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