Valérie Maltaverne

Valérie Maltaverne is the founder and the creative director of YMER&MALTA.

Her creations reflect her generosity. They are works realized with four hands and two brains. Valerie knows how to lead people towards a goal, and she knows how to do it in the most generous manner. As she drives the creative process, she remains open to ideas, to dialogue. She is not just a creative director.

There is always an exchange between the designer, the craftsman, the curator. She is an avid discoverer. She doesn’t wear just one hat. She is a creator whose profile is unlike any other. Today, this way of working doesn’t exist anymore. One has to go back to the studio of Eileen Gray, or that of fabled design houses to find this type of creative process. She learns while working with her craftsmen.

Born from the tortured soul of its creator, her pieces are both powerful and light. She suffers along the way in search of perfection, as all artists do. She never lets go and the result shows it. She dwells in emotion and sincerity. She looks for the soul in everything and everyone, and her relationship with her furniture pieces is truly an intimate one.
Cloé Pitiot, Curator
Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

Valérie Maltaverne: Direct

The studio

YMER&MALTA occupies a very particular niche in the design world, situated at the crossroads of design, art and craftsmanship.

“Combining traditional art disciplines with state of the art innovation, YMER&MALTA gives fresh, innovative impetus to the French cultural Heritage”.
Cloé Pitiot, Design Curator – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

YMER&MALTA is invited by museums and cultural institutions to create thematic-based collections.

“The Cité Internationale de La Tapisserie d’Aubusson has chosen YMER&MALTA for its authentic artistic direction combined to their capacity to engage simultaneously in the conception and production.”
Emmanuel Gerard- Director of the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie d’Aubusson

Le savoir-faire d’YMER&MALTA dans le monde du design


A natural extension and continuity of the studio, our laboratory-like workshop
is a stakeholder in the history of French craftsmanship through our commitment to the reinvention of the manufacturing processes, pairing traditional materials and new technologies.

A combination of craftsmanship, innovation and hard work, every piece from YMER&MALTA is precious – an investment for both the present and the future.

“Over the last decade, YMER&MALTA has breathed new life into French savoir faire, the centuries-old craft disciplines that form the backbone of France’s luxury goods industry.”
Dakin Hart, Senior Curator – The Noguchi Museum, NY

The designers

YMER&MALTA calls on both established and emerging industrial designers from France and abroad to collaborate on the design of its collections. The studio takes them on a unique creative journey, which is specific to their style.

« My collaboration with Valérie Maltaverne is truly exceptional, we create our projects with four hands and two brains. »
Benjamin Graindorge – Designer

« YMER&MALTA is between a Studio, a House and a Workshop.
The projects it develops are ambitious and are carried out with great precision. YMER&MALTA constantly searches for the best skills and knowledge available in order to make truly exceptional pieces. This blend makes it a unique creative experience »

Oceane Delain — Designer

« YMER&MALTA has the specificity to establish a constant dialogue, each piece can be considered as the fruit of a co-creation »
Sylvain Rieu-Piquet — Designer

Les designers du studio YMER&MALTA
Les artisans d’art du studio de design YMER&MALTA

The Artisans

The production phase conforms to the same high standards. YMER&MALTA combines the excellence of traditional French craftsmanship and cutting-edge technologies.

« As a result each project has different strata where the co-creation of the designer and the studio YMER&MALTA is combined with the technical and artistic approach of the craftsman. »
Catherine Bernet – tapestry weaver

« More than a studio, YMER&MALTA is a complex and organized three-part structure, each section acting within its own universe, at times overlapping into the realm of the other parts. Unique projects become nourished by (past) experiences so as to imagine the future. This trio of designer-studio-artisan is the genesis for objects that follow no trend, but create them. »
Pierre-Henri Beyssac, marquetry artisan

The Curators

« Valerie knows how to lead people towards a goal, and she knows how to do it in the most generous manner. As she drives the creative process, she remains open to ideas, to dialogue. She is not just a creative director. There is always an exchange taking place with the designer, the craftsman, the curator. »
Cloé Pitiot, Curator
Musée des Arts Décoratifs

« What makes Valérie Maltaverne’s project so special is that it allows us to reconnect with a tradition that was so important in French Decorative Arts and for Aubusson. The approach is one of an « ensemblier », a lead contractor, that was common in particular at the time of the World’s Fairs in the early 20th century.

More specifically, the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925, where the biggest names in decorative art came together around one idea, like the extraordinary pavilion of a French Embassy where Pierre Chareau’s excellence was in evidence, or the Hôtel du Collectionneur that showcased the work of designers Süe et Mare. »
Bruno Ythier, Chief Curator
Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie

« The key to the firm’s extraordinary artistic success has been founder Valérie Maltaverne’s ability to marry an intimate respect for the craft traditions—and the art of living that they represent—with a creative desire to see them evolve: not merely by keeping up with contemporary taste, but through the incorporation into their core of new technologies and ideas. »
Dakin Hart, Senior Curator
The Noguchi Museum

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