Mikael Benfredj is founder of Patchwork, a furniture-store-turned-co-working-space in the heart of Paris. When people started to use his display furniture as makeshift workspaces, he embraced the demand for a change of use and now has plans to expand.
How did Patchwork come about?
I had actually decided not to launch a start-up. I wanted to work with real stuff and sell real stuff, which is why I went into the family business in design and furniture.
We opened shops in Paris, selling things you can touch and feel. We started to use the space to allow architects to gather and, from…