Artistic master craftsmen in wrought-iron since 1880, the Pouenat workshops have been historically set up in Moulins in the Allier central region of France. With extraordinary craftsmanship and unique design, Pouenat today is quintessential of French artisanal know-how and tradition.
“Wrought iron craftsmen and creators of art, the Pouenat workshops combine excellence and rare expertise to offer upmarket services and creations”
Artistic craftsmen in wrought-iron, the Pouenat studios were established in Moulins, France in 1880. Jacques Rayet became President of Pouenat in 1995, marking an important turning point for the company. Already creating their own signature works in the studios, under Jacques Rayet, Pouenat started to collaborate with some of the top Designers and Architects in Europe to edit and manufacture unique pieces, limited editions, bespoke lighting and furniture.
This new direction and unique vision led the company to today’s success and international recognition. In 2009, the “Living Heritage Company” (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, or EPV), awarded by the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment confirmed the excellence and uniqueness of Pouenat knowledge and its legacy in metal manufacturing.
Pouenat specializes in working with hard metals such as steel, stainless steel, brass, aluminium, copper and bronze, integrating them with different exquisite materials such as glass, wood, ceramics, stone, staff and fabrics. An expert and unique service dedicated to architects and designers so they can effectively realise their interior design and arrangement projects. Pouenat works according to the clients’ drawings and 3D models, giving shape to designers’ concepts and ideas. Today Pouenat employs twenty-five, skilled craftsmen and collaborators, still in Moulins.
Interior as well as exterior design. Classic or contemporary style. Pouenat is nowadays one of the very few “artistic” producers in the profession of the iron craft. Today, Pouenat is the quintessential of made-to-measure, bespoke and unique pieces for private residences in France and abroad, and for luxury hotels like the Plaza Athénée, the Meurice, the Hotel Thoumieux or the Balmain and Dior boutiques in Paris.
“At Pouenat, metal is our passion – transformed, patinated, gilded. We team up with top interior architects in order to create their most spontaneous ideas which result in elegant architecture, and one-of-a-kind lighting and furniture. Metal becomes a work of art, a pure creation” says Jacques Rayet, President of Pouenat.
To celebrate the new artistic direction of the metal manufacturer, Pouenat gallery was open in Paris to exhibit the latest Maison’s collection of art and design. The gallery, situated in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, confirms Pouenat philosophy, offering its technological expertise to enable the creators to showcase their talent. A space catered to an exclusive clientele, allows the professionals to show their clients the different products and techniques that Pouenat develops on request. Bespoke and limited pieces hallmarked with the Pouenat legacy in metalworking.