Maryse St-Amand's Profile

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I am an art history graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal and I also studied furniture restoration at École Nationale du Meuble et de l'Ébénisterie de Montréal. Born in a family of resourceful artisans, of history, secondhand market and antique shop enthusiasts, I enjoy scouting and bargaining in flea markets around the world and will often leave with empty suitcases to be filled with precious objects that breathe the history of the foreign land.

Fascinated by the imprint of time as well as the affective turn, I am fond of everyday objects and everything that surrounds decorative arts. I believe that the use of timeless treasures in our daily universe enhances our quality of life; these objects are unique and emotionally charged because they are steeped in history. In short, my practice is directly related to my art history heritage; a respect and preservation of the…

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  • Female
  • Joined December 29, 2010

Favorite materials

wool, wood, rust, crazing, porcelain, metal, aluminium, glass, ceramic, linen

Shop

Pigeonatelier
Antique and vintage shop

About

I am an art history graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal and I also studied furniture restoration at École Nationale du Meuble et de l'Ébénisterie de Montréal. Born in a family of resourceful artisans, of history, secondhand market and antique shop enthusiasts, I enjoy scouting and bargaining in flea markets around the world and will often leave with empty suitcases to be filled with precious objects that breathe the history of the foreign land.

Fascinated by the imprint of time as well as the affective turn, I am fond of everyday objects and everything that surrounds decorative arts. I believe that the use of timeless treasures in our daily universe enhances our quality of life; these objects are unique and emotionally charged because they are steeped in history. In short, my practice is directly related to my art history heritage; a respect and preservation of the aesthetic and historic characteristics of objects is at the heart of my concerns.

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One person's bric-à-brac is another person's treasure. The proof can be found in this online shop dedicated to objects and accent furniture, as well as to curiosities of all sorts. It is not necessary to be a collector to like the shop, far from it. The desire to acquire affordable and emotionally charged objects that we are drawn to is enough.

My motto: live for objects and breathe life back into them. There are numerous manners in which one can frame, hang or lay out objects and, most importantly, there are many ways to combine them, juxtapose them and to create a rhythm or an impact with them. An object can have a little humor, irony, rarity, or strangeness and one can introduce that into them by playing with its contrasts, dimensions, its colors, textures and emotional charge. To me, it is a question of acquiring objects that are full of memories and precious impressions of the past, rather than remote products devoid of life and soul. We must then accept and love those imperfections that render them unique and add to their charm.

Indeed, whether they are primitive or retro, the objects and furniture that I find are beautiful and elegant. The interest lies in the details that make them unique. My aesthetic criteria are simple, efficient and emotionally charged. They rely on a certain texture, a subtly patinated color, a flaw, a wear, a weakness, an alteration, a nice piece of work, a decorative element or an interesting practical aspect. They are selected with care and passion and, if need be, retouched with love and displayed artfully. I believe that they make up the most expressive elements of any space; this decorating style is for me, an artful way of living.

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