Mesdames Carton ~Design Furniture & Lamps~

“Between dream & reality, the kiss of imagination keep us alive…”

One summer, as I was trying to figure out how to express the outstanding beauty of New Mexico skies and landscapes a little “souvenir” rang a bell: a tiny shop in Paris with amazing furniture made from cardboard. I contacted Eric Guiomar, the designer, and creator of the concept. He kindly gave me some tips and from there began my adventure with Mesdames Carton.

My furniture pieces are made of discarded cardboard salvaged from dumps or stores who allow me to pick through their dumpster. As an alternative to wood, the flexibility of cardboard is a gold mine for imagination since it allows almost any shape, any amused wink. I then cover these frames with a skin of acid-free handmade papers from all around the world. Finally, the lacquered finish gives the pieces a waterproof quality. Over the time, I have been mixing cardboard with recycled wood or Masonite: a yin-yang formula, that works great and still keeps the lightweight quality of this furniture.

I am a petite woman and working with cardboard, a seemingly weak material, it is like a metaphor of my own exterior fragility. But cardboard can become incredibly sturdy with the intertwined structures I create inside, much like working on building my own inner strength.

Since my childhood, I have a special attraction for landfills. In these cemeteries, objects and materials which are abandoned, dirty, broken still have a memory of their own, some secret stories. I like the idea that my pieces of furniture are filled with these fragments of unknown feelings.

Along with the furniture, and nichos or altars, I create lamps with willow branches and handmade paper from Asia. Willows are amazing, they usually grow near the rivers but I gathered some as I was wandering on the path of the old arroyo seco below my home on sand and rocks as if grown on the memory of water.

Each lamp is one of a kind sculpture like, their organic touch, a try to capture the elusive wonder of nature, their soft glow whispering a haiku: these short Japanese poems inspired by fugitive emotions.

Clôdie Francois

Phone # : 505 689 1194

Studio opens all year round on appointment. Special orders & commissioned work welcome.

Also showing at:

“Taos Artist Collective”106A Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos, NM

“Gaucho Blue”, 14148 State Road 75, Peñasco, NM 87553


4 thoughts on “Mesdames Carton ~Design Furniture & Lamps~

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I wish you a new year full of joy and creativity. If you come in New-Mexico, please let me know I will be glad to show you my studio.
      All my best


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