In 1998, seventy-eight
cabinet makers took part in the public
competition Twelve reached the final in
Strasbourg and two earned, in 2000, the title of
"One of the Best Workers in France." I received
my diploma during a graduation ceremony held at
the Sorbonne, followed by a reception at the
Elysée in the presence of the President of the
The proposed theme
was a piece of furniture for collectors. 1300
hours were required in total to complete the
project. Half was dedicated to the production of
models, manufacture of mechanisms, ergonomics
studies, aesthetic research...
The piece of
furniture here presented, a secretary desk
designed for the collection of minerals, roughly
includes 3000 wood parts and other materials.
Elm and oak burr, lemon tree, walnut tree and
rosewood set the exterior decor, the interior is
mainly made of sycamore, walnut tree and ebony.
The doors and the flaps of the secretary desk
are closed with a secret mechanism. All
mechanisms completely disappear under the wood.
The competition "One of the Best Workers
in France" was created in 1924. It is
placed under the responsibility of four
Ministries: National Education, Industry,
Handicrafts and Labour.
The competition is held every three to
four years. The masterpieces are
presented to the public at the end of
the competition in the framework of the
Exposition Nationale du Travail.
To be One of the Best Workers in France
is to demonstrate the undisputed truth
of great professional competences, to
benefit from peer's recognition, to
promote innovation and cultivate the
traditions of each profession. This
title rewards supreme excellence in