The creation of Y’A PAS LE FEU AU LAC had its beginnings in a meeting between the industrial designer FX Balléry and the tabletiers turners Marie and Gregory Bodel. Initially introduced by their mutual banker, the partnership has become the perfect pairing of Balléry’s design creativity and the the Bodel’s expert craftsmanship. At the time that they met, Balléry was dreaming of a new business venture in which he could have a real stake in the company and the products he designed, and the Bodels were in need of a revitalization of their factory that was producing traditional French furniture in the Jura Mountains. The company was formed quite quickly and had its first exhibition within one year. Y’A PAS LE FEU AU LAC means literally “there’s no fire on the lake,” and the collection, many of which Balléry designed himself, is the designer’s and the producer’s reminder to the design industry that there is“no need to rush.” Y’A PAS LE FEU AU LAC looks to embrace the past and tradition even as the brand looks ahead boldly to the future. I recently spoke to FX Balléry about the brand.
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