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Tom Faulkner x Eric Charles Donatien Collaboration

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“Have you ever examined the feather of a bird? No man in the world could make such a thing.”

– Alfred Russel Wallace, co-founder of evolutionary theory. 

In the eighteenth-century Paris was home to hundreds of plumassiers, making hats for society ladies in Paris, London, and New York, as well as fabrics for Hermès, the Folies-Bergère, and the Moulin Rouge. Feathers were more expensive by weight than everything but diamonds – it is reported that among the treasures that went down with the Titanic were more than forty cases of feathers, worth upward around 2 million in today’s pounds.

Tiffany chair and Capricorn table, POA

Eric Charles-Donatien is one of Paris’ few remaining plumassiers, and one of the last who trained with the masters – he has worked with Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Jean-Paul Gaultier, among others, as well as making feathered dresses for celebrities such as Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian. His depth of knowledge and experience of his craft is unrivalled.

Tom Faulkner  unveiled his collaboration with Charles-Donatien on Thursday 20th September 2018, during London Design Week. The combination of Charles-Donatien’s breathtaking and delicate feather craft with the distinctive metalwork of Faulkner’s work explores perfectly the themes of permanence and fragility, and examines the dichotomy between man’s and nature’s creations.  

Charles-Donatien has applied his feather-craft to two of Tom’s pieces – the iconic and sculptural Capricorn dining table and his delicate Tiffany chair. 

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