The Company AUFFRAY

About Auffray

Auffray & Co. was founded in Paris in the late 1800's. For its showroom and workplace, Frederic Auffray selected the Faubourg, Saint-Antoine region of town. The area's proximity to some of the other "hand-trades" made it a logical choice. As a master cabinetmaker or "ebeniste" as they were known, Frederic quickly shaped Auffray & Co. into one of the most respected French furniture firms of the time.
The second chapter of the firm's history begins with Frederic's son, Joachim. Highly skilled and motivated, he would continue his father's proud legacy and eventually take it to new heights. The lure of America proved irresistable to the younger Mr. Auffray, as it did to many Europeans at the turn of the century. A difficult but ultimately rewarding decision to immigrate was made. Upon arriving in the United States, Mr. Auffray hoped he could rely on the same skills that had served him well in his native France. He would not be disappointed, and as a result of much effort founded Auffray & Co. in New York in 1941.
A small 3rd Avenue shop served as the Company's first showroom and to some extent workroom. Success came slowly but surely and by the early 1960's the firm relocated to more spacious quarters on 56th Street. It would call this area home for the next 40 years.
During this period, Auffray & Co. grew from a single employee firm to a group of specialists. Cabinetmaking, finishing and upholstering became three distinct operations. The firm attracted highly skilled labor and by the mid 1960's, Auffray & Co. had established itself not only as the finest French furniture reproduction maker in N.Y. or the U.S., but in the world.
Continuing a heritage that began more than 100 years ago, Auffray & Co. now proudly resides at 200 Lexington Ave. in the heart of N.Y.C.'s furniture district. The building, also known as The New York Design Center is host to a wide variety of speciality showrooms. It is here that the Company has one eye to its bright future with the other fixed to its distinguished past.