Po ! Paris was founded in 2008 accepting a challenge : create new designs produced in countries forgotten by global trade using local know how and materials.
Accidental encounters between different cultures to create new, unexpected designs.
It was during a trip in Albania, when we came up with an idea for a new collection of small furniture and chairs, inspired by icons of design, but made in upcycled metal sourced in the backyard of a gipsy blacksmith.
Albanian people are proud of their long history of highly qualified craftsmanship. This first experience led to encounters : local artisans, full of passion for their craft, intrigued by our challenge and ready to use their traditional know-how for contemporary designs.
While continuing to develop our first experience in Albania, Po ! Paris is exploring new horizons and recently opened a new project in Uganda, now our second source of exciting materials and encounters for even more original designs.
The texture and colour variations, the traces of the past lives of often up-cycled materials, all contribute to give that special feel of handmade unique pieces.
Coordination between the various producers and quality control at the source is taken care of by a local association leading projects for empowerment through handicraft.
A progressive social dimension that we believe is an essential part of our identity ensuring a well balanced development process.