Hôtel La Ferme is adding decorator touches to its common areas and guest rooms, with the addition of carefully selected furnishings and accessories. Guided by the inspiration of the Hotel’s architects, project manager Elsa Vincent is the person entrusted with finding local artisans, suppliers, manufacturers and craftspeople ― often here in the Charlevoix ― to create the warm ambience we are seeking. In its pledge to the principles of sustainable development, Elsa’s mandate from the outset was to acquire a maximum of all required equipment, materials and furnishings from local sources, which would later be incorporated into the site’s interior design plans and installations. In so doing, she encouraged the local economy, recognized and stimulated the creativity of the region’s artisans and designers while often enjoying substantial savings and minimizing the environmental footprint linked to the shipping of merchandise.
This exercise allowed us to not only include and draw from a number of individuals and businesses who in many instances share the same eco-social concerns as we do, but also to promote the development of expertise and resources from our own milieu.
Two examples instantly come to mind. First is Techno-concept, a project spearheaded by le Centre Éducatif Saint-Aubin that invites students from the school’s remedial group to develop specific technical skills. Admirably directed by Jean Tremblay and Gilles Simard and owing to its team members’ competitive pricing, versatility and quest for surpassment, the centre was granted several mandates in connection with designing furniture. In foresight, they acquired new equipment in order to keep abreast of a multitude of requirements we had put forth.
A second example is Antoine Laverdière, a Québec designer celebrated for his signature light fixtures. Because Elsa adamantly drew away from most commercial lighting systems often brought in from Europe or China, she suggested the young artist design and create a 20m light fixture to adorn the hotel lobby. Their fruitful collaboration followed due course, and Antoine later accepted to design floor lamps for wine bar Le Bercail as well.
Please view a list of the project’s contributing Québecois suppliers by clicking on the following PDF link.