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The workshop

The Atelier Barrois brings together a multidisciplinary team of craftsmen, technicians and engineers. We carry out the creation, studies and production of demanding glass elements in the fields of architecture, design and arts.

Prospective, focusing on technical and conceptual innovation, our approach is deliberately contextual.

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Collaboration

Collaborating with several partners, we draw on both the craft techniques of glasswork and the most recent industrial technologies.

Each project requires its own phase of research and experimentation before going into production. We serve the projects by applying the highest sculptural quality and creating meaning.

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Creation

Over time, the Atelier Barrois has emerged as a research and development platform whose leitmotif is based on the principle of "hybrid vigour". This dynamic is fostered by the blending of ideas, technologies, cultures and contributors from a variety of backgrounds (engineers, artists, industrialists, researchers, architects).

In order to meet the needs of its partners while developing its own glass installations, the Atelier Barrois has become a crucible of invention.

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Biography

Glass is for Emmanuel Barrois a way of life, a place of freedom, a vocation born from a chance encounter. While shooting an assignment on the preservation of heritage and artistic crafts, he met a glassmaker and discovered a fascination for light, colour and the art of physically defying the material. As a self-taught man, in the 90s he began to learn glass work by restoring stained glass panels from cathedrals and abbeys. His intention is not so much to rediscover the gestures of the past, but rather to feel how the glassmakers of the 13th century created the architecture of their time and invented their modernity.

The dialogue with the architect Claude Parent in 2000, followed by his collaboration with Paul Andreu, were decisive encounters that enabled him to precise his vocation and to understand the need, in his own words, to ‘constantly call into question, to establish the principle of discomfort as a rule’. In 2010, Emmanuel Barrois was appointed Master of Art Glassmaker of Architecture by the Minister of Culture and Communication. In 2013, he is promoted to the rank of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Exhibitions

Galerie Nationale des Gobelins - Le Mobilier National

Paris - France
"Métiers d'art, Signatures des territoires"

2019

National Museum of China

Beijing
WONDER LAB

2019

National Museum of Tokyo

2017

Tokyo Zokei University Museum

Japan

2015

Designer’s Days

Paris - France

2013

National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Pompidou

Paris - France
"New architectures"

2012

Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts de Paris

2011

Lectures

Galerie Nationale des Gobelins

Paris - France

Les rencontres des Gobelins
Hybridization of materials: attempting the impossible
Thinking about glass today, the art of mixtures.
(In french)

2017

National Museum of Tokyo

Japan

Craft and innovation: experience in the field of architecture.
Conference with Emmanuel Barrois, Toyo Ito and Junji Ito.

2017

Galerie Nationale des Gobelins

Paris - France

Les rencontres des Gobelins
Glass in architecture yesterday and today
Glass architecture: an age-old technique for the use of light.
(In french)

2016

Institut National des Métiers d'art - INMA

Paris - France

International studies days "Les métiers d'art à mots découverts"

L'élan créateur, le geste et la matière : que signifie l'acte de faire ?

2013

And also :

  • Tokyo Zokei University Museum - Japan
  • Nikken Seikke Tokyo - Japan
  • Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts - China
  • National Superior Schools of Architecture of Montpellier (ENSAM), Clermont Ferrand (ENSACF), Marne la Vallée (ENSA Paris-Est).

Press

2020

M Le magazine du Monde

Marie Godfrain

Article

Maison Chaumet

Conversations virtuoses

Episode 3 - La lumière

Podcast

2019

Glass tiles of the Samaritaine - Paris

A focus on the making of the new glass tiles made by Atelier Barrois for the Samaritaine in Paris
Production ©Elqui Films

Vidéo

2013

Archistorm

Emmanuel Barrois, verrier maître d’art

Article

Shotenkenchiku

Explorer de nouvelles possibilités pour le verre

Kaoru Urata

Article

2012

M Le magazine du Monde

M Le magazine du Monde
Rencontre avec Emmanuel Barrois, verrier – Mélina Gazsi

Mélina Gazsi

Article

Centre Pompidou – Frac PACA

Vidéo

Intramuros

Les ressources créatives du verre – Liliana Albertazzi

Liliana Albertazzi

Article