French Embassy Video
We were commissioned to design & install functional yet beautiful window treatments in the new French embassy, Beijing, China. Our brief was to “dress-up” the windows of the 3 huge halls where all official lunches & dinners would be held.
The most challenging aspect of this project was its’ monumental dimensions, comprising of 28 windows each 7 metres high! Challenge two was the need to only use the most transparent of fabrics because the Beijing sky is nearly always grey with no direct sunlight. Aside from the obvious dimensional parameters regular transparent fabric was too soft, too light and too fragile to be used as gliding panels. Working with our fabric suppliers and countless tests and prototyping we managed to find the right technical solution that met the brief.
Our solution was a brand new fabric* printed to create the illusion of reliefs and pleats on the fabric while it is actually flat. The impression you get is different each time and depends upon the angle one views it from and the quality of the light that hits the fabric.
*we have since developed the concept to form a collection of vertical fabric treatments that we now call “Trompe l’oeil” (meaning “to trick the eye”).
Architect : Alain Sarfati
Interior designer : Cécile Roudier