Quebec furniture to be featured during Open House Weekends
MONTRÉAL – In collaboration with multi-disciplinary designer Jean-Claude Poitras, retailer Maison Éthier and the organisers of the Open House Weekends, the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA) will give consumers here an introduction to Quebec-made furniture over two successive weekends in early April.
To be held on the weekends of April 1-2 and 8-9, the Open House Weekends is organised by a Montreal-based real estate promoter and showcases condominiums and other properties available for sale across the city.
The QFMA is participating in the event for the second consecutive year. The public will be able to visit four residential units furnished with Quebec-made furniture. Supplied by Maison Éthier, the furniture on display was curated by Jean-Claude Poitras, a well-known Montreal-based designer who is perhaps best known as a fashion designer but has branched off into other areas, including furniture.
His decision to showcase Quebec-made furniture was intended.
“I want to give exposure to Québec creativity by spotlighting the furniture makers through their outstanding products,” he said in a statement. “I am not confined to my own style and my Furniture Favourites show the creativity and diversity of Québec furniture.”
Among the companies represented in the presentation are: Ameublements Renaissance; Amisco; Beaudoin; Bois & Design; Camlen; Dutailier; Elran; G Romano; Groupe Lacasse; Huppé; Jaymar; La Fabrique de Matelas; Limuro; Matelas Mirabel; Mobican; Nexera; South Shore; Trica; and Zedbed.
QFMA president and chief executive officer Pierre Richard noted the association’s continued support of the event is in keeping with its mandate to promote Quebec-made furniture.
“As a result, we have contributed to furnishing a few condos with furniture made in Québec,” he said, adding, “Moreover, through Jean-Claude Poitras’s selection of favourite furniture, Québec manufacturers and their products are thrust into the limelight.”
He also pointed out the furniture industry is among the key sectors of Quebec’s overall economy.
“With more than 24,000 workers spread out in 1,485 establishments, which is close to 40% of the overall Canadian total, our industry is one of the top seven manufacturing-sector employers in the province of Québec,” he said, adding, “The furniture sector is also the leading customer of the hardwood industry.”
In an added feature, the public will be invited to vote for their own Furniture Favourite during the weekend by visiting the web site visiteslibres.info and have the chance to win Québec-made furniture and GE appliances with a retail value of $10,000.
Editor’s Note: Watch for our follow-up report on the Open House Weekends in late April.