In an elegant salon on the place Vendôme in Paris, Devambez perpetuated a prestigious tradition of luxury publishing, fine stationery and large format printing.
Founded in 1826, Devambez is unusual in that it brought together three activities, namely heraldic engraving for royal families, publishing, and art gallery management.
The famous gallery revealed scandalous drawings by Auguste Rodin and displayed the works of avant-garde artists such as Braque, Dufy, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani and Foujita. It also organized the first ever exhibition of African and Oceanic art, with a catalogue featuring an introduction by the great poet Guillaume Apollinaire.
Devambez published some thirty limited edition art books illustrated by the leading artists exhibited in the gallery. Authors included major writers such as Joris-Karl Huysmans, Gustave Flaubert, Anatole France, Pierre Loti, Alphonse de Châteaubriant, Oscar Wilde and Paul Verlaine.
In 1928, Paul Poiret chose Devambez to publish his famous guide to Parisian luxury, entitled PAN. Annuaire du luxe à Paris. This book symbolizes the quest for elegance that makes Devambez a true artist of paper.
A quest that has spanned the years and which, in 2011, saw the publication of the book entitled Goyard: a precious limited edition of 233 copies, which revived techniques of typography faithful to the timeless ideal of refinement that has always characterized Devambez.
Each book is unique, demonstrating editorial intuition combined with a quest for excellence in the choice of paper and in the constant attention paid to the evolution of printing techniques.
Popular with royal households in the nineteenth century and lovers of Parisian luxury in the twentieth, Devambez perpetuates a model of elegance where the choice of the finest paper and the most elegant turns of phrase express in equal measure the art of refined writing.
Devambez’s editorial pedigree makes it the natural choice for headed notepaper and personalized writing sets emblazoned with family crests and lovingly crafted down to the last detail, as well as for limited edition art books.
The company’s motto is “Exception is the rule”, and it has made tradition and editorial expertise the true basis for modernity.