The fine craft concept-store
The fine craft concept-store presents over 1,000 fine craft creations, all handmade in unique pieces or in limited editions by the craftsmen in their workshops. EMPREINTES is also a café where you can just come have a break, a book store and a screening room dedicated to fine craft.
Located rue de Picardie, the street connecting the effervescent rue de Bretagne to the shopping alleys surrounding the lively Carreau du Temple, EMPREINTES spreads over 600m ² in a sunbathed four-story building.
Contrary to standardized commercial places and to the never-ending “always more and faster” trend, EMPREINTES is like an urban break, an invitation to take the time to discover and purchase singular objects made by craftworkers.
Along the floors, the “shop in shop” spirit and its many dedicated spaces unveils a specific highlight for each fine craft universe, from the jewelry’s boudoir to the great dressers of the tableware area…
The place was redesigned by archictect Nabil Hamdouni with a raw and authentic elegance and staged by scenographer Elizabeth Leriche.
The warm and welcoming location, its architecture and staging were meant to allow a certain proximity with the creations and value the intent and pure emotion conveyed by sensitive and unique objects.
The story of the premises
In the late 1930’s, the Woloch family settles its costume jewelery workshops and manufacture at 5, rue de Picardie in the heart of the Haut-Marais area in Paris. Quickly spotted for their expertise in chiseling and hammering, they become jewelry partners for Chanel. The workshops were on the ground floor and first floor, and the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building was the family's accomodation.
In the end of 2008, the business closed and the building becomes a showroom for an Italian fashion group.
Bought by Ateliers d’Art de France (the professional fine craft federation) in 2016, the building is completely transformed, opened up and lighten to become a place of creation again.
About the location
Ground floor: gift shop and craftsmen's gallery
You enter this temple of craftwork through the gift shop where you can get an idea of what’s hiding over the four floors of the store: tableware, lamps, jewels, decorations… Unique pieces with all sorts of materials are sold for under 75€. If you keep walking through the room, you will discover and love figurative pieces and sculptures. Refinement and sobriety of the materials are the best words to describe this atmosphere, a perfect balance between timelessness and modernity.
1st floor: tableware, the craftsmen's gallery, the exhibition and the café
Behind the workshop’s glass wall, around tea time or whenever you need a break, enjoy delicious coffee and tasty homemade desserts in a sunbathed room. Surrounded with unique pieces, keep discovering this variety of great tables and dressers filled with plates, bowls, carafes, cups and cutleries…all the way to the other side, where the exhibition area highlight know-hows, crafts, materials, that all change in tune with the seasons.
2nd floor: jewelry, furniture, lamps and bookstore
This warm space is composed of the precious store that make it a major destination to buy, for others or yourself, the emotion of a unique piece of jewelry. We keep walking to these windows overlooking the Paris rooftops and take a minute to take a look at the lamps and furniture with contemporary lines. Couches are waiting for you to sit in the heart of the craftwork bookstore. There, you can find books and special magazines you won’t find anywhere else.