A graduate of the École Nationale de Création Industrielle (ENSCI), Patrick Jouin founded his design agency in the 11th arrondissement in Paris in 1998. From year to year and project to project – interiors and industrial design, architecture and exhibition design – his vision has grown into a reference on the international stage. He stands out thanks to the elegant, clean style of each of his projects. His quest for balance between tradition and innovation leads to brilliant, enchanted designs every time.
Happily experimenting with designers from all realms and all fields, his life-changing encounter with French chef Alain Ducasse has led to some of the world’s “most beautiful” restaurants, including the Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Dorchester (London), Chlösterli-Spoon (Gstaad), Spoon Byblos (Saint Tropez), and Mix (Las Vegas), while other meetings have led to collaborations of furniture editions with Kartell, Cassina, Alessi, Ligne Roset and Murano Due.
bewitches materials: plastic, crystal, porcelain, aluminium and wood undergo the most astonishing transformations in his hands. Taste and technical skill are permanent characteristics of his work. His experiments with the transformation of an object’s very structure through various, sometimes little-known, techniques have resulted in such ground-breaking series as his Solid series, developed using stereolithography.
Hailed for his ability to marry the functionality of an object, the design of a space, its line and beauty, Patrick
ensures the long-term protection of his work in such alliances. Take, for example, the elegance of the Pastapot saucepan made in collaboration with Ducasse for Alessi, the lightweight material of his gas-injected Thalya chair, or the fairytale fittings for the historic salons of Van Cleef & Arpels.
In 2008, Patrick
expanded his company into two distinct yet connected agencies: Patrick Jouin
ID, focusing on industrial design, and Jouin
Manku, for interior design and architecture, with his associate Sanjit Manku.
His ongoing projects – such as re-designing the newest restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, 58 Tour Eiffel (following his work on the Jules Verne), exhibition design for the Photography Biennale at the Musée du Quai Branly, designing the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai – continue to sharpen his design skills and take him into uncharted territories.