Antoine Lesur et Marc Vénot : Maurice & la Matelasserie

Choosing a mattress is not a pleasure. We do not know which model to go, we try to go fast, embarrassed by the eyes of other customers and pressed by the vendors to often leave empty-handed, disappointed with this experience that promised to change our nights. A time that has now passed thanks to Maurice & la Matelasserie, a hybrid place where art galleries, a creative workshop and an intimate space dedicated to custom-made mattress fittings coexist.

"Matelier" is an obsolete profession. But is it really? Inspired by the craftsmanship of his grandfather, Elie Gamblin tries, through the project Maurice and the Matelasserie, to give back his letters of nobility to a less and less common practice. No question, however, to lock yourself in an old niche; Elie is young and resolutely in tune with the times and combines tradition and innovation in a new place located rue Lafayette (11ème arrondissement).


Designed by designers Antoine Lesur and Marc Vénot - 2016 winners of the prestigious Emile Hermès award -, the different spaces of Maurice & Matelasserie accompany the visitor in a unique experience, between contemplation, introspection and sleep. In complete rupture with the usual codes of the universe of the night, the concept gives a particular attention to the comfort and the stimulation of the sleepers through a neat design and various exhibitions and residences of artists.
The customer enters this temple of torpor via a foyer combining a terrazzo floor with a sober brass visual identity and contemporary furniture. The opportunity for him to complete a detailed questionnaire on his lifestyle, helping to personalize his new mattress. And to find inspiration, a first gallery takes place at the bottom of this ground floor where artists are invited to interpret the theme of sleep and dream.

But the experience really begins at the first level, in a first room felted and partially padded with a deep blue coating. No mattress displays as far as the eye can see, but a custom-designed module by the designer duo concealed in an alcove. Named "Oneiros" as a tribute to the Greek god of dreams, this installation presents 46 layers of materials vertically, which can be integrated into the final product. Once the layers are selected - using the well-known questionnaire - the customer is invited to put on pajamas specially designed by the Thai designer Wisharawish to test her new mattress, tilted horizontally thanks to an ingenious electronic system .

If the "Oneiros" is the core of this level, it is completed with an embroidered workshop all pink clad, leading to an exhibition space and residence for three months welcoming the work of designers and visual artists. The duo Thiry-Filliatreau inaugurates this room with installations and furniture inspired by the world of the swimming pool.

A complete set constituting an ode to sleep and art.

Project title : the 111
City, Country: Paris (75)
Owner: Maurice & the Matelasserie
Mastery of work : Antoine Lesur and Marc Vénot
Area : NC
Cost of works: NC
Calendar : 2019 delivery

To learn more, visit the site of Maurice & the Matelasserie

Photographs: DR

Zoe Térouinard

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