A family story

Born in 1968, François Pouenat is the fifth generation of a family of artisan metalworkers who have been perpetuating the craft for more than 130 years. He attended the School of the Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, where he acquired a solid experience in techniques of working iron, brass and copper.

François worked briefly with his father Henri Pouenat, who was a student of renowned craftsman Gilbert Poillerat. Henri worked with some of the great names in interior design like Mercier and Jansen, and for many years with celebrated metalworkers Ramsay and Thibier. His most famous client was the Shah of Iran, and he played a key role in the design and making of the furniture and lamps for the celebrations to mark the 2,500 years of the Persian Empire. Sadly, Henri Pouenat died aged just 52, leaving François all his designs and archives.

François now works in conjunction with many interior decorators, architects and designers to produce bespoke pieces of furniture and artistic creations, lamps and fittings. He regularly works on classified historical monuments, and was entrusted with the restoration of the balcony railings for the Dauphin’s study in the Chateau of Versailles. He recently participated in the renovation of the Plaza Athénée hotel in Paris, along with architect Bruno Moinard, designer Patrick Jouin and interior designer Marie-José Pommereau.

François Pouenat is a true artisan, designing and creating in metal, and drawing on an exceptional family heritage of which he is the sole heir.