Established in 1880 in central France, Pouenat is the premier ferronier in the design industry, creating balustrades, gates and bespoke architectural elements for some of the most recognizable buildings in the world. Pouenat names the Hotel de Crillon, the houses of Balmain and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as other top fashion houses as clients, while even more impressively, an edict states that the gates of Versailles may only be repaired under the direction of Pouenat craftsmen.
In the 1950s, Henri Pouenat, in line to run his family business, expanded the company’s offering from intricate wrought-iron creations to include a line of lighting and tables of his own design, which still exist perfectly in the Pouenat assortment today. The brand continues to grow, collaborating with the esteemed French artist Francois Champsaur to design his own interpretations of lighting and furniture, creating a perfect balance between the classic designs of Henri Pouenat and Champsaur’s graphic, colorful lamps, sconces, and more.
The sophisticated art of metal craftsmanship employed through both traditional and modern lenses makes Pouenat one of the few ‘artistic’ producers in the profession of iron craft. Today, the company continues to employ extraordinarily skilled craftsmen and has been recognized as “a great renaissance” in France and abroad.