Musée d’Orsay, Paris (FR)
Modern storage units by USM compliment the elegant aesthetics of one of the most renowned museums in the world, located in the City of Light. From modular storage located in the museum's elegant reception area to flexible workstations utilized in administrative offices, USM furniture provides this Paris art mecca with design flexibility, modernity, and style.
The Musée d’Orsay, housed in the former Orsay train station on the left bank of the Seine, opened in Paris in 1986. Its metal structure, built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1900 World’s Fair, holds the masterpieces of the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th centuries. With more than 3.5 million visitors in 2012, it is one of the most frequented museums in the French capital.
Not far from the works of Renoir, Van Gogh and Gauguin, USM furniture has been installed in various places since the museum’s beginnings. It is mainly used in the administrative offices, and has even become a second skin, perfectly adapting to permanent changes in the space. “Here, everything changes all the time,” says Catherine Bony, the museum’s logistics manager. “We have to change the furniture almost daily and, with this system, it only takes a few hours.” The Musée d’Orsay has an in-house technical department specializing in USM's modular furniture systems.
Whether it is renovation work, continuous rearranging or setting up individual storage needs, the furniture follows the lead of Patrice Bugras, who prevails over his workshop full of thousands of separate components. Every day for 20 years, he has masterfully handled tubes, walls, doors and mechanisms in order to craft a piece of furniture, enlarge another or disassemble a third.
Backstage at the Musée d’Orsay, this collection is constantly changing. And, if nothing else, USM furniture was designed for adaptability.