and the various approaches that go along with it.
In order to promote the know-how and characteristics of the tapestry from Aubusson, the county town of the French region of Creuse, Made in Town conducted a series of three documentary videos at the request of the International City of the Tapestry and Woven art, in partnership with l’Institut français de la mode and with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.