Jacques Barret, Triode’s founder, began his career with a design booth at the Saint-Ouen flea market. Constantly searching for inspiration and new pieces, the passionate and curious Jacques Barret quickly became a household name in American Design in Paris in the span of a few short years.
"After graduating with a diploma in Horticultural Engineering, I discovered the design world by opening my booth at the Saint-Ouen flea market specializing in pieces from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. I then opened my own Landscape Architecture studio in Paris and Lyon. My unconventional route to the design world allowed me to meet some of the most important French and foreign architects and build a solid network in the design world. In 2004, I gave in to my passion for design and created Triode. Nested in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the showroom is an expression of my taste, my discoveries, and most of all my love of American Design."
For the last ten years, Triode has been displayed a unique collection of furniture and light fixtures in its rue Jacob showroom. Triode houses both contemporary design pieces, mostly from American Designers, and re-editions of pieces from household names such as Finn Juhl.
This eclectic medley of American Design, Finn Juhl or Sergio Rodrigues re-editions, and exclusive lighting fixture designs comes together to create a harmonious collection and a unique point of view, the soul of Triode.
Triode welcomes its clients with a congenial atmosphere in which it responds to their requests with the utmost consideration and personalized attention.
HOUSE OF FINN JUHL
Since 2012, Triode is the exclusive distributor of reissued Finn Juhl pieces by the House of Finn Juhl, under the label “Maison de Finn Juhl Paris”.
Inspired by the painter and Dadaist sculptor Jean Arp, Finn Juhl (1912-1989) is considered by most to be the father of Scandinavian design. He was recognized for his work during his lifetime and received five gold medals from the Milan Furniture Fair/ Salone Mobile in 1954 and 1957 and an American Institute of Design Prize in 1964. Finn Juhl, along with Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, contributed to making Denmark the world leader in design from the 40s to the beginning of the 60s. His organic shapes and sculptural designs are more akin to works of art than simple functional pieces of furniture.
Often difficult to produce at the time, Finn Juhl designs are coming back to life thanks to today’s modern techniques. Nowadays, House of Finn Juhl has reissued about 30 of his original designs that are made either in Japan or Denmark.
Triode was the first showroom in Paris to promote the incoming young generation of American Designers. Today, most of these names are internationally recognized.
Having worked with many of these designers for years and built personal relationships with them, Jacques Barret is in a unique position to bring his clients an unparalelled level of knowledge, expertise and service.
In 2014, he organized the “American Design in Paris” exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Center. This event shed light on the diversity and abundance of this American design scene.
Triode is focused on highlighting the attention to detail, the construction of each piece, the materials used and the specific design of each piece in its collection. Since its inception, designers such as Jason Miller (founder of Roll & Hill), Lindsey Adelman, David Weeks, John Pomp, Bec Brittain, Fort Standard are represented at Triode. They are now joined by a new generation of designers: Apparatus, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Gabriel Scott, Matter Made, Bower and Allied Maker, among others.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, Sergio Rodrigues is considered one of the fathers of modern furniture design in Brazil. Influenced by the Brazilian Modernism movement as seen in the designs of Niemeyer or Lucia Costa, Rodrigues founded OCA in 1955 with one simple goal: to design modern furniture that meets the criteria for modernism set out by the Bauhaus but remains rooted in Brazilian culture and aesthetics.
In this vein, he rejected iron for wood “Our most noble material from the large tropical forest of the world.” He opposed the rigidity of lines embracing a more organic, informal approach closer to Brazilian culture. In 1961, the “Mole” sofa won first place in the International Furniture Competition at Cantu. The piece is now part of the MoMA’s permanent collection.