In 1885, UMILE MOISSONNIER founded his workshop in Bourg-en-Bresse at the heart of a
forested region offering a rich supply of oak, ash burl and burr elm, as well as fruit woods such
as pear, cherry and walnut. He was a talented painter and sculptor, the epitome of a creative
craftsman, designing each item of furniture as a unique piece. He was the first in a line of
inventive furniture-makers that to this day continues to perpetuate the tradition of beautiful
workmanship. In 1923, he was succeeded by his two sons Gabriel and Paul, who expanded the
workshop to the scale of a factory. A few machines were brought in to assist the craftsmen’s hand, which remained the key element in a production perpetually defying the laws of standardization. Production increased and pieces began to be exported. By now, Moissonnier was recognised around the world and given pride of place in stores as prestigious as Bloomingdale’s in New York, where the brand has been distributed since the 1960s.
In 1976, the third generation, represented by Jean-Loup Moissonnier, took over the firm. A
furniture-maker by birth, he first made his name in Paris as a fashion photographer and painter.
As a fashion designer while they still lived in Paris, Annie-Pierre Moissonnier transposed the
conventions of fashion to the Moissonnier’s furniture.
Since 2010, Moissonnier has been labeled an “ Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant ” (living heritage company). The Bourg-en-Bresse furniture-maker sees this as recognition for the work carried out on a daily basis by its craftsmen, using their increasingly rare know how. Moissonnier has been able to preserve its know how and enrich it to become an international
leader in contemporary furniture. The brand was awarded the “ Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant ” (living heritage company) label in 2010.