It can endure sea swells, potholes and turbulence, nearly impervious to the bumps and jerks that are part of any journey: metal is the perfect material for nomads. Indeed, in the past, porcelain plates were bordered and cup handles encased in metal armature. Thus reinforced, porcelain tableware better withstood the trials and tribulations of travel. In reference to this tradition, Puiforcat's Cercle d'Orfèvre collection seamlessly blends the noble resilience of sterling silver and the graceful fragility of porcelain.
First class restaurant aboard the Normandie liner
In a broader sense, the House of Puiforcat maintains a time-honored and privileged tradition for elegant travelers, like the first-class passengers aboard the Normandie, the ocean liner that linked Le Havre and New York, its cabins equipped with knives, forks and spoons specially designed by Jean Puiforcat. Renamed in homage to the famous steamer and engraved with the initials of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, this flatware with its sober, rounded design remains one of the jewels in the House's catalogue. It has even been incorporated into the collections of the French Musée des Arts Décoratifs as a symbol of the style of 1930s France.
The Orient Express restaurant car
The same finesse exists on the railroad: aboard the Twilight Express Mizukaze, the ultra-luxurious train-hotel running across Japan, as well as the legendary Orient Express, the table is set with Puiforcat flatware. The inimitable clinking sound of sterling silver thus accompanies any exceptional journey.