Taillardat is most definitely a force to be reckoned with in the proud tradition of French furniture making. This company, based in Orléans, has been honing its expertise in the production of seats in the spirit of the XVIII century – and much more besides – for many years now. The key to the popularity of the firm’s reproduction items – armchairs, low tables, beds, chests of drawers, sofas etc – lies in the incredible care taken in creating authentic-looking pieces by applying age-old techniques. Taillardat’s designs, inspired by movements such as the Louis XV and Regency styles, really look the part because its workers are masters in all the relevant furniture-making skills, such as gilding, upholstery, applying patinas, sculpting, leather casing and French polishing.
The most celebrated examples of furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries are undoubtedly the ‘Louis’ chairs and armchairs, famous the world over for the opulence of their design. The Lauzan model seen below is a relatively restrained design made from beech and featuring a cane backing and a fabric or leather padded seat.