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Rayet Jacques , Purveyor of tradition

Rayet Jacques

Pouenat Ferronier recently opened a showroom Passage Dauphine in Paris where professionals gather. The company, specialising in stainless steel, brass, bronze and copper items, demonstrates its know-how to architects, as well as the brand new technics it has developed. By invitation only, the gallery exhibits never-before seen items. Launched in 1880 in Moulins, the company nearly ran out of business during the 1990s, until entrepreneur Jacques Rayet, an engineer from Arts & Métiers, decided to put it back on its feet. While maintaining ironworks as its core business, Pouenat Ferronnier hired external designers to enhance its development department. High-quality products have emerged on the French and international markets, leading the company to expand its offer. Lately, it has manufactured custom- made parts for private residences, town houses or hotels, such as the Metropolitan, Plaza Athénée, Meurice, Hotel Thoumieux and the Balmain and Dior stores in Paris.

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Rayet Jacques