Elegantly simple or extravagantly decorative, lacquered, painted or plain. Upholstered with springs and horsehair stuffing, rush-seated or caned.   Samples chairs line Passage du Chantier on a fine day while the signs offer made to measure furniture, repair and restoration.

 

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Furniture making used to be an important trade in the Faubourg St Antoine quartier but now the businesses in Passage du Chantier are survivors of a rare breed.

 

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There are new occupations among the traditional workshops too; an osteopath, an urbanist, an accountant… and a space invader.