Patrick Jouin has a special talent for altering the landscape of the human experience, from our view of Paris atop the Eiffel Tower to our dream state at night. He brings his unique aesthetic and underlying stories to fields as diverse as dining, commuting, shopping, sleeping and has even challenged how products are created. Now, Jouin redefines our understanding of relaxing and working by fashioning imaginative landscapes with the elements of his new sofa system Item.
After gaining global recognition as Philippe Starck’s Head of Industrial Design, Jouin formed his own creative agency in 1999 and immediately was established as one of Europe’s leading artistic talents. He quickly became the designer of choice for world renowned chef Alain Ducasse, creating a series of inventive interiors starting with the Plaza Athénée and culminating with the crown jewel, Le Jules Verne, at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
His spectacular Mix in Las Vegas featuring 15,000 hand-blown Murano globes set a new standard for dining in America. “Night Cove” moved him into the bedroom with the development of a new sleep improvement system for Zyken. Jouin has designed a limited number of furniture pieces for select clients, including his debut collection for Cassina and most recently his award-winning Thalya chair for Kartell. He was a pioneer in exploring new processes of manufacturing using stereo lithography (3D layering) to create tables and chairs for MGX.
Item serves as a platform in creating the perfect landscape for open spaces, communal areas and even small rooms with its undulating segments that are not bound by right angles. Taking full advantage of all three dimensions, the individual elements rise, fall, twist and turn – inventing a new seating language.
Jouin’s vision for prestigious jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels was actualized in the original 1906 boutique at 22, Place Vendôme. Jouin left the world of interiors to work with the city of Paris in developing the Vélib’ bicycle stations which now provide over 20,000 bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation.
thalya for kartell
item modular lounge