ITW – Lucie Bernheim, a wood lover

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ITW – Lucie Bernheim, a wood lover

 

Passionate about crafts and a firm believer in eco-friendly living, Lucie Bernheim is the creator of Atelier LB, an ambitious project that treats wood with love. Full of energy and imagination, Lucie makes pieces of furniture and other wooden objects from second-hand furniture that she modifies in order to create her final pieces. We love and believe in her project and ideals so much that we showcase Lucie’s lamps in our Parisian shop. Curious about how she goes about creating them, we wanted to ask her a few questions.

 

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Hi Lucie! You started out with wooden lamps and you’re beginning to diversify your production. Can you tell us a bit more about your project?

First off, my creations are made by reusing second-hand solid wood furniture or scraps of wood from workshops or factories. The whole production is based around recycling: the pieces of furniture are cut up in order to create household items, the scraps are used to create small decorative items, and the shavings make their way into the glass baubles for the end of year celebrations. My plan is to continue doing this and create new furniture ranges: to continue the Rita collection with different table and stool designs, but also develop a storage furniture range.

Why crafts, and why did you choose to work with wood?

I chose crafts out of passion. After a late change in my education, I decided to train at the Boulle design school in Paris. My first year in woodworking was a revelation. I did my training and created my workshop at the same time. For me, wood, represents strength, stability, but also smoothness and sensuality. I find that in its aesthetic appearance with its different colours and flaws (knots, veins, sapwood etc.) but also its feel and smell. By using recycled wood, I like to imagine the journeys these pieces of wood took and try to avoid the unnecessary cutting down of trees.

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Photo par Luc Almon 

What is your creative process like? Do you have your own workshop in Paris?

My workshop is in Paris, yes. I share a local with two other craftsmen. I don’t really have a creative process. It all depends on the second-hand furniture I buy and their flaws. The making of a piece takes a few days. First off is the research, then the buying and the transportation of the furniture. I come up with sketches and plans for my future creations depending on my findings, and the cutting up, planning, assembling, sanding, and finishing follow. Then, according to the scraps I’m left with, I come up with decorative objects. That’s why each piece is unique and cannot be reproduced.

How did you come to realise that you wanted to create for a job?

Things came about very naturally. I find that when your work is driven by your passion, all creations are made instinctively. The choice of an eco-friendly production was in harmony with my lifestyle and my personal convictions. The buying of second-hand furniture and this “eco-design” compel me to create without waste and keep the raw material in its entirety. Creation based around this concept is then inevitable.

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Photo par Luc Almon 

Woodworking is often regarded as a man’s job. How do you feel that on a day-to-day basis?

Very good question! I’m actually writing a small article on this subject so here’s an extract from it: “I am a woman woodworker in a man’s world. Every day, I am faced with this patriarchal system: when I am talking to suppliers who answer my questions while looking at my male workshop co-worker, when passers-by see me working and ask me if I am an apprentice, when men comment on photos in which I am working with sexist remarks, when I meet someone who asks if it isn’t too hard to not have the same strength as a man, when I am told that my creations are no doubt more sensual and more feminine than men’s, when I am not hired on a building site thinking that I could never work “as well” as a man. Indeed, I will never be as strong as a man, obviously. But does that mean we still can’t find a solution? Can we not help each other out instead of directly categorizing women?”

I think that this extract shows how confused I am about the situation and I hope that we will, all together, change society’s perception of women. It’s a long-term job, but I am sure that we will make it happen!

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Photo par Luc Almon

If we have a precise idea for a piece of furniture, can we place an order for a custom-made product?

Indeed, I make custom-made pieces. There are two possibilities: either the customer already has sketches and plans, or we talk about it together and I come to them with my suggestions. The choice of materials used is down to the client. With their agreement, I will always opt for recycled wood or eco-friendly FSC or PEFC-certified timber.

What inspires you? Are there designers or artists whose work you absolutely love?

I don’t have a favourite designer. I am especially attracted to and inspired by three radically different worlds: clean and simple Scandinavian design, Oriental furniture with its geometric patterns and colours, and massive and majestic antique Greek architecture.

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Photo par Maeva Allio

Your style follows the current trends; have you ever thought about creating objects with a completely different style?

As stated above, I will probably waver between these three worlds and maybe be able to assimilate the three in my creations. Then, it will all depend on my inspiration and the raw materials I find.

Your creations are available at OLOW, but can we find them anywhere else?

For the time being, they are only available in your shop and during ephemeral fairs. But you can always find them on my online Etsy shop, “AtelierLBparis”.

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Photo par Maeva Allio

Any wacky projects planned for the future?

I have a lot of projects: new creations, a website, a new workshop with a shop, and of course, new encounters and collaborations!

But this year’s major project is the preparation of the first edition of a French crafts fair, with the help of my workshop co-worker, Grégory Mougne, that will take place next spring in Paris. It will help to link customers with creators from their region.

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Interview réalisée par Marion Bureau
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The delivery shall take place at the location indicated by the Customer at the time of the Order.

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The Vendor undertakes to deliver the Goods and Services subject of the Order Confirmation. In the event that a Good ordered is unavailable, the Vendor will promptly inform the Customer about this.

However, under section L.122-1 of the French Consumer Code, the Vendor reserves the right to cancel your Order if the Order is abnormal, involves bad faith or for any other reason that is under the sole discretion of the Vendor. The Vendor also reserves the right to reject orders from any customer with whom the Vendor have an ongoing legal dispute regarding a prior order.

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The Customer is exclusively responsible for any error in the Delivery due to a lack of indication contained in the Order.

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The Delivery Charges are free if the amount exceeds EUR 200,00.

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The items must not have been worn, washed or damaged and must be returned in their original packaging, in perfect condition for resale.

How do I return my package from France?

To return your parcel, it is very simple :

  1. Go to “My account”, in the “My purchases” section,

  2. In the list of your orders, select your order,

  3. If your order is eligible for return, please tick each product you wish to return. If a product has been ordered in several copies, you can indicate the quantity to be returned.

  4. Indicate the reason for the return at the bottom of the order details and click on “Request a return”. You can track your return request in the “Returns” section of the “My purchases” section.

  5. Once your return request has been validated by our team, simply download the return form and place it in your package.

  6. Send your package to the address indicated on the return form.

Want to make a return request with a guest account?

It's very easy : contact us by email at service-client@olow.fr indicating your order number, the items you wish to return and whether you wish to request a refund, a credit note or an exchange.

The return costs are at the customer's expense (cost of shipping by the transporter chosen by the customer and any other related costs: customs duties, taxes, etc.).

How long does it take to get my money back once my package has been sent?

Refunds will be made within 10 days of receipt of your items and automatically to the account associated with the credit card used for payment or to the Paypal account used for payment.

Is it possible to return my item in the shop?

No, for all internet orders, returns can only be made to the address mentioned above.

What can I do if my item has a defect?

We take great care in the manufacture and finishing of our products. However, if you wish to report a manufacturing defect on a product, we invite you to contact our customer service by e-mail: service-client@olow.fr.

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