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Savoir-faire

Design & Tradition

In our Lyon workshops, we perpetuate the fine tradition of the upholsterer’s profession. Curtains, cushions, bedspreads, reproduction armchairs and contemporary sofas – all crafted by the best artisans – depart to furnish the world’s most beautiful interiors.

A unique savoir-faire


Championing and illustrating the upholsterer’s profession calls for constant attention to detail. Besides the perfection required for the finishing of drapes and furnishings, other more unexpected factors apply: working clothes in the company’s colors, immaculate delivery vans, specific covers to protect furniture and floors during work at the client’s address, the systematic ironing of drapes after installation – little touches that are appreciated by the most demanding clients. Awarded the French “Living Heritage Company” (EPV) label, Jouffre also aspires to be a hotbed of the finest artisan upholsterers. The company’s employees are trained in-house, supported, and encouraged. The upshot is success: to date, Joffre staff have earned three Best Apprentice of France awards and one Best Craftsman of France award.

FurnishingsWindow treatmentsStretched fabrics & gainageFitting

Furnishings

At Jouffre, an understanding of art history is melded with respect for lines and proportions. Each upholsterer possesses equal mastery of traditional and contemporary techniques, and treats sofas and chairs with the utmost care.

Whether restoring a period chair or finishing a contemporary design, each detail is preciously highlighted, with comfort that is ever more advanced, subtle, and resistant – and, at all times, wholly in keeping with the sketch supplied by the interior designer or product designer.

Window treatments

From virtuoso reception rooms at the Élysée Palace to the main foyer of the Paris Opera House, Jouffre helps to sustain the sense of wonder stirred by the mythical buildings of the Second Empire. The company works closely with the finest interior designers, alongside whom they develop the most improbable décors, whether eighteenth century, nineteenth century, or extremely up-to-date. Each décor is thus specifically designed and “mocked up” in the workshops before being made and installed at the client’s address.

Jouffre’s upholsterers (seamstresses and quilters) master to perfection the art of fine handicraft, both traditional and contemporary. Whether a drape, a curtain, a blind, a bedspread or simply a cushion; an application of trim, some embroidery or a subtle play of pleats, each execution and each detail is designed with the greatest of care. Our onsite upholsterers then take over, fitting the crafted product with infinite dexterity, at addresses all over the world. Classic or contemporary décors, electric mechanisms (we resell Silent Gliss, G-Rail, Somfy....) for blinds and curtains… each installation is organized with extreme attention to detail.

Stretched fabrics and gainage

The art of stretched fabric, widespread from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, is enjoying a revival. Its thermal and acoustic properties are today appreciated and sought after by the finest interior designers. Jouffre has thus acquired advanced expertise in this area, so that they may transform any room – traditional or contemporary – into a haven of peace where elegance is blended with the calm and subdued atmosphere that one expects.

Gainage is a specific technique developed by Jouffre, and today recognized worldwide. This finish, which consists of covering furniture (wardrobes, beds, chairs…) or any type of molding (cornices, casings, picture rails, clear paneling...), is increasingly in demand. It emphasizes forms and the most sophisticated cabinetry detailing, be it traditional and contemporary. Jouffre’s upholsterers devote all their passion to crafting the most ambitious gainages – in linen, alcantara, silk velvet, or leather.

Fitting

Once these sumptuous décors and curtains have been created, it is time to install them with all the delicacy and savoir-faire that this entails. Jouffre’s creative and technical savoir-faire is also expressed onsite – creating folds and pleats, or refining the drape of a curtain. This is why, for the past thirty years, Jouffre has been training high-class onsite upholsterers capable of fitting curtains, décors, blinds and track systems, but also any type of electrical equipment (Jouffre is a reseller for Lutron, Somfy, G-Rail, and Silent Gliss, among others).

The JOUFFRE adventure


  • 1987
  • 1989
  • 1998
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2014
1987

Year of establishment

Having worked with the world’s most demanding decorators, Charles Jouffre establishes Jouffre in Lyon, birthplace of the silkstuffs industry.

1989

Paris Showroom

A showroom in Jouffre’s colors. A pared-down style where savoir-faire and French luxury fuse to offer an unprecedented experience.

1998

Projects in New York

Having collaborated with many European professionals, Jouffre sets up a US base. The objective? Assist its clients on their American projects, and undertake new collaborations with New York designers and architects.

2005

Paris Opera House

The refurbishment of the main foyer of the Paris Opera House is another challenge embraced with brio. The project has left an indelible memory among the Jouffre team.

2006

“Living Heritage Company”

Jouffre was one of the first French companies to be awarded the prestigious “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” label of excellence. The label was re-awarded in 2012.

2011

Elysée Palace

For Le Mobilier National, France’s state furnishings institution, Jouffre made curtains, festoons, drapes and pelmets in silk damask supplied by Prelle for the President’s official residence, the Élysée Palace. These were all embellished with rigorously recreated embroidery and trimming, identical to the existing furnishings. This gargantuan project, completed in 2011, remains a landmark in the company’s history.

2013

A new workshop in New York

Jouffre stepped up its American presence, moving into a workshop of about 5,400 sq ft and hiring a number of craftsmen. In the space of two years, the New York team grew from five to eleven staff, who today produce every aspect of the firm’s American projects.

2014

Charles Jouffre decorated with the Légion d’Honneur

In October 2014, Charles Jouffre was decorated with the Légion d’Honneur in the grand reception hall of the Hôtel Le Meurice. This distinction was presented to him by Jean-Michel Delisle, director of the Maison Delisle, master bronze and iron workers.

Grand-Scale

Collaborations

Architecture, art and design are combined to create worlds with ideal esthetics... The leading interior decorators and designers enlist Jouffre to assist their quest for sublime everyday settings.

Juan Pablo Molyneux Global Projects Pierre Yovanovitch Olivier Gossart Robert Couturier

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Rue Chapon
Townhouse – Marais district, Paris

Global Projects

Hôtel Le Meurice
Hotel – Paris, France

Pierre Yovanovitch

Châlet in Andermatt
Private residence – Andermatt, Switzerland

Olivier Gossart

Hôtel K2
Hotel – Courchevel, France

Robert Couturier

Apartment on Fifth Avenue
Private residence – New York, USA

The workshops

Materially expert

From Paris to New York, Jouffre perpetuates the fine tradition of the upholsterer’s profession, blending know-how and French luxury.

Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant