Merci Louis, founded by Jean-Christophe Miquel in 2013, explores the archives of the history of France to put together their charming and witty contemporary collections.
The detail of a lace jabot, a piece of a dress that once belonged to a marchioness in the 18th century, a manuscript dated 1762, garlands, a fragment of a chair leg… Anything can provide Jean-Christophe Miquel with a pretext for his new take on a historical object. Since founding Merci Louis in 2013, he has never tired of revisiting France’s historical heritage to find inspiration for his trompe-l’oeil books of secrets, table mats, ceiling and wall lights, lanterns, candle holders, candelabras and stationery. “The brand’s concept consists in juggling with the classic style codes of 17th and 18th century France and using them to create contemporary objects. The kings of France, most of whom were called Louis by the way, are an endless source of inspiration. A few details taken here and there give rise to a motif or an object”, explains this former employee of Lanvin.
The paradox between history and modernity, between classic and contemporary has given birth to an exclusive collection of 180 references that are distributed in 150 outlets. They are produced with the utmost attention to quality and made from the finest materials. “Northern Europeans, especially the Swedish, are particularly partial to our products. We also sell well in England and Italy, as well as Japan, Korea and even as far as Australia”, says the satisfied entrepreneur who makes 60% of his turnover internationally. Museum shops such as at the Centre d’art Caumont in Aix-en-Provence or the Frick Collection in New York, have selected Merci Louis products. Jean-Christophe Miquel loves searching for treasures in flea markets, picking up pieces of bronze or mirrors that he transforms, guided by his sole imagination, into unique pieces he calls ‘Pépites (little gems). Next January, he is going to present Révolution, a round mirror inspired by a church clock face and burnished using traditional 17th century techniques and Morceaux choisis, a patchwork made up of fragments of oxidised mirrors. Thank you… Louis.