Atelier du Livre d’art et de l’Estampe de l’Imprimerie nationale

The Atelier du Livre d’art et de l’Estampe is rooted in the history of typography: in 1538, King François I designated the first royal printer for Greek, an appointment that is considered a founding act, from which the entire history of the printed word developed in France and constituted a collection of stamps that are unique the world and were classified a historic monument in 1946.

Braving the vicissitudes of history, the Royal Printers founded by Richelieu in 1640 became the Printers of the Republic during the French Revolution, then the Imperial Printing Office under Napoleon and, finally, the French National Printers.

The Atelier du Livre d’Art et de l’Estampe perpetuates rare skills spanning the entire spectrum of the typographic chain (design, engraving and fonts, composition and letterpress printing) as well as intaglio printing. The teams at the Atelier du Livre d’Art et de l’Estampe can respond to any request for project development, placing the atelier’s know-how and the production tools at the disposal of publishers and artists.

Louise Bescond

Louise Bescond was born in Les Lilas, outside Paris, in 1984 and has lived in Brussels since 2005.

After graduating in 2005 from the École Supérieure des Arts et Industries Graphiques Estienne graphic arts school, she entered the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, in Belgium, where she earned a master’s degree in bookbinding in 2008.
In 2013, Pierre Walusinski helped launch her career by organizing the first exhibition of her work at the Librairie Nicaise in Paris. Between 2015 and 2019, she took a four-week advanced training course with Renaud Vernier, a master bookbinder. In February 2017, with the support of Pierre Bergé and Anne Heilbronn, Philippe Luiggi and Michel Scognamillo exhibited 47 of her bindings at the Galerie Charpentier (Sotheby’s Paris). In December 2021, Michel Scognamillo exhibited 38 of her latest bindings at the Librairie Métamorphoses in Paris.

Photo credits: Julie Limont

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Photo credit: Kitta

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