This family cutler, founded in Paris in 1820 by Emile Puiforcat and his two cousins, owes most of its renown to Jean Puiforcat, from the fourth generation of the family. A master silversmith, he was immersed in the wave of artistic change that characterised the period between the wars, and was one of the founders of the Union des artistes modernes, as well as a friend of René Herbst, le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Chareau. He was passionate about sculpture and invented a revolutionary formal language that advocated adapting form to suit function.
Characterised by pure, architectural lines, notable simplicity and the marriage of solid silver with other precious materials such as exotic woods, semi-precious stones and shagreen, his style is inspired by Art déco and was the founding stone for contemporary high-end silverwork.
Puiforcat works to re-launch its most beautiful heritage pieces as well as devise tomorrow’s classics with the help of present-day designers including Patrick Jouin.