A "Living Heritage Company” and a Historical Monument, the paddle wheel of the watermill still drives 19th century machines to produce know-how that is now unique. Flour, iron, flowers, celebrations… since 1931, Moulin de la Fleuristerie has lived with the times. A flour mill in the Middle Ages, an oil mill, a sheet wringer, a forge in the 19th century, witness to the beginnings of industrialisation in the 20th century, a reception site in the 21st century… the mill has adapted to changes in our society.
A tour of the mill plunges visitors into the ingenuity of our ancestors and the wealth of basic technologies, applications working on the base of water and its mechanical, electric and heating energies. Haute Couture is at the heart of the Moulin de la Fleuristerie’s know-how. In 1903 the Paris-based company moved its workshops to the small village of Orges and set up its flower-making unit. Since then, the workshops have continued to create, supplying raw materials for floral creations to the greatest international designers.
Fashion shows are a paradox, where ancestral tools and hand-working lead to the extraordinary, to prestige, to the fame of the greatest fashion houses in the world. Moulin de la Fleuristerie workshops are now open to the public to discover the mill and a rare traditional profession. In 2007, the former forge hall was renovated for weddings, seminars, exhibitions and shows. It can accommodate roughly 300 people.