Marqueterie de Paille


We are currently showing some pieces for sale that celebrate the very old and little known decorative technique of straw marquetry or rather straw marquetry with a contemporary twist by Arthur Seigneur.

 The French Designer Maker Arthur Seigneur based in Paris...in his own words...

I was born in Paris, France in 1990. I grew up there with my father, who is an engraver artisan. During my childhood, I spent most of my time in his shop and the shops of other artisans. I decided this was the type of work I wanted to do after spending my years around others who could create beautiful items by hand. When I was 16 years old, I started an apprenticeship in a wood work school in Paris, there I won a competition as “Un des Meilleur Apprenti de France” (The Best Craftmen Apprentice in France). In and around Paris I worked in various shops including Reinhardt von Nagel - harpsichord maker, Michel Germond - high end furniture restoration and Serio Vittorio - high end furniture maker.    

After travelling around, I landed in New Orleans where I stayed and work for two years. I quickly fell in love with the city, the culture and the people. Surrounded by so much French history, I though about how I could bring my own “French touch” to New Orleans.

I was working with Heinz Gautschi in his mill shop when he gave me the opportunity to make my own project for the up coming Jazz Festival. I have always been amazed by “Marqueterie de Paille” (straw marquetry) and with my background of veneer marquetry, I wanted to give it a try, so I made a privacy screen with a traditional straw motif of a caricature of Ray Charles. Surprised by the overwhelming response by the people, I was pushed to enter a contest with my co-worker, where we made a Bar, designed with two salvaged fireplaces and fine straw detailing. It was an interesting project and thankfully, we won first place at the “Green Project Salvage Furniture”.


I returned to Paris after my visa expired and went to see Lison de Caune, the most renowned Straw Marquetrist in the world. In her shop I honed my skills and reached the decision to start my own project -. making furniture and up-styling salvaged furniture and always incorporating straw into each piece.....

Space Invader Screen. A tri-fold panel screen illustrated on both sides - advancing and exploding. 


An up-cycled vintage side table with a Straw Marquetry top...




A vintage trolley with a new look...

A new creative collaboration.....Cut and Straw: Pirate ships battle on the waves...







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