Inside Rinck, the French manufacturer who has been producing luxury furniture for centuries

The Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, the new and lively L’Avenue in Saks restaurant in New York, the pieds-à-terre, castles and private stately homes throughout Europe: these are some of the places where the work by Rinck. A combination of interiors and furniture, Rinck began in 1841 when carpenter Jean Rinck opened his first workshop in the French city of Alsace. Since then, the brand, now run by father and son Thierry (president) and Valentin (vice president) Goux, has become a source of furniture, interior architecture and boiserie for politicians, royalty and other wealthy people. customers. Real estate property

Since the 1920s with the rise of art deco, Rinck’s classic and modern furniture brand has been one of the most sought after on the market. But in 1972, the company stopped producing furniture, instead focusing on the carpentry and internal work of the company. This January, Rinck has unveiled its first furniture line in nearly 40 years, but the new line has rather old roots.

“As much as I wanted something contemporary, it had to adapt to our heritage,” says Valentin, who oversaw the latest collection, Félicité, presented at Paris Deco Off. Fortunately, though not surprisingly, Goux is a lover of history; He actively participates in the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in the United States and employs a full-time archivist in Rinck to thoroughly catalog the company’s historical designs.

Valentin, his main designer and archivist have met regularly over the past year to carry out workshop projects that referred to Rinck’s past but would have felt at home in today’s interiors. The result is a line of furniture in a classic way, but modern in detail. “The new consoles, for example, are very inspired by the Art Deco tables from the 1930s,” says Valentin. “And then the fabrics look more contemporary.”

However, apart from the style, the connection thread with Rinck’s DNA is felt most acutely in the process behind these pieces. The studio still does everything by hand, employing craftsmen who train extensively to become experts in the company’s technical processes. As Valentin sees, his mission is to continue the line of traditional craftsmanship. “We are creating the following files,” he says.