Both the furniture and the candelabras are original in design and construction. The original idea behind the furniture was to make tribal altars to hold one's treasures in a special place and to create a locus for meditation.
Jean has had experience in creating stage sets for theater in France, and these altars are but miniature "stages". His creations have gotten bigger and bigger as his imagination has expanded.
Jean designs and constructs the furniture. Then, Ann covers them with handmade paper from Nepal or Japan. These papers usually come from the Lokta plant. This plant does not die from the harvesting of its bark, but continues to regenerate new fiber. The papers are exceptionally strong and the colors vibrant. Their translucent qualities are then enhanced and preserved with multiple coats of shellac. The end product embodies the spirit of different countries, times and personalities. It looks both unconventionally "modern", as well as classically "Old World".
The candelabras are made of a welded metal skeleton which is then clothed with several coats of plaster, the last being applied with a hard trowel and pigments. Jean's mastery of color from his painting is reflected in the beautiful finish he achieves with his candelabras. They are waxed and buffed to a high polish, giving them the sheen and look of polished stone. Each candelabra aspires to create an atmosphere conducive to storytelling, romance and poetry.