Lison de Caunes
Straw marquetry is a childhood memory for Lison de Caunes. She first discovered the material in her grandfather André Groult’s workshop, a well-known decorator and one of the biggest names of the Art Deco movement. After studying book-binding, she returned to straw marquetry and revolutionised the technique using binding tools such as an ivory folding tool that has used throughout her career and still uses today.
She devoted her early years as a straw marqueter to restoring masterpieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, before deciding to dedicate all of her time to original pieces of furniture, objects and wall coverings under her own name, Lison de Caunes Créations. She also collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned designers including Peter Marino, Cabinet Alberto Pinto, Maria Pergay, Hubert le Gall, Vincent Darré and Mathieu Lehanneur with her studio Ateliers Lison de Caunes.
A number of luxury brands have commissioned her to create pieces for their flagship stores: the Guerlain parfumerie on the Champs-Élysées, the Louis Vuitton store on Place Vendôme, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, and many others.
Throughout the years, Lison de Caunes has continued to innovate and develop her craft, with her technique remaining entirely artisanal. Shimmering colors, poetic decors, textural effects… She has wonderfully modernised the art of straw marquetry. Associated with gold leaf, mother-of-pearl and molten glass inlays, she transforms this ancient material into precious objects, audacious formal innovations, and trendy motifs. On a dresser, straw marquetry becomes three-dimensional thanks to the “pointe-de-diamant” technique. On wall panels, it becomes a milky way of mother-of-pearl, aluminum stars and laser cut constellation inlays.
In 1996, Lison de Caunes was awarded the title of Maître d’Art. In addition, she is a member of the Grands Ateliers de France and the Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV). In 2010, she was awarded Chevalière de la Légion d’Honneur. She is also an expert for the Union Française des Experts (UFE).