This weekend, take a break from the seawall and venture into Yaletown to visit Moissonnier. Since 1885, the French master cabinetmaker has been at the forefront of traditional style married with an avant-garde aesthetic. Owned by fourth-generation scions of founder Émile Moissonnier, the family enterprise and its handmade furnishings have been recognized by the French government as a part of France’s “living heritage.”
The 3,000 sq ft Yaletown boutique features a unique tableau lay-out featuring a room representing rooms in a home. The delectable and eclectic furnishings are meticulously placed and clientele can revel in a truly European experience. Be prepared for furniture and accouterments of brilliant colour, vivid patterns, sentimental eccentricities, handcrafted patina, and luxurious metallic accents.
Also on display, artwork by celebrated Iranian-Canadian artist Mohammad Ehsai, from the internationally renowned private collection of owners, Mana and Nader Mobargha.
It is unimaginable in 1885, Émile Moissonnier could have imagined that the woodworking shop he had created in his garden would exist today.
That his efforts would give birth to a lineage of artisan cabinetmakers who would carry the tradition of his great talents forward. These traditions would become known as the three hallmarks of the collection Moissonnier: the art of the painting, sculpture and the manufacturing of the French Cabinet.
Moissonnier is located at 1028 Mainland Street in Yaletown. Visit their website for more on the wondrous history of this company and the unique pieces available.