Atmosphère d’Ailleurs is an invitation to step out of time, to cross distant lands. To be moved by the poetry that emanates from unique pieces, to join their history.

For Thierry Grundman, travelling antiques dealer and founder of the brand, it is a passion of each moment… and a transmission.

Almost 30 years ago, when leaving the world of contemporary art, Thierry Grundman undertook to go “elsewhere”: towards other projects, towards other cultures. It was in India that THE meeting of his life took place and that the idea of a collection of unusual and rare pieces was born. What determines this choice? Their singularity. The emotion they arouse, the poetry that emerges from them, their timeless and universal beauty. Atmosphère d’Ailleurs was born.

« I marvel at the work of the man who, 100, 200 or 500 years ago, combined the useful and the beautiful in each daily object ».

Neither ostentation, nor emphasis. The discoveries of Thierry, witnesses of a lost know-how, a ritual or a gesture of the everyday life, shine by their simplicity and their evocative strength.

A single filter, an extremely demanding one, makes all the difference: the eye of Thierry Grundman. He knows, he feels. He recognizes the exceptional from the emotion it triggers in him. He evaluates the authenticity in the rightness of the proportions, in the beauty of a texture or a patina, in the velvet of a ceramic, in the depth of a colour. Because it is indeed a selection without concession. Piece by piece.

« I am constantly looking for the aesthetic shock that will move me. An object with strong emotional value never disappoints us”. It is this fullness, this aura emerging from each piece selected by Thierry Grundman which makes the soul of Atmosphère d’Ailleurs. Which plunges us at the same time in another world and fills our desire of Elsewhere.

Wabi-Sabi, the soul of the chosen works

Poetry and emotion are the heart of my purchasing decisions.

Long before the Wabi-Sabi philosophy became a strong trend in the world of decoration and before even knowing the name, Thierry’s choices were already oriented towards the beauty of imperfection, towards the modesty of an everyday use.

Our materials are wrinkled from travel, nature, light… from life. Ageless Wabi-sabi with imperfect beauty… Inner poetry bearing the mark of Atmosphère d’Ailleurs.
This had been the signature of the brand, the DNA of Atmosphère d’Ailleurs.. ever since its creation.

Whatever its nature, the encounter with a unique piece is a moment of rare intensity. Sensitive to the ravages of time on wood, furniture and materials, Thierry Grundman perceives their powerful and rich history. This history reinforces the object’s natural beauty. Still a meticulous restoration may prove necessary to reveal these signs of the past and the heritage value of the items.

Such has been Thierry Grundman’s quest in the light of his long experience, numerous meetings and wanderings.

Such is the soul of Atmosphère d’Ailleurs.

Transmission, Thierry Grundman’s first and foremost intention

What if the history of these objects continued to be written?

What if, by adopting them, you, the architect, decorator or collector, had a role to play in their future?

I am appalled by hyperproduction and waste. By the accelerated obsolescence of what we buy.

To offer a new life to his “finds” is Thierry’s purpose in life. With the support of local craftsmen whose talents he associates, he perpetuates know-how which is almost lost, reveals works of art « which fill our desire of elsewhere and emotions ».

By finding these unique and rare items, by carving contemporary creations out of some precious secular timbers, either charred or waxed, Thierry Grundman passes on a witness and a favourite piece at the same time.

To transmit, to divert these objects from their first use or to value them in their original function is his prerogative. And then, there is that little extra soul that “Atmosphère d’Ailleurs” brings to your home, the positive influence of our works of art on your life. With us, the quest for the exceptional is relentless. Through this quest, the expertise and instinct of its founder make sense.

You wish to add some extra soul to your hotel ?

Atmosphère d’Ailleurs could become your partner for sourcing antiques and vintage furniture. Here are some services we offer to our clients :

You are looking for specific furniture, objects or raw materials for your project ? With us, you’ll benefit from our suppliers network in 12 countries in South-Eastern Asia, and will save on time !

You need to purchase a big volume of goods? Thierry, our founder and a travelling antiques dealer, will source them for you as for himself ! We have special conditions for this type of sale : for a 20 ft container we offer a -20% discount, and for a 40 ft container  we offer -30% !

You have a project with specific dimensions or need a bespoke furniture ? We can provide you with ole reclaimed solid wood or make bespoke furniture out of reclaimed elm wood, ironwood, solid teak wood. Lead time upon request. We guarantee the confidentiality of your projects.

We guarantee that you will receive the products you choose and not similar ones. Regarding the decorative objects, when they are available in big quantity, we can choose a similar one to ship. Slight differences in patina, texture or size make them all singular.

At Atmosphere d’Ailleurs, you are not buying an ephemeral consumer good. You build up a heritage of furniture and authentic objects which become scarce and increase in value over time.

With each product description we commit ourselves to attest their period and origin. Upon request, we can issue a certificate of authenticity for each piece.

#6 – 1500 M2 OF EMOTIONS

We are based in an old 17th C hunting farm, 40 minutes from Paris.

Visit our showroom by appointment with one of our sales experts. You’ll discover more than 10 000 unique pieces full of emotional and cultural heritage. Take a journey through time and space…


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