Founded in 1980, Selaneuf is a Frensh saddlery craft company. Our expertise lies in the handling of flexible materials such as leather, skai, fabrics, tarpaulin … But what characterizes us is above all the desire to push the limits of our know-how. Today, we go beyond traditional upholstery and saddlery in order to adapt to new products and produce pieces that correspond to our customers’ projects.
Our team is multidisciplinary and we work both for the conception of design objects and prototypes, as for large series works. We combine many techniques to make your product “unique”. Thus, we can respond to a large number of requests with a high level of quality.
The complexity of combining flexible materials with rigid materials makes each project unique. We advise and provide our expertise to our customers, for example in the choice of materials or manufacturing techniques used. In this way, the parts that come out of our workshop are robust and reliable.
Located around Paris (Ivry-sur-Seine), this workshop has been a saddlery for over 120 years. Michel Pochon arrived here at 15 year old as an apprentice. Seized with a passion for this profession, he was taken under his wing and trained as a saddler by his boss, “Dédé”.
Unfortunately, “Dédé” left far too early and let Michel, then a young 23 year old father, take over the saddlery. We are in the 1980s, Michel has become one of the youngest saddlers in France, while the car crisis hits the profession hard. He therefore decides to take a turn and increase the offer range from the workshop. The Selaneuf saddlery was born from this desire: to go beyond traditional saddlery.
This is how he met decorators, interior architects and designers who entrusted him with the creation of unique pieces.
Near the end of his career, after 50 years in the saddlery. He naturally turned to Natalie, his former apprentice, who had arrived at the workshop 28 years earlier and to whom he transmitted his knowledge.
Today Nathalie Bourgoin is the new owner of the Selaneuf company. She wants to keep an open mind and not take for granted what has already been done. Indeed, materials and techniques evolve. And to maintain a high level of quality, we know that we need to move forward and question yourself without putting aside your experience.
Sharing is the key, but also learning from others is one of our core values. It is with great joy and humility that we had the chance to share our know-how with artists from all over the world. We also participate in collaborations with schools, in order to introduce the profession of saddler to the younger generations.