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Puiforcat

Puiforcat


Founded in Paris in 1820 by Emile Puiforcat, the silverware company owes most of its renown to Jean Puiforcat, who would establish the company in the avant-garde of modern silverwork. The company began evolving towards the high-end of the silversmith’s trade in the late nineteenth century, recreating eighteenth-century masterpieces that are now exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Jean, a master silversmith, immersed himself in the wave of artistic change that characterized the period between the wars. His unfussy style – characterized by pure, architectural lines, notable simplicity and the marriage of solid silver with other precious materials such as exotic woods and semi-precious stones–is inspired by Art déco and was the founding stone for contemporary high-end silverwork. Jean Puiforcat’s work is regularly revived and still exudes the same spirit we see in contemporary in-house collections.

Puiforcat came under the wing of the Hermès Group in 1993, sustained by an exceptional know-how; it now works on re-launching its most beautiful heritage silverware pieces as well as devising tomorrow’s classics with the help of present-day designers. The solid steel cutlery set Zermatt, designed by Patrick Jouin and launched in 2010, has already been included in the permanent collections of the Museum at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The house of Puiforcat intends to continue using its almost two-hundred-year-old expertise to serve a complete “silversmith’s art of living” particularly with respect to the art of taste and of decoration. The champagne beaker, a unique tasting tool created in 1999, and the range of kitchen knives conceived with Pierre Gagnaire in 2011, illustrate this commitment.

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