Since the 1970’s, Catherine Painvin’s innovative plastic trays, dishes, and placemats have come in a variety of colours and shapes: green, orange, apple-shaped, etc. They soon took over tables worldwide. In 1977, she launched her brand: TARTINE ET CHOCOLAT.
From then on, anywhere in the world, children of all ages were clad in TARTINE ET CHOCOLAT designs. Catherine Painvin also created a range of the softest plush toys, childcare articles, and her PTISENBON Eau de Toilette has been a number one fragrance ever since its introduction.
In 1992, Catherine returns to her first vocation: still as passionate about decoration as ever, she names her new brand "EVERWOOD" and creates a broad range of furniture, fully decorated bedrooms, woollen or faux fur throws, and many more articles of decoration. She entrusts her son and his wife with brand development and growth strategies.
In 2000, Catherine Painvin wandered off the beaten track and opened an exclusive guesthouse in Aubrac (population: three). The alternative venue has enjoyed extensive press coverage: Comptoir d’Aubrac has been the topic of no less than 20 television shows and 700 pages of the world’s finest decorating magazines.
Artists, captains of industry, celebrities, writers, and other travel enthusiasts seek originality at Comptoir d’Aubrac. They stay for a while and leave carrying a profusion of articles available from her Home Collection, a unique boutique niched in her 200 m2 tea room. From the plains of Aubrac, Catherine Painvin sells – almost faster than they are designed – a cornucopia of woollen throws, curtains, pillow cases, eiderdowns, candle holders, lamps, chandeliers, personalised place mats, napkins, table cloths, baskets and shopping bags. Her exclusive designs quickly become considered works of art.
Held at the Bristol Hotel in Paris, in 2007, Catherine Painvin’s Couture exhibition-sale, featuring woollen throws, was a resounding success.
In 2009, the artist’s work was exhibited, once again, on the Parisian Faubourg Saint Honoré and had on display 38 paintings and collages at the ADLER gallery.
Catherine Painvin designed multiple guest houses and countless home interior articles, focusing her creative endeavours on a field that remains her passion.
Between 2009 and 2012, she was the Artistic Consultant for JACADI's children’s clothing brand.
In 2014, she designed linen and tableware for home interior specialist CÔTÉ TABLE.
In 2015, Catherine Painvin decided to share her savoir faire acquired over 15 years spent running her professional venture and home, Comptoir d’Aubrac, and launched a series of seminars on the art of table decoration.
Still in 2015, Catherine publish her Bio with JC Lattes: Une vie et cinq minutes, available on Amazon.