Born in Belgium to an architect father and an artist mother, Eric de Man is submerged early on in a universe centered on beauty, harmony, and purity of form. In 1990, he settles down in Quebec where he pursues a career in the aviation industry while simultaneously studying foreign languages at university. His travels around the world in search of new cultures will subsequently suffuse his design style and sensibilities.
In 1997, Eric de Man enrolls at the International Academy of Design and Technology which he will later on attend as a teacher. In 1999, de Man design & mobilier is born but it is not until 2001, following the design of a model apartment for the “Cité Unity” project in Old-Montreal which will lead to the design of fourteen other similar lofts, that a new specialty emerges. This sprawling design project will become the spring board towards developing an expertise that is now his strong suit: loft design.
His sharp and minimal style has garnered instant recognition as well as extensive media coverage. In 2003, Eric de Man’s vision expands beyond interior design to encompass a full and unique line of furniture, therefore ensuring his own quality control and eradicating any import issues. His furniture collections, available in a number of finishes, offer a restrained elegance that can integrate itself into any contemporary setting without dominating it. All of the craftsmanship is executed by a well established team of local artisans.
From the word go, his collections have garnered interest among Montreal’s top design retailers and have been selected by the Salon International du Design d’intérieur de Montréal (SIDIM) and the Institut du Design de Montréal (IDM) to represent Montreal both locally and abroad. In 2007, eager to satisfy a growing demand from design professionals and the general public alike, Eric de Man sets up shop on St-Laurent Boulevard.
“Our collection’s clean lines resonate with the times. Our clientele avidly requests contemporary and elegant pieces. The furniture must blend into a space without overbearing it – the space remains the priority. One’s gaze must glide across a room without being obstructed by the superfluous.”