Maison Pouenat is no longer just an art ironmonger as it was when it was founded in 1880. This authentic metalwork business puts its 140 years of expertise and innovation with remarquable pieces at the service of architects. The French design house offers interior design services but also curates pieces created by renowned designers. The company’s catalogue collections are complemented by limited edition or custom-made pieces. The result is a compendium of French decorative arts.
Above left: Jacques Rayet, President of Maison Pouenat. Right: Wrought iron banister for the Balmain boutique in Paris.
Founded in 1880, the wrought ironmonger Maison Pouenat has not stop changing over time. Jacques Rayet took over the incredible design house in 1995. His objective? To guarantee the development and internationalization of Pouenat. The business was thus able to rediscover and perpetuate its precious expertise. Better still, it is constantly innovating to turn its craftsmanship into exceptional achievements. Talented craftsmen at each stage metamorphose brass, steel, bronze and copper to become works of art. Their mastery of traditional metal techniques also guarantees a unique rendering, changing the textures in each project. Pouenat thus offers more than a hundred finishes. On the classical side, the great project managers prefer ramps, railings and canopies. On the contemporary side, Pouenat creates furniture. The company has a perfect mastery of combining metal with other fine materials such as marble. In 2009, Pouenat was awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label.
“The pedestal table, designed by Tristan Auer for Pouenat and presented at the AD Intérieur 2020 exhibition, hypnotizes the eyes with its new copper tray and blue hot patina decoration. The result of a technical feat, this limited-edition piece demonstrates Pouenat’s know-how in decorative art.” Beyond the unique pieces, the French ironmonger participates in architectural projects of ornamental ironwork and metal joinery. In addition, they also install and arrange made-to-measure furniture for large-scale projects. In this respect, the company provides technical and artistic support for the most prestigious projects. Private residences, hotels, restaurants and yachts are adorned with decorative ornaments by Pouenat, in France and abroad. The French design house has also put its excellence at the service of historical sites such as the Palace of Versailles. It is the signature of ‘living heritage’ in a nutshell!
As is customary, the metal fabricator calls upon architect-designers to create contemporary pieces. These collections thus illustrate the metalworking expertise of this century-old French company as well as the breadth of Pouenat’s offerings in furniture, accessories and lighting. The catalogue is enriched each year with newly available pieces, in addition to custom-made and limited-edition creations. Pouenat is thus a metal fabricator, publisher and fitter at the service of architects, all at the same time.
15, rue Henri Barbusse
03 000 Moulins
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