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 more encounters : local artisans, full of passion for their craft, intrigued by our challenge and ready to use their traditional know-how for contemporary 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.