Maison Pouenat
the art of metal à la française

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.

Above left: “Robin” bench in beaten and patinated brass. Designer Khaki Kroener. Above right: “T140G” pedestal table by designer Michel Jouannet in leaf gilded steel. ©Sylvain Claire.

Recognized know-how

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.

Patinated brass china cabinet for the Dior Maison boutique on Avenue Montaigne. ©Adrien Dirand.

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Pouenat’s “Caractère” wall covering. Exhibition at Revelations 2019 exposition. Steel and travertine table by designer François Champsaur. ©Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt.

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Beaten steel banister from a design by Eric Schmitt. Residential project by Charles Zana.

The art of a metal designer at the forefront of prestigious projects

“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!

Above left: brass chandeliers with bronze patina and brushed brass and alabaster sconces. Architect and designer François Champsaur. Created for the Royal Hotel in Evian. Right: “Suzanne” pedestal table signed Tristan Auer. With its copper top and blue hot patina decoration, this exceptional piece is a real aesthetic feat. ©Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt.

Collections of remarkable pieces

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.

“Temperaments” collection, by Stéphane Parmentier. ©Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt.

This collection, designed by Rodolphe Parente, is decorated with a brass engraving. ©Francis Amiand.

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Bar and bar shelves in patinated brass for the Metropolitan Hotel by François Champsaur.

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Above: console table in nickel-plated brass and leaf gilding after a design by Tristan Auer for the Hotel de Crillon. Above: central kitchen island in polished brass designed by Joseph Dirand for the AD 2011 exhibition at Artcurial.

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“Champagne” nickel-plated brass banister for the Hermès boutique on Avenue Georges V in Paris.

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Doors in patinated brass for a residential project in Paris by Fabrice Ausset.

Workshop
15, rue Henri Barbusse
03 000 Moulins
Tél. +33 (0)4 70 44 06 75
contact@pouenat.com

Galerie
22, bis passage Dauphine
75006 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 26 71 49
gallery@pouenat.com
www.pouenat.com

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