In the rules of art and tradition, Trotel works without glue or artifice its wooden panels
installed in Hénanbihen, a small town located in the Côtes d'Armor not far from Mont-Saint-Michel, the company Trotel, named after its creators, exists since 1904. That year, the ancestor of this line of cabinetmakers unparalleled opens its workshops, helped by some companions. Since then, three generations have succeeded, before the acquisition of the company in 2003 by Pierre Dosdat, a marketing defector converted back into the woods and having also the concern for the beautiful work that made the reputation of the house beyond our borders.
Drawing on their roots in past centuries, Trotel furniture is made of unique pieces, carved and finished by hand. Timeless historical styles - such as the Louis XVI - and regional know-how - such as the mastery of the squared parquet used in the famous Malouine Solidor wardrobe and emblem of the collection - are the two main sources of inspiration. Hence the idea, in the 80s, to embark on the design of prestigious floors, an activity that has emerged today as a new brand signature. A successful approach: Trotel can claim to be the only manufacturer of parquet panels, both in furniture manufacturing and flooring, with the reissue of panels "à la française" inherited from the eighteenth century . A technique that consists of assembling without glue or artifice, in the manner of a puzzle, pieces of solid wood constituting the geometric patterns of the parquets of castles, whether the classic Versailles - the name of the drawing used in the famous Hall of Mirrors, or Aremberg - reproduction of the cross of St. Andrew, characteristic of the Habsburgs. Made of solid oak twenty-three millimeters thick, these one meter by one meter panels each have more than forty pieces and require fifteen operations before they can benefit from the term "parquet".
First, the elements are planed one after another by hand. The central parts are then assembled by grooves and tongues, tenons and mortises, then locked in the frame by means of dowels. Last step, the panels are aged through various processes: tearing, wormholes, stains, dust, blows ... before being tinted, varnished, shaded and encaustic. In the end, the imitation is almost perfect. But Trotel's strength also lies in its ability to offer a personalized service from design to delivery. The patterns are faithfully reproduced or reinterpreted and all variations can be considered, for both species and finishes: varnished, oiled, natural or colored, lazurized or whitewashed. A mix of tradition and modernity.