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The Art of French Upholstery




Guest Lecturer:  Armand Verdier - Master Craftsman


Armand started his training in 1998 in Le Havre, Normandy, France. This was followed by two years at the country’s most renowned school of arts and crafts, the Ecole Boulle in Paris, as well as a period spent gaining practical work experience at New University in Buckinghamshire, England. His broad experience includes four years working for Angela Burgin, one of the UK’s leading experts in traditional upholstery. Now Based in Buckinghamshire, Armand spends much of his time working on private commissions as well as collaborating with antique dealers and interior designers.

We are honoured to welcome Armand Verdier to Bristol Upholstery Collective for a 5 day intensive week of training in the Art of French Traditional Upholstery.

If you are a fan of traditional upholstery and the intricate, stitch perfect, works that  bring a traditional seat structure, this will have you drooling. Armand is famous in the Upholstery world for his incredible precision and Master Craftsman techniques in the Art of French Upholstery.


We expect this course to be full of fellow upholsterers and students, looking to expand their skill sets and spend a week with Armand at Bristol upholstery Collective, gathering knowledge and photos to enhance website portfolios to gain clients in the restoration and antique market.

All tools and materials necessary are on site, but you'll probably want to use your own professional tool kit if you have it.

The course fee includes, a 35cm x 35 cm hardwood Tabouret Carré - French Novice Stool  frame, all upholstery materials (Webbing, Hessian, Scrim, Filler, twine, Calico etc), 5 days expert tuition from Armand, and refreshments.

If you are interested in financially supporting your study with the sale of your hand made product, we will stock it on our online statement chair shop, soon to Launch in September 2019.

Please bring along 1m of upholstery weight fabric that meets Fire Regulations ...



Venue: Bristol Upholstery Collective 

Date: TBC

Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

Duration: 5 Days Master Class

Cost: £695 inc. dressing stool frame & Traditional Upholstery Materials - to make your very own Tabouret Carré - French Novice Stool Project.

10% early bird discount  (£625.50)

Limited spaces available!

Product Dimensions:

35cm x 35cm

Tabouret Carré - French Novice Stool Project

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