The carpenter's shop in the beginning of the XXth Century

Maison DUVIVIER Canapés Brand History


Since 1840, Building innovation into timelessness
& Melding innovation and comfort

In 1840, François-Baptiste Duvivier set up his saddlery workshop in the Vienne region to manufacture exceptional French leather products. More than one century later, in 1953, the activity turned towards the production of seated furniture. Jean Marie Duvivier developed the know-how of « high-end » sofas and opened a sofa manufacturing workshop in Usson du Poitou in 1978.


An avant-garde alliance of expertise, innovation and design

Over seven generations, Maison Duvivier Canapés has developed a unique expertise in French craftsmanship while integrating the most advanced techniques of the furniture industry.  From their initial selection through to their transformation, the materials used by Duvivier Canapés are subject to the greatest care as they are the essential elements in the quality of the sofas, armchairs and furniture. In addition to patent registrations, Maison Duvivier Canapés is renowned for its design and in 2010, was awarded the Valorisation of Innovation in Furnishing label (VIA) for a range of products that have become iconic.


2016, reinventing the Maison Duvivier Canapés

The Maison Duvivier Canapés began a redeployment strategy following its takeover in July 2016. With a long-term objective to highlight the value of the know-how already present, a project focusing on diversified and sustainable development was put into place.

The fundamental specifics of the brand are defined: the Material, the Know-how, the Commitment and the Character.

Guillaume Hinfray revisits one major period of 20th century design. With his creation Elsa, he pays tribute to the 70s and to two great designers who have marked this time, Roy Halston and Yves Saint Laurent.

Duvivier Canapés announces at Maison et Objet in January 2019 a new collabotaion with the stylist and designer Guillaume Hinfray. It results in the presentation of two new major collections, Auguste and Emile. They confirm the shift made by the brand and its ambition to assert its character.

Presentation of the new collection Jules by the young designer Charlotte Juillard. Jule was very well appreciated during the Paris show: Maison & Objet in january.


When craftsmanship assimilates new technologies. Simple, intuitive and effective, the new Duvivier Canapés’ app, available on Apple Store and Google Play, allow to select the model of any choice and to configure in 3D and augmented reality.

Setting up a diversified development strategy

Participation in the exhibition AD Interior “The art of the material” at La Monnaie de Paris in association with the interior designer Elliott Barnes. The Ray sofa and the Little Ray armchair, true illustrations of the know-how of Duvivier Canapés, were widely acclaimed by the public.


Opening by the Japanese partner of the Paris Duvivier store in Tokyo, a showroom for the brand in Japan.

Creation of the Camille model, which is awarded the VIA (Valorisation of Innovation in Furnishing) for its exceptional design.


Purchase of the First Time furniture brand and its historic shop on rue Mazarine, a brand dedicated to architects and decorators. Duvivier Canapés developed a collection of furniture for all living areas and bedrooms with a style to complement our sofas.

The company receives the label "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant", rewarding the excellence of "savoir faire" and awarded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment, for its role as a Living Heritage company.


Invention and patent of the suspension system SBD (dynamic double bearing capacity suspension) used to improve the comfort of the models and in particular those from the Zoltan collection.

Opening of the first Duvivier Canapés showroom in Shanghai, China.

Opening of the first shop-showroom in Paris and development of the network of Duvivier Canapés distributors, in France and internationally.


Presentation of the sofa Maillol on the beach of Trégastel for the first national advertising campaign.    

Creation of the Canapés Duvivier brand and launching of the first collection with cosy salon sets, including the iconic Maillol model.


Opening of the sofa manufacturing workshop in Usson du Poitou in the Vienne area by Jean Marie Duvivier, the 4th Duvivier descendant, steering the activity towards the creation of «high-end» sofas.


Carpentry appears in the workshops at Joussé.


Installation of François-Baptiste Duvivier in Joussé in the Vienne region to practice the trade of saddle maker, the source of the company’s current know-how.