Bernard Mauffret – Cabinetmaker – Designer

Île-de-France – 1961


Bernard Mauffret started his training with Compagnons du Devoir (France) in 1978 and learnt how to be a carpenter. Then, he trained in an architectural firm. In 2002, Bernard Mauffret created Atelier du Meuble Contemporain.


His atypical professional background is a key to develop his savoir-faire with a touch of innovation. In fact, being a carpenter is associated to the classical world of furniture and Bernard Mauffret goes beyond traditions. He brings functionality, modularity, innovation and mobility to each creation. But he also brings the art of structure in space through an application of contemporary cabinet making. His geometric creations respond to the orders of collectors and decorators looking for original furniture.


2018 – Observeur du design Prize.

2008 – « Talent de l’Invention 2008 », Luxury and Creation Centre.

2006 – Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label.

2005 – Prix de l’œuvre at Salon du Meuble de Paris. 


Research and innovation

To reconsider the traditional codes of cabinet making and adapt them to the requirements of contemporary design, he has developed a laminated-glued-steamed technique, an innovative process. The plies are obtained by steaming and then joined together by a collage. By pushing the mechanical properties of wood to its limits, Bernard Mauffret achieves technically impossible objects exept plastic or carbon.


The studio is involved in a dynamic of research to provide realistic answers and obtain the best compromises between the audacity of creation, the initial sensitivity of the project and the technical constraints inherent in the realisation.


Will to transmit

Atelier du Meuble Contemporain, is located in Paris. It is an open space to architects and designers to satisfy their creativity and thus promote innovation. Bernard Mauffret has always had apprentices and employees and he is currently training 3 craftsmen.


Fondation Rémy Cointreau has helped Bernard Mauffret to acquire a portable digital router and a 3D printer to give him more autonomy and be more focused on creation.


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