Born in 1885, François Péjaudier is the founder of Le Lit National. Son of minor corn farmers, he became an orphan at the age of 15. Having left education before secondary school, Péjaudier heads to Paris and becomes an apprentice in the bedding section at Pygmalion. That inspired him and led him to the path of success with the foundation of his own company in 1909.
In the wake of World War One trench warfare, the military medal and the return to peace, followed by efforts towards national reconstruction, Péjaudier visualises and takes out a patent for the name of “Le Lit National”. It’s at that time that Le Lit National also serves as the name for a model made of copper.
In 1924, a number of sizable workshops open at 7 rue Baudin in the town of Pré-Saint-Gervais, situated in the northeastern outskirts of Paris. Geared towards the future and the path of progress, they are known as the “modern electric plant”.
After ten years of work, his achievements are recognized. In 1934, François Péjaudier, who directs eight shops (including the one at Trocadéro in Paris, opened in 1928), is made chevalier of the Legion of Honour. He celebrates the occasion by inviting all his employees to Normandy for a festive Sunday outing.
Economic depression, war, occupation, the imprisonment of his son and the death of the founder himself, François Péjaudier, in 1941 leave Le Lit National slowly ticking over while waiting for better days.
When Péjaudier’s son George is freed, he immediately gets down to work. In ten years, he renews his father’s company roots and focuses on the quality side of the product, transforming Le Lit National into a top-end bedding reference. Between cosiness, nocturnal comfort and conviviality, the family business is reborn.
“Sleeping together, separately”. The arrival of the Duo-Rêve has the effect of a mini revolution. Being the latest symbol of Le Lit National, the bed combines a custom-made product with independent comfort and increased dimensions.
In line with the company’s growth, new workshops are built at 7 rue Baudin where the very best skilled workers (carpenters, upholsterers, quilt-makers and seamstresses) pass on their irreplaceable know-how.
Faithful to top-end bedding, Le Lit National grows and adapts. As such, a new, more contemporary, store opens in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Top-of-the-range bedding therefore becomes “Your nocturnal haute couture. Because in a bedroom, one does not only sleep”.
In 1993 : at first Hervé Péjaudier, followed by his sister Christine. Eager to carry on the century-old savoir-faire, Christine believes in innovation and starts creating made to measure and upmarket beds notably through her responsible approach in terms of ecology. The fourth generation already starts to show up - the succession is provided for !
After more than a century of existence, le Lit National now enters a new era, thanks to its new owners, the Beaufour-Lévy family. Important investments are being made in order to allow the master-craftsmen of the workshops to fully express their know-how with an everlasting passion for the perfection demanded in the final product. Following the path of the great Parisian « haute couture » fashion houses, creativity now reveals itself through always more unique and exclusive seasonal collections.
Papier à lettre - 1923
The big commercial - 1923
Trocadéro grand opening- 1928