Prao Studio is more than a business. Since there's a whole philosophy behind all our activities, it's important for us to show the way our creations take – from the very first idea to the shipping of the poster.
To get started, it is essential to take you to the base of our work. PRAO gathers all our different activities. Behind this name stands an organisation that employs around 20 people at the time being. Just like in a cooperative business, all co-workers are associated and participate in the decision-taking. Prao was founded in 2013 when we opened our first restaurant in the French harbour city La Rochelle. In the following years, a new restaurant, a café/tearoom and a boutique come next – all keeping up to the same values that Prao stands for since the beginning: simplicity, humanity and good sense.
It is thanks to this philosophy that Prao Studio sees the light of day in 2016. Quentin (one of our founders) decides to take his ongoing passion for graphism to a new level and starts working on posters and postcards. The first results are sold in our very own boutique and bring an unexpected success. Concentrating on the favourite models, Prao Studio develops several series in the year of 2017. The City Map posters and the Surf, Shellfish or Lighthouse Series become bestsellers.
(Prao Studio in Paris for the Maison & Objet fair in 2018)
Today, Prao Studio's catalogue contains around 100 creations – all available in several colours. However, nothing has changed regarding the sustainable production that we follow since Day One. The graphics are still done by Quentin in a little office on the upper floor of the Prao Restaurant. Our designer either gets inspired by his own ideas (see the Sailboat series) or by particular demands. After the orginal drawings have been finished on computer, the posters are printed digitally in a printing plant in La Rochelle. The posters then come back to our office where we add a paper back and a little plastic film for protection. If you're not far from La Rochelle, you can pick up your poster in our boutique (1 Rue St-Nicolas). For our clients that live far away, we offer the shipping with La Poste.