The House of Puiforcat has been bejewelling the tables of cutlery connoisseurs with its handcrafted silverware since it was established in France in 1820. Today, the atelier’s artisans still work in the traditional way – hammering, planishing, spinning, chasing and engraving sterling silver just as their predecessors did over a century ago, but thanks to their innovative use of materials, the finished pieces continue to delight and surprise. Take its Précieux Collection, which launches at West London’s Willer Gallery on June 20. Comprising two distinct limited edition styles – Cannes (£1,510 per piece) and Elysée (from £1,040 for a dinner spoon with jade) – it is a skilful mix of the highest quality sterling silver and semiprecious stones, such as jade, onyx, lapis lazuli or red jasper.
Originally designed in 1928 (and reputedly inspired by Cannes’ famous Martinez Hotel), Cannes is pure art deco in style. Elysée is also an iteration rather than an entirely new design. The cutlery, styled in Regency fashion, has graced the table of the French presidential palace since 1945. But in the new edition, each knife, fork and spoon’s finely chiselled handle is embellished with a small semiprecious stone bead.
The show will certainly draw collectors – as Puiforcat launches in the UK are rare – but anyone with an interest in design will enjoy the feast for the eyes that awaits.