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Ludovic Avenel

Ludovic Avenel Cabinetmaker
Contact
French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+33 625501458
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Born to be a craftsman

  • • Ludovic started his apprenticeship at the age of 13
  • • He uses traditional techniques to create contemporary works
  • • He won the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'intelligence de la main in 2007

From the age of seven, Ludovic Avenel knew he wanted to study cabinetmaking. “I always wanted to do that without knowing where it really came from,” he says. Visiting cabinetmaking workshops as a child, he was enchanted by the atmosphere, the universe and the tools he found there. However, when it came to choosing a career path, his teachers told him he should continue in academia, rather than learning a craft. But his parents disagreed, telling their son to simply give it a try. So at the age of 13, Ludovic followed his parents’ advice and started an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking. He later went on to study at École Boulle, where he deepened his creative approach to the craft.

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Works

  • © Ludovic Avenel
  • © Ludovic Avenel
  • © Ludovic Avenel and Stéphane Compoint
  • © Ludovic Avenel
  • © Ludovic Avenel
Photo: © Ludovic Avenel
Bureau Elytre

Ludovic played with the properties of Macassar ebony, sycamore and leather to give this handmade desk its vibrant and organic forms. It is unlike any other. The wood was curved and stretched, and leather was stitched to the surface. If the process of bending wood is relatively common, that of stretching it is less well known, and stitching is very rare. Ludovic had to research and adapt specific stitching techniques and tools used in the textile industry. The desk is accompanied by a chair in the same style.

Height 75 cm
Length 155 cm
Width 65 cm

Ludovic Avenel Cabinetmaker
Photo: © Ludovic Avenel
Fauteuil paquebot (Cruise ship armchair)

The wooden frame of this green leather armchair was moulded with sycamore veneer. The design was taken from armchairs traditionally used on cruise ships.

Height 95 cm
Length 100 cm
Width 85 cm

Ludovic Avenel Cabinetmaker
Photo: © Ludovic Avenel and Stéphane Compoint
Empreinte

These two chests of drawers are copies of Art Deco cabinets. Ludovic added a contemporary spin by using noble materials for one of the pair and more “modest” ones for the second. It took his entire final year at the École Boulle (the college of fine arts and crafts and applied arts in Paris) to make the two pieces, which were awarded the 2007 Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'intelligence de la main.

Height 91 cm
Length 49 cm
Width 32 cm

Ludovic Avenel Cabinetmaker
Photo: © Ludovic Avenel
Table basse Clémentine

The perspective and angle of this circular coffee table are deceptive as it is in fact knee-high. It can be made from sycamore or lacquered wood. By meticulously combining each segment of wood, Ludovic creates the impression that the table is made from a single section of a tree.

Height 42 cm
Diameter 150 cm

Ludovic Avenel Cabinetmaker
Photo: © Ludovic Avenel
Galet side table

This elegant side table was made from several sections of olive and ash wood. On the parts where the wood was left apparent, Ludovic enhanced the textures and colours with a highly polished satin finish. The other wood sections were chrome plated.

Height 43 cm
Diameter 140 cm

Ludovic Avenel Cabinetmaker

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