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Armand Verdier is regarded within the industry as an 'Upholsterer par excellence'.
He started his training at the age of 15 in Normandy, France. This was followed by two years at the country's most renowned school for Fine Arts & Crafts and Applied Arts, The École Boulle in Paris. As part of his formal training, Armand went to England to gain work experience at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe with David James. It was while Armand was there that he was introduced to Angela Burgin, who at that time was one of the UK's leading experts on traditional upholstery.
After returning to France to complete his diploma, Armand went back to live and work in the United Kingdom. He spent the next four years working for Angela Burgin Furnishing & Design Ltd, honing his skills and developing the techniques he had mastered whilst studying. It was during this time that Armand started working alongside high end British interior designers and on furniture from within stately homes, including Lydiard House.
In 2007 Armand returned to France, working for several reputable upholsterers and interior design firm Les Tenturies, where he perfected his fabric walling skills & upholstery techniques within the luxury hotel industry. Armand then spent a period in Myanmar (Burma) where he gained experience as a workshop manager.
Twenty five years on and Armand now has his own workshop Armand Verdier- Fine Upholstery in Cheddington, Buckinghamshire where his work is in high demand from antique dealers, interior designers, and private individuals who demand the very highest craftsmanship.
Armand's work is synonymous with crisp unfaltering execution and since 2013, alongside his own work and commissions, this French Master upholsterer has been teaching, explaining, and demonstrating the techniques involved in his specialty - French Traditional Upholstery.
Apart from the occasional visit from his former École Boulle tutor, Armand is the only person in the United Kingdom teaching the art of French Upholstery.