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SIGébène’s luxury woodwork
The woodworker and entrepreneur Grégoire Milojevitch, founder of the upscale interior design firm SIGébène, chose the path of excellence to meet the demands of the most famous interior designers. A close-up on a man who crafts Beauty.
The varnished mahogany paneling in the entrance hall and restaurant of the Plaza Athénée luxury hotel in Paris, ordered by architect Bruno Moinard, is due to him and his ultra-successful team. Grégoire Milojevitch practices contemporary woodwork for a small circle of the most demanding interior designers: Christian Liaigre, Pierre-Yves Rochon, Bruno Moinard, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Damien Langlois-Meurice, India Mahdavi, etc. “We make exceptional bespoke pieces for people who produce great things,” says the entrepreneur, who founded SIGébène in 1983 after earning his degree in woodworking at the Ecole Boulle in Paris. His mantra: “bespoke excess.” For example, an ebony staircase 5 meters in diameter.
The company, located in Nogent-le-Roi in Eure-et-Loire, now has 55 employees and generates 50% of its turnover abroad through very high level contracts or residential projects. The French SME SIGébène has sites in London and Beirut, Indonesia, Switzerland and Belarus in a social milieu of hyper-wealth in search of rarity. The result: a “fine order book representing nine months of work.” To achieve this level of activity, the businessman does not simply rely on a mastery of traditional craftsmanship and the development of a high-performance processing and assembly workshop. SIGébène won the Living Heritage Enterprise label, but it was by playing the card of innovation that the company has conveyed its uniqueness. “Our chemistry is the combination of contemporary cabinetry with a research & development laboratory to work on the materials and finishes,” says the entrepreneur. Pioneering research by the design office allows him to propose a haute-couture collection each year with original materials, textures and colors. “I do not consider wood to be a building material but rather a decorative element that is pleasing to the eye and touch. We have fun and create beautiful things with visual and tactile effects,” he says. Such as theFusion range, using burned wood in ocher tones evoking a molten material. Inspiring solutions in sync with the expectations of professionals and their luxury clientele.
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