2001年JEAN DE MERRY 由Christian D. Maroselli 與 Jean de Merry 創立於洛杉磯,創始初衷是為保存Merry家族傳承四百年的法式精工。Merry家族擅長韖皮、木飾、羊皮紙、鑄銅等傳統工藝,擁有獨特家傳工法。在洛杉磯的工坊中,這些精湛技藝得以完整保存,並運用於當代設計之中。

在大量吸納東方文化後,JEAN DE MERRY的設計語彙中出現「陰陽調和」這個重要的新概念。以具體造型而言,它的設計作品兼具女性柔和婉妍的曲線,與男性堅毅穩定的張力。就材質部份而論,「陰陽概念」顯現於木料、皮革、金屬、織品等配比運用,JEAN DE MERRY 每件作品都至少運用兩項以上的材質,互為賓主對照。

由於相當崇尚東方文化,JEAN DE MERRY作品通常不會以「流線」構成,而講究「角度與面」的結構和裝飾;而Merry家族擅長青銅工藝,由其當代作品可看出設計者深受商鼎造型影響,特別著重腳座設計。

與二零年代在巴黎興起的Art Deco風潮相較,誕生於本世紀的JEAN DE MERRY 對於東方文化與美學的探索工作更為廣泛深入,更能精準掌握材質、圖騰與造型間的關聯與意義,而非只是象形奪名。欣賞JEAN DE MERRY作品,看見法式傳統工藝與東方文化美學的深度交融,令人感到相當奇妙,進而回頭檢視自身文化遺產,發出會心一笑。

The fruit of de Merry’s family legacy, Christian D. Maroselli and Jean de Merry founded the namesake furniture line, JEAN DE MERRY, in 2001 with a mission to uphold the craft of a bygone era. From a small French town where successive generations of de Merry’s family had operated a leather tanning business for four centuries, to creating a visionary home collection manufactured at their L.A. workshop, JEAN DE MERRY has organically grown into an French Deco-inspired, artisanal line that sparks the imaginations of their clients, producing pieces that are timeless, unexpected and anchored by quality and craftsmanship. To handcraft JEAN DE MERRY seating, lighting, case goods and decorative art pieces, talented American craftsman trained in age-old, French techniques apply their knowledge to real-wood veneers, leather, shagreen, parchment and bronze.

The JEAN DE MERRY collection exhibits a Yin-Yang quality – the richness of materials, lending the furnishings a feminine allure while the lines create a more masculine one. “What appeals to us most is the balance of male and female characteristics in the pieces,” says de Merry. Hints of the works of various historical designers whom both de Merry and Maroselli admire – Eileen Gray, Jean-Michel Frank, Billy Haines, Robsjohn Gibbings and Paul Laszlo find their way into JEAN DE MERRY’s creations. As de Merry puts it, “The end results are wholly new designs rooted in older forms and based on traditional ways of manufacturing.”

With a strong appreciation and respect for pedigree and community alike, JEAN DE MERRY has created furniture that embodies the classic elements of design while still being original and personal. Never modish but always stylish and relevant, these pieces are the heirlooms of the future. The instinctive and emotional relationship they have with their collection is what defines JEAN DE MERRY as a creative visionary and as an extraordinary brand.