Ru Edition, France
In 2010, Fabrice Millet the industrialist, Damien Hamon the cabinet maker and Oliver Papet the designer joined forces. The Millet Group is a major actor in the manufacture of wooden, PVC, aluminium and steel joinery for more than 60 years. Well-known for their activities combining craft know-how and innovation, they have been awarded several prizes in recognition of their involvement in “Sustainable Development” (finalist in the “Entreprises et Environment” competition 2006 ; the Quality of Life in the Office Prize 2007 ; “Agir pour l’avenir” label in 2008 ; a “Batimat de bronze” in the Batimat Innovation Trophies 2009 ; Gold Medal in the “Performance Equip’baie” 2010).
Together, Damien, Olivier & Fabrice have kept this same approach, proposing design at the service of ecology. For far too long millions of old windows have been forgotten, buried in tips, only 10% being recycled into chip-board. This being the case, these three men, thanks to their complementary skills, are proposing a new alternative so that the abandoned windows may be transformed into sophisticated furniture. The Millet firm has also set up a reliable recuperation service to enable an Eco-Return of these windows. Sensitive to environmental issues, their partnership is broadly based on civic values, this means : respecting society and the environment, combining craft know-how, design and industry, valorising the material, soliciting local actors, guaranteeing transparency of the production line and offering quality products. They are succeeding by transcending the functional to attain elegance : proof is in the body and finish.