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.
Joel Dupras was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980. After completing his graphic design studies, Joel Dupras joined Visu, a family-owned business and manufacturer of upmarket furniture. As head of Research & Development, he designed product lines for the bedroom-lighting and dining room. He also acquired extensive expertise in modular storage design for the home.
In 2008, he founded a firm called Joel Dupras Designer and started working with several companies such as Foliot Furniture, creating collections for the hospitality industry. Joel designed for Wetstyle as well and won Interior Design magazine's 2009 Best of Year Award (BOYA) for his M collection. Then, in 2011 he joined the Huppe team as Designer and Art Director. He has since been contributing to the growth of Huppe by creating various wall units and collections for the bedroom-lighting, home office and dining, while exploring different species of wood and new materials.
His designs are wholly comprised of simple shapes, balanced proportions and functionality. His minimalist approach, which is anything but cold, provides visual and tactile pleasures. He is well known for his talent and expertise in contemporary design.View other products by Joel Dupras