Patrick Jouin is a designer whose creativity finds an expression in industrial design for the decorative arts. With the top manufacturers, Cassina, Kartell, Alessi, Puiforcat, JC Decaux or Fermob, and for exceptional projects, Patrick found a place in the landscape of international design where only few know how to evolve with both ease and strength as he does.
The designer founded his own agency in 1998 in the 11th arrondissement in Paris and in 1999 he met Alain Ducasse with whom he collaborated designing many restaurants such as the Alain Ducasse au “Plaza Athénée”, “Be boulangerie-epicerie”, in Paris, and Mix New York restaurant.
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Mandarin oriental hotel
The result of a collaboration between paris based jouin manku studio and patrick jouin ID, the ‘mandarin oriental hotel‘ located in paris, france has recently opened to the public. Sited within the heart of the city, this venue provides two restaurants, a bar, cake shop, and gardens of diverse atmospheres. Vegetated spaces lead guests into a light filled dining space scented with camellias to blend the interior and exterior boundary. The deliberate surfacing of columns and circulation areas with wood veneer evokes imagery of garden trees and pathways. A distinctive fabrication for this project, the table and chairs’ legs mimic wooded plantings growing from the earth.
Upon graduation, he was hired by Philippe Starck to work for Thomson Multimedia and then spent five years at Starck’s own firm. “People often assume that I’m his protégé,” says Jouin, “when, in fact, I stopped working for him 14 years ago.” Still, he does recognize a certain debt. It was Starck who introduced him to furniture design and taught him just how essential curiosity is for a designer.
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Important figure in Jouin’s professional life is Canadian-trained architect Manku, who has been his associate since 2006. Together, they oversee Jouin Manku Studio, which counts a “James Bond–style” house in London, a winery in the Bordeaux region, and the renovation of the 12th-century Abbaye de Fontevraud in Anjou among its current projects. Jouin also runs a separate company, Patrick Jouin ID, specializing in industrial design. In the planning stage is custom furniture for his country’s Ministère de la Défense, being designed by Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés and due to open in Paris in 2014.