May 23, 2022

Cotentin: the furniture company Artmeta continues to seduce

Rachel Gardan, interior architect and designer, is the founder of the company Artmeta. (© Jean-Paul BARBIER / La Presse de la Manche)

Artmeta started seven years ago by creating tables combining iron and wood. Today, the company of La Hague (Some) also offers bookcases, TV cabinets, sideboards and even kitchen islands… “This is our latest creation. It is all steel with a wood coating, ”explains the founder of the company, interior architect and designer, Rachel Gardan.

It was this last born that was the attraction of the open day from last weekend. “According to the reception of the public, the manufacture of kitchen islands could be developed”, assures the designer of 34 years.

No single-use plastic

Here, in the workshops of Beaumont-Hague, everything is made to measure, according to the customer’s wishes.

“We rely on our metal workers for all ironworking. And for wood, we work with the Ratel joinery in Bricquebec. “

Rachel Gardan

For the past three years, Artmeta has also started manufacturing canopies using Saint-Gobain glass. “A product that works well! Rachel Gardan smiles again. There is also the development of the delivery system. “Today we have our own trucks and deliverers who deliver everywhere in France and in border countries”. And to protect the planet, there is no question of using single-use plastics.

“I’m painful with this, but it’s not negotiable. Here we deliver in blankets. It’s our little gesture for the planet! “

Artmeta landed a nice contract with Capgemini.
Artmeta landed a nice contract with Capgemini. (© Jean-Paul BARBIER / La Presse de la Manche)

A showroom in Paris

Among the other novelties, there is this partnership which has developed to offer chairs, imagined by Rachel. This showroom parisien in a Tollens paint store, which will take shape to further develop the Parisian clientele, this contract honored for Capgemini

“Today, Artmeta has 85 to 90% of private clients. We would also like to develop business equipment. The contract won with Capgemini, for example, provides for the manufacture of all office furniture. “

Hiring and relocation

With all these projects and new products, Artmeta’s development has “always been in double digits” since its creation. However, the manager faces a major obstacle: recruitment. To meet the need, the company must hire.

The developing company plans to recruit soon.
The developing company plans to recruit soon. (© Jean-Paul BARBIER / La Presse de la Manche)

“In 2019, we were 7. Today, there are 12 of us, including three metalworkers. But I would still need to recruit others. Here, with the industrial activity of Cotentin, a metalworker is almost impossible to find! At the carpentry shop, Alexandre Ratel faced the same problem and made up for it by purchasing a machine. I can not. Here, the metalworkers cut, weld… do everything from A to Z! “

Scheduled hires and a change of scenery envisaged. “With this development, the premises of Beaumont-Hague are becoming too small,” says the founder. Artmeta therefore still has projects in her head, and could continue to grow.

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