Bernard Mauffret – Cabinetmaker – Designer


PARIS – 59 years old


Bernard Mauffret started with the Compagnons du Devoir in 1978, where he learned to be carpenter. Then, he trained in an architectural firm and gave up his passion for percussion. His atypical professional background allows him to develop his savoir-faire applied to the world of furniture to which he brings functionality, modularity, innovation and mobility. His work express the graphic art of structure in space through an application of contemporary cabinet making.


Bernard Mauffret created the Atelier du Meuble Contemporain in 2002. His design and geometric creations respond to the orders of collectors and decorators looking for original furniture.


To reconsider the traditional codes of cabinet making and adapt them to the requirements of contemporary design, he 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 compromise between the audacity of creation, the initial sensitivity of the project and the technical constraints inherent in the realisation.


The Contemporary Furniture Workshop was awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label in 2006.

Bernard won le Prix de l’œuvre in 2005 at the Salon du Meuble de Paris, the “Talent de l’Invention 2008” at the Centre du Luxe et de la Création and the Prix de l’Observeur du Design in 2018.


Will to transmit


The Atelier du Meuble Contemporain, located in the heart of Paris, is a space open to architects and designers to satisfy their creativity and thus promote innovation.

Bernard has always had apprentices and employees and currently trains 3 craftsmen.


The Fondation Rémy Cointreau 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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