BATHROOM & KITCHEN TODAY05 Mar 2014
Franche-Comté, France: The Search for Excellence, a Tradition!
Views: 10

Distinguished companies from the Franche-Comté region will attend the first Maison&Objet Asia, which is held on 10 to 13 March 2014 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The presence of an industrial fabric specialising in processing metals and materials and surface treatment in Franche-Comté has brought prestigious luxury goods manufacturers in search of skills, and technical and creative resources needed to produce the objects in their collections.

Rich in expertise, Franche-Comté is sought out by the largest luxury goods manufacturers. Among these include watch making, eyewear, tableware, leather goods, perfumes, writing instruments, jewellery, high fashion, accessories, decoration, and furnishings. Luxury goods are produced in Franche-Comté by more than two hundred firms.

‘The values of the master craftsman alloyed with technological excellence’ embody the kitchen and tableware products from Franche-Comté. Notable companies that will participate in the show include: Cristel, La Rochère, Platex, Léos Créations (with Y a pas le feu au lac), and Vilac,

Kitchen and tableware
Cristel, is an original French label that had just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Cristel revisits the kitchen utensil by inventing the concept of the removable handle, and by giving it a high-end status. Its collections are sold around the world, further enhancing the French art of living.

From factory-produced to mouth-blown glass, La Rochère’s inspired products range from eighteenth-century reproductions to creations by young designers. It relies on conviviality, gourmandise, and curiosity to respond to the expectations of modern ways of living. La Rochère is one of the last strongholds of glassmaking tradition.

Founded in 1475, La Rochère perpetuates its know-how in tableware by producing in France and exporting to about 40 countries. Acting on both retail and Horeca markets, La Rochère offers a large range of mechanical-made tableware such as glass sets, dessert cups, mugs and coffee cups, salad bowls, and appetizer dishes.

La Rochère products feature unique designs- either vintage or contemporary. Also, good sturdiness gives its glass collections a very specific touch. La Rochère also continues the tradition of mouth blown crystalline through elegant collections of hand-made glasses.

Platex, a notable French manufacturer, offers personalised trays and accessories in decorated acrylic, trolleys, isothermic products, and melamine tableware. Their products meet the expectations of an up market, and are distributed to retailers, department stores and online retailers.

Woodturning and woodworking
Meanwhile, Léos Créations with Y a pas le feu au lac puts its expertise in woodturning and woodworking at the service of projects involving creation and design.

Toys and games
For more than 100 years, Vilac and Jeujura have been established in the Jura forests, in the cradle of French toys. These companies have continued to develop and manufacture toys with the same tradition and heritage that has become the hallmark of the region.

Petitcollin is the oldest and most famous French dolls maker. Since 1860, Petitcollin has built a wealth of expertise in doll manufacture. Vilac, Jeujura and Petitcollin have been recognised as ‘Living Heritage Enterprises’.

For more information, visit www.cristel.com, www.larochere.com, www.platex.com, www.leos-creations.com, and www.vilac.com