On 25th February 2020, the French Minister for Culture honoured ten craftsmen and women who work for Comité Colbert member houses, bestowing upon them the title of “Chevaliers de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Knights of the Order of Arts and Letters). The Minister hailed their contribution to France’s cultural heritage and their commitment to passing on the skills of their trades to those following in their footsteps.
The Comité Colbert advocated for these awards from the Ministry for Culture to be granted to these exceptional individuals with the aim of supporting recognition for trades focused on quality and to make these craftsmen and women an example for young people looking to choose their career paths.
“The Ministry of Culture has paid tribute to craftsmen and women with exceptional expertise from Comité Colbert member houses since 2006. Once again this year, I am proud to honour a new group of artisans to celebrate their invaluable contribution to promoting culture and heritage. This recognition also underlines their vital role in passing the torch to the next generation.” – Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, said.
The list of the laureates:
- Ákos TAMÁS, porcelain designer and artist, HEREND PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY LTD. – HUNGARY
- Anthony DELOS, master bootmaker and workshop manager, BERLUTI
- François DEMACHY, perfumer-creator, PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR
- Charalambos GEORGIOPOULOS, master jeweller, gold and silversmith, ZOLOTAS – GREECE
- Gérard GRENIER, silversmith, planisher, CHRISTOFLE
- Anne-Marie LEGRAND, costume designer, OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS
- Tomáš LESSER, master glass engraver, MOSER – CZECH REPUBLIC
- Christine MAQUEL, leather goods maker, head of the prototype workshop, HERMÈS
- Angelo MUSA, pâtisserie chef, HOTEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE
- Thi Thu NGUYEN, leather goods maker, designer and model-maker, LOUIS VUITTON
The community of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory is proud of Ákos Tamás’s international success!