Saturday, January 31, 2009

we want results no excuses

I would like to answer to Ingela “love your home” it’s a great topics about delegating work !

Bonjour Zelda, I just have to write you a few lines to let you know I think you are being so fortunate with your showroom and all this great potential of yours. I would love to have a hand or two to help me out sometimes with the tricky parts, but I end up doing them myself being way to meticulous with even smaller things. Your work looks fabulous.....

Do you have any French people working with you or are you the only one..... 



We have about 9 deferent nationalities working in Domain . Each one has it own talent, but the most important thing is the supervision, and the time you spend to adjust their knowledge to yours, it’s a constant exchange.

I do learn from them and they learn from me, using all kind of language as well, because Arabic and English talk by pakistanies, pashtoon tribes, Afghanis, Indians Bengalis Egyptians Indonesians you name it, is so far away from Shakespeare rhetoric.

So you have to adapt and create a commune language understandable to every one. I can say good morning in 9 languages with some variations.

The Owner of the company is Hassam Sallah Adin Munkar he is Syrian and all his family is working with us, it’s a family tree organization, a forest I would said. So every one is loyal to the management and feels the company as the homeland. Any MBA people would be totally lost and would not understand how we operate so well, most of our employees don’t even know how to read and write or if they do it’s in a secret alphabet. The Arabic and English writing that is make our computers tired and confused some time. The bilanguage is a bit scary sometime. The billing and contracts are made in English and Arabic.

I ‘m very meticulous as well, but when you operate such tanker such as DOMAIN you have to delegate and trust others, otherwise you will burnout yourself in no time. Those take time and effort, covering mistakes and redoing things on and on until they get it right. What is simple for you is sometime abstract for them and you must blame yourself for not being specific enough. Not them for being unskilled!

It is dangerous to keep on doing things right. Much important is to do the right thing

I created formats for every steeps, and communications, we still have some communications problems with carpenter reading execution drawings since they don’t figure out many of the codes when and still have some confusion about elevation, sections, side views, detail drawing, scales, and so on some time they get it with a sketch in perspective on the spot! .

I use to carve the wood by myself to show how I want a rose to be. It’s better than a million words, same as the painting, the gold, the antic finishing, and trust me I still never satisfied, but it’s me only.

Yesterday I went to a concert piano violin, Camille Saint-saens ,Debussy,and Ysaye , it was a massacre !!! of tune , I had to leave . And actually nobody I swear!! Nobody noticed the disaster. So everything is relative.

We are building so much furniture doing km of curtains every weeks , plus the outside jobs such as sites .  we can not keep on having micro management by individuals , dumping the work on managers without being specific “don’t have time you take care “ !!!  they must be impowered with authority and responsabilities .  we want results no excuses .


BY the folowing pictures , now you know How messy my office can be

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Color talk

~The exact same bed with an other color The exact same bed room but with an other color 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The DOMAIN Show room

I promise I will upload more picture of the Show room; it’s not totally finish still waiting for accessories between Atlantic Ocean and Suez Canal somewhere.

Plus : I did about 200 shots and need to select … so a bit every day . stay tune ! 

Friday, January 23, 2009

The pillow secret ,the miracle of the week

Freshly releases from the embroidery section of the factory.

The strange story of the heart.

One of the craftsmen is extremely talented young man forms a village in India, he hasn’t seen many things in his life, but he actually draws that pattern under my eyes! He had no idea that unconsciously he was designing the “st Hubert “ catholic symbol all those that young man is Muslim.

I found it very weird; he did not copy it anywhere.

So I let him do it. And that little cushions are my very special little miracle of the week. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Let's be romantic today

Some chair I did for one of my site. (Client request: no patina! must look new!)

Monday, January 19, 2009

L'atelier Prométhée , one of the best of his kind

L'atelier Promethee always been one of my best source , I adore each peace of them . 
they will be at "maison et objet show at Villepinte from 23 rd to 29 th January 2009 
Hall 4 Allee F1 /E2

Sunday, January 18, 2009

First snapshot of the new show room , during set up

I'm jumping up and down , so happy ! and almost everything is sold already , we are working so much at the factory to replace it all , and it's not even open yet ! 

no easy to find names 
I usually take the first name that came to every body’s mouth.
That one is pretty obvious. Maybe not the best test ever but at least it’s not and other 3487ot-br334 code.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Baroquissimo and Baroquissima

I couldn't wait to stick that fabric on a chair!
The painting departments hurry to silver 2 couples of fauteuil a la reine. And "yalla" up to the upholstery section to be dressed …
Decadent for sure , baroquissimo absolutely ! So I decided to name them that way, Baroquissimo and Baroquissima …

Special thanks to my friend Judith " Paris atelier " wish has been ,and will always be, a great source of inspiration for me , she's American from California and know better French culture than French . . . She spotlight that blog today on her blog and I feel very honored .
Thank you Judith …

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

MY first fabric collection as finally arrived

It ‘s made in Italy and it’s silk and it's strong enough to upholstered, and it’s a very good price for any one who want. 

some more is on the way ........ TO BE CONTINUED