More than anything, Versant Edition is a place, a region, a backdrop, a landscape. Created in the Ossau Valley in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains, Versant Edition takes its inspiration and its originality from the mountain range and its summits as well as the valleys which surround it. A place beyond time, to just get away from it all.
In 2015, at the age of forty-four, Yann Bourigault was a veteran in the international world of wine, an avid follower of design, and an ardent supporter of “Made in France”. Inspired by a move to the Pyrenees, where he discovered a region with a deeply rooted tradition of furniture making, he transformed his talents and passions into a profession. He made it his mission to bring together international designers and craftsmen from the Pyrenees to create a collection of lighting, seating, tables and shelving in a contemporary, elegant, minimalist style with a deep respect for traditional craftsmanship. Thus, Versant Edition was created in 2016.
Slow down. Get back to basics. Inspired by a mountain range over 40 million years old, Versant Edition has defined these ideas as its guiding principle. Respect for the past while looking to the future is a part of Versant Edition’s DNA. It can be found in the choice of materials to be crafted. It can be found in the designs which evoke different eras and it can be found in the craftsmanship of the local artisans who produce each object. A timeless collection and an exceptional final product.
“I have vivid memories of a hike in the Pyrenees and going up the Pic du Carlit with its wild horses, multitude of plants, lakes and huge slabs of granite. It was magnificent. Just one issue – we were stuck in the snow for two days – in the middle of summer.”
Partners since 2010, Pierre Brichet and Caroline Ziegler put the sharing of ideas at the heart of their research. This process of reflection, this open window on ideas and influences allows them to approach each project from a new perspective.
Clients include Oxyo, Hartô, Sancal, Y a pas le feu au lac...
“I love the Pyrenees and I go there several times a year with my family. The landscape is exceptional. I especially love the town of Bagnères de Bigorre where the Musée du Marbre (Marble Museum) houses an exceptional collection of marbles from around the world.”
Sylvain Willenz created his studio in 2004. He designs timeless pieces with strong personality, in which form and function are inextricably linked.
Clients include Menu, Hay, Ligne Roset, Cappellini...
“The Pyrenees are a climate, mountains, forests and that specific odor we only find in the mountains.”
Léa Padovani & Sébastien Kieffer have worked together since 2006. They created the Studio Pool in 2010. Their guiding principles: explore the relationship between objects, architecture and images. Their pieces always have various interpretation.
Clients include Petite Friture, CVL, La Chance...
“The Pyrenees give the weather forecast for the people of Toulouse. If we can see them, it’s going to rain!”
Pierre Dubourg’s closest ally: simplicity. His designs integrate production techniques for pieces that are both timeless and ingenious.
Clients include Hartô, Reine Mère, Monolithe Edition…
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