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Design Talk means it’s time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we’re going to dive into the history of French cookware brand Emile Henry.

In order to do that, we have to go back all the way to 1848, the year that a potter named Jacques Henry discovered the art of ceramics in a little French town called Marcigny, Burgundy. From there, he went on to travel the country to seek out and learn from more experienced potters, until he could finally open his own workshop, in 1870. The rest, as they say, is history: the business grew, and as the Henry family did, as well, the craft was passed down through the generations.

Easier cooking at home

During WWI, the Henry brand experienced a crisis, along with many other companies in that period of strife. But then, Jacques’ grandson, Emile returned from war and set about to heal, and then expand the business. Two generations later, the brand was renamed to reflect Emile’s invaluable contribution to what had, by then, become a recognized empire of pottery. Ever since, the brand name has stood for a striving towards making cooking easier and more professional in home kitchens around the globe, with the goal of continued innovation at the front of the mind of the business: you’ve got the Emile Henry brand to thank for oven-proof ceramics in pretty colours, among many other things.

100% made in France

Their products are 100% made in France, as they have always been, and the name stands for solid, dependable and traditional cookware of impeccable quality. On DECOVRY, you can find cooking and baking tools of all kinds, from trusty Dutch ovens to take from stove to broiler, or the Tajine, baguette baking pans or a tarte tatin form. An Emile Henry product is one you invest in for life, and using any of their fine ceramic cookware makes every home cook feel like a chef.

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