After climbing all the steps – apprentice, workshop manager, head of the design office, project manager – Hervé Degrenne has become a valued leader in the profession for his rigor and professionalism.
What is your first memory in James?
I arrived at the company on January 2, it was very cold, in an unheated workshop, I operated the wood cutting machine under the orders of Roger James (Rémi’s father), but I think it is necessary to have lived the situation to understand it! (Laughter)
What are the most important facts of your career for you?
Perhaps the first project I did abroad, it was in Sao Paulo in 1997 (the day of Lady Di’s death) the development of a villa, one of the first important projects for James.
A word to describe the company?
Family. I have always felt good with the people I work with. There is a coexistence based on respect; and I like that it is still preserved.
A word to describe your career?
Pride, I arrived at the right time, we were five collaborators. I have progressed with the company.
Your greatest professional pride?
Maybe the project I’m currently working on! The Museum of Bordeaux … I have built many private residences, beautiful places, but a museum like Bordeaux, everyone will enjoy .
What do you like about your job?
Meet the needs of people, join them in their projects. When we started, we started from almost nothing, from a sketch and then we accompanied them until the creation of great things.