“Our specialty is our ability to offer customized products to discerning clients using both traditional and modern craftsmanship techniques” says Jean-Marc Rif about Boisseliers du Rif, a business his family has been running since 1913! This third generation wood works and furniture manufacturer tells us about the benefits of specializing in skilled manual labor…Let’s (re)discover the art of craftsmanship in the 21st century!
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