Exploring the Watercolor World of Morgane Guerry
Enter the world of illustrator and watercolorist Morgane Guerry, through her two collaborations with Rinck. From painting a ceiling to creating an original folding screen, Morgane reveals an artistic process where limits are often made to be pushed, questioned and finally transcended.
The History of the Desk - Part I
Armoires and cupboards, tables and chairs, sofas and beds : Of all the furniture handed down to us by history, the piece that is surely the most powerfully linked to the evolution of society is the desk. The reasons for this are clear when we recall this object’s primary purpose : writing.
The History of the Desk - Part II
In 2022, Rinck turns 181. Nearly two centuries of history that have seen an ever-increasing number of projects. It goes without saying that the company has designed and produced an incalculable number of desks during this time. Let’s look at just of few of them, those that are perhaps the most emblematic.
The 2023 Passage collection explore the ties between nature and mankind’s intervention therein. A house’s informal entrance, often accessed through a side or back door and traditionally known as the “mudroom” in English country houses and American homes, is the symbolic point of passage from outdoors to indoors, from vegetation to civilization. It seemed a space conducive to creative reflection and inspiration.
The Making of the Hébé Collection
Our 2021 collection of contemporary furniture, the Hébé Collection, was unveiled last January. Over the course of last year, a video team went behind the scenes at our workshops, filming the fascinating phases of the collection’s design and manufacturing.
Now, in sight and sound, you can witness this collaboration between our designers, interior architects, and craftspeople in an alliance of savoir-faire and creativity that is the very essence of Rinck.
A detailed look at the Hébé collection
The Hébé collection, created by Rinck over the course of 2020, was unveiled in January 2021. It is a feminine vision of the smoking room, rife with symbolism of the goddess of eternal youth, cupbearer to the gods and goddesses. Could it suggest a longing to make merry, to escape these morose times in which we find ourselves ? Indeed.
Fromental by Rinck, The Classicist Sketchbook
Rinck introduces a hand-painted silk wallcovering: Fromental by Rinck “The Classicist Sketchbook", with the prestigious hand-painted and hand-embroidered wallcoverings company Fromental. Watch Valentin Goux and Lizzie Deshays disccuss their first collaboration.
A castle metamorphosis by Rinck
In 2017, the Rinck interior architecture and design agency took on a captivating, challenging project: transforming a care-worn Burgundian hotel, the Château de Saulon, into a top-quality boutique hotel. And that challenge was met, as the property – now completely renovated inside and out – was awarded a fourth Michelin star as soon as it reopened. This year, the second phase of work adds guest suites in the chateau barns. It is another way to ensure visitors experience the ambiance of a family home, the primary objective of this transformation – conserving a venerable building in which, decade after decade, century after century, every generation has left traces of its identity.
At home with a connoisseur
In March 2020, while planning our September event, the Rinck team was overcome by a great yearning for insouciance, a desire for a life that was again carefree. Locked down like the rest of the world, we imagined getting together, sharing a drink, seeing exhibits, going out on the town, dancing. Rather like reminiscing about a simpler – albeit idealized – world of the late Seventies while standing in the midst of the unprecedented challenges of 2020. So our teams dreamed up a colorful interior, that of an enthusiastic collector, a man who would have invited us to have a drink at his place – after coming out of the legendary Le Palace nightclub – to watch the sun come up over Paris.
La boiserie by Rinck
For more than two years, while our interior architecture studio has been working on a Louis XV interior-design project, we have been documenting the creative process. These slices of Rinck life are precious treasures for our archives, tracing the birth of a boiserie de style, from the first sketches to the scale drawings, from the sculpting to the gilding. This information serves as testament to our method as applied to neoclassical interior architecture – one of Rinck’s specialties since the late 19th century – as we design interior décors that satisfy our clients’ express wishes and precise tastes.
Where have all the ensembliers décorateurs gone ?
If you follow us on any social network, or if you have already read any coverage of Rinck, or if you had the opportunity to read the special issue ofConnaissance des Artsmagazine that featured our company, you are sure to have noticed at least one thing: Rinck calls itself an “Ensemblier Décorateur.”
The history of chinoiseries in France - Part I
In 1368, while the Hundred Years’ War was still raging in France, five thousand miles away, China’s new Hongwu Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang had ousted the Mongols from power and established the Ming dynasty. Galvanized by the end of foreign dynastic domination, the Middle Empire closed its borders to the rest of the world, with very few exceptions. Seventy years earlier, in 1298, the story of a Venetian merchant in the court of Kublai Khan had sparked tremendous interest in Europe.
The history of chinoiseries en France - Part II
In the mid-18th century, after several decades of the ornamental decadence of the rocaille style, a great many in the aristocracy andgrande bourgeoisie(upper class or gentry) sought greater simplicity in their décors. The Louis XVI style was poised to appear, two decades before the reign of the same name, heralded by the Transition style, which, as the name suggests, marked the shift from one to the other.
The History of chinoiseries in France - Part III
At the dawn of the French Revolution, the chinoiseries décor trend, already quite battered by the neoclassicism of the Louis XVI style, was on the verge of vanishing completely with the last glimmers of lavish 18th-century pomp. Chinese-style ornamentation was the hallmark of a bygone era, a period of splendor and nonchalance come to be seen as decadent, with chinoiseries hereafter considered vulgar, ostentatious, and passé. Fashions now called for an imitation of Greek and Roman antiquity, viewed as the epitome of republican virtue. The Directoire style advocated simplicity and sobriety.
Rinck X Thevenon
The inspiration for the Rinck x Thevenon and Amarante collections, jointly imagined by the Rinck de-sign studio, was the amalgamation of a number of company archives.
From the cubist wallpaper unearthed in a 1930s magazine to the panel in églomisé glass that Rinck presented at the 1939 New York World Fair’s to the marquetry friezes found on Rinck-crafted desks. A common thread wove it-self around and through these ins-pirations: a determination to make nature a vital unifying theme.