Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant


Fine decorative iron- and metalwork: Dunod Mallier takes metalworking to a new level

The Ateliers de Ferronnerie d’Art et Métallerie Dunod Mallier received the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label from the French State in 2012. Driven by their enthusiasm and will, and aspiring to cater for their customers’ most demanding requirements, Dunod Mallier’s craftsmen push the limits of their materials to the extreme, transforming metals into works of art. A mixture of technical and artistic alchemy, their expertise takes working with metals – pure iron, mild and stainless steel, aluminium, bronze, brass, copper, titanium, gold leaf, etc. – to a new level.

Mehdi Mallier and his team fashion the iron with a power and mastery that demand respect. As if it were alive, the whole studio resonates with regular, muted hammering, like the beating of a giant heart.

 

In a matter of minutes, a raw bar is transformed into a thin rod, which in turn is worked, fashioned, polished and decorated, before taking up its place as part of the décor of an exceptional room. For several weeks, half the team have been walking without respite on the production of a real work of art.

 

Commissioned from Dunod Mallier by a wealthy individual, the work will be exhibited for a few days at the Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel international heritage show at the Carrousel du Louvre. Every volute, petal and oak leaf is handmade by the decorative ironworkers.



But the studio’s day-to-day routine is often less ostentatious. Many pieces, produced mainly in conjunction with interior designers and architects, require not only ironworking skills, but also those of fine metalworking, another speciality of the firm.

At the studio in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, in the department of Yvelines, the traditional and contemporary come together and combine at times, in joint projects in which the architect contributes their creativity and the decorative ironworker their technique and expertise.

While French heritage is the source of inspiration of many of the pieces, around 80% of Dunod Mallier’s production is exported throughout the world.


 


30 September 2013