Valérie Maltaverne

Valérie Malataverne is the founder and the creative director of YMER&MALTA. As curator an experienced conductor, she knows how to get the very best of every craftsman, every designer, each artisan and each profession. Each YMER&MALTA piece share the same dreamlike universe and tell a particular and beautiful story.

You have to constantly innovate, question yourself, start again and again until the drawing provokes an emotion in me. I motivate my team by taking them through impossible challenges. The drawings of the designers, the mastery of the craftsmen make my dream come true. YMER&MALTA broadens the scope of its know-how by introducing new techniques. We take the very best of what exists to improve it and when nothing exists we design it. Bringing poetry to life, sharing sensations, this is what each collection transmits through a vast creative journey.
Valérie Maltaverne,
creative director at the Studio YMER&MALTA.

Valérie Maltaverne : Directrice et créatrice du studio YMER&MALTA

The studio

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

“Combining traditional art professions with cutting edge 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 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 on 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


Our laboratory-like studio is recognised as a stakeholder in the history of French craftsmanship due to its commitment to the reinvention of the manufacturing process, the use of traditional materials and new technologies.
A combination of craftsmanship and hard work, a piece from YMER&MALTA is precious – an investment for the present and the future.

The designers

YMER&MALTA calls on established and emerging industrial designers in 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.

« YMER&MALTA is a territory that I could not have hoped to build alone. This territory is the most free and demanding place I know. »
Benjamin Graindorge – Designer

« YMER&MALTA is between a Studio, a House and a Manufacture.
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 production phase conforms to the same high standards. YMER&MALTA calls on the excellence of traditional French craftsmanship as well as using the most 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 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

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