FORT ROYAL group gathers, protects and develops the expertise of its workshops of excellence dedicated to architecture and decoration. Building a wide offer to individuals and professionals, FORT ROYAL acquired in 2011 ATELIER SIMON MARQ, master glassmakers since 1640, offering with him the fabulous know-how of its craftsmen in creation and restoration of stained glass. The group is confronting their glass expertise with those of the other FORT ROYAL workshops to combine stained glass with new materials in modern creations
The Simon glassmaking legacy began with Pierre Simon in 1640. From the 17th century to the present day, twelve generations have passed their expertise down from father to son. This legacy makes atelier SIMON MARQ one of the oldest companies in France. Jacques Simon continued the family tradition that he inherited from his father, Paul Simon, at the beginning of the 20th century and built the workshop that we see today in 1926. In 1917, he saved the stained glass in Reims Cathedral by quickly dismantling them during bombardments and devoted his life to restoring and recreating the stained glass heritage of Champagne-Ardenne, devastated by the Second World War. Atelier Simon Marq had a new lease of life in 1957 when Brigitte Simon and her husband Charles Marq began to bring historic civil and religious heritage together with stained glass by the greatest contemporary painters such as Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Serge Poliakoff, Juan Miro, Raoul Ubac, Maria-Héléna Vieira da Silva, and more recently, François Rouan, David Tremlett, Imi Knoebel, Hans Erni, Jean-Paul Agosti etc. The FORT ROYAL group took over Atelier SIMON MARQ in 2011 with a view to boost and develop this rich heritage by collaborating with modern artists to create stained glass for architectural and decorative projects and for artwork and furniture.
Heir to a 350-year-old know-how, ATELIER SIMON MARQ dedicates its expertise to the creation of architectural and religious stained glass but also to the edition of stained-glass furniture and art items. The skills of its craftsmen in traditional techniques (engraving and painting of glass in particular), but also their attachment to develop modern techniques (substitutes for lead, glass work) now broaden the scope of stained glass possibilities.