Huppe was founded in 1967 in Quebec, by Raymond Hamel and his two brothers, Aurele and Sylvio. The company had a small beginning, in Aurele's home basement, with the family crafting cedar storage chests. Huppe's cedar chests quickly found their way into several Canadian homes, from Halifax to Vancouver, and Huppe has been growing ever since. Over the last several decades, they have left Aurele's basement behind for a large manufacturing facility and have been evolving their assortment to include full modern collections for nearly every room in the home.
In 2010, Huppe was acquired by Jean-Francois Nolin. With his vision for the company combined with Huppe 's 20+ years in specializing specifically in modern furniture, Huppe is making its mark as a leader and expert in innovative and sophisticated design. This new collection of home furnishings are made from specially selected solid hardwood and high quality wood veneers, like American walnut. With a dedication to high quality materials and craftsmanship, it is clear why customers are drawn to the line and its unique assortment.
Karim Rashid is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior, fashion, furniture, lighting design and art. Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. He is best known for bringing his democratic design sensibility to the masses. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Dirt Devil, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Karim is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of the consumer culture. He has had some 2500 objects put into production to date. His designs of the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the award-winning Semiramis Hotel in Athens have successfully expanded Karim's scope to include the realm of architecture and interior design.
Karim was honored with the title of 2007 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Product Design Finalist, the 2006 Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design, the 2005 Honorary Doctorate from Corcoran College, the Sleep05 European Hotel Design Award, and the 2005 Pratt Legends Award. Karim has also won the prestigious I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, Red Dot Design Award, and Chicago Athaneum Good Design Award numerous times throughout his career. His work is in the permanent collections of 14 Museums worldwide including MoMA and SFMoMA and he exhibits art in various galleries. Karim was an associate Professor of Industrial Design for 10 years and is now a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally. Karim has published his guide to living Design Your Self from Regan Books (2006), Digipop a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005), Karim Rashid: Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books, 2004), as well two monographs titled Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001). He edited the International Design Yearbook 18 for Calmann and King (2003) and released two CD's on boutique label, Neverstop.View other products by Karim Rashid