Thanks to the expertise of its craftsmen, Puiforcat is not only able to reproduce classic masterpieces from Louis-Victor Puiforcat’s silverwork collection, now preserved at the Louvre, and to draw inspiration from the Art déco sketches of Jean Puiforcat, but also to work with today’s designers to create contemporary pieces that will become tomorrow’s classics. Among all these collections, some iconic creations really personify Puiforcat’s style, in the precision of their designs and the refinement of the techniques they require.
The House of Puiforcat has a knack for organizing remarkable encounters. To tackle the art of enjoying wine, the Maison brought together Lombardy native Enrico Bernardo, 2004 “World's Best Sommelier,” and London-based designer Michael Anastassiades, champion of minimalist elegance. Together, they rose to a formidable challenge: how were they to combine two substances that do not make for an ideal combination, metal, and wine? Simple: by separating them! The partners thus imagined a chalice that would sit on a silver-plated metal base. What about the stem? It was simply eliminated. The relationship between the taster and the receptacle, the interaction between the nectar and the palate thus became more natural and sensual.
In addition to this unprecedented glass, the different pieces making up the Puiforcat Orfèvre-Sommelier collection strive to meet every need of wine lovers: decanter, champagne bucket, wine bucket, and bottle holder, all with a mirror finish on the inner surface to reflect the image of the bottle. Not to mention the water beaker, which transforms the act of drinking into an aesthetic experience.
For nearly two centuries, Puiforcat has dressed the finest tables and served as the silversmith of choice for connoisseurs and collectors of exceptional objects. Collection by collection, Puiforcat lays the groundwork for a silversmith art of living. Beyond its unrivaled expertise in the art of tableware, the house reinvents gastronomy at every step, from preparation to setting and on to the time of tasting. And aspires to honor its century-old experience in all types of art de Vivre, whether linked to the decorative arts or the “bel-usage”. In the past, porcelain plates were bordered and cup handles were encased in a metallic armature. Thus reinforced, porcelain tableware better withstood the trials and tribulations of travel and arrived undamaged. As a loving nod to this elegant custom, the Cercle d'Orfèvre collection also blends the fragile delicacy of white porcelain with the sturdy nobility of sterling silver.
A pattern to inscribe on the porcelain, a message to engrave on the metal, a gilded finish and more: every piece in the collection is customizable upon request.
The Jacaranda line, a set of bar accessories and decorative pieces, stands out for its atypical finishings: the pieces are hammered by the craftsmen in the Puiforcat workshop to create a rough yet delicate surface that plays with the light. And for an even more sophisticated look, the champagne buckets, round trays and candle holders, fashioned in silver-plated metal, feature elegant rosewood bases. A blend of noble materials in the purest tradition of the House of Puiforcat.
The pieces making up the Jacaranda line are available upon request in a 24-carat gold immersion for an exceptionally refined golden finish.