Empreintes, the concept store for French arts and crafts

Published by Anne-Christine de Sortiraparis · Photos by Anne-Christine de Sortiraparis · Published on February 13th, 2023 at 12:51 p.m.
With its 600 m2 spread over four floors, Empreintes is the Parisian temple of French craftsmanship. In contrast to standardized chains, this concept store in the Marais district, which is celebrating its second anniversary this year, offers some 1,000 pieces made by hand in workshops throughout France. From furniture to tableware to jewelry, it invites you to a real experience of craftsmanship with a projection room, an exhibition space and a library.

Empreintes is a 600 m2 concept store in the heart of the Marais dedicated to creations made in France! A bold and successful bet by Ateliers d'Art de France since the concept store opened in 2016 is celebrating its second anniversary this year. Decoration, tableware, jewelry, bags you can find all kinds of unique and original creations.

In an industrial building bathed in light, this temple of craftsmanship spread over four floors contrasts with globalized furniture chains and other formatted concepts. Because here everything is handmade and produced in workshops in the four corners of France. In total, no less than 1,000 products made in France by 200 different designers are offered for sale.


From tableware to furniture, lighting and even jewelry, there is something for every taste and (almost) every budget. Prices vary from twenty euros for a cup to 7,900 euros for a marble mosaic signed Ariane Blanquet to put on the wall.


Of course, most of the products have higher prices than those charged by the behemoths of the sector, but these are small series or, in some cases, unique pieces .

And to understand that here we do not buy a simple product but the fruit of a long and meticulous work, it is enough to look at the various "creative cells" which present in detail the creative process of the exposed craftsmen.

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You can discover their background, the materials they use to make their products (wood, wool, porcelain....) as well as their workshop with photos and explanatory texts. In short, we dive into their world.

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This immersion in the daily life of French artisans continues in the basement where a projection room has been installed, allowing the broadcasting of films on the crafts.

On the second floor, one discovers an exhibition space where every six months a particular know-how or material is highlighted. From September 6, 2018 to January 6, 2019, it's the exhibition-sale, HERITAGE that takes us on a journey with its nomadic imagination, its raw materials, and its millennia-old know-how.


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Finally, on the second level, a vast relaxation area with comfortable sofas invites you to read up on artisanal know-how via the open-access library on the side.


The café on the first floor will reopen in January 2019, and everything you taste there is served in designer pieces. Plenty to live the experience to the fullest!

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Going against the grain of "always more" and "disposable everything", Empreintes invites us to take our time, look, discover and learn before acquiring an object. The place is beautiful, and even without buying, it's a real pleasure for the eyes, like going to an exhibition, but here, as a bonus, you can touch! So go to Empreintes, the store that is definitely like no other.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts February 12th, 2023

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    5 Rue de Picardie
    75003 Paris 3

    Temple or Saint Sébastien Froissart

    Official website

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    Open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Sundays

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