Humble beginnings

Antoine Roset opened a wood processing factory in Montagnieu, in the Ain province of France. Very quickly he and his son Emile began producing wooden umbrellas, walking sticks and, perhaps foretelling, chair frames.

In post-war 1950 Antoine’s grandson, Jean, quickly shifted the focus of the company- which now employed 50 people-to contract furniture. Tables, chairs and beds were produced for commercial usage and were utilized in a variety of institutions, including schools, universities, hospitals and retirement homes. Intense growth soon followed and, 10 years later, Jean Roset entered the domestic market.

Jean’s sons Pierre and Michel joined the family business during the explosion of creativity-the hallmark of the 1960’s and 1970’s-which presented a timely opportunity to revitalize the company by working with interior architects and designers such as Michel Ducaroy. The Ligne Roset brand became official in 1973 with the very first store opening, alongside the launch of Michel Ducaroy’s Togo, a timeless, iconic piece that continues to enrapture a captive audience.