Inspired by exotic materials and the masters of Art Deco, Brooklyn’s Jean-Paul Viollet creates some of the finest furniture in the world today. This is not simply a labor of love—it’s a true calling. Raised in Seyssel, a picturesque village in the French Alps (not far from Geneva, Switzerland), Viollet learned his craft from a long and distinguished line of woodworkers. Seven generations in all. At the age of three, he could be found on the rooftops of town, studying his cousins as they repaired the Old World gables and spires. Before he was old enough to tie his shoes, he was working beside his father, grandfather, and uncle in the family shop.
Above: Sideboard in Horn, Shagreen & Silvered Bronze
Today he channels that passion into the meticulously crafted armoires, dining room tables, and sideboards that line his showroom. His work can also be found in the homes of David Bowie, Steven Spielberg, and Robert DeNiro.
Finished in classic veneers and inlaid with intricate hand-cut marquetry, each piece requires dozens—if not hundreds—of hours to complete. In his Williamsburg workshop (just one subway stop from New York City), Viollet works with a first-rate team of artisans to help designers and architects bring their visions to life. His on-site Veneer Room features samples from more than 100 rare woods.
In this blog, Viollet shares his wisdom and thoughts on life, the history of Art Deco design, the craft of furniture making and the many exotic materials that he has mastered. To schedule an appointment with him or request more info, please click here.