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In 1933, Sōetsu Yanagi defined the Mingei movement as follows: “It should be modest but not cheap junk, inexpensive but not delicate. It is vital that Mingei objects avoid dishonesty, perversity and luxury: natural, sincere, dependable and simple characterise Mingei”
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This quote can easily be adapted to talk about our small business. Les Foins creates, manufactures and distributes generally artisanal or semi-artisanal furniture and unique objects, with a preference for raw materials and simple shapes in search of discrete elegance.

Goeres Pelletier ceramic studio

georges pelletier’s studio

Georges Pelletier is a major French potter. Born in 1938, he bagan his career at “Pottery d’Accolay” in Bourgogne. In the 60’s, he opened his own studio in Paris.
In the 70’s, he settles in the south of France where he continues to produce rustic as well as very refined ceramics.
His work with chamotte clay looks often like lace work.

handmade sheepskins

sheepskins

Les Foins devotes considerable time finding ‘handmade’ objects and materials based on an extremely precise selection criteria (texture, thickness, color, etc.).
The magnificent artisanal animal skins presented here are a product of one of the last traditional French tanneries.
The thin felt mattresses for the sofas are made out of sheep’s wool by another artisan in Brittany.

Traditional handmade Japanese knives

Mr Funaki’s stand

Mr Funaki’s little stand at a market in Kyoto.

Japanese ceramist studio

Mr Isamu’s studio

Mr Isamu’s studio in the Aichi Prefecture mountains in Japan.

Japanese ceramist studio

David Louveau’s studio

David Louveau lives and works in La Borne, France since 2004.
He comes from New Caledonia and studied under master Kynia Ishikawa in Quebec, Canada.

Les Foins studio

Our little studio

Our little studio in the countryside, 2 hours from Paris.