Sons of the chief architect of the city of Toulouse, the Virebent brothers registered a patent in 1831 that would revolutionise the manufacture of bricks, enabling the easy creation of cornices and caryatids. By combining this process with multiple piece moulds, they are able to deliver a building facade within a month of an order being placed.
In 1924 Henri Virebent, the grandson, opened his factory in Puy-l’Évêque. The latter produced doorknobs, bottle stoppers, insulating material and components for the electrical industry… In 1960, with plastic becoming widespread, Virebent launches into the art of entertaining and decoration. The firm begins a collaboration with designers. Today, some of their models form part of the collections exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Paris.
Virebent switches direction, whilst continuing its historical collections and the creation of new lines with contemporary designers. It develops an exclusively manual expertise and trains up its teams to master the skills and processes for craftsmanship par excellence at the service of the big names in decoration.
Prix National de la Dynamique Artisanal (National Prize for Small-Scale Dynamics)
This prize is awarded to a small company, which demonstrates its ability to create jobs, break new ground, as well as perpetuate and pass on its expertise.
Prix de l’Égalité Professionnelle Femme/Homme (Prize for Professional Female/Male Equality)
This prize rewards companies that have implemented a voluntarist and efficient approach in terms of female and male equality.
Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company)
A label awarded to companies in possession of a heritage comprising a rare degree of expertise, focusing on the mastery of traditional techniques.