Patrick Hufschmid is a multi-talented luthier, plectrum builder, inventor, and designer based in Aigle, a historical town in the French-speaking part of western Switzerland, close to Montreux. A member of a long line of musicians through his mother, the internationally renowned musician and author Jennifer Paull, Patrick's lineage can be traced back to the celebrated composers Felix Mendelssohn and Arnold Schönberg.
Although Patrick studied the violin and piano as a child, he discovered his true passion when he acquired his first guitar. Over the last three decades, he has become an accomplished guitarist himself. In 1992, he purchased his first 7-string guitar, which allowed him to experiment with extended range instruments at an early age.
In 1996, Patrick went to study Luthiery at the renowned Red Wing Technical College in Minnesota, USA, where he honed his craft. In addition to his passion for history, particularly the French Court at Versailles and Baroque music, he also has a deep love for science, which serves as a continuous source of inspiration. His fascination with science and innovation can be seen in the way he approaches his work. He believes in the importance of incorporating cutting-edge technologies and materials into his designs while still maintaining the traditional techniques and craftsmanship that are the hallmark of his profession.
Prior to his studies in the United States, Patrick qualified as a chef in Montreux where he also put his passion and study of Haute Horologie to good use. He worked as a specialized sales consultant in the top tier of the industry, specializing in wristwatch complications. Patrick's experience in the luxury watch industry allowed him to incorporate his knowledge of branding and presentation into his own work. He even uses sealing wax, a beautiful and historic detail, in his packaging that is exported worldwide.
From history to the future through art, finding answers and new directions - these are what comprise his universe and fill his daily life. As Albert Einstein once said, "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." This quote, along with Charles Eames' famous statement that "details are not details, they make the design," highlights the importance of balance in Patrick's work between simplicity and attention to detail.