After three years of training at the School of the Compagnons du Devoir and the traditional Tour de France apprenticeship, he joined the family firm and worked alongside his father, Henri Pouenat, who himself trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs under Gilbert Poillerat. Henri soon began working for the great interior décor companies like Mercier and Jansen, and collaborated with Ramsay and Thibier for many years.
Having inherited his father’s designs and archives, François Pouenat is perpetuating this legacy of expertise in decorative arts and contemporary creativity.
In 2019, he presented Série 1, a suite of pieces curated by POOL, the design studio which has worked with him on artistic direction for several years. The idea was to spotlight his workshop’s savoir-faire in working closely with creators.