Suzanne Lovell Inc


Hermès Furniture & Puiforcat Silversmiths

While in Paris, we were reminded of the city’s rich heritage and tradition of craftsmanship passed down through generations. This was especially evident when we were hosted at Maison Hermès to view their furniture collection and the gorgeous Puiforcat silversmith (which Hermès acquired in the 1990’s).

Hermès has re-released this classic 3-drawer dressing table designed by Jean-Michel Frank (French, 1895-1941) for Hermès. Details courtesy of Hermès and image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

In 1924, the son-in-law of Emile Hermès met acclaimed furniture designer Jean-Michele Frank. During this meeting, Hermès commissioned Frank to upholster his sofas and armchairs, elevating the family business beyond their beginnings of the finest horse saddles and harnesses of the day.

A candid moment captured during our visit! All zippers are cleverly concealed in addition to all pieces being completely hand-stitched by skilled makers.

The historic result of this meeting is still evident today in the elegant lines and finishes of the Home Collection by Hermès. Frank’s affinity for simple yet luxurious finishes is still highly sought after. All upholstered furniture is hand-stitched by skilled makers with concealed and visually integrated zippers.

Re-editions of J.M. Frank par Hermès Inverted U Nesting Tables. A set of 3 tables each covered in stingray. Upper table measures 23.6″ H X 19.7″ W X 15.7″ D, middle table is 20.7″ H X 18.3″ W X 15.7″ D, and the lower table is 17.8″ H X 16.8″ W X 15.7″ D. Image and details courtesy of Hermès.

Echoed throughout our visit was the exacting standard of excellence and pride at Maison Hermès. Individuals are highly trained and each has studied under a master to ensure continuous quality and the passing on of specialized techniques to the next generations. Nowhere was this more apparent than during our visit to Puiforcat’s archives.

A glimpse into Puiforcat’s archives. There are no shortage of designs or specialized cutlery options to enhance any fine dining experience. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

Two Puiforcat silversmiths have received the honor of the French Order of Arts and Letters, distinguishing their talent and commitment to craftsmanship during their 30+ years each while working in the Puiforcat Pantin workshop.

Detailed plans for a sterling silver tray from the archives. A look through vast archives to inform the future was inspiring! Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

This important recognition is also supported by the long-standing efforts to acknowledge French expertise by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. 81 French luxury brands came together in 1954 creating the Colbert Committee to honor the outstanding expertise and ongoing contributions to France’s cultural heritage.

A selection of Puiforcat cutlery, a sumptuous addition to any tablescape! Image courtesy of Puiforcat.

We were delighted to see the archives of such highly specialized cutlery which has graced the finest tables throughout history. Items can be customized and even hand engraved, as we saw. Having included Puiforcat tableware in our Lakeview project and others, we can attest to its spectacular beauty and quality.