Saffron + Poe, Ethically Sourcing Hand-Crafted Good for the Modern Home

WHO

Johanna Vente Anderson + Fiona Brontë Burr, Owners

San Francisco, CA


We have always loved art and design, and both majored in Interior Design at San Francisco State University. Our passions include travel and photography,  and most of our inspiration comes from the places we have visited and explored. Johanna currently lives in San Francisco, and Fiona lives down the coast in Half Moon Bay.

photo: Robert Vente

photo: Robert Vente

WHAT

Saffron + Poe is a global sourcing company and boutique interior design studio. Our mission is to foster relationships with artisans across the globe, ethically sourcing hand-crafted goods for the collected modern home. We strive to offer one-of-a-kind pieces with a story, while supporting and uplifting artisan communities abroad. We always make sure that the pieces we sell are made in ethical and safe work environments, using sustainable techniques. Our goal is to eventually give 10% back to the artisan communities, to be used on new tools for their craft.

Our goal is to eventually give 10% back to the artisan communities, to be used on new tools for their craft.
photo: Robert Vente

photo: Robert Vente

WHEN

We started Saffron + Poe in 2016 after leaving our jobs at a high-end interior design firm in San Francisco, and buying a one way ticket to Bali. We both had the same unfulfilled dreams – traveling the world, pursuing our passion for design & photography, and most of all, finding some small way to make a difference in the world. We ended up spending a month and a half in Bali, searching high and low for artisans hand-crafting beautiful furniture and accessories for the home.

Since then we have been collaborating with our artisan partners to create new pieces that we design, but made using their traditional techniques. We later traveled to Morocco, and launched our Moroccan collection in 2017. It has been a wild ride and we have worked harder than we ever have, but it is our true passion and we couldn’t be happier!

photo: Robert Vente

photo: Robert Vente

WHY

Our brand is unique because of our curated collection of hand made, high quality pieces with a story. We strive to source/design pieces that have a collected, traveled feel, while still fitting seamlessly into the contemporary home. We love incorporating pieces from our collection and travels into the spaces we create!

WHERE

https://saffronandpoe.com/

@saffronandpoe

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photo: Saffron + Poe

photo: Saffron + Poe

FAVORITE

Our favorite pieces in our collection are probably our leather strapped furniture from Bali. We especially love our counter stools, because of how versatile they are. As designers we have found that counter stools can be one of the hardest things to source, since they have to work with both the dining space and the kitchen. Ours work perfectly in almost any space/style!