Reine Mère is a French line of wooden decorative objects, founded by par Stéphane Clivier and Didier Lachaise. Together they design unique creations, at once simple ad poetic. They also strive to limit the environmental impact of their production by choosing natural materials found in France and eco-friendly manufacturing processes: wood from the Jura forests, porcelain from Limoges or the Lot region, pure sheep wool felt, 100% recycled paper and packaging, oil-based wood treatment, solvent-free water-based glue… Even the electricity used in the Reine Mère offices comes from renewable energy sources!
5 questions to the designer
Who are you?
I am Stéphane Clivier. I graduated as a Designer from the ESAA school in Troyes. I have been the editor and artistic director for the Reine Mère brand for ten years. I am also a teacher and the head of the Design curriculum at the ISCID design school in Montauban.
Give us 3 words that describe your universe.
Responsible, French and ecological (although nowadays this is a bit of hackneyed word).
Where do you get your inspiration?
It is not easy to define specific sources of inspiration. It comes from many things: our culture, our life experience (traveling, visiting museums, discovering different types of architecture…) Curiosity is key. But the real difficulty is to integrate all these experiences and stay on top of trends. To be able to sell our products, we need to fit in perfectly with the sprit of the times - not too early, not too late. That being said, a few of our products became classics and are still as successful today as they were at the beginning.
Where do you make your products?
All around France. We go to different regions for their specific know-how. Some of the production and finish work is made onsite at the Reine Mère atelier, and each product necessarily transits through our atelier so that we can control its quality before wrapping and shipping it.
“Made in France”: why that choice?
For one simple reason: to give jobs to people we feel close to. We are keen advocates of “responsible design” with two pillars: Man and Nature. To buy Reine Mère products is to embrace our philosophy. We wish to go beyond the simple concept of “Made in France” and pursue our “responsible design” goal at different levels: the electricity we use is generated from 100% renewable sources, we partner with ESATs (supported employment institutions), we use eco-friendly cleaning supplies, and our paper is either recycled or comes from sustainable forests.