Conversation Claude Camuset


sheath art



Why did you choose this profession?

I learned the work from my father, who was a gilder. My grandfather, was a leather gilder. I am the third generation of craftsmen in a profession that dates back to the sixteenth century. It is a very tactile job in which you touch the material... I define myself as a contributor; people come to me to benefit from my skills. My work is never routine: it varies from cladding normal furniture to a tribal chair or leather tiles for the floor. What matters to me is creating, developing and inspiring others.

Since when have you been working with La Chaiserie landaise?

Our first collaboration was two years ago; I worked with Christelle Le Déan in her project of a lounge chair model for the Hossegor collection, and the armchair in the Intersection collection. The production of a lounge chair takes about three hours. It progresses in five steps: cutting, setting, assembling, gluing and sewing.

The assembling of the chair is done in the workshop of La Chaiserie landaise. I only take care of the application of the leather on the seat.

What does this collaboration
bring you?

I love challenges taking me far
from my usual work: cladding and saddlery. It is interesting to meet
a designer's demand, because it requires research. I even updated my knowledge and skills during
this collaboration.

You participated in the latest Maison & Objet exhibition (Home and household exhibition). What is your opinion on Today's creations?

I notice a tendency for the use of leather, but also for the use of imitation leather. Ever since that exhibition, I've had a growing demand from people wanting their furniture clad. Today's interior uses
a lot of leather. This matches the "cocooning" phenomenon.

Leather has a sweet fragrance with, sometimes, a stronger glue or wax dominance. It also awakens the senses; the first one being the sight. Then comes the touch: this is when I can find any defect eg: a weakness in the skin.