New in town: Kate by Patrick Jouin for Fermob Idoles

Fermob Idoles is proud to present the brand-new Kate chair by Patrick Jouin. With this piece, The famous French designer takes a new look at the iconic Facto chair, his very first piece, which first entered the Fermob catalogue back in 1998. It is an outdoor seat with a simple silhouette and made from a single material: soft sheet steel. Patrick uses these features to create a delightful, elegant, simple and welcoming armchair that is both practical and comfortable.

The shell backrest features a complex system of irregular perforations, which spread out in a harmonious pattern to create the illusion of perfect curves, with the largest perforations located at the centre of the backrest and the smallest ones situated at the top and bottom of the frame. The legs and armrests are each made from a single, curved metal tube and extend across the entire chair, avoiding the need for additional parts and welds. The overall design flirts with haute couture to achieve a technically demanding and aesthetically pleasing result. As Jouin himself admits, “This is a technological challenge that only Fermob could take up.”


Patrick Jouin was born in 1967. He learned his trade working at Tim Thom, Thomson Multimedia’s design agency headed by Philippe Starck, before going on to set up his own studio in 1999. He has enjoyed an eclectic career in which he has designed a range of everyday objects (including Paris’ Vélib self- service bicycles), driven by his passion for technical challenges and his love for materials. Each and every one of his creations is based on careful consideration of its practical usage.

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