Archive pour February 2012

From a sponsorship to an engagement there is a slice of life…

Monday 27 February 2012

This story begins December 25, 1999: I decide to commit to a sponsorship for a widow women.
Evelyne, who began creating the association Sponsorship India has one of my first cases of a widow of 30 years. Her husband committed suicide three years ago and he left her with two young boys who were older at the time of the tragedy respectively 9 and 6.

It’s been 12 years that I follow this family, although the financial commitment ended there more than two years since the two children have graduated, we always stay in touch.

I followed these two kids and saw them several times during sponsorship jumble few events:

• First meeting with the mother and two children, and we were all four very intimidated because the emotion by this first meeting and over the language barrier because they only spoke Tamil
• First invitation into their home who has to break everything to 4 square meters with a “feast meal” for the guest of honor that I represented to them.
• First school results and their their wishes for the future
• First “surprise” at one of my trips, I spent some time with two boys from either ask what they needed for school, go to cinema. One day I told them to choose something that made them want me and they took it to a dealer to buy a Playstation! And I did not understand because it is expensive and not an object of prime necessity, I had to explain that I was there to try to help them in their schooling and that I was not a “only a wallet”, that even in France all children did not have to live with PS. And they finally understood
• First school guidance “failed” because that does not match their aspirations and their non mathematicians mind They decided both finally enter a mechanics school and they succeed.

• And then two days ago I was very moved because I was invited to the engagement of one of the two. A page in their lives and mine was about to turn but what a nice colorful event and traditions.

• The various stages of engagement (from what I understood):

o The arrival of the guests (many!) while the girl is coming and everyone is waiting in a room and chairs for a conference as rows in front of a stage decorated with flowers and adorned with two armchairs
o We are waiting patiently (!) the arrival of the bridegroom and means outside the room as the musicians in a marching band and then all women of the family are trimmed and carry trays of fruit and flowers in front of the groom

o Guests are rushing into the room and took seats on the chairs.
o The bride just before getting to the crowd, closely followed by the groom

o Large hangings are then submitted to the scene and the men of both families settled on it. They “parley” , confirmed that the two youngs agree, and make some “incantations”

o Guests are rushing into the room and took seats on the chairs.
o The bride just before getting to the crowd, closely followed by the groom
o Large hangings are then submitted to the scene and the men of both families settled on it. They “parley” , confirmed that the two youngs agree, and make some “incantations”
o The bride then comes back wearing a new sari offered by her future mother in law and bejeweled
o The couple are then celebrated, and then come the pictures with the guests.
o The guests will then dine shift and go home

From a “simple” sponsorship I attend this wonderful time all the more that this is love, and they are not arranged betrothal.
A beautiful emotion aroused by beautiful human relationships and I do not complain.
Magic moments from life

I wish to theses two lovebirds happiness!

Meublez-Vous durablement (Furnish you sustainably) a nice encounter with the creator Vincent Letourneux

Thursday 16 February 2012

January 2012, I’m on the booth of Marron Rouge at Maison & Objet and two people (of the opposite sex!) Present themselves to me, because they are touring the exhibitors of the Collectif du Développement Durable  (Sustainable Development Collective) on the same show.
They come to see our products, but I’m also curious to know what they do and they call their teaching: MEUBLEZ-VOUS DURABLEMENT (Furnish You sustainbly). Here is a name that sounds good to my ears!

Through this exchange I immediately wanted to know more in order to share this wonderful encounter.


Vincent Letourneux comes from an international family, and after a mastery of foreign languages ​​applied to trade (LEA English Spanish to The School of Tours): “I decided to travel to England, Spain, then in Japan in 1997 as a French teacher for beginners. From Japan I traveled to Vietnam with a simple backpack to meet people, then in Thailand. This was the first contact with vulnerable populations. I remember the joy of life, humility and courage to those in need of everything, but who still believe in the future. Beautiful life lesson that will let me go back to school later in the belief that things are still possible at any age.


The fact of traveling you forge an understanding of all cultures and beings that inhabit our planet: “Being part of the remaining quotas are called, I had the chance to do my military service on the helicopter carrier Jeanne d’Arc . Language teacher in charge of the center, I participated in the campaign around the world that began in November 1998.
I take from this experience the rich exchanges (a bit forced on a ship of 750 people!) The need for context and especially the openness necessary for the balance of each. Over the stopovers, Cuba, Honduras, Florida, Acapulco, San Francisco, Hawaii, Tokyo, Singapore, Djibouti, Istanbul, Lisbon and Brest, the difference in lifestyle, wealth gaps between countries, reducing distances, while begins to make sense. This is going to meet people that one gets a global culture.


It is also during this experience that Vincent will have confirmation of its commitment: “It’s when I realized that the values ​​which we believe are stronger than the orders that we receive. And that the satisfaction of staying true to its values ​​is greater than the penalty that can impose on us. ”

Necessarily after starting life as rich, naturally Vincent began his professional career in tourism and study abroad. Originally from the Loire Valley, after all these movements he decided to land and between “just happen” in the furniture industry. Vincent also takes up his studies and he wrote a memoir on sustainable development and the furniture industry.


In 2011, the project Meublez-vous Durablement (Furnish you sustainably) point the tip of his nose. And we explained Vincent’s three goals. “The primary objective is to demonstrate that it is possible to adopt a sustainable development policy, even for a small business or a SOHO (without committing substantial resources). It is now necessary to think differently. Economic profitability is required to sustain a business. However, do not forget the man and the planet. The second objective is to encourage consumers to become consum’actors by focusing on responsible purchasing and making their voices heard through an online survey. The third objective is to create a network to promote exchanges between players in the sustainable development of the sector Furniture and Decoration. For professionals, the designer, the raw material supplier, from manufacturer to distributor, all are related and need to exchange more easily. You will Durably Furnish a trading platform that specializes in decorating and furnishing. ”

Beautiful course and great ideas and Vincent none the less a man of taste he gives us his favorite heart that he saw on the last session of House and Objects in January 2012:


First Recycling: the concept of 3 lives to an object has really conquered in Nahan. Giving a second life cycle and then a third, is an idea full of meaning!

The second blow of heart: Create a Style, what audacity! Jean Claude et Muriel Labarrère, revisit the historical style and perpetuate a family tradition that began in 1870. What audacity that the aesthetic bias they have chosen to create the trend of natural history cabinet, almost gross! Far patinas, lacquers and other wear too polluting, natural wood furniture gives a force that ennobles. It is noticeable at first glance! Hats off!

The third and last  favorite is an artisan French meaningful and of value. Drugeot Lab is a French factory of Maine and Loire. The two brothers who run cabinetmakers offer furniture made ​​with assembly techniques without glue or screws. PEFC certified raw wood, they demonstrate that there is room for furniture and decoration and natural quality. We are rediscovering woodworking techniques and their benefits on health rights, removal of the product and the low impact on the planet.


I would really like to thank Vincent for this “eco-nfession” and this commitment. Check the website Furnish you permanently and you just won and moreover when you know the “guy” who is behind the canvas and well we can only applaud!


4 au Carré (4 in square) : 4 girls in the wind…

Monday 6 February 2012

Four girls in the wind …. ??!
They are not English and they do not sing either! (For the second point, I do not know, I advance, perhaps!)
But damn what are they doing? Who are they?
Go even one of outstanding ……

What do they do?  4 au Carré (4 in Square) is a collective of four designers from different backgrounds and creating additional furniture and accessories for hotels, restaurants, shops, offices, and communities. Besides it’s beautiful what they do. They were present on the exhibition Vivre le Design with Marron Rouge in  Lyon in early September on the Home Design Show. They did not start in a yellow submarine, but in four containers …..
The suspense is at its worst ……., tick, tock, tick, tock ….
I show you the pictures of containers …

Here you can see the full album of the containers

Well you’ve found!?? No …!


I give you the solution:

Elsa Somano

Lisa Lejeune

Mathilde Alexandre (Mademoiselle Dimanche)

Maud Garnier (UltraSofa)


These four young women I met them several times and I even worked with one of them for part of the layout of my stand on Maison et Objet. Mademoiselle Dimanche had designed for Marron Rouge lighting

Well I think I have said enough and I will introduce them individually


Elsa Somano: Elsa created luminous objects point by point (!) Aluminum design a beautiful uncluttered “What made ​​me want to work with and get this group is to share as much by our experiences (good and bad). I met three great people who work like me who have small business structures in the design and interior decoration. They are more involved in life and know how to share ”

I also asked her what inspired Elsa environment, ecology and sustainable development, and on it she was very straightforward:
“I do my best in my life every day to pay attention to the environment in my small scale. About my work because even though aluminum is a recyclable material, this is a difficult operation at my level because it requires a lot of energy. Make a beautiful light with energy saving lamps we’re not there yet. ”
Want to know more about Elsa and her designs:



Lisa Lejeune is a designer specializing in furniture.

“I tried to get closer to professional architects. Elsa Somano, who likes to put people in touch, we proposed to regroup in order, firstly, be able to offer a more comprehensive offering: furniture, lighting, textiles for any project … architecture and decoration. other hand, we mutualize four ways, contacts, we share experiences. and finally, I have been working three years with manufacturing partners, a workshop manufacturing and prototyping, where there is practically only boys!! 4 au Carré  is the feminine side of my scale collaborative! ”
Like Elsa I asked him what inspired the environment, ecology and sustainable development: “I work with the material rather than wood, from my training. With The Factory, the studio that I work with Francheville (in the area of Lyon , France) mainly, we always propose solutions to customers the most environmentally-friendly. we prefer native wood, wood of local origin (Jura, Franche Comté …) as exotic woods difficult to trace. we use non-VOC glues and varnishes and prefer panels with low formaldehyde emission. ”
Treat yourself to know more info about Lisa:


Mathilde Alexandre (Mademoiselle Dimanche): Mademoiselle Dimanche is a trademark of textiles and decorative accessories created by Mathilde Alexandre, textile designer with a passion for patterns and colors.

“With Elsa and Maud, had already had the opportunity to exhibit together, and then to compare our products and our universe. And it turned out that it worked very well together. And with the world of Lisa, it’s also very consistent. The idea was born of the collective under the leadership of Elsa and Maud, and when they told me about it, it soon became obvious: our products work together, we have all four of the Approaches to Work and our businesses close enough, we have the same policy … The fact of coming together can offer a whole range of services and products we can not offer individual, while retaining their distinct identities. ”

Mathilde delivers us his thoughts on ecology: “I am not an ecology “terrorist”  or sustainable development. But it seems to me utterly inconceivable to ignore these issues when something happens. In my work I do “at best” with the means that are mine and with the opportunities I offer my partners, in line with my product. This requires the choice of production locations (in France rather than elsewhere), by choice of materials …
I also links these environmental issues in respect of man, it seems to me that one can not go without the other. ”
For those unfamiliar with Mademoiselle Dimanche:


Finally we conclude with Maud Garnier from UltraSofa , designer sofas and contemporary objects.

Maud & Elsa

“Coming together creates a truly dynamic creative, communicative and enthusiastic.
It is a sharing experience, knowledge and networks. We are able to make an offer to larger customers. Our four different universes all emphasize our commonalities: an ethical eco-friendly with a local manufacturing, offers a collection of custom and a real customer service: specifications to customer delivery. ”

What we said Maud on the environment: “Designer sofas and contemporary objects, our products are of French manufacture, and we use local artisans working with the best materials manufacturing methods expert. The concept: leading-edge design, quality French for an eco-responsible product at very affordable prices for large and small. ”

Go to discover the universe of UltraSofa:

You think now that I’m going to stop because I have presented the four young women well no!




 We whish to these four talents long life

Visit the web site of the Collective 4 au Carré and the  Facebook  page

Draw me the forest : the results

Sunday 5 February 2012

From 1 October 2011 and, until December 31, 2011 in Rhone Green had started a game “My Online drawing” for the International Year of the Forest.

This game was made ​​addressed to all children aged 3 to 12 who onnt kindly draw a picture whose theme is Forest.

The game is finished so here are down results

Grand Jeu mon Dessin en ligne

Faind the full result on  Rhône en Vert  website


Marron Rouge will send to five winners one stuffed toy in organic cotton va adresser à cinq lauréats un doudoiu en coton bio à chacun.

Here are the drawings of the five winners of Marron Rouge



Cassandre - 5 ans/years


Eva 6,5 ans/years


Maxime 4,5 ans/years


Chloe 6 ans/years

Clément 6 ans/years


The post published on Quat’rues blog