We are Manon Martin and Louis Durocher, husband and wife.
We live in the Eastern Townships in the Province of Quebec (Canada), and our little doggy is called Lhassa ;-)
After more than 20 years working in communications and web marketing, we founded Chic & Basta on the simple idea of supporting and promoting the independent Quebec creators who produce handmade design objects (or manufactured in small batch runs), that are authentic, contemporary and of great aesthetic beauty.
Showcase Quebec Designers.
We hope to showcase Quebec artists by sharing with you our passion for their work, and their love of beautiful, unique objects, objects made to last.
We believe that a people’s soul is expressed in their objects and craft, that handmade objects or products of local artisans, design objects made in small series, are more beautiful, last longer, and ultimately provide more satisfaction and joy than goods mass produced by our industrial society.
Create a Connection.
In presenting the products and the portraits of their creators, we want to create a connection between lovers of beautiful objects and those who make them: Quebec designers, artisans and small manufacturers.
The refined aesthetics and the sober forms of Valérie's work stand out, as is her particular attention to the technique to keep the sight of the craftspeople's hand. She wants to give life to pieces that bring gentleness and comfort to all households.
Valérie was kind enough to answer our questions. I let you discover her through this interview.
Ceramist Jacinthe Brind'Amour has been designing and making a range of contemporary ceramic objects for 15 years now.
Jacinthe generously, and with heart, answered our little questionnaire about her life, her art, her career. I let you discover her through this interview!