Galerie Atena was founded in 2001 by Frédéric Sioufi and Nidal Ouaiss. The couple is partner in life as well as in the passion for their profession. They opened a gallery in the heart of Paris, at the Louvre des Antiquaires, nearby the Louvre Museum.
Nidal is not a new comer in the business, being herself a daughter of Antique dealers and having worked for several years for the Galerie Ouaiss. And Frédéric is passionate about 20th century design furniture and interior decoration.
Very soon, they become aware of the importance of the Internet and are among the pioneers of online sales in their field. The early development of their website enabled them to cope with the decline in the number of visitors to the Louvre des Antiquaires and the shift in demand towards contemporary art.
In 2014, they decided to organize themselves differently by leaving the Louvre. Due to the excessive rents in Paris, they moved with their family to a beautiful architect's house built in 1969, outside Paris, which serves as a guest gallery where they exhibit 20th century design furniture.
At the same time, they opened a showroom in Montesson to display decorative objects and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. They also created a workshop for restoration and packing, as well as a photo studio. This new organization allowed them to integrate the entire value chain and considerably reduce their costs in order to offer their customers attractive prices.
Today, their eldest daughters, Naomi and Emma, are the third generation to join the adventure. The two young women bring a fresh impulse to the gallery. Naomi contributes to the company's digital development and communication on social networks. Emma, meanwhile, completes the skills set of the gallery's restoration workshop.
Since 20 years, Frédéric and Nidal have patiently selected each item for their gallery based on its beauty, authenticity, and condition. Their pursuit of rare objects of unparalleled execution allows them to propose a selection of items whose value doesn’t depend on fanciful speculation or passing trends. They share a passion for the discovery of new objects, and they do not hesitate to invest in unusual pieces, treating them as a fresh adventure. Their greatest satisfaction is to share the pleasure of their discoveries with their customers while building lasting relationships based on mutual trust and appreciation.