The French Bistro Chair
Maison DruckerBook - 2017
This book is an invitation to discover the fabulous savoir faire of Maison Drucker - founded in 1885 - and to learn more about the company's artisanal methods and varied designs, which include rattan chairs, benches, conversation seats, window boxes, armchairs and deck chairs. From Drucker's fascinating workshops to the prestigious addresses where the chairs can be seen, each chapter offers a first-hand view of the design process and the alluring Drucker creations that continue to enchant decorators the world over.
Drucker, founded in 1885 by Louis Drucker, is the oldest maker of traditional rattan chairs in the world. A living material, rattan can only be worked by hand, using traditional methods that require years of apprenticeship. Here, the authors trace the anatomy of a chair and its manufacturing process, bringing us into Drucker's workshops to learn more about the crafts involved, from cutting to varnish to drying through to sanding, dying the knots, straightening, weaving and finally assembly. Today's chairs include reproductions of those made in the previous century along with new designs that point to a more modern sensibility. Recognisable by a golden engraved plaque, discretely stamped on the frame, the Drucker chair is a symbol of Parisian style.