Our history

 At origins

The company was founded on 2 June 1936 by Mr Paul Ernest Champs. At the time, the small carpentry company was located in rue Guilhem in the Saint Luc district of Brest. The post-war years are those of reconstruction. When Paul Ernest Champs, in 1936, evaluated the potential of Brest and estimated that he could find work there in the long term, he did not imagine to what extent the future would prove him right: of Brest, there is nothing left, or so few things... everything is to be rebuilt. There was no shortage of work among his traditional clientele: the Brest merchants who were reinvesting in the city. At the end of the 1950s, he began to diversify into the manufacture of kitchen furniture and school furniture.

Portrait de Paul-Ernest Champs
Agencement de la Queen's Room du Queen Mary

A new direction

In 1975 Paul Victor Champs took over the management of the company.
With the company's open-mindedness and ability to take on challenges.

In 1981, the company began to design cruise ships. The Niew Amsterdam and the Noordam for Holland America Line were the first of many.

More than 100 ships of all types - liners, naval vessels, yachts, submarines, tugs or Car Ferries - are fitted out and the PAN Charles-de-Gaulle delivered in 1995 or the Queen Mary 2 in 2003 are the most emblematic figures.

A few years later, the company found itself propelled onto the international market through its collaboration with the greatest French designers. This quickly gave the company a new dimension, inaugurating its entry into the world of Prestige furnishings.

In 2006, Paul-Emmanuel Champs took over the management of the company. The years 2000 mark a continuity through the most prestigious projects to projects the most traditional making use of its know-how in carpentry 

1989 ST Dupont boutique on Avenue Montaigne in Paris

1998 A villa in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Alberto Pinto

2001 A villa in Tel Aviv, Israel with Andrée Putman.

2005 Guerlain and Lancel boutique on the Champs Elysées

2006 Renovation of the Presidential Palace in Libreville (Gabon)

Institut de beauté Guerlain sur les Champs-Élysées

2009 : The company moves to its new premises in Guipavas near Brest airport

2015 Completion of the Yersin, one of the largest yachts ever built in France (76 m)

2016 : Layout of the world's largest ocean liner, the Oasis III

2016  Acquisition of the company Tual Agencement

2020 Acquisition of the company Itec