We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winner of our The Architect's Chair / Edition #1 competition – Appareil Atelier in collaboration with: Les Jardins de Métis and L'Autre Atelier from Canada!

Appareil Atelier

Please tell us about your company (when it was founded, where it is based, how many employees, etc) Alternatively, if you do not have a company, please give us some insights on your own professional/academia background.

Founded by Architect Kim Pariseau in 2017, Appareil Atelier was born out of a desire for innovation. Our products define Nordic design with a bold, refined, and timeless signature, inspired by local expertise. Our collections integrate the principles of sustainability by imbuing our goods with emotional value, leading to a more just and responsible consumption. We are inspired by those who share this common goal and who look to design things differently while celebrating the artistic culture of objects. This leads to regular collaborations with Quebec artisans, designers, brands, suppliers, and other industry professionals to bring thoughtful, handmade, and locally designed pieces to an international audience. 

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been Involved?

Appareil Atelier benefits from the creative and qualitative reputation of its sister company, Appareil Architecture. Our team’s diverse skills and passion combined with those of our collaborators are at the heart of Appareil Atelier. We often transpose our architectural education into our objects, leading to unique designs that elevate already beautiful spaces. We create pieces for those who wish to live a sustainable life without neglecting functionality and aesthetics. We do not have a particular scale of products, we like developing little objects as a hook as much as large-scale custom furniture such as a bar counter for a restaurant or a modular kitchen for a residence.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

At Appareil Architecture, our ethos centers on crafting enduring buildings that withstand the test of time. This pursuit has led us to delve into construction methodologies, material selections, and regional craftsmanship, thereby contributing to the evolution of a contemporary architectural language.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We engage in architecture competitions to exhibit our designs, expand our reach, and stay current with industry trends. These competitions fuel our creativity and inspire experimentation within our firm.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Participating in architecture competitions enhances our visibility and highlights the interconnectedness of all architectural and design disciplines. It allows us to contribute to architectural dialogue while showcasing our portfolio and solidifying our reputation in the field.

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