After obtaining his diploma in cabinetmaking from the Ecole Boulle in 2001, Nicolas Pinon turned his attention to traditional and contemporary finishing techniques. In 2003, he discovered Japanese "urushi" lacquer and decided to go to Barcelona, to the EPSAR (Escuela Profesional Superior de Arte y Restauración), to train in the techniques of this material. On his return to Paris, he joined the Brugier workshop, where he perfected his restoration skills and produced decors for projects all over the world.
I chose vegetable lacquer because it imposes technical perfection while allowing me to express my artistic sensitivity
To enhance his skills, Nicolas Pinon decided to travel to Japan where, during his first trip in 2006, he met the great lacquer master Nagatoshi Onishi, former professor at the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo. During his many stays near this master as an apprentice, he learned the ancestral technique of kanshitsu, used for over a millennium to make the structure of statues destined for temples. Nicolas Pinon became an independent lacquer decorator in 2008 and collaborated on numerous projects, particularly with Jacques Garcia and Joseph Karam.
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