Exhibition "The Virtues

The evening of Thursday 13 February 2020

Exhibition from 14 February to 26 February 2020

Marie-Elise Larène at the Chamberlan creation space 

Accompanied by the sensory designers Eléonore de Staël and Le Rouge Français

Exhibition curator: Delphine Garnier

At a time when everyone is increasingly seeking truth and light, Marie-Elise's works will be sublimated by two exceptional sensory creators: the nose Eleonore de Staël and Rouge Français. After a 100% digital brand launch at the beginning of 2017, Chamberlan's creative space is dedicated to the creation of custom-made shoes and is also intended to be a living space, open to Made in France craftsmen and artists who will regularly come to enliven the space to present their creations in the form of Pop Up Store and ephemeral exhibitions. It is quite natural that Chamberlan called upon the Association des 4 Couleurs, an association to which it has belonged since its creation, to organise the exhibition "Les Vertus" around the works of Marie-Elise Larène. This event is also an opportunity to bring together craftsmen from the Made in France region with incomparable know-how who will delight your eyes, your noses and surprise your taste buds. 

Marie-Elise Larène

 Ten tondo subjects of the same size, a round format, in homage to the mother's womb are proposed in this exhibition. Marie-Elise has chosen for the motif a large, full and nourishing 120 cm round, hand-cut Arches vellum 400grs, a solid and powerful paper that resists impasto, water and collage.

Perfect form without visual limits. Work on the drawing with asserted and constructed contours, then several passages of varnish to dress the backgrounds and place the sequins, placing the relief with the tip of a neutral white modeling paint, in about ten infinitesimal layers because the motif is tiny, then colouring the motifs, placing the sequins and jewels, rhinestones and Swarovski crystal. She signs here a luminous correspondence between art and craft...

Like a jeweller, Marie-Elise knows how to sprinkle, encrust and place each sequin, pearl or svarowski. Her custom-made Chamberlan shoes with rhinestones, sequins or gold perfectly match her shiny, sparkling tondos!

What is the creative process behind it? The great painter Poussin said: "Painting has no other destination than to constitute an object of delight...".

After 31 years devoted to the sky and its inhabitants in dry pastel, she agreed to entrust the world with a different vision of Light, its power and its vocation to keep us upright. It is decorative painting that has imposed itself on her, in the sense that it speaks to all without condition of culture. She also embroidered a lot and in large formats of characters, angels in real size and it is them that led her to find the way to paint the relief and the change of colours according to the position of the spectator and the lighting.

A living and surprising object in a way. A painting with drawers... She hopes to contribute to a poetic emotion in the decorative art with regard to the variations and discoveries of the development of the motives, to this sensitive way of seizing us and letting us embrace surreptitiously... And to make you melt with happiness.

The Chamberlan House

"By only producing what our customers want, we avoid senseless overproduction, devouring capital and resources." - Sophie Engster & Franck Le Franck Co-Founders

CONSUME IN A DIFFERENT WAY: At the crossroads between craftsmanship and innovation La Maison Chamberlan embodies the artisanal company of the future. By combining the know-how of our craftsmen with the latest technologies, we enable women to order the pair of their dreams, a pair that is entirely personalised, produced on demand, in standard size or, to top it all off, to the measurements of their feet, thanks to the use of our smartphone application for taking measurements.

CUSTOM MADE SHOES: We have developed a patented mobile application that allows our customers to take their measurements directly via their smartphone. No need to travel. No appointment to schedule. Day or night, from Paris to Shanghai, measurements can be taken in just a few minutes. Our customers are guided to take 6 photographs of their feet and thus allow us to extract all the required measurements. Our fitter will then be able to create shapes that are perfectly adapted to the morphology of each of our clients' feet.

CUSTOMIZED SHOES: Each model is produced on demand and can be customized as desired. Our customers have the freedom to create their own models by selecting the materials, colours, heels and accessories of their choice.

RATES: Standard custom size: from €295 "Made to measure": from €595

THE COLLECTIONS: Each season, Chamberlan enriches its offer by proposing new models, new heels as well as new materials and colours. We wish to put our expertise and know-how at the service of our customers and offer them the freedom to follow or to break away from the latest trends.

MATERIALS: Beautiful materials are the secret of beautiful creations. We source our materials from French and Italian tanneries, which are renowned for the beauty, finesse and suppleness of their leathers. We maintain privileged relationships with our suppliers and select the most beautiful and noble raw materials. Supporting French manufacturing is not an empty word. It is a civic act, to perpetuate our know-how before it disappears, to support diversity and to promote a local economy.

AN EXCEPTIONAL KNOW-HOW THAT WE MUST SAFEGUARD: Our country is rich in ancestral know-how in footwear. Today, this know-how is disappearing When we created our factory in the heart of the Périgord Vert, we were confronted with recruitment difficulties and discovered a sector in danger, deserted for too long by the training actors. We made a real tour of France and met passionate craftsmen, sometimes even retired, who did not hesitate to accompany us in our beautiful adventure. This excellent artisanal production now gives our shoes the extra soul of exceptional articles.

NOVEMBER 2019, OPENING OF THE CHAMBERLAN CREATION SPACE: After a 100% digital brand launch at the beginning of 2017, 2019 is coming to an end with the opening of our Creation Space, a stone's throw from Place Vendôme. This space, dedicated to the creation of Chamberlan shoes, is also intended to be a living space, open to Made in France artisans and artists, who will regularly come to animate it to present their creations in the form of Pop Up Store and ephemeral exhibitions.

AN UNUSUAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE: Our customers are very enthusiastic about the multi-channel experience that we offer them today. They can order their shoes on our e-Boutique, in our design area or through our network of retailers.

INTERNATIONAL OBJECTIVE CHINA: We have just signed our first partnership with a Chinese distributor. This market, which is highly connected and sensitive to a differentiated offer, represents a strong development potential for our company. www.chamberlan.com 

The 4 Colours Association

Founded in 2010 by Delphine Garnier, the Quatre Couleurs Association, linking arts and crafts, promotes the creation and production of cultural events: concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, live shows, etc.

The objective of the Quatre Couleurs Association is to defend crafts and art, to protect and safeguard the natural and oral heritage, and to participate in educational activities on diversity. It must collect and preserve documents, objects and know-how to promote cultural identities throughout the world. It wants to ensure the mutual dissemination of the results of collective and individual artistic works, as well as to carry out research and contributions that contribute to positivizing diversity. It wishes to foster the development of knowledge, beyond boundaries, away from prejudice, by promoting structural, dynamic, relational and critical thinking through the arts. It is quite natural that when she met Sophie Engster, Delphine Garnier wanted to integrate the Chamberlan house into the Quatre Couleurs craftsmen. "In order to transcend the artisanal core business of the bespoke bootmaker, the Quatre Couleurs association wanted to surround Chamberlan with the painter Marie-Elise Larène and the sensory designers Eleonore de Staël and Rouge Français. It is the radiance of light, golden, symbolic and eternal that has brought together here in the Chamberlan House, its Fairy shoes, the timeless perfumes of Eleonore de Staël, the perfect French Red and the Virtues of Marie-Elise Larène! The transversality between art and craft is the essential bridge to enhance the work of craftsmen."

Eleonore de Staël

Éléonore de Staël is a perfumer-creator whose perfumes combine well-being and aesthetics. This nose composes with 100% natural products in Paris according to ethical manufacturing methods that reconcile respect for the environment and the principles of La Belle Parfumerie. A play of gold and light, like a perfume full of contrasts, this welcoming place opens its doors to committed creators.

The French Red

LE ROUGE FRANCAIS enhances women's beauty with lipsticks made with plant pigments, known for their incredible organic properties. Their products are vegan, certified organic and made in France.

Arlaux Champagne

With fine bubbles and delicately fruity aromas, Arlaux champagnes open the doors to a vineyard that is more than a thousand years old and offer you the opportunity to discover the rarity and extraordinary aromatic richness of the last few French vines in Champagne. A unique blend of the only "têtes de cuvée", the fruit of an exceptional ageing on lees, each sip transports you into the gourmet universe of an intact nature transmitted in emotions.

Cécile Van Lith

LE TRAITEUR VEGAN: Naturopath by training, it was in 2009 that Cécile, aka "Betty", turned from theory to practice by turning to her passion, cooking. Exhausted of fighting against the clichés linked to "healthy eating", she has been working to create a cuisine that is anything but moralistic and sad, making the link between well-being, design and culinarity. In love with plants, it is quite natural that she falls in love with Raw Food, a playground still unexplored in our countries, and reinvents it, culinary and appetizing. In other words, a pioneer of raw vegan food in France, no less!

H. Cuvelier & Fils

WINES: The journey of Maison H. Cuvelier & Fils is a family odyssey woven of intuition and transmission, of audacity and love of the profession. For several generations, H. Cuvelier & Fils has demonstrated an accomplished knowledge of the terroir and wine production. This dual expertise, developed in the field through the operation of its own estates and its long experience in the wine trade, promises a unique sensory journey. From tasting to shipping, in France and throughout the world, we put our know-how and reputation to work for your satisfaction. Our close links with the properties allow us to provide you with the best possible conditions for your acquisition. Throughout this adventure, our team, attentive to your aspirations, will accompany you in the discovery of the greatest wines.

Anna Marchlewska

THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Anna Marchlewska is delighted to create all the visual material for the events organised by the 4 Couleurs Association, such as this press kit or the invitation card for the evening. Each event is a happy occasion to express her motto: simplicity in the service of elegance and refinement.